Horacio Piña

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Horacio Piña
Born: (1945-03-12) March 12, 1945 (age 69)
Matamoros, Coahuila de Zaragoza, Mexico
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
August 14, 1968 for the Cleveland Indians
Last MLB appearance
October 1, 1978 for the Philadelphia Phillies
Career statistics
Win–loss record 23-23
Earned run average 3.25
Strikeouts 278
Career highlights and awards
This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Piña and the second or maternal family name is García.

Horacio Piña García [pee'-nyah] (born March 12, 1945 in Matamoros, Coahuila de Zaragoza, Mexico) is a former relief pitcher who played in Major League Baseball between 1968 and 1978. Piña also played professionally in Mexico for several years. He batted and threw right-handed.

Piña reached the major leagues in 1968 with the Cleveland Indians, spending two years with them before moving to the Washington Senators (1970-1971), Texas Rangers (1972), Oakland Athletics (1973), Chicago Cubs (1974), California Angels (1974) and Philadelphia Phillies (1978). His most productive season came in 1972 with the last-place Rangers, when he posted career-numbers in saves (15), strikeouts (60) and games pitched (60). Traded to the Athletics before the 1973 season for Mike Epstein, he responded with a 6–3 mark, eight saves and career-highs in ERA (2.76) and innings (88.0), helping them to clinch the ALCS and the World Series Championship. In an eight-season career, Piña posted a 23–23 record with a 3.25 ERA and 38 saves in 314 games. In three post-season games he had a perfect 0.00 ERA in five innings.

As a pitcher in the Mexican League, Piña threw a no-hitter in 1975, posted a 21–4 record with a 1.94 ERA and pitched a perfect game in 1978, and gained induction in the Salón de la Fama del Béisbol de México in 1988.

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