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February 1, 1960 |
Villa Mella, Dominican Republic
|May 1, 1982, for the Pittsburgh Pirates|
|Last MLB appearance|
|July 29, 1990, for the Cleveland Indians|
|Earned run average||3.48|
Cecilio Guante Magallanes (born February 1, 1960) is a former professional Major League Baseball player who played from 1982 to 1990. He made his MLB debut with the Pittsburgh Pirates and ended his career after playing with the Cleveland Indians. He finished his career with a 29–34 won/loss record and a 3.48 ERA. He worked exclusively as a relief pitcher (save for one start in 1990).
Guante won a silver medal for the Dominican Republic at the 1979 Pan American Games and was signed as an amateur free agent by the Pittsburgh Pirates the same year. He was eventually called up to the big leagues in 1982. He played five seasons for the Pirates, working exclusively as a relief pitcher. His strongest season was in 1985, when Guante posted a 4–6 record in 63 games. He pitched 109.0 innings, had 92 strikeouts, a 2.72 ERA and a 1.138 WHIP.
In 1987, Guante was traded to the New York Yankees, a team looking for pitching help. He was traded with Pat Clements and Rick Rhoden to the Yankees for Doug Drabek, Brian Fisher, and Logan Easley. This trade of prospects for older veterans came back to haunt the Yankees, as the young Drabek went on to win the National League Cy Young Award in 1990 and had a solid major league career until he retired in 1998.
To make matters worse for the Yankees, Guante had a 5.73 ERA in 1987. By comparison, the average ERA for an American League pitcher in 1987 was 4.38. Though Guante had a statistically strong year in 1988 (5 wins and a 2.82 ERA), he was traded to the Texas Rangers for Dale Mohorcic before the season was over. Guante played two more full seasons before leaving MLB for good.
Guante wore a giant G for Guante on his glove, as can be seen here.