Luis Sánchez

Pitcher, Baseball Player

1953 – 2005


Who was Luis Sánchez?

Luis Mercedes Escobar Sánchez, nicknamed "Escoba", was a relief pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the California Angels. He also played in Japan for the Yomiuri Giants. He batted and threw right-handed.

A native of Cariaco, Venezuela, Sánchez was signed by the Houston Astros as an amateur free agent in 1971. After playing through 1976 in the minor league systems of Houston and Cincinnati, Sánchez appeared in the Mexican League.

Sánchez was the Angels closer from 1983 to 1984. After the emergence of Donnie Moore in 1985, he divided his time in the bullpen as a middle reliever or set-up man. In 1986 and 1987, he pitched for the Yomiuri Giants.

In a five-year major league career, Sánchez posted a 28–21 record with 216 strikeouts, 27 saves and a 3.75 ERA in 369 innings.

Sánchez died in Vargas State, Venezuela at age 51.

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Aug 24, 1953
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  • Luis Sanchez
Feb 4, 2005
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on July 23, 2013


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