José Luis Alemán
José Luis Alemán Meliàn (Mella)
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José Luis Alemán won 174 games in Cuba and was 10-0 in international tournaments.
Alemán debuted internationally at age 20 in the 1979 Intercontinental Cup, going 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA to help Cuba win Gold. The right-hander went 2-0 in the 1980 Amateur World Series, which he led with a 0.00 ERA; the Cuban national team again took home the Gold.
Alemán was again dominant in the 1985 Intercontinental Cup, going 3-0 with a 1.00 ERA and getting wins in both the semifinals (8-7 over Taiwan) and finals (4-3 over Japan) to give Cuba Gold. He was named the tournament's MVP.
José Luis won 9 games in the 1987-1988 Serie Nacional to tie Osvaldo Duvergel for the eastern division lead. He also led the division with a 2.29 ERA and 8 complete games. In the '88 Series Selectivas, the right-hander went 9-2 for the Serranos.
Alemán had a 2-0, 2.59 record in the 1988 Baseball World Cup. He allowed 2 runs in 4 1/3 IP of relief after replacing the ineffective Rene Arocha in the hard-fought Gold Medal game win over Team USA and Jim Abbott. In 1988-1989, José again tied Duvergel for the division lead with 9 wins; he also led with 11 complete games and 87 strikeouts for Santiago de Cuba to be named Most Valuable Pitcher.
He ended his international career by going 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA in the 1989 Intercontinental Cup (won by Cuba). In 1989-1990, he had his last league-leading season back home, going 5-1 to tie Ernesto Guevara for the best record in the eastern division.
Alemán was 174-125 in his Cuban career with a 3.13 ERA in 17 seasons. Through 2009, he was 11th in Cuban history (post-revolution) in starts (333), tied for 5th in complete games (179, even with Pedro Luis Lazo), 9th in wins, tied for 10th in shutouts (34) and 10th in innings (2,472).