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Asdrudes Flores Bucardo
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 5' 10", Weight 190 lb.
Asdrudes Flores has been a long-time hurler in Nicaragua.
Flores was 1-2 with a 8.64 ERA for the Nicaraguan national team in the 1990 Baseball World Cup; that year, he became the first left-hander to win 20 games in Nicaragua's amateur leagues. Asdrudes tossed the second perfect game in Nicaragua (from 1970 onwards) in 1991; as of 2007, no one since had matched the feat. He allowed two runs in two innings for Nicaragua in the 1991 Intercontinental Cup.
Asdrudes tossed a second no-hitter in Nicaragua, in 1995. In the 1996 Olympics, he was 1-2 with a 5.21 ERA. He led the team with 17 strikeouts in 19 innings but also walked a team-worst 12. He beat the Dutch national team and lost to Team USA and the Cuban national team, both tough opponents. Overall, Flores tied Kris Benson and Roberto Cabalisti for 4th in the Atlanta Games in whiffs, behind Pedro Luis Lazo, Jutaro Kimura and Omar Luis.
Flores was 0-1 with a 6.14 ERA in the 1997 Intercontinental Cup; only Jose Quiroz had a worse ERA on Nicaragua's staff. At age 34, he was the oldest member of the team. In the 2001 Baseball World Cup, the old-timer was 1-0 with a 1.23 ERA as one of the top Nicaraguan performers. He returned to the national team for the 2006 COPABE Olympic Qualifiers, going 0-1 with seven hits and six runs (four earned) in four innings at age 43.
Through 2007, the durable southpaw led the Nicaraguan amateur league in career starts (351), wins (157), losses (119) and walks (660) and was second in innings (2,107 and strikeouts (1,278). He was still active at age 48 with Chinandega, older than a couple of their coaches. The next-oldest performer was 35-year-old Oswaldo Mairena.