May 3, 1968 |
Fajardo, Puerto Rico
|July 18, 1997, for the New York Yankees|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 27, 2002, for the St. Louis Cardinals|
Luis Iván Cruz (born May 3, 1968 in Fajardo, Puerto Rico) is a retired Major League Baseball first baseman. He played during four seasons at the major league level for the New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates, and St. Louis Cardinals. He was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 28th round of the 1989 amateur draft. Cruz played his first professional season with their Class-A (Short Season) Niagara Falls Rapids in 1989, and his last with the Chunichi Dragons of Japan's Central League in 2003. He played his last affiliated season with St. Louis and their Triple-A Memphis Redbirds in 2002, in which he won the Joe Bauman Home Run Award. In 2008, he entered his first of two seasons as manager of the U.S. Military All-Stars/Heroes of the Diamond and the Latin Stars "Red, White and Blue Tour" posting consecutive winning seasons. Under Cruz’s tutelage, over 25 players were offered scholarships or professional contracts. In 2010, he made his affiliated debut as the manager of the Peoria Padres, the Rookie Short Season A-ball affiliate of the San Diego Padres.
Cruz currently resides in St Augustine, Florida with his girlfriend and her daughter.
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