Cuban pitcher in the US leagues dies in a traffic accident in Havana

Cuban baseball pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, who played with the Philadelphia Phillies team from the United States between 2014 and 2015, died Friday in a traffic accident in Havana, media reported on the island.

Gonzalez, 31, from Mariel, a town in the western province of Artemisa, played in the US Major Leagues, where he only pitched 5.1 innings as a reliever in 2014.

The Cuban baseball player later joined the Minor Leagues of the Phillies, mainly due to injuries, according to the state newspaper Juventud Rebelde.

The information about the accident that caused Gonzalez’s death does not give details of the circumstances in which it occurred, but indicates that another person in serious condition was traveling in the car.

The Cuban pitcher’s contract with the Philadelphia team was for three years and 12 million dollars, according to the CubanPlay website.

In the 2015-2016 season, the right Gonzalez was signed by the Águilas de Zulia in the winter league of Venezuela, in which he had an unfavorable balance of 0-4.

Before trying his luck with professional baseball, the young right-hander had participated in eight seasons of the Cuban National Amateur League as a member of the Habana and Artemisa teams, in which he defeated 416 rivals and transferred to 161.

From that stage it is remembered that Miguel Alfredo González excelled as champion with the team Vaqueros de Habana in the Cuban championship of 2009, and in the national tournaments he won 36 games and lost 30, worked for 3.78 ERA and 1.31 WHIP.


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