- Esteban Loaiza
Infobox MLB player
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*Texas Rangers (by|1998-by|2000)
Toronto Blue Jays(by|2000-by|2002)
Chicago White Sox(by|2003-by|2004)
New York Yankees(by|2004)
Los Angeles Dodgers(by|2007-by|2008)
Chicago White Sox(by|2008)
Esteban Antonio Loaiza Veyna [lo-EYE-sa] (born
December 31, 1971in Tijuana, Baja California, México) is a Major League Baseball pitcher free agent. He most recently played for the Chicago White Sox.
A graduate of
Mar Vista High Schoolin Imperial Beach, California, Loaiza was signed by the Pittsburgh Piratesas an undrafted free agent on March 21, by|1991. With the Gulf Coast Pirates in the Rookie leagues he started five games in 1991, finishing with a 5-1 record and a 2.26 ERA. He moved through the Pirates farm system with stops at Augusta (class A - by|1992), Salem (class A - by|1993) and Carolina (class AA - 1993-by|1994). He also played for the Mexico City Red Devils of the Mexican Summer League during the 1993 season.
Loaiza made the jump to the big league club in by|1995, making his major league debut on
April 29, 1995, for the Pirates against the Philadelphia Phillies. He worked 4 2/3 innings in the game, giving up five hits and one unearned run to get the first major league win of his career. He finished his rookie season with a 8-9 record and a 5.16 ERA in 31 starts.
He began the by|1996 season back in the minors with the Triple-A
Calgary Cannons, but was recalled to the majors on June 7and has remained in the major leagues ever since.
The Pirates traded him to the Texas Rangers on
July 17, by|1998, for Todd Van Poppeland Warren Morris. He spent the next two seasons with Texas, pitching both as a starter and a reliever for the Rangers.
Traded again, to the
Toronto Blue Jaysby the Rangers on July 19, by|2000 for Michael Young and Darwin Cubillan, he pitched with the Blue Jays through by|2002.
Chicago White Sox (2003-2004)
After signing with the Chicago White Sox as a free agent, Loaiza enjoyed a career season in by|2003, leading
American Leaguepitchers in strikeouts(207), and was second in wins (21) and strikeouts per nine innings(8.23); third in ERA (2.90), and sixth in innings pitched(226.3). Considered for the Cy Young Award, Loaiza finished second behind Roy Halladay, ahead of Pedro Martínezand Tim Hudson. He was an All-Star selection both in 2003 and by|2004. Loaiza's 21 wins in 2003 are tied for the most ever in a season for a Mexican pitcher; Fernando Valenzuelawon 21 games in by|1986.
In 2004, Loaiza was traded to the
New York Yankeesmid-season for José Contreras. He did not perform well in New York and was banished to the bullpen during the regular season. During the ALCS against the Boston Red Sox, he pitched well in two relief outings despite recording the loss in Game 5. That off-season he signed a one-year contract with the Washington Nationalsas a free agent. He went 12-10 with a 3.77 ERA for the Nationals in by|2005.
Prior to the by|2006 season, Loaiza signed a three-year, $21.4 million dollar contract with the
Oakland Athletics. [ [http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=2239730 "Loaiza joins Zito, Harden, Haren and Blanton in rotation"] , Associated Press, November 29, 2005] He had a disastrous start to his Oakland career, which led many fans to question his acquisition. Loaiza went 0-3 in April with an 8.35 ERA and opponents batted .385 against him. His early season troubles reached a nadir on April 29when he gave up 10 runs in two innings to the Kansas City Royals, who had the worst record in baseball at the time; the game was not official since it was later rained out, or his statistics would have been even worse. Loaiza's poor performance was at least partly due to injury, as he seemed to have very little velocity on his fastballearly in the season (throwing it at as little as 82-83 mph) [ [http://mlb.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/news/gameday_recap.jsp?ymd=20060423&content_id=1415138&vkey=recap&fext=.jsp&c_id=oak "Twin killing: A's lose, Loaiza hurt"] , Tony Kuttner, MLB.com, April 23, 2006] and was placed on the disabled listwith back and shoulder problems on May 2. When he returned on June 8, he was inconsistent, but appeared to be much healthier, due to his ability to demonstrate a much harder 95 mph fastball. [ [http://www.sacbee.com/content/sports/story/14296684p-15149884c.html "Sizzling A's finish sweep of Rays"] , Associated Press, August 14, 2006] On June 25, 2006, Loaiza pitched his first complete gamein over two years in a 10-4 victory over the San Francisco Giants. Loaiza finished the 2006 regular season with a 4.89 ERA and a record of 11 wins and 9 losses. [ [http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/players/5368/career;_ylt=Aq0aWSPLL1HTI3cObSecjl2FCLcF "Loaiza's Career stats on Yahoo! Sports"] ] His injuries may have played a role in his sub-par ERA for that season.
During the by|2007 regular season, Loaiza spent a large amount of time on the disabled list due to spasms in his right
trapezius. The A's activated him and moved him back to the 25-man roster on August 22, 2007.
Los Angeles Dodgers
August 29, 2007, the Los Angeles Dodgers claimed Loaiza off waivers from the Athletics. Instead of trading for Loaiza, the Dodgers purchased the remainder of his contract. [ [http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/7168078 "Dodgers claim Loaiza off waivers from A's"] ]
He made an impressive debut for the Dodgers, working seven innings and getting the win in a 11-3 victory over the
Chicago Cubs, but struggled during the rest of the season, losing his last four decisions.
Going into the by|2008 season, he had fully recovered from his injuries and regained his spot as the fifth starter in the Dodgers rotation. Loaiza struggled at the beginning of the season, and as a result lost his starting position to lefty
Hong-Chih Kuo. After a stint on the DL, Loaiza was designated for assignment on May 24and subsequently released.
Chicago White Sox (2008)
June 4, 2008, Loaiza was signed by the Chicago White Sox. [ [http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/news/press_releases/press_release.jsp?ymd=20080604&content_id=2839360&vkey=pr_cws&fext=.jsp&c_id=cwsWhite Sox sign pitcher Esteban Loaiza to one-year contract] ] After 3 relief appearances and 6 weeks on the disabled list, he was released. [ [http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/news/press_releases/press_release.jsp?ymd=20080725&content_id=3192051&vkey=pr_cws&fext=.jsp&c_id=cws White Sox make three roster moves] ]
June 14, 2006, Loaiza was arrested after being pulled over by police who clocked his Ferraridoing 120 MPH on a California freewaynear San Lorenzo. He subsequently failed a sobriety test. He appeared in court on July 14, 2006. After the incident, GM Billy Beanebanned alcohol in both the home and visitor clubhouse, citing liability issues. [ [http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=2485015 "Loaiza faces drunken driving, speeding charges"] , Associated Press, June 15, 2006]
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