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Dear Mike Cuellar,

In Orioles' lore, many pitchers have made their lasting marks not only in the history of Baltimore baseball but also in baseball in general. Jim Palmer is seen as the greatest in O's history and one of the best all time, Dave McNally put up great, unrecognized numbers during his time with the club, and Mike Mussina was the last great to pass through the Baltimore locker rooms. We can also throw your name into the mix as a great; not only in Baltimore but around baseball.

When the Baltimore Orioles traded minor leaguer John Mason and first baseman Curt Blefary for you, Enzo Hernandez, and minor leaguer Elijah Johnson in December of 1968, no one saw what was in store for you. As a very skinny and somewhat short pitcher hailing from the island of Cuba, you had only shown All Star caliber stuff during some of your time with the Houston Astros. Most notably, you finished your 1967 season with a 16-11 record before pitching to a 8-11 record in '68.

 

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