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Stanley Peter Belinda

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Pitcher Stan Belinda was drafted with the first pick of the 10th round of the 1986 amateur draft coming out of Allegany College. Belinda was only the second player ever drafted out of Allegany, the first being John Kruk. Stan entered pro ball in the Gulf Coast League with the GCL Pirates in 1986. He had a 3-2 record with 2.66 ERA and seven saves that season.

He is best known for being the pitcher in the 9th inning of Game Seven of the 1992 NLCS, when Sid Bream of the Atlanta Braves raced home on Francisco Cabrera's pinch hit to score the run that sent the Braves to 1992 World Series. Belinda was the Pirates' closer that year, having saved 18 games during the regular season.

In 1998, Belinda was diagnosed as being in the early stages of multiple sclerosis.

He was a sidearm thrower who relied on a sinking fastball.

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