Stan Belinda

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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 out of Allegany College. He 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 and had a 3-2 record with 2.66 ERA and seven saves that season.

The relief ace with the dominant force of the early 1990s NL East, the Pittsburgh Pirates, Belinda is perhaps best known for being on the mound in the 9th inning of Game 7 of the 1992 NLCS, when Sid Bream of the Atlanta Braves made his mad dash home on Francisco Cabrera's pinch hit to score the run that sent the Braves to the 1992 World Series. Belinda saved 61 games in five seasons with the Bucs before being dealt to the Kansas City Royals for future big league contributors Jon Lieber and Dan Miceli at the trade deadline in 1993. A sidearmer who relied on a sinking fastball, Stan enjoyed one more truly fine season out of the 'pen with the AL East champion Boston Red Sox in 1995 Red Sox. In September 1998, he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and faded from the big leagues at the end of the 2000 season. His nephew, Jacob, has pitched in the Braves organization.

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