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Robin Nina took a no-hitter late to open 1989; Saw four pro seasons, made high-A

Robin Nina started strong for the short-season Salem Dodgers in 1989 - seven innings of no-hit ball strong, The Salem Statesman Journal wrote.

He didn't give up a hit until giving up a double in the eighth as his Salem squad went on to a 10-1 win, The Statesman Journal wrote.

"He did an outstanding job," Salem pitching coach Burt Hooton told The Statesman Journal afterward. "I thought his fastball was working real well, and he kept it down. He's not the type to blow the ball by you, but he made good use of his change and kept them off balance."

Nina went on to pitch the year at Salem and start the next at high-A Vero Beach. In all, he saw time in four pro seasons. He topped out at high-A.

Nina's career began in 1988, signed by the Dodgers out of his native Dominican Republic.

Nina started with the Dodgers in the rookie Gulf Coast League. He went 10-2, with a 1.85 ERA. He also saw an outing at Vero Beach.

He moved to short-season Salem. He went 5-6 on the year over 15 outings, with a 4.63 ERA. The Indian River Press Journal counted Nina that August among the organization's quality starting pitchers at short-season that year.

Nina arrived at Vero Beach to start 1990. He saw seven outings, giving up eight earned in 10 innings of work. The Dodgers then released him.

Nina then is credited as returning six seasons later with independent Rhode Island for four final outings to end his career.

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:3,857
Made the Majors:1,292-33.5%
Never Made Majors:2,565-66.5%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:528
10+ Seasons in the Minors:323

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