Former National Baseball League MVP joins Falcons

Edwin Alcantara up at bat for the Harlow Nationals

Edwin Alcantara up at bat for the Harlow Nationals - Credit: Archant

Edwin Alcantara has moved across the county border to join the Herts Falcons from the Essex Arrows for the new National Baseball League season.

Over the last four seasons Alcantara has been one of the most feared batters in the NBL accumulating nine home runs and 94 RBI (runs batted in) in 290 at bats over that period. He spent his first three seasons in the NBL with the invincible Harlow Nationals winning three consecutive titles between 2011 and 2013. In 2014 he moved to the Essex Arrows and made it four title wins in a row.

His stand-out season was 2011 when he won league MVP and scooped the triple crown: leading in home runs (six), hits (40) and RBI (33), as well as batting average (.482) - anything over .300 is superb.

This was a very rare achievement, with Simon Pole, in 2005, the last player to do it.

He has maintained his devastating offensive displays in the NBL consistently batting over .330 and slugging over .430 throughout his NBL career.

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Alcantara’s defensive performances have also been recognised with the British Baseball Foundation’s equivalent of an outfield gold glove in 2011 and 2013.

Herts fans will have a chance to see him in the Herts Spring League before the NBL season opener on April 12 at Grovehill Ballpark.

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