June 25, 1959 |
Cambiaso, Dominican Republic
|Batted: Right||Threw: Right|
|September 14, 1981 for the Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Last MLB appearance|
|April 13, 1996 for the Florida Marlins|
|Earned run average||3.11|
|Career highlights and awards|
Alejandro Peña Vásquez [PEH-nya] (born June 25, 1959) in Cambiaso, Dominican Republic, is a former relief pitcher in Major League Baseball. Peña batted and threw right-handed. He made his major league debut on September 14, 1981, and played his final game on April 13, 1996. From 1981 through 1996, Peña played for the Los Angeles Dodgers (1981–1989), New York Mets (1990–1991), Atlanta Braves (1991–1992, 1995), Pittsburgh Pirates (1994), Boston Red Sox (1995), and Florida Marlins (1995, 1996).
He is currently the pitching coach for the Dodgers Dominican Summer League team.
Peña is best known for his late season success with the Atlanta Braves in 1991. Acquired from the Mets at the trade deadline, Pena went 13-for-13 in save opportunities, including saving Games 2 and 6 for Steve Avery in the 1991 NLCS. He blew a save in Game 3 of the 1991 World Series, but the Braves later won that game. He was on the mound for the final pitch of that classic series, giving up the base hit to Gene Larkin that won the title for the Minnesota Twins. Peña was the losing pitcher of Game 7. On September 11, 1991, Peña teamed with fellow Braves pitchers Kent Mercker and Mark Wohlers for a combined no-hitter against the San Diego Padres; Peña pitched the final inning of the 1–0 victory for a save. In 1992 he was hampered by tendinitis in his pitching elbow which caused the Braves to leave him off the World Series Roster and caused him to miss the 1993 season. In 1995 he was reacquired by the Braves for their World Series run.
September 11, 1991
(with Kent Mercker & Mark Wohlers)