Manuel Eduardo Sarmiento Aponte [sar-ME-EN-toh], (born February 2, 1956) is a Venezuelan former professional baseball pitcher who played with the Cincinnati Reds (1976–79), Seattle Mariners (1980; 1981 on the disabled list) and Pittsburgh Pirates (1982–83) in Major League Baseball.
Sarmiento played for four years with Cincinnati's "Big Red Machine". While with the Reds, he posted a 14–8 record with 138 strikeouts, six saves, and a 4.12 ERA in 132 appearances (including five as a starting pitcher).
In 1980, Sarmiento was injured while with Seattle, requiring season-ending surgery and more than 18 months of rehabilitation. Sarmiento was traded in 1981 to the Pirates. For part of the season, he switched from the bullpen in an emergency move and had a 9–4 record with 81 strikeouts and 3.39 ERA record before returning to relief duties in the 1983 season.
In a seven-season career, Sarmiento compiled a 26–22 mark with 283 strikeouts and a 3.49 ERA in 513 innings pitched.
By Dean Hanley
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