Raúl Sánchez (baseball)

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Raúl Sánchez
Born: (1930-12-12)December 12, 1930
Marianao, Cuba
Died: June 30, 2002(2002-06-30) (aged 71)
Pembroke Pines, Florida
Batted: Switch Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 17, 1952, for the Washington Senators
Last MLB appearance
May 17, 1960, for the Cincinnati Reds
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 5–3
Strikeouts 48
Earned run average 4.62

Raúl Guadalupe Sánchez Rodríguez (December 12, 1930 – June 30, 2002) was a middle relief pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for two different teams between the 1952 and 1960 seasons. Listed at 6' 0", 150 lb., Sánchez batted and threw right-handed. He was born in Marianao, Cuba.

The skinny, hard thrower Sánchez was 21 years old when he entered the majors in 1952 with the Washington Senators, playing for them one year before joining the Cincinnati Redlegs/Reds (1957/1960). His most productive season came in 1957, when he posted career-highs in games (38), wins (3), saves (5), strikeouts (37) and innings pitched (62.1). He also pitched for the 1954 Havana Sugar Kings of the International League.

His nickname in Spanish was "Salivita", which translates roughly as "a little saliva", a reference to Sanchez's reputation for throwing a spitball.

In a three-season career, Sánchez posted a 5–3 record with a 4.62 ERA and five saves in 49 appearances, including two starts and one shutout, giving up 46 earned runs on 86 hits and 43 walks while striking out 48 in 89 ⅔ innings of work.

Sánchez died in Pembroke Pines, Florida, at the age of 71.

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