Julian Tavarez Carmen
- Bats Left, Throws Right
- Height 6' 2", Weight 165 lb.
Julian Tavarez spent his career as a journeyman swing man, appearing in both the rotation and the bullpen with several teams with a total of 828 appearances over 17 seasons. He was well-known for his durability as well as his temper. Julian's temper often carried over into his pitching which is why he retired as one of the all time leaders in hit batsmen: with 97, he cracked the top 100 all-time, even though he only pitched a little over 1400 innings.
In the mid-1990s, when Tavarez became an American citizen, he changed the pronunciation of his name from the Spanish to the English (from a soft j or h sound, to a hard j).
Tavarez was the second Dominican hurler in their 9-0 shutout win over Panama in the 2009 World Baseball Classic. He replaced Johnny Cueto with two outs in the 5th inning and gave up an Angel Chavez single before retiring Ruben Rivera. In the 6th, he got Carlos Lee to fly out, struck out Julio Zuleta and got Javier Castillo on a grounder. Carlos Ruiz opened the 7th with a single and Rafael Perez relieved Tavarez.