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Euclides Rojas

Euclides Rojas
Rojas as coach for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2012
Pittsburgh Pirates – No. 56
Coach
Born: (1967-08-25) August 25, 1967
Havana, Cuba
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Euclides Rojas
Medal record
Competitor for  Cuba
Men's Baseball
Baseball World Cup
Gold 1988 Rome Team
Gold 1990 Edmonton Team
Goodwill Games
Gold 1990 Seattle Team

Euclides Rojas (born August 25, 1967, in Havana) is a Cuban-born coach and player development official in Major League Baseball. On November 24, 2010, he was named bullpen coach of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Career

Rojas was a right-handed relief pitcher in his playing days. He was the Cuban National Team's all-time leader in saves before he and 12 others left their homeland by raft in 1994, were rescued by the United States Coast Guard, and eventually emigrated to the United States.[1] Rojas played independent league baseball in 1995 before being acquired by the Florida Marlins in his adopted city of Miami, Florida. Rojas pitched for two seasons in the Marlins' system — including service with the Triple-A Charlotte Knights for eight games — before injuries ended his active career. He won four games and lost six, appearing in 29 games with an earned run average of 4.56. He batted right-handed and stood 6 feet (1.83 m) tall and weighed 210 pounds (95 kg) as an active player.

In 1997, he became a full-time coach in the Marlins' system, a post that he held through 2001. In 2000, he was briefly a member of the Marlins' MLB coaching staff, serving as interim bullpen coach. He spent the 2002 season with the Pirates as Latin American pitching coordinator, and rejoined the Pittsburgh system in 2005.

Rojas spent six seasons (2005–2010) as the Pirates' Latin American field coordinator of instruction.[2] He was the bullpen coach of the Boston Red Sox during the full seasons of 20032004, a period during which the Red Sox went to Game 7 of the 2003 American League Championship Series and won the 2004 American League pennant and the 2004 World Series.

See also

References

  1. ^ Boston Red Sox 2003 Media Guide, p. 6.
  2. ^ Baseball America 2010 Annual Directory, p. 61

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
  • Cuban Baseball Career statistics
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Bob Kipper
Boston Red Sox bullpen coach
2003–2004
Succeeded by
Bill Haselman
Preceded by
Luis Dorante
Pittsburgh Pirates bullpen coach
2011–
Succeeded by
Incumbent
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