Eddie Oropesa

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Eddie Oropesa
Born: (1971-11-23) November 23, 1971 (age 47)
Matanzas, Cuba
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
April 2, 2001, for the Philadelphia Phillies
Last MLB appearance
May 20, 2004, for the San Diego Padres
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 8–4
Earned run average 7.34
Strikeouts 78

Edilberto Oropesa (born November 23, 1971), is a Cuban former professional baseball pitcher, who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Philadelphia Phillies (2001), Arizona Diamondbacks (20022003), and San Diego Padres (2004).[1] On April 8, 2004, he was credited with the win, in the first-ever big league game played at Petco Park, as the Padres defeated the San Francisco Giants, 4 to 3.[2]

Oropesa defected from the Cuban team at the World University Games in Buffalo, New York, in 1993. In 2012, he was hired by the Los Angeles Dodgers to work with their newly signed Cuban player, Yasiel Puig. Oropesa last played professionally in 2014, for the Mampaey Hawks, of the Dutch Major League.


Oropesa is estimated to have earned $1.15 million total in 3 of the 4 major league seasons he appeared in (2001, 2002, and 2004).[1]

Pitching Style

Eddie Oropesa threw three pitches, a fastball, slider and changeup. Oropesa's pitching delivery was unique. Against right-handed hitters, he went from the full windup. He would hide the ball by turning his back to the hitter utilizing a high leg kick and release the ball from a high three-quarters arm angle. Against lefties, he would work exclusively from the stretch, even with no runners on base. Against lefties, he would turn his back slightly however his leg kick was not nearly as exaggerated and he would use a sidearm release point. This delivery made it really tough for lefties to hit him, as they only hit .242 against him in his entire career. However, these inconsistent mechanics often led to control problems.

See also


  1. ^ a b "Eddie Oropesa Stats". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. 2011. Retrieved March 20, 2011.
  2. ^ "San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres Box Score, April 8, 2004 (Padres 4, Giants 3)". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. April 8, 2004. Retrieved June 3, 2019.

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors), or Retrosheet
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