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Monday, March 15, 2021

Former Tigers pitcher Eulogio “Frankie” De La Cruz dies at 37

Longtime pitcher Eulogio “Frankie” De La Cruz, who signed with the Detroit Tigers as a teenager out of the Dominican Republic and then plied his trade all over the world for two decades, has died at the age of 37.

Toros del Este, De La Cruz’s team in the Dominican winter league, announced the news Monday morning. Several Dominican media sources, including the newspaper Diario Libre, reported that De La Cruz suffered a heart attack on Sunday night.

De La Cruz was pitching as recently as this winter, when he posted a 2.35 ERA in 15 innings for the Toros, playing alongside current Tiger Jeimer Candelario.

De La Cruz began his journey with the Tigers when he was signed by famed scout Ramon Pena. De La Cruz made his Major League debut as a 23-year-old in 2007, but was traded to the Florida Marlins months later as part of a package players for Miguel Cabrera.

De La Cruz pitched for parts of four seasons in the big leagues with the Marlins, San Diego Padres and Milwaukee Brewers but never found a lasting role.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 15, 2021 at 12:43 PM | 2 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. vortex of dissipation Posted: March 15, 2021 at 04:24 PM (#6008686)
When a Tom Seaver or a Joe Morgan passes away, many fans feel the loss, and rightly so. But baseball is such a rich tapestry, made up of players from many countries, many of whom had only a short time in the limelight. These players should be celebrated and remembered. I'm absolutely sure that to someone, somewhere, Frankie De La Cruz was their favorite player. My condolences to them, and RIP Eulogio, and thank you.
   2. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: March 16, 2021 at 12:22 AM (#6008750)

Man, 37 is too young. RIP.

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