Lázaro Rivero

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Lázaro Rivero Maza

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 11", Weight 175 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Lázaro Rivero played in Nicaragua, Mexico and the US and managed in Cuba.

Rivero was 0-2 for the 1955 Lafayette Chiefs. He played for Granada in Nicaragua in 1956, but after Anastasio Somoza was assassinated, he fled the country as violence erupted in Nicaragua. He then signed with the Washington Senators. In 1957, the 21-year-old pitched for the Midland Indians/Lamesa Indians (7-7, 3.78) and Charlotte Hornets (2-5, 4.20). He struck out 151 and allowed 154 hits in 179 innings while walking 96 overall.

Going to the Mexican League, he was 1-0 for the 1958 Petroleros de Poza Rica and 1-2 for the 1959 Rojos del Aguila de Veracruz to end his minor league career at 11-16. After the Cuban Revolution, Rivero returned to his homeland to work in coaching and managing. He began coaching for Pinar del Río in their debut Serie Nacional campaign of 1967-1968. He managed the club to a 17-49 record in 1971-1972 and 28-47 in 1972-1973.

Rivero also coached for the Cuban national team in the 1967 Pan American Games, in Nicaragua in 1983 and in Italy in 1993. He spent most of his time developing young talent in Pinar del Río, though, with his top product having been Pedro Luis Lazo. He was a guest of the Cuban delegation in the 1999 Baltimore Orioles-Cuban National Team Exhibition Series.