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With a past in Major League Baseball (MLB) in the Cleveland Guardians franchise and more than 15 years playing in the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League (LVBP), Last Thursday it was announced about the death of Alex Herrera at the age of 43.
Before the official confirmation by teams like the Tigres de Aragua or the Leones del Caracas, journalists like Antonio Soler or Marcos Grunfeld released the news. Although the exact causes of death are not yet known, it is presumed that it was due to a heart attack generated by a pre-existing heart condition.
“The Caracas BBC organization joins the mourning that seizes Venezuelan baseball due to the death of former great league player Alex Herrera. He played 17 seasons in the LVBP, one of them with the Leones uniform. We send our condolences to his family and friends. Peace to his soul,” wrote the team’s official Twitter account.
For their part, the Tigres de Aragua also confirmed the death of the pitcher and through a statement expressed their regret for the loss. “At the Tigres de Aragua Foundation we join the mourning that seizes Venezuelan baseball after the death of former big league pitcher Alex Herrera. Our sincerest condolences to all of his family, friends and loved ones. RIP,” they said.
Profile Alex Herrera
Alex Herrera was born in the city of Maracaibo, Venezuela on November 5, 1979. He made his debut in the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League in the 1998/1999 season.
He was an outstanding left-handed pitcher who played almost 20 seasons in Venezuelan baseball and went through teams such as: Tigres de Aragua, Caribes de Anzoátegui, Cardenales de and Leones del Caracas. In his records, he left a mark of 476 strikeouts and 585.1 innings pitched for a 4.34 ERA.
The reliever became the 147th Venezuelan to make his Major League debut, according to Baseball Reference. With the Cleveland Guardians franchise, known at that time as the Cleveland Indians, Herrera made his debut on September 13, 2022 and was there until 2003. At the Ohio institution, Alex pitched 15 games in which he left a 5.11 ERA, nine tickets delivered and 15 strikeouts.
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