Nino Espinosa

Arnulfo Acevedo Espinosa (August 15, 1953 – December 24, 1987) was a right-handed Major League Baseball pitcher from the Dominican Republic signed as an amateur free agent with the New York Mets in September 1970 at the age of 17.

Espinosa was a September call-up for the 1974 Mets. For his Mets career, he compiled a 25–33 record. Following the 1978 season, he was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies for Richie Hebner and José Moreno. In his first season in Philadelphia, he had a 14–12 record, a 3.65 earned run average and 212 innings pitched.

He went 3–5 with a 3.77 earned run average while contributing to the 1980 Phillies World Series championship run, but was not part of the postseason roster. After struggling the following year, he was released midway through the 1981 season. The Toronto Blue Jays picked him up, but after only one inning in relief that saw him give up one earned run and four hits, they released him as well. He retired from baseball after an unsuccessful attempt to make the Pittsburgh Pirates in spring 1983.

Nino died of a heart attack at age 34 on Christmas Eve, 1987.

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