Ricardo Rincón

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Ricardo Rincón
Relief pitcher
Born: (1970-04-13) April 13, 1970 (age 49)
Cuitláhuac, Veracruz, Mexico
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
April 3, 1997, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Last MLB appearance
September 25, 2008, for the New York Mets
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 21–24
Earned run average 3.59
Strikeouts 400

Ricardo Rincón Espinoza (born April 13, 1970) is a former Major League Baseball relief pitcher.

Rincón was a left-handed specialist who spent nearly his entire career as a middle reliever and setup pitcher. In his 10-year career, Rincón never started a game and only accumulated 21 saves. Rincón played for several teams in Mexico before being signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1997, breaking into the major leagues at the relatively advanced age of 27. On November 18, 1998 he was traded to the Cleveland Indians for outfielder Brian Giles. He later pitched for the Oakland Athletics and St. Louis Cardinals.

Rincón played for his native Mexico in the 2006 World Baseball Classic, appearing in four games.[1] Shortly after the Classic and five games into his Cardinal career, Rincón experienced shoulder pain and later underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum and rotator cuff. He also had Tommy John surgery on his left elbow, forcing him to miss the remainder of the 2006 season.[2] He played in the San Francisco Giants organization in 2007. On January 25, 2008, Rincón signed with the New York Mets. He was loaned to the Mexico City Red Devils for the 2008 season, and was returned on August 28 and assigned to Triple-A New Orleans.

Rincón was part of a combined no-hitter on July 12, 1997. After Francisco Córdova threw nine innings of no-hit ball, Rincón relieved him and pitched a scoreless 10th. Teammate Mark Smith then hit a three-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th to give Rincón the win.[3] To date, it is the last no-hitter in Pirates history. [1]

He throws a four-seam fastball, slider, changeup, and two-seam fastball. He is currently married to his wife Jaqueline, they have two children, a daughter, Damaris, and a son, Ricardo, Jr. He is mentioned multiple times in the movie Moneyball.


  1. "World Baseball Classic statistics page". Retrieved 2006-08-23.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Rincon out for season with shoulder surgery". Associated Press. 2006-05-12. Retrieved 2006-08-23.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Box score". Retrosheet. Retrieved 2006-08-23.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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Preceded by
Kevin Brown
No-hit game
July 12, 1997
(with Francisco Córdova)
Succeeded by
David Wells