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Friday, May 10, 2019

Jose Parra, Long Time - 20

Jose Parra picked up the first win of his major league career for the Twins against the Angels in August 1995 and he looked ahead for more, according to The Associated Press.

"I want it to be the first of many," Parra told The AP after the win. "I hope it's the start of a good career."

Parra picked up that win in his first major league season, his sixth as a pro. He went on to see time in five major league seasons and win a total of seven major league games.

His seventh big league win also came eight years after his sixth.

Parra's career began in 1990, signed by the Dodgers as an amateur free agent out of his native Dominican Republic.

Parra started with the Dodgers in the rookie Gulf Coast League. He went 5-3 over 10 starts, with a 2.67 ERA.

He moved to rookie Great Falls in 1991, then saw three games at AA San Antonio in 1992. He saw 17 starts at San Antonio in 1993 then 27 starts at AAA Albuquerque in 1994. He went 10-10, with a 4.78 ERA at Albuquerque.

Parra debuted for the Dodgers in May 1995. He saw eight relief outings there, giving up five earned in 10.1 innings. The Dodgers then traded him to the Twins at the deadline. He went 1-5 in 12 starts down the stretch, with a 7.59 ERA.

Parra returned for 27 outings, five starts, in 1996. He went 5-5, with a 6.04 ERA.

He played 1997 at AAA Salt Lake, then moved to Korea and the Samsung Lions for 1998 and Japan and Yomiuri for 1999.

Parra returned stateside for 2000. He saw six outings, two starts for Pittsburgh. He went 0-1. He then saw 16 relief outings for Arizona in 2002, also going 0-1.

In 2004, he saw 13 final major league outings with the Mets. He went 1-0, with a 3.21 ERA. That one win proved his first in eight years.

"It's been a long time for me," Parra told The New York Times after that win. "A long time."

Parra returned to Japan and Orix for 2005 to end his career.
1990 Minor League Tally
Players/Coaches Featured:3,113
Made the Majors:1,138-36.6%-X
Never Made Majors:1,975-63.4%
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 472-X
10+ Seasons in the Minors:282

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