Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Player Profile: Rolando Arrojo

I have five cards of Rolando Arrojo. This one is from 1999 Upper Deck MVP.

Playing career: Rolando Arrojo was another prominent Cuban defector who had little success after a strong rookie season in the US. After going 14-12 with a 3.56 ERA for Tampa Bay in 1998 he struggled to keep his ERA below 5.00. He ended his career with the Red Sox in 2002.

My memories: Another prominent Cuban defector. I was going to write that he came along at the same time as Livan Hernandez, but I looked it up and it turns out I was thinking of Osvaldo Fernandez. Arrojo actually came up after Livan, yet Livan is still pitching in the major leagues all these years later.

Where he is now: Coaching at All Star Indoor Training in St. Petersburg.

Google Autocomplete results: He is third when you type Rolando A, between Rolando Arafiles, a doctor in Texas accused of various professional improprieties, and Rolando Acosta, a New York State appellate judge. There do not appear to be any other prominent Rolando Arrojos.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Bronson Arroyo.

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