Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Player Profile: Rene Arocha

I have eighteen cards of Rene Arocha. This one is from 1995 Donruss.

Playing career: One of the first Cuban defectors to play in the US, Rene Arocha went 11-8 as a member of the Cardinals’ starting rotation in 1993, a promising rookie season. Unfortunately, injuries ruined his career and he only made seven more major league starts.

My memories: I remember him and Ariel Prieto getting a lot of press as the first Cuban defectors to play in the US. Unfortunately they did not have much success here. The next prominent Cuban defectors, the Hernandez brothers, ended up being much more successful.

Where he is now: A private baseball instructor in the Miami area.

Google Autocomplete Results: He is fourth when you type Rene Ar, between Rene Arnoux, a French race car driver in the 1970s and 1980s, and Rene Arnez, a fashion designer. There do not appear to be any other prominent Rene Arochas.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Matt Arrandale.

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