Alejandro Peña

Alejandro Peña Vásquez [ah-leh-hahn'-dro / pen'-nya / vahs'-kes] (born June 25, 1959), is a former relief pitcher in Major League Baseball. Listed at 6' 1" [1.85 m], 200 lb. [91 k], he batted and threw right-handed.

Peña made his Major League debut on August 13, 1981 (in time to be included on the roster for the 1981 National League Championship Series, but did not appear in the 1981 World Series) and made his last appearance on April 13, 1996, while pitching for the Los Angeles Dodgers (1981–1989), New York Mets (1990–1991), Atlanta Braves (1991–1992; 1995), Pittsburgh Pirates (1994), Boston Red Sox (1995) and Florida Marlins (1995; 1996).

Peña is currently the pitching coach for the Dominican Summer League Dodgers club.

Alejandro Peña
Reagan Alejandro Pena Lasorda (cropped)
Peña (center) with Ronald Reagan (left) and Tommy Lasorda in 1988
Pitcher
Born: June 25, 1959 (age 60)
Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 14, 1981, for the Los Angeles Dodgers
Last MLB appearance
April 13, 1996, for the Florida Marlins
MLB statistics
Win–loss record56–52
Earned run average3.11
Strikeouts839
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Los Angeles Dodgers

Pena became a full-time starting pitcher in 1983 and 1984, winning the ERA title in 1984 with 2.48 earned run average and leading the league with four shutouts. However, his right shoulder wore down & required surgery in early 1985. Pena was converted to reliever after that. He served as set-up man and part-time closer during his Dodgers tenure.

In the 1988 World Series, Pena pitched the 8th and 9th innings of Game 1, allowing one hit, striking out three, and picking up the win after Kirk Gibson's famous home run. In Game 3, Pena threw three scoreless innings and struck out four.

Atlanta Braves

Peña is best known for his late season success with the Atlanta Braves in 1991. Acquired from the Mets at the end of August (he needed to be on Atlanta's roster on August 31 to pitch in the playoffs), Pena went 13-for-13 in save opportunities, including saving Games 2 and 6 for Steve Avery in the 1991 NLCS. He blew a save in Game 3 of the 1991 World Series, but the Braves later won that game. He was on the mound for the final pitch of that classic series, giving up the base hit to Gene Larkin that won the title for the Minnesota Twins. Peña was the losing pitcher of Game 7. On September 11, 1991, Peña teamed with fellow Braves pitchers Kent Mercker and Mark Wohlers for a combined no-hitter against the San Diego Padres; Peña pitched the final inning of the 1–0 victory for a save. In 1992 he was hampered by tendinitis in his pitching elbow, leading the Braves to leave him off their World Series roster and causing him to miss the 1993 season. In 1995 he was reacquired by the Braves for their World Series run and was the winning pitcher of record for the first two games of their NLDS series.

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Preceded by
Bret Saberhagen
No-hit game
September 11, 1991
(with Kent Mercker & Mark Wohlers)
Succeeded by
Kevin Gross
1984 Caribbean Series

The twenty-sixth edition of the Caribbean Series (Serie del Caribe) was played in 1984. It was held from February 4 through February 9 with the champion teams from Dominican Republic (Tigres del Licey), Mexico (Cañeros de Los Mochis), Puerto Rico (Indios de Mayagüez) and Venezuela (Águilas del Zulia). The format consisted of 12 games, each team facing the other teams twice. The games were played at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

1984 Major League Baseball season

The 1984 Major League Baseball season started with a 9-game winning streak by eventual World Series champions Detroit Tigers who started the season with 35 wins and 5 losses and never relinquished the first place lead.

1987 Los Angeles Dodgers season

The 1987 Dodgers finished the season in fourth place in the Western Division of the National League.

1988 National League Championship Series

The 1988 National League Championship Series was played between the National League West champion Los Angeles Dodgers and the National League East champion New York Mets. The Dodgers won the Series four games to three, en route to defeating the Oakland Athletics in five games in the 1988 World Series.

The Mets were heavy favorites when the series began in Los Angeles on October 4. They had beaten the Dodgers ten of eleven times in the regular season, outscoring them, 49–18.

1988 New York Mets season

The New York Mets' 1988 season was the 27th regular season for the Mets. They went 100–60 and finished first in the NL East. They were managed by Davey Johnson. They played home games at Shea Stadium.

1988 World Series

The 1988 World Series was the 85th edition of Major League Baseball's championship series, and the conclusion of the 1988 Major League Baseball season. It was a best-of-seven playoff played between the American League (AL) champion Oakland Athletics and the National League (NL) champion Los Angeles Dodgers, with the Dodgers upsetting the heavily favored Athletics to win the Series in five games. It is best known for the pinch-hit walk-off home run hit by Dodgers outfielder and 1988 NL MVP Kirk Gibson, who could barely walk due to injuries suffered during the NLCS, against Hall-of-Fame Athletics closer Dennis Eckersley in Game 1. The Dodgers were the only MLB team to win more than one World Series title in the 1980s; their other World Series title during the decade came in 1981 (they also broke a 10-year chain of 10 different World Series champions going back to 1978).Although Gibson's home run has become an iconic World Series moment, it was series MVP Orel Hershiser who capped a dominant 1988 season in which he set the all time scoreless inning streak at 59 innings, recorded five straight shutouts, led the league with 23 wins and 267 innings, and won the Cy Young and Gold Glove awards. Hershiser was the MVP of the NLCS, starting three games, getting the save for Game 4, and shutting out the Mets in Game 7. In the World Series, he shut out the A's in Game 2, and pitched a two-run, complete game in the decisive Game 5 victory.

The Los Angeles Dodgers won the National League West division by seven games over the Cincinnati Reds then upset the New York Mets, four games to three, in the 1988 NLCS. The Oakland Athletics won the American League West division by thirteen games over the Minnesota Twins then swept the Boston Red Sox, four games to none, in the American League Championship Series.

1990 New York Mets season

The 1990 New York Mets season was the 29th regular season for the Mets. They went 91-71 and finished second in the National League East. They were managed by Davey Johnson and Bud Harrelson. They played home games at Shea Stadium.

1991 Atlanta Braves season

The 1991 Atlanta Braves season was the 26th in Atlanta and the 121st overall. They became the first team in the National League to go from last place one year to first place the next. This feat was also accomplished by the 1991 Minnesota Twins. The last Major League Baseball team to accomplish this was the 1890 Louisville Colonels of the American Association.

The Braves had a last place finish in 1990 but managed to overtake the Los Angeles Dodgers for first place in the National League West clinching the division on the next to the last day of the regular season.

1991 National League Championship Series

The 1991 National League Championship Series was played between the Atlanta Braves (94–68) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (98–64), with the Braves coming out on top in the Series 4–3. It was considered one of the best-pitched seven-game series of the modern era, featuring three 1–0 finishes and four shutouts. The Braves went on to lose in the World Series to the Minnesota Twins in seven games.

The Pirates had the best record in the National League in 1991, and were the first NL East team to win consecutive division championships since the Philadelphia Phillies, their in-state rivals, during their run of three straight NL East championships, from 1976–1978 (in fact, the Pirates won the 1991 NL East title in a game against their rivals). and were expected to win this Series and advance to the World Series. However, the Braves, who went from last place in the National League West in 1990 to first place in the division in 1991, were able to pull off the upset in their memorable run to the World Series versus the Minnesota Twins.

1995 Florida Marlins season

The Florida Marlins' 1995 season was the third season for the Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise in the National League. It would begin with the team attempting to improve on their season from 1994. Their manager was Rene Lachemann. They played home games at Joe Robbie Stadium. They finished with a record of 67–76, fourth in the National League East. The Marlins scored 673 runs and allowed 673 runs to finish with a run differential of zero.

1995 National League Division Series

The 1995 National League Division Series (NLDS), the opening round of the 1995 National League playoffs, began on Tuesday, October 3, and ended on Saturday, October 7, with the champions of the three NL divisions—along with a "wild card" team—participating in two best-of-five series. As a result of both leagues realigning into three divisions in 1994, it marked the first time in major league history that a team could qualify for postseason play without finishing in first place in its league or division. The teams were:

(1) Atlanta Braves (Eastern Division champion, 90–54) vs. (4) Colorado Rockies (Wild Card, 77–67): Braves win series, 3–1.

(2) Cincinnati Reds (Central Division champion, 85–59) vs. (3) Los Angeles Dodgers (Western Division champion, 78–66): Reds win series, 3–0.The Atlanta Braves and Cincinnati Reds went on to meet in the NL Championship Series (NLCS). The Braves became the National League champion, and defeated the American League champion Cleveland Indians in the 1995 World Series.

2009 South American U-20 Championship

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Alejandro Peña (footballer)

Alejandro Peña (born 20 October 1949) is a Mexican footballer. He competed in the men's tournament at the 1972 Summer Olympics.

Alejandro Peña Esclusa

Alejandro Peña Esclusa (born 3 July 1954) is a Venezuelan politician, leader of the Venezuelan NGO Fuerza Solidaria (since May 2001) and president of the pan-Latin-American NGO UnoAmérica (since December 2008). A former member of the LaRouche movement, in the 1980s he co-founded the Partido Laboral Venezolano (PLV, Venezuelan Labor Party) as the Venezuelan branch of LaRouche's International Caucus of Labor Committees, modelled on LaRouche's U.S. Labor Party. He has twice run for the Presidency. He was a columnist for the newspapers Últimas Noticias and Diario de Caracas (1988 to 1998), and has been a correspondent for Argentina's La Nueva Provincia. He has campaigned against the Foro de São Paulo (grouping of Latin American left parties) since the mid-1990s, and in 2008 set up UnoAmérica as its "ideological antithesis". He has opposed Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez since the mid-1990s.

In July 2010 Peña Esclusa was arrested on terrorism-related charges, after the Salvadoran Francisco Chávez Abarca (convicted in Cuba in December 2010 for his role in the 1997 Cuba hotel bombings) was arrested in Venezuela and, according to the Venezuelan authorities, labeled Peña Esclusa an accomplice in a plan to use violence to disrupt the September 2010 parliamentary elections. Opposition groups say the arrest is for political reasons. The Cuban government has accused Peña Esclusa of harboring fascist views and of complicity in an assassination plot against Bolivian president Evo Morales in 2009. However, the government has not provided evidence to support its allegations.

Dave Rohde

David Grant Rohde (born May 8, 1964) is a former utility infielder in Major League Baseball, playing mainly as a second baseman from 1990 through 1992 for the Houston Astros and Cleveland Indians. LIsted at 6' 2", 180 lb., he was a switch hitter and threw right handed.

Born in Los Altos, California, Rohde grew up in Newport Beach, California. He attended University of Arizona, where he played for the Arizona Wildcats baseball team that won the 1986 College World Series. He then was selected by the Astros in the 5th round of the 1986 MLB Draft.

Rohde made his big league debut with the Astros on opening night 1990 as a pinch-hitter against Cincinnati Reds reliever Rob Dibble. The following night, he got his first hit, a double, off Reds starter Tim Layana. For the season, Rohde hit a .184 batting average with five runs batted in in just 98 games.

During his majors stint, Rohde was a steady utility player with most of his at bats coming as a pinch hitter. The best game of his career came on July 18, 1990, when he went 3-for-3 against Frank Viola and Alejandro Peña of the New York Mets. His play helped Astros starter Mike Scott to pitch a 1-0 complete game shutout win as Rohde scored the sole run.Rohde appeared in just 29 games for the 1991 Astros and hit .122 (5-for-43) and scored three times but did not drive in a run. Before the start of the 1992 season he was traded to the Indians along with Kenny Lofton in exchange for Eddie Taubensee and Willie Blair. Rohde played in just five games with the Tribe to end his big league career. His final appearance was in the Kingdome against Seattle Mariners hurler Randy Johnson when he filled in at third base for then rookie Jim Thome. During his career, the slick fielding infielder committed just one error in 144 total chances to post a sparkling .993 fielding average.

Kent Mercker

Kent Franklin Mercker (born February 1, 1968) is an American former Major League Baseball left-handed pitcher. He played for nine teams over his seventeen-year career.

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Luis Alejandro Peña

Luis Alejandro Peña Sanhueza (born June 30, 1979) is a Chilean footballer, who last played for PSMS Medan (ISL).

Mark Wohlers

Mark Edward Wohlers (born January 23, 1970) is a former professional baseball pitcher. A right-hander, he played all or part of twelve seasons in Major League Baseball, exclusively as a relief pitcher. He is best known for his years with the Atlanta Braves from 1991 to 1999. He is the third fastest recorded pitcher in baseball history, having thrown a pitch recorded at 103 miles per hour during a spring training session in 1995; the record was broken by Detroit Tigers pitcher Joel Zumaya with a 104 mph (167 km/h) pitch.

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