Monday, April 21, 2014

#198 Alejandro Pena

About the Front: The back of Alejandro Pena's jersey is partially obscured, but a quick Google search tells me that the Braves did put the tilde above the "n" in his last name.

About the Back: You could probably win a bar bet with the knowledge that Pena was the 1984 National League ERA champ.

Triple Play:

1. Alejandro's league-leading four shutouts in 1984 weren't cheapies. He had three five-hitters and a four-hitter.

2. The Braves acquired Pena for the stretch run in 1991 and he was a perfect 14 for 14 in saves with Atlanta through the NLCS. So naturally he blew his only save chance in the World Series in Game Three, then took the loss by allowing the only run in the decisive Game Seven.

3. He was the pitching coach for the Dodgers' Dominican Summer League team from 2010 through 2013.

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: Pena was one of those guys that always looked like he was about 50 years old.

Bill James Said: "The elbow went out in spring training, and he missed the season following surgery."

On This Date in 1993: April 21. The Bolivian Supreme Court sentences former dictator Luis Garcia Meza to 30 years in prison without parole for murder, theft, fraud, and violations of the Constitution. You know what they say: go big or go home.

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