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Subject: Eulogio "Frankie" de la Cruz, Dominican baseball player who played for the Milwaukee Brewers/Detroit Tigers/San Diego Padres/Florida Marlins. ...


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Date Posted: Monday, March 15, 10:37:28am

Eulogio "Frankie" de la Cruz, Dominican baseball player who played for the
Milwaukee Brewers/Detroit Tigers/San Diego Padres/Florida Marlins. ...
Mlive.com
March 15, 2021

Longtime pitcher Eulogio “Frankie” De La Cruz, who signed with the Detroit Tigers as a teenager out of the Dominican Republic and then plied his trade all over the world for two decades, has died at the age of 37.

Toros del Este, De La Cruz’s team in the Dominican winter league, announced the news Monday morning. Several Dominican media sources, including the newspaper Diario Libre, reported that De La Cruz suffered a heart attack on Sunday night.

De La Cruz was pitching as recently as this winter, when he posted a 2.35 ERA in 15 innings for the Toros, playing alongside current Tiger Jeimer Candelario.

De La Cruz began his journey with the Tigers when he was signed by famed scout Ramon Pena. De La Cruz made his Major League debut as a 23-year-old in 2007, but was traded to the Florida Marlins months later as part of a package players for Miguel Cabrera.

De La Cruz pitched for parts of four seasons in the big leagues with the Marlins, San Diego Padres and Milwaukee Brewers but never found a lasting role.

His career wasn’t over, however, as he went on to pitch professionally in Japan, Taiwan, Italy and Mexico, plus the winter leagues of Puerto Rico, Venezuela and his native Dominican Republic.

Baseball Reference estimated he had pitched more than 1,800 innings in professional baseball over parts of 19 seasons.

Tributes on social media also highlighted his upbeat personality.

“We wake up with sadness after learning the terrible news of the loss of our Eulogio ‘Frankie’ De La Cruz,” Toros del Este said in a statement. “Our condolences to his family and friends for this terrible loss. May his soul be at peace.”

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https://www.mlive.com/tigers/2021/03/former-tigers-pitcher-who-forged-his-career-around-the-globe-dies-at-37.html

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