Sunday, June 10, 2012

Player Profile: Pedro Astacio

I have 32 cards of Pedro Astacio. This one is from 2000 Metal.

Playing career: Pedro Astacio pitched fifteen seasons in the major leagues, mostly for the Dodgers and Rockies, winning 129 games. He led the NL in earned runs allowed in 1998, twice led the league in hit batsmen, and led in home runs allowed on three different occasions.

My memories: I remembered him as a Dodger. I was surprised that he actually won more games for Colorado than LA. I was even more surprised he pitched for six other teams and as late as 2006. Who remembers that he pitched for the famous 2004 Red Sox?

Interesting facts: Arrested for domestic violence after punching his wife in the face in 2009. Later plead guilty but was allowed to change his plea to “no contest” to avoid deportation.

Where he is now: Anyone know where Pedro Astacio is now?

Google Autocomplete results: He is second when you type Pedro As, between Pedro Aspe, a Mexican economist, and Pedro Ast, a tennis player for the University of Miami. There do not appear to be any other prominent Pedro Astacios.

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