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Juan Carlos Acevedo (born May 5, 1970) is a Mexican former professional baseball player. He was a right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball (MLB) between 1995 and 2003. He pitched in the Mexican League after his MLB retirement.

Juan Acevedo
Born: (1970-05-05) May 5, 1970 (age 49)
Ciudad Juárez, Mexico
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 30, 1995, for the Colorado Rockies
Last MLB appearance
August 5, 2003, for the Toronto Blue Jays
MLB statistics
Win–loss record28–40
Earned run average4.33



Acevedo attended Dundee-Crown High School in Carpentersville, Illinois, where as a senior he had an 8–0 record in baseball.[1][2] After high school, Acevedo attended Parkland College in Champaign, Illinois. He was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in 1992 as a 14th round amateur pick. Acevedo signed with them June 3, 1992 and debuted April 30, 1995.[1]

During his career, Acevedo served primarily as a relief pitcher, starting only 34 of his 366 games played.[1] Known as a journeyman, Acevedo played for the Colorado Rockies, Detroit Tigers, Florida Marlins, Milwaukee Brewers, New York Mets, New York Yankees, St. Louis Cardinals, and Toronto Blue Jays during an eight-year career.[1] He was a part-time closer for the Cardinals in 1998, taking over in the second half of the season for struggling veteran Jeff Brantley.[3] He finished his MLB career with a 4.33 ERA and a 28–40 win–loss record.[1] His 28 saves in a season for Detroit in 2002 is a record for a Mexican-born pitcher.[4] He retired after the 2003 season.

Rob Neyer and Bill James credit Acevedo as having thrown a mid-90s four seam fastball and a cut fastball.[5]

In early 2002, Acevedo married Sonja Ptach. They have three children together. Soon after their marriage, Acevedo retired as an MLB player and began pitching for Monterrey of the Mexican League. Ptach filed for divorce in 2005 for irreconcilable difference and mental cruelty. The divorce was settled with Acevedo being ordered to pay off their former home.[2]

Though throughout his MLB career Acevedo made upwards of $4.5 million, a failed restaurant investment, credit card and cell phone debt, along with money owed to the Illinois Department of Revenue caused Acevedo to not pay off his mortgage as ordered.[2] In March 2010, Acevedo was sentenced to six months in jail for contempt of court. The charge was related to a violation of the financial terms of his divorce settlement.[6]

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  1. ^ a b c d e "Juan Acevedo Statistics and History". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 27, 2011.
  2. ^ a b c "A Star Ballplayer's Reversal of Fortune". QuadCities Online. Retrieved April 15, 2013.
  3. ^ Eisenbath, Mike (April 13, 1999). "Closing the deal sits well with Juan Acevedo – at least for now". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Archived from the original on December 27, 2013. Retrieved June 3, 2012.
  4. ^ "Greinke, Guillen lead Royals to first win of year over slumping A's". July 28, 2008. Retrieved December 27, 2013.
  5. ^ James, Bill; Neyer, Rob (June 15, 2004). The Neyer/James Guide to Pitchers: An Historical Compendium of Pitching, Pitchers, and Pitches. Simon and Schuster. pp. 116–117. ISBN 9780743261586. Retrieved June 3, 2012.
  6. ^ "1-time star ballplayer experiences a 'reversal of fortune'". Retrieved September 10, 2010.[permanent dead link]

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