Sunday, February 28, 2016

Luis Galindez, Really Late - 5

Originally published June 19, 2014
Luis Galindez came on late in this July 1989 game against Clinton - really late in the game.

Galindez was called on by his Waterloo Diamonds in the top of the 23rd inning of this marathon game. Galindez gave up a walk, but otherwise got out of the inning unscathed, according to the box score at Malamut.net.

Galindez pitched that single inning, the seventh of eight Waterloo hurlers to take the mound that night. Waterloo's eighth pitcher on the night recorded the victory as Waterloo took it in the 25th.

The game was the longest in Midwest League history. Galindez' career ended up being short by comparison. He was in his second pro season that year. He got into just three more, never making the majors.

Galindez' career began in 1989, signed by the Padres as a free agent out of his native Puerto Rico.

He started at single-A Waterloo, but pitched poorly overall. In 33 outings, 19 starts, he amassed an ERA of 6.47 and a 2-12 record.

Galindez returned to Waterloo in 1990. He also pitched comparatively better. Serving as a full-time starter, Galindez went 10-7, with a 2.78 ERA. He also made the Midwest League All-Star team.

He made AA in 1991, splitting the season between Wichita and high-A High Desert. His 17 starts at Wichita were marked by a 2-8 record and a 6.41 ERA.

For 1992, he was back at High Desert. In 26 starts, he went 11-6, with a 3.87 ERA. He remains one of four High Desert players to start at least 25 games and have an ERA below 4.00.

Galindez didn't play at all in 1993. He is then credited as returning for a single game in 1994 in the rookie Arizona League, his last recorded time as a pro.

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