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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Cuban Pitcher Yadier Pedroso Dies in Car Accident, Age 26

RIP…

Cuban pitcher Yadier Pedroso, a member of the national baseball team that played in the 3rd World Classic, died in a traffic accident on the weekend, state media reported Sunday.

Pedroso was riding in an automobile that crashed into a cargo truck on Friday night at a spot known as Manga Central on the highway leading to the province of Artemisa, located 60 kilometers (37 miles) west of Havana, the official AIN news agency said.

The 26-year-old right-handed hurler earlier had played on another of the island’s national teams that came in second in a world championship.

Over the course of his short career, his play in eight National Baseball Series stood out and, according to experts, he was clearly one of the best pitchers in Cuban baseball.

...Pedroso ended the National Baseball Series with 76 wins and 45 losses, with an earned run average 3.15 per 9-inning game, not counting his work with the Artemisa team during the 2012-2013 season.

Repoz Posted: March 17, 2013 at 03:59 PM | 10 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: March 17, 2013 at 04:53 PM (#4390038)
Well this is terrible
   2. Joe Kehoskie Posted: March 17, 2013 at 05:33 PM (#4390066)
Incredibly sad news. Yadier Pedroso was one of the best pitchers in Cuba over the past decade.
   3. Gamingboy Posted: March 17, 2013 at 05:36 PM (#4390067)
Tragic. So talented and so young.
   4. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: March 17, 2013 at 05:49 PM (#4390075)
This will be blamed on his participation in the WBC.
   5. Fancy Pants Handles lap changes with class Posted: March 17, 2013 at 06:04 PM (#4390078)
This probably makes me a horrible person, but I laughed when I read 'Manga Central'.
   6. What's the realistic upside, RMc? Posted: March 17, 2013 at 06:26 PM (#4390090)
Now I wish the Cubans had beaten the Dutch.
   7. Steve Treder Posted: March 17, 2013 at 09:34 PM (#4390167)
:-(
   8. Forsch 10 From Navarone (Dayn) Posted: March 18, 2013 at 02:36 AM (#4390341)
26. Damn. Terrible news.
   9. It's a shame about Athletic Supporter Posted: March 18, 2013 at 03:28 AM (#4390346)
Never saw him defect.
   10. Styles P. Deadball Posted: March 18, 2013 at 10:56 AM (#4390442)
Sad news.... But my first thought was, "So the Yankees are faking his death.... How does this help them get around the international signing rules and the luxury tax?"

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