Rubén Rodríguez (Cuba)

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Rubén Rodríguez Medrano (El Zurdo de Contramaestre)

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Biographical Information[edit]

Rubén Rodríguez won 100 games in 17 seasons for Santiago de Cuba in the Cuban Serie Nacional. He was the Serie Nacional Rookie of the Year in 1990-1991. In 1991-1992, he tied Felipe Fernández and Jorge Tissert for the Serie Nacional lead in appearances on the mound (20). He led the league in games pitched once more, with 30, in 1994-1995. He was 2-0 with a 2.20 ERA and 15 K in 16 1/3 IP for the Cuban "B" team in the 1995 World Port Tournament, which Cuba won. He was 5th in the event in ERA, tied for first in wins and tied for third in whiffs (with Lázaro Garro, behind José Báez and Eelco Jansen). The lefty had his best season in 1999-2000 at 11-3, 1.58 and was named the league's top southpaw. He retired at the end of 2005 with a 98-61 record. With Santiago de Cuba short-staffed, he made a comeback in 2010-2011 and won two more games to reach 100 for his career. Overall, he was 100-62 with a 4.68 ERA. In 1,447 innings, he allowed 1,653 hits and 601 walks while fanning 888. At the time, his 279 relief outings ranked 9th in league history.