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Enrique Nomar Calero

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Enrique "Kiko" Calero pitched seven seasons in the majors, posting an ERA of 3.24 and making his last appearance in 2009. He appeared in the 2004 World Series. In 2010 he pitched at Albuquerque and Buffalo.

Calero was born in Puerto Rico and attended high school there. He went to college at St. Thomas University in Miami, FL. His time there overlapped with that of Juan Alvarez.

He was drafted in the 27th round of the 1996 amateur draft by the Kansas City Royals and labored in the minors from 1996 to 2002. During that time he was mostly a starter, and spent parts of six seasons at Wichita, where he always had a record over .500. In 2001 he went 14-5.

Kiko was up the majors from 2003 to 2009, although he spent parts of 2004, 2005, 2008 and 2009 in the minors. Perhaps his most impressive year was 2004, when he had a 2.78 ERA in 41 games for the St. Louis Cardinals. The league ERA that year was 4.30. He was 5 years older than teammate Albert Pujols.

His most games in a major league season came in 2006, when he appeared 70 times in the regular season for the division-winning Oakland Athletics. He was seven years younger than teammate Frank Thomas.

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