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Bronson Anthony Arroyo

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Pitcher Bronson Arroyo was named after actor Charles Bronson. Away from the diamond, he is a musician; his first CD Covering the Bases came out in July, 2005. The disc contains twelve cover songs, including Verve Pipe's Freshman and Alice in Chains' Down in the Hole. The advertising about his CD says: "After the 2004 World Series won by the Red Sox, Bronson teamed up with music producer Loren Harriet and music executive Lou Mann to create a twelve-song album featuring cover songs that Arroyo would play for his teammates."

He was born in Key West, FL, and in high school was All-State in baseball as well as being a star at basketball.

He was in the minors from 1995 to 1999, as well as large parts of the 2000 to 2003 seasons. While in the Pittsburgh Pirates' organization, he was 12-4 for Lynchburg in 1997, 15-4 for Altoona in 1999, and spent parts of three seasons in Nashville, going 8-2, 6-2, and 8-6. In 2003, after having been selected off waivers by the Boston Red Sox, he was 12-6 in Pawtucket.

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From 2000 to 2002, he spent part of each season in the majors with the Pittsburgh Pirates, with his ERA gradually improving each year.

On August 10, 2003, while pitching for the Pawtucket Red Sox, he threw a perfect game against the Buffalo Bisons. It was just the fourth nine-inning perfecto in the history of the International League.

He was with the Boston Red Sox for a small part of 2003, as well as all of 2004 and 2005, going 10-9 in 2004 and 14-10 in 2005.

Arroyo was traded at the beginning of the 2006 season to the Cincinnati Reds for Wily Mo Pena. The trade was one of the biggest early successes for rookie Reds General Manager Wayne Krivsky as well as Rookie owner Bob Castellini. As a result, the Reds experienced perhaps their most exciting season since 1999.

In Bronson's first at bat as a Cincinnati Red, he hit a home run against Glendon Rusch in Cincinnati. Bronson repeated the feat, again against Rusch, at week later at Wrigley Field. Both home runs were fastballs that Rusch left over the plate.

Bronson has been dubbed the "poor man's El Duque" because of their similar unusual delivery as well as their similar approaches to pitching. Bronson relies mostly on his sweeping curveball and his fastball which averages from 88-92 MPH.

In 2006, Arroyo was selected to his first All-Star Game where he pitched one scoreless inning. At the time of the Game, Arroyo had 9 wins. It would eventually take Arroyo 11 starts for him to win his tenth game. He finished the season with 14 wins while leading the league in innings pitched and games started. He won the Joe Nuxhall Good Guy Award given by the Cincinnati media that season.

Because of Bronson's personality, his unusual hair styles, and his musicianship, Bronson has become a fan favorite. Bronson's musical tastes, as well as his performances revolve mostly around 1990s grunge music. Bronson's favorite group is Alice in Chains.

Perhaps because of his status as a musician, Arroyo has his own website (see below). He also has an extensive Wikipedia entry.

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