Cecilio Guante

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Cecilio Guante
Born: (1960-02-01) February 1, 1960 (age 59)
Villa Mella, Dominican Republic
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
May 1, 1982, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Last MLB appearance
July 29, 1990, for the Cleveland Indians
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 29–34
Earned run average 3.48
Strikeouts 503

Cecilio Guante Magallane (born February 1, 1960) is a former professional Major League Baseball player who played from 1982 to 1990. He made his MLB debut with the Pittsburgh Pirates and ended his career after playing with the Cleveland Indians. He finished his career with a 29–34 won/loss record and a 3.48 ERA. He worked exclusively as a relief pitcher (save for one start in 1990).

Personal information

Guante was born in Villa Mella, Dominican Republic. His height is 6'3" and his playing weight was 205 lb. He was a right-handed pitcher and also a right-handed batter.

Baseball career

Guante was signed as an amateur free agent by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1979. He was eventually called up to the big leagues in 1982. He played five seasons for the Pirates, working exclusively as a relief pitcher. His strongest season was in 1985, when Guante posted a 4–6 record in 63 games. He pitched 109.0 innings, had 92 strikeouts, a 2.72 ERA and a 1.138 WHIP.

In 1987, Guante was traded to the New York Yankees, a team looking for pitching help. He was traded with Pat Clements and Rick Rhoden to the Yankees for Doug Drabek, Brian Fisher, and Logan Easley.[1] This trade of prospects for older veterans came back to haunt the Yankees, as the young Drabek went on to win the National League Cy Young Award in 1990 and had a solid major league career until he retired in 1998.

To make matters worse for the Yankees, Guante had a 5.73 ERA in 1987. By comparison, the average ERA for an American League pitcher in 1987 was 4.38. Though Guante had a statistically strong year in 1988 (5 wins and a 2.82 ERA), he was traded to the Texas Rangers for Dale Mohorcic before the season was over. Guante played two more full seasons before leaving MLB for good.

Guante briefly played for CPBL's Uni-President Lions in 1992 after leaving the major leagues.

Guante wore a giant G for Guante on his glove, as can be seen here.


  1. "Yankees, Pirates complete six-pitcher swap". The Gazette. AP. 27 November 1986. p. D1. Retrieved 16 June 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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