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Danys Báez González (/ˈdæni ˈb.ɛz/; Spanish: [ˈdaniz ˈβ]; born September 10, 1977) is a Cuban-American former professional baseball pitcher. Báez played Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Cleveland Indians, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Los Angeles Dodgers, Atlanta Braves, Baltimore Orioles, and Philadelphia Phillies.

Danys Báez
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Báez with the Baltimore Orioles
Born: (1977-09-10) September 10, 1977 (age 41)
Pinar del Río, Cuba
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
May 13, 2001, for the Cleveland Indians
Last MLB appearance
July 16, 2011, for the Philadelphia Phillies
MLB statistics
Win–loss record40–57
Earned run average4.25
Career highlights and awards
Medal record
Men's baseball
Representing  Cuba
Pan American Games
Gold medal – first place 1999 Winnipeg Team competition


Professional careerEdit

Cleveland IndiansEdit

Báez was signed by the Cleveland Indians in 1999. In his second season, he played for both the Indians and the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons. In his debut, he went a scoreless inning against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Over the rest of the year, he went 5–3 with a 2.91 ERA.[1]

In 2002, Báez was moved into the starting rotation of the Indians. He won his first start on April 5 of that year facing the Detroit Tigers. In 26 starts, he went 9–10 with a 4.44 ERA. He was given the role of closer in August, where he finished off the season.[2]

Báez pitched for the Indians as a reliever in 2003. He was both a setup man and a closer that season. He had 25 saves and 10 blown saves, which was tied for the most in the Major Leagues.[3]

Tampa Bay Devil RaysEdit

Báez signed as a free agent with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and was their full-time closer in 2004. He was 30 for 33 in save chances, which was a career high and seventh best in the Major Leagues. He was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers January 14, 2006 along with Lance Carter for Edwin Jackson and Chuck Tiffany.[4] The Dodgers intended Báez to serve as a closer until the injured Éric Gagné was healthy, but he was removed from the role in May after blowing four saves in four chances.

Atlanta BravesEdit

Báez was traded to the Braves on July 28, 2006, along with infielder Willy Aybar in exchange for shortstop/third baseman Wilson Betemit. While in Atlanta, he was the set-up man for the Braves' newly acquired closer Bob Wickman.

Baltimore OriolesEdit

Báez signed a three-year deal with the Orioles on November 26, 2006. He served as the set-up man for Orioles' closing pitcher Chris Ray, but became the closer after Ray suffered a season-ending injury in late July. On March 29, 2008, Baez was placed on the disabled list after undergoing Tommy John surgery and missed the entire 2008 season.

Báez returned from elbow surgery the following year with a good start to the season. On May 22, 2009 Báez got his first major league hit off the Nationals Kip Wells.

Philadelphia PhilliesEdit

Báez with the Phillies in 2010

On December 31, 2009, Baez agreed in principle to a contract with the Philadelphia Phillies,[5] which was officially announced on Tuesday, January 5, 2010.[6] In 2010, Baez made 51 appearances for the Phillies, recording a 5.48 ERA.

Baez made 29 appearances for Philadelphia in 2011, recording a 6.25 ERA before being designated for assignment on July 22.[7] On August 1, he was released.[8]


Baez announced his retirement from baseball on February 27, 2012.[9]

Personal lifeEdit

Báez defected from the Cuban national team at the 1999 Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Manitoba. His parents followed him to the United States five years later.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ The Official Site of The Baltimore Orioles: Team: Player Information : Biography and Career Highlights
  2. ^ The Official Site of The Baltimore Orioles: Team: Player Information : Biography and Career Highlights
  3. ^ The Official Site of The Baltimore Orioles: Team: Player Information : Biography and Career Highlights
  4. ^ The Official Site of The Baltimore Orioles: Team: Player Information : Biography and Career Highlights
  5. ^ Phillies reach agreement with RHP Baez, pending physical
  6. ^ Todd Zolecki (January 5, 2010). "Phillies, Baez agree to two-year deal". Major League Baseball. Retrieved 2010-01-05.
  7. ^ Mennella, Dan. "Phillies Designate Danys Baez For Assignment". Retrieved 22 July 2011.
  8. ^ Dierkes, Tim. "Phillies Release Danys Baez". Retrieved 1 August 2011.
  9. ^ Gleeman, Aaron (February 27, 2012). "After 10 seasons and $43 million, Danys Baez is retiring". NBC Sports.

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