Darwin Cubillán

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Darwin Cubillán
Darwin Cubillán (San Marino) 2012 cropped.jpg
Cubillán pitching for San Marino BBC (Italian League, 2012)
Relief pitcher
Born: (1972-11-15) November 15, 1972 (age 44)
Bobures, Zulia State, Venezuela
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
May 20, 2000, for the Toronto Blue Jays
Last MLB appearance
June 1, 2004, for the Baltimore Orioles
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 1-0
Earned run average 6.85
Strikeouts 54
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Cubillán and the second or maternal family name is Salom.

Darwin Harrikson Cubillán Salom [coo-be-yahn' / sah-lom'] (born November 15, 1972) is a former Major League Baseball right-handed relief pitcher.

Originally signed as a free agent by the Yankees in 1993, Cubillán has played in the MLB for the Toronto Blue Jays (2000), Texas Rangers (2000), Montreal Expos (2001) and Baltimore Orioles (2004). In three-season career, Cubillán compiled a 1–0 record with 54 strikeouts and a 6.85 ERA.

Cubillán played in Japan for the Hanshin Tigers of the Central League, Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) from 2005 until 2007. He played using his first name "Darwin", because his last name Cubillán sounds like "Kubi yan" (クビやん) meaning "He is fired, isn't he?" in Japanese Kansai dialect, and "Darwin" has the same spelling as the last name of an English naturalist, Charles Darwin. In 2008, he signed with the SK Wyverns in South Korea, but was released during the season.

Besides, Cubillán pitched winter ball for the Tigres de Aragua and Leones del Caracas clubs of the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League.

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