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Victor Cruz

Victor Manuel Cruz Gil
Birthname: Victor Manuel De La Cruz Gil
Born: Dec. 24, 1957 in Rancho Viejo, D.R.
Died: Sept. 26, 2004 in Santo Domingo, D.R.
Debut: 1978 | Pos: P
H: 5'9" | W: 200 | B: R | T: R

5 18 23 128 37 271.0 248 3.09

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Victor Cruz, a former major league pitcher who recorded 18 wins, died on Sept. 26, 2004 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

In five seasons in the major leagues, Cruz recorded an 18-23 record with 35 saves. He pitched 271 innings in 128 games and posted a 3.09 ERA.

His career included stops with the Blue Jays (1978), Cleveland (1979-1980), Pittsburgh (1981) and Texas (1983). His most productive season came in 1980 with the Indians when he was 6-7 with 12 saves in 86 innings pitched. He struck out 88 batters that season and posted a 3.45 ERA.

Cruz signed with the Cardinals in 1976, but was traded to the Blue Jays in 1977 in a deal that sent Cruz and Tom Underwood to Toronto for Pete Vuckovich and John Scott.

In 1978, Toronto traded him to the Indians for Alfredo Griffin and Phil Lansford. Two years later, the Indians sent him, along with Gary Alexander, Bob Owchinko and Rafael Vasquez, to the Pirates for Bert Blyleven and Manny Sanguillen.

He was traded for a fourth time in 1982. This deal sent him from Pittsburgh to Texas for Nelson Norman.