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Manuel Hurtado González

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Manuel Hurtado was a star pitcher in Cuba who played for the Cuban national team.

Hurtado won six games for the Industriales in 1963-1964, tying Román Águila for the Cuban Serie Nacional lead. He was the winning pitcher in the 1965 Cuban All-Star Game. On January 10, 1970, he set a Cuban record by fanning 10 batters in a row in a contest against Matanzas. He was with the Cuban national team in 1970. In the 1970 Amateur World Series, he had a 2-0, 0.00 record as Cuba won the Gold Medal. He was 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in the 1970 Central American and Caribbean Games. Hurtado had his biggest season in 1970-1971 with a 0.67 ERA, the lowest ERA for a Cuban pitcher with 100+ innings during the Castro era.

Overall, Hurtado was 90-47 with a 1.80 ERA in a career that stretched from 1962-1973. He allowed a .200 average and had a WHIP under 1.00; it was a pitcher's era. He hit .113/.184/.118. He defected from Cuba in the mid-1990s. Through 2010-2011, he was still among the Serie Nacional's all-time leaders in ERA (third behind José Antonio Huelga and Roberto Valdés) and winning percentage (6th behind Orlando Hernández, Norge Vera, José Contreras, Walfrido Ruiz and Rogelio García).

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