Santiago Guzmán (baseball)

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Santiago Guzmán
Born: (1949-07-25) July 25, 1949 (age 70)
San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 30, 1969, for the St. Louis Cardinals
Last MLB appearance
April 18, 1972, for the St. Louis Cardinals
MLB statistics
Win–loss record1–2
Earned run average4.50
Innings pitched32

Santiago Donovan Guzmán (born July 25, 1949) is a retired Dominican professional baseball player, a right-handed pitcher who appeared in 12 Major League games for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1969–1972. The native of San Pedro de Macorís stood 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 m) tall and weighed 180 pounds (82 kg).

Guzmán broke into pro baseball as a teenage sensation in 1967 for the St. Petersburg Cardinals of the Class A Florida State League. He compiled a 16–3 won–loss record, an earned run average of 1.74, and led the FSL with seven shutouts. The following year, he tied for the lead in games won (13) in the Double-A Texas League.[1] Called up to the Cardinals near the end of the 1969 season, he made his debut September 30 as the starting pitcher in a 4–3 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies. Guzmán lasted ​7 13 innings and struck out seven, but surrendered all four earned runs and nine hits, including home runs to Johnny Briggs and Tony Taylor.[2]

In 1970, he made the Cardinals out of spring training and appeared in seven early-season games. On May 19 he received his second MLB starting assignment, and pitched a complete game, five-hit, 12–3 victory over the Houston Astros[3] for his only Major League victory. He spent the bulk of that season with the Cardinals' Tulsa Oilers Triple-A farm club, then hurled one more game for the Redbirds in September. His 1971 and 1972 seasons were almost exclusively spent in minor league baseball, as Guzmán appeared in two MLB games in 1971 and one in 1972.

He retired after the 1973 season. All told, Santiago Guzmán allowed 30 hits and 18 bases on balls in 32 innings of work with the Cardinals. He struck out 29.


  1. ^ Marcin, Joe, .ed., The 1970 Baseball Register. St. Louis: The Sporting News, 1970, page 135
  2. ^ "Philadelphia Phillies 4, St. Louis Cardinals 3". September 30, 1969. Retrieved July 9, 2015.
  3. ^ "St. Louis Cardinals 12, Houston Astros 3". May 19, 1970. Retrieved July 9, 2015.

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