Omar Daal

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Omar Daal
Pitcher
Born: (1972-02-23) February 23, 1972 (age 42)
Maracaibo, Zulia State, Venezuela
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
April 24, 1993 for the Los Angeles Dodgers
Last MLB appearance
September 25, 2003 for the Baltimore Orioles
Career statistics
Win–loss record 68–78
Earned run average 4.55
Strikeouts 806
Teams

Omar Jesús Daal Cordero (born February 23, 1972) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher who played for 11 seasons, from 1993 through 2003. Daal played for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Montreal Expos, Toronto Blue Jays, Arizona Diamondbacks, Philadelphia Phillies, and Baltimore Orioles.

Daal threw a deceptive fastball that rarely exceeded 85 MPH, a good changeup, and a decent curveball. When he had both control and command of his pitches, he could be difficult to hit.

He was somewhat of a two-career pitcher who began as a reliever for the Dodgers, Expos and Blue Jays between 1993 and 1997, then became a starter with the Diamondbacks in 1998.

In 2000, Daal led the majors in losses with 19.

On August 15, 2001, Daal combined with fellow Venezuelan pitchers Giovanni Carrara, Kelvim Escobar and Freddy García for wins in their respective starts:

Daal, in a Phillies victory over the Brewers, 8–6; Carrara, of the Dodgers, beating Montreal, 13–1; Escobar, of the Blue Jays, over Oakland, 5–2, and García, of Seattle, against the Red Sox, 6–2.

This marked the first time in major league history that four Venezuelan starting pitchers recorded a win on the same day.

Prior to the 2003 season, he signed a two-year contract with Baltimore. However, after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder in early 2004, Daal was out for that entire season and has not again appeared in the majors.

In an 11-season career, Daal compiled a win–loss record of 68–78, with 806 strikeouts and a 4.55 ERA in 1198 innings pitched.

Daal currently coaches his son's traveling baseball team, the Chandler Reds, in Chandler, Arizona.


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Preceded by
Andy Ashby
Philadelphia Phillies Opening Day
Starting Pitcher

2001
Succeeded by
Robert Person