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Sunday, April 5, 2015

Maximo Del Rosario, Crazy Sidewinder - 1123

Maximo Del Rosario started off the seventh inning in this June 1990 game and he could get nothing going, according to The Orlando Sentinel.

He opened the frame for AA Greenville with the lead. But he also opened it with two walks. As the inning and the game turned out, he ended up taking the loss, The Sentinel wrote.

"I felt like we should have won the game," Greenville manager Buddy Bailey told The Sentinel. "It's one thing to get beat by hits, but our errors and the bases on balls contributed directly to their winning the game."

Del Rosario had that outing in his eighth season as a pro. It was also his last season as a pro. He never made the majors.

Del Rosario's career began in 1983, signed by the Braves as a free agent out of his native Dominican Republic.

Del Rosario started with the Braves in the rookie Gulf Coast League. He got 12 starts there, going 5-3, with a 3.16 ERA.

He moved to single-A Anderson for 1984, then single-A Durham in 1985. He also transitioned into a full-time reliever. He got 39 outings in 1985 and then 55 with Durham in 1986. He had a 2.69 ERA in 1986 and saved 15 games.

Del Rosario split 1987 between Durham and AA Greenville. He got 60 outings between them and a 1.99 ERA.

From 1985 to 1987 and in seven more outings for Durham, Del Rosario saved 33 games for the team. It was a Durham record that stood until 2003.

In January 1987, Del Rosario was pitching in his home country in winter ball and facing major leaguer Tony Pena. According to The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pena called Del Rosario a "crazy sidewinder," then proceeded to get a hit off him.

Del Rosario played 1988 completely at Greenville. He had a 2.97 ERA in 55 outings there. He also saved seven games. He had a win in a June game.

Del Rosario then played most of 1989 and 1990 at Greenville. In 1990, he got into 60 games, starting two. He went 7-7, with a 4.05 ERA and got one save. It was his final season as a pro.
1990 CMC-Pro Cards Tally
Players/Coaches Featured: 1,996
Made the Majors: 892-44.7%
Never Made Majors:1,104-55.3%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 382
10+ Seasons in the Minors:220

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