Where Is He Now? The World's Ugliest Baseball Player, Ezequiel Astacio
Every few years there are a few players in baseball that excel in the sport. They may not have the best looks, but they help the team out.
Then there are others that have ugly looks and cannot help the team out at all. Not even if their looks scare the hell out of the opposition. Team are just going to want to get rid of you if that is the case.
In a sport like baseball, even the lowest paid player is making more than enough to get plastic surgery. But apparently that escaped some players, like Ezequiel Astacio.
We now take a look at where Astacio—once dubbed as the scariest and ugliest player in baseball— is currently playing.
Phillies Get Rid Of Ezequiel Astacio
The Philadelphia Phillies were not looking to make this guy the face of their franchise anytime soon. Especially with that monstrosity.
The Phillies packaged Astacio in the deal that brought in Billy Wagner. The trade went down in 2003, but the Astros would not call him up until 2005.
Above: The mugshot of Ezequiel Astacio as he was about to be called up.
Astros Call Up The Monster
The Astros decided to give Astacio a shot.
No, not a shot that would cure his face disease, but a shot at making it big in the majors.
The move was made and one underlying possibility for it could be that the people in minors could have been threatening to quit after seeing him everyday. That has never been confirmed though.
The Astros gave Astacio the call in 2005. He would go on to pitch about 100 innings and punch out more than half of the batters he faced...literally probably faced.
Batters Hitting Astacio
When reading this headline, your initial thought could have been that hitters decided to take matters into their own hands and clobber Astacio in the face with their bats.
That would only make things worse, and nobody wants that.
Instead they just took it out on the field and rocked most of his fastballs. Astacio would end up giving up over 20 home runs in his rookie year.
But he still managed to make the Astros' World Series roster.
The Home-Run In Game 3 of the 2005 World Series
Astacio gave up the home-run to Geoff Blum that White Sox fans will never forget.
Blum hit the ball out of the park for a walk-off win in Game 3.
Ezequiel Astacio To The Rangers
The Astros placed Ezequiel Astacio on waivers, and he was claimed by the Texas Rangers.
He would compete in Spring Training for a job in the bullpen, but nobody wanted him on the team. Only a mother could love a face like Astacio's.
The Rangers released him after he failed to win a job with the team.
Off To Cincinnati...Or Maybe Not
The Astros did not want him back. Neither the Phillies or Rangers wanted to deal with him again.
The Cincinnati Reds seemed to want to give him a shot, but even that was denied before he even pitched in a single game for the team.
Ezequiel Astacio was sad.
Where Is He At Now?
Astacio found a new home with the San Angelo Colts.
He posted an ERA of less than 4.00 in his 2009 campaign with the team. He has continued to let his hair grow, his face diminish and his eyes cross. But at least he has a smile on his face.
That's right Ezequiel Astacio, keep your chin up! Keep it high enough so nobody has to deal with it, and be optimistic.
Who knows where your next job is going to be?
Bleacher Report wishes the best of luck to Ezequiel Astacio on all of his future endeavors.
Check your closets for Ezequiel Astacio!
Forget Freddy Kreuger and monsters!
Check your closet for Ezequiel Astacio tonight!