December 1, 1965 |
San Carlos del Zulia, Venezuela
|September 7, 1989, for the New York Mets|
|Last MLB appearance|
|October 6, 1991, for the Milwaukee Brewers|
|Earned run average||3.12|
Julio Segundo Machado Rondón (December 1, 1965 in San Carlos del Zulia, Venezuela) is a former Major League Baseball (MLB) right-handed relief pitcher who played for the New York Mets (1989–90) and Milwaukee Brewers (1990–91). Machado's MLB career was cut short when he was imprisoned on voluntary murder charges in Venezuela. He later coached and played in Venezuelan winter baseball leagues.
Machado started his career with the Mets. He made his MLB debut in 1989 and started the 1990 season with the Mets as well. He was demoted to the Class AAA Tidewater team, where he saved eight games before being recalled to the Mets in July. At the time, the Mets were looking for consistent right-handed relief pitchers, having traded Roger McDowell the previous year.
Spending the 1991 offseason in his homeland, Machado fatally shot a woman following an auto accident on December 8. More than two weeks later, Machado was missing and the Brewers said they that they were planning for 1992 with the assumption that Machado would not be on the team. Though he was described as a fugitive, Venezuelan reporters said that Machado would probably turn himself in after the holidays. He was held in a Caracas prison while an investigation was carried out from the middle of January to early March. He admitted that he fired the shots, but he said that he did so in self-defense, afraid that he was being robbed.
When Machado was granted conditional freedom pending a trial on charges of involuntary murder, he was not allowed to leave Venezuela. Shortly thereafter, thieves stole the car of the prosecutor in Machado's case and they set it on fire. He was convicted and, following appeals, Machado was sentenced to 12 years in 1996.
Machado went on to play in the Venezuelan winter league and currently coaches in that league.
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- "Brewers' Machado leaves Venezuelan prison". Los Angeles Times. March 7, 1992. Retrieved August 2, 2016.
- Haudricourt, Tom (December 23, 1991). "Machado not in plans". The Milwaukee Journal. Retrieved August 2, 2016.
- "Another knee problem for Fernandez". Los Angeles Times. 14 March 1992. Retrieved 2 August 2016.
- "Ex-pitcher sentenced". The Dispatch. 1996-08-16.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference
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