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Sunday, November 2, 2014

Balvino Galvez, Had Trouble - 296

Balvino Galvez sometimes had trouble controlling his temper. One time it cost him the end of a season. The other time it cost him a second shot at the majors.

The first time came at the end of July 1998, Galvez pitching in Japan for the Yomiuri Giants. Frustrated at giving up a home run and frustrated at the home plate umpire, Galvez launched a baseball directly at the ump, according to The Associated Press.

Galvez missed, but he ended up with a suspension for the rest of the season.

"The outburst, which was almost madness, called for a severe penalty," Central League president Sumiko Takahara told reporters after suspending Galvez, "because it was an action that went against the spirit of sportsmanship."

Galvez returned for two more seasons in Japan after that, getting into five there in all. That was after a playing career in the United States where Galvez saw 10 relief appearances for the Dodgers in 1996.

Later, in 2001, Galvez appeared on the cusp of returning to the majors 15 years after his last appearance there. But a fit of anger apparently ended that shot, Galvez leaving spring training with the Pirates. He didn't return to the majors.

Galvez' career began in 1982, signed by the Dodgers as an undrafted free agent out of his native Dominican Republic.

Galvez played his first two years in rookie ball. He made single-A Vero Beach in 1984, then AA San Antonio in 1985. He hit AAA Albuquerque in 1986. That May in 1986, Galvez debuted in Los Angeles.

Galvez got into 10 games in relief for the Dodgers in 1986. In 20.2 innings, he gave up nine earned runs. He allowed in two runs on a single in his debut. That ended up being his only season in the majors.

Galvez returned to the minors in 1987. He moved to the Tigers system and AA Glens Falls mid season. It was the Twins system in 1988, then the Yankees system in 1989 and Expos system in 1990.

Galvez played two more seasons in the minors. He then jumped to Taiwan in 1994, playing two seasons there. After signing a minor league deal with the Rangers for 1996, the team sold him to Japan.

He had success in Japan from the start. He went 16-6 with a 3.05 ERA in 1996. In 1997, he was 12-12, with a 3.32 ERA. In his suspension-shortened 1998 season, he was still 9-7, with a 3.21 ERA.

In all, he pitched five seasons for Yomiuri, his final season coming in 2000. He went 46-43, with a career 3.31 ERA.

Galvez then made a run at the majors again. In spring 1991, it appeared as if injuries to others had left a slot open for him on the Pirates. But he left camp late in the spring after a dispute over a drill.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette wrote a coach tried to show him the right way to do the drill, but Galvez stormed off and didn't return.

Galvez then played his final season in Korea, going 10-4, with a 2.47 ERA there, ending his career.

Galvez' son Brian Cavazos-Galvez has made his own career in baseball. The 2014 season was Cavazos-Galvez' sixth in the minors, his second with time at AAA. Cavazos-Galvez has made his career in baseball, though, despite his father.

According to in 2010, the son hasn't heard from his father since he was 9 or 10.
1990 CMC-Pro Cards Tally
Players/Coaches Featured:1,793
Made the Majors: 842 - 47.0%-X
Never Made Majors: 951-53.0%
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 361
10+ Seasons in the Minors:213

1 comment:

  1. Great post! I'm a big fan of his since the Yomiuri Giants are my favorite NPB team.