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Nelson Cruz (born September 13, 1972 in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic) is a former professional baseball pitcher. He played all or part of six seasons in Major League Baseball for the Chicago White Sox, Detroit Tigers, Houston Astros, and Colorado Rockies, and one season in Korea Professional Baseball for the SK Wyverns. He is currently the pitching coach for the Eugene Emeralds,the Class A Short Season affiliate of the San Diego Padres.

Nelson Cruz
Born: (1972-09-13) September 13, 1972 (age 47)
Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
August 1, 1997, for the Chicago White Sox
Last MLB appearance
July 9, 2003, for the Colorado Rockies
MLB statistics
Win–loss record15–23
Earned run average5.04


He was signed by the Montreal Expos as an amateur free agent in 1989. Cruz played his first professional season with their Rookie league Gulf Coast Expos in 1991, and his last affiliated season with the Detroit Tigers' Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens in 2005. He finished his career with the Toros de Tijuana of the Mexican League in 2006.