I love this viral clip of Manny Ramirez homering in his first Dominican Winter League at-bat. It spread all over yesterday, but what I didn’t notice was that the pitcher who gave it up is none other than Daniel Cabrera. If you’re an O’s fan, or just a fan of baseball curiosities in general, you remember him.
He was 6′7″ and threw about 100 mph. You saw a lot of him for Baltimore, as he pitched 169 innings per season from 2004-08, leading the league in walks and hit by pitches twice and losses once. Just when you were ready to give up on him, though, he’d go out and flirt with a no-hitter or something. He was that kind of pitcher, until the O’s actually did give up on him.
I’d forgotten that the Nats took a flier on him in ‘09. He was awful, walking 35 in 40 innings and going 0-5 with a 5.85 ERA. Cabrera hasn’t seen Major League action since that season, undergoing Tommy John and bouncing around the minors. And now he’s in the DR, serving up 91-mph meatballs.
Daniel Cabrera is 31 yea...