Friday, December 21, 2012

Mayans, Cubans, and the End of the World

I often enjoy beginning a post with song lyrics which I find relevant to whatever it is that I'm writing about. However, I will forgo the temptation to do so today with the lyrics of a certain popular band out of Georgia-sparing my readers of having to listen to (or, in this case, read) it for the bajillionth time today...
During his six-year career in his native Cuba, Yunesky Maya went 48-29 with a 2.51 ERA for the Pinar del Rio Vegueros. He also pitched in the 2006 World Baseball Classic, as well as the 2009 games. Maya would win the Cuban equivalent of the Cy Young Award during the 2009 season- his final one in Cuba- going 13-4 with a 2.22 ERA.

After signing a 4-year, 6 million dollar contract with the Washington Nationals in August of 2010, Maya started only five games in the Nats' system before making his MLB debut on September 7, 2010, taking the loss against the Mets that evening. Maya did not pitch very well down the stretch for the Nationals, going 0-3. He wouldn't pitch very well for Washington in 2011, either, appearing in 10 games, giving up 19 runs in 32.2 innings, along with a 1.531 WHIP.

Yuni pitched the entire 2012 season at AAA Syracuse, leading me to wonder if the world doesn't end today, will Maya ever pitch in the majors again?

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