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José Valverde

Valverde pitching for the Tigers at Dodger Stadium, June 2011
MLB Player information
NameJosé Valverde
PositionRelief pitcher
BatsRight
ThrowsRight
MLB debutJune 1, 2003 for the Arizona Diamondbacks
Career statistics
Win loss record23 27
Earned run average3.02
Strikeouts602
Saves242
Teams
*Arizona Diamondbacks (2003 2007) *Houston Astros (2008 2009) *Detroit Tigers (2010 present)
* 3× All-Star (2007, 2010, 2011) * 2007 NL Rolaids Relief Man of the Year * Detroit Tigers regular season saves leader (49 in 2011) * Perfect regular season (49 saves in 49 opportunities, 2011)

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José Rafael Valverde (born March 24, 1978 in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic) is a Dominican baseball relief pitcher for the Detroit Tigers of Major League Baseball. His nickname is Papa Grande (Spanish for Big Potato). He throws both two and four-seam fastballs, a splitter, and a slider. Both of his fastballs are thrown in the mid to high nineties. His splitter is probably known as his best and most effective pitch.


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