"He had a fast delivery, and he came from the top with his breaking ball," Lara told The Clarion-Ledger afterward.
Lara had enough success elsewhere in his career to make seven professional seasons. He, however, never had enough success to make the majors. He made AAA for 21 games, but didn't make it higher.
Lara's pro career began in 1984, signed by the Cardinals as an amateur free agent out of his native Dominican Republic.
Lara started with the Cardinals at rookie Johnson City. He hit .173 over 36 games. He then made short-season Erie in 1985 and single-A Savannah for 1986.
He arrived at single-A St. Petersburg for 1987. He hit a two-run double in a July game. He hit .231 on the year. He returned to St. Petersburg for much of 1988. He singled in a run and scored in a June game.
Lara moved to the Mets system for 1989, where he played at single-A St. Lucie and AA Jackson. He hit .245 in 94 games on the year.
He then played one final season in 1990. He saw 21 games at AAA Tidewater, where he hit .143, and 61 more games at Jackson to end his career.
- Jackson Clarion-Ledger, Aug. 2, 1990: Angels' Abbott stands tall in battle of lefties
Made the Majors:1,140-36.3%
Never Made Majors:2,001-63.7%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 473
10+ Seasons in the Minors:282