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Rafael Carmona

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Rafael Carmona pitched four years in the majors leagues, largely as a reliever, with a record of 11-7. In the minors, he pitched from 1993-2000, with a notable year in 1994 when he went 8-2 in Single A ball with 21 saves.

Carmona was injured in a car accident on November 30, 1997 while heading home. He had surgery to repair two broken bones in his pitching arm on December 3rd. This injury seemed to set him back, as he posted a combined 9.99 ERA in advanced A and AA ball; he hadn't pitched at the AA level since 1995 and had either been in AAA or the major leagues.

He had a fabulous comeback in 1999, though, posting a 3.53 ERA back in AAA Tacoma and even made it back to the major leagues for nine games. Unfortunately, he imploded in 2000. Pitching in only three minor league games, his ERA went into orbit at 20.25 and his career was over at age 27.

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