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Before I get into the birthdays for today(there are no trades to mention) I have to mention the tragic passing of a legendary Pittsburgh Pirates player on this date in 1972 when the great Roberto Clemente died in a plane crash en route to Nicaragua to deliver relief aid after the country was struck by an earthquake. He was just 38 years old. Clemente passed away 39 years ago today Born on this date in 1971 was pitcher Esteban Loaiza who signed with the Pirates as an amateur free agent in 1991. Loaiza went 5-1 2.26 in the GCL his first season then followed that up the next year with a 10-8 3.89 record in 143.1 innings in low-A ball with Augusta. In 1993 he pitched 152 innings, posting a 3.49 ERA and reaching AA at age 21. He was very consistent with his stats in the minors, again he posted a mid-three ERA in 1994 and he upped his innings again, slightly, to 154.1 while making 24 starts. Despite never pitching in AAA he made the jump to the majors in 1995 and made a league leading 31 ...
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