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Padres call up 'pen help from Portland - MLB.com
By Corey Brock / MLB.com The Padres added left-handed reliever Joe Thatcher and right-hander Greg Burke from Triple-A Portland, designated reliever Duaner Sanchez for assignment, optioned Edwin Moreno to Portland and transferred pitcher Cha Seung Baek...
Padres' Sanchez gives up four runs - Rotoworld.com
Duaner Sanchez gave up four runs and six hits in 1 2/3 innings out of the pen on Thursday. This could be it for Sanchez, who has just two strikeouts to go along with his 9.00 ERA in 11 innings. The Padres wanted him to be one of their top setup men,...
METS (18-15, 1st place/NL East) at GIANTS (18-15, 2nd place/NL West) - New York Daily News
Maine was picked up by the bullpen contingent of Carlos Muniz, Scott Schoeneweis, Duaner Sanchez and Billy Wagner, who combined for 4 1/3 scoreless innings. Mets relievers haven't allowed a run in their last 10 1/3 innings. By Adam Rubin on May 14,...
Play by play - USA Today
Substitution: Duaner Sanchez enters the game for the Padres with a runner on second and one out. Out: Aaron Miles flied out to left. Runner on second with two outs and Ryan Dempster due up. Single: Ryan Dempster singled to right scoring Bobby Scales....
Cincinnati at San Diego - USA Today
Relievers Luis Perdomo and Duaner Sanchez weren't any better, as the pair combined to give up seven runs and eight hits in just 1 2/3 innings of work. On the offensive side, San Diego managed just four hits on the afternoon, although Adrian Gonzalez...
PIRATES (12-16, 5th place/NL Central) at METS (14-13, 2nd place/NL ... - New York Daily News
The Mets' bullpen contributed 8 1/3 scoreless innings during a three-game sweep of the Nationals before arriving in Pittsburgh, but the fourth pitch from Duaner Sanchez in this game abruptly ended that streak. After Pelfrey departed following seven...
'Pen unable to preserve game for Mets - New York Mets
New York's 7-4 loss could have fit right into the days of Bobby Ayala, Duaner Sanchez and Juan Rincon. All too familiar. Sean Green, a reliever unfamiliar with last year's slippery slope, surrendered four runs in the seventh inning of this one....
Time to take steps - San Diego Union Tribune
Though a bad day at Wrigley Field can skew anyone's statistics, relievers Luis Perdomo (5.84 earned-run average) and Duaner Sanchez (9.00 ERA) have done little to justify a longer look. Both pitchers were picked up this spring after being released,...
Dodgers walk away with a win - San Diego Union Tribune
By Tom Krasovic Union-Tribune Staff Writer Padres relief pitcher Duaner Sanchez walks off the field after walking Los Angeles Dodgers' Russell Martin with the bases loaded in the ninth inning Friday. The Dodgers won the game, 1-0....
Putz Missing His Edge So Far - The Star-Ledger - NJ.com
Putz admirably fills the role that's essentially been vacant since Duaner Sanchez caught a cab in Miami in 2006. But for all his performances thus far, he hasn't exactly performed as advertised to this point. It starts with the aforementioned decrease...

Duaner Sánchez


Duaner Sánchez (born October 14, 1979) is a Dominican-American professional baseball player. He is a right handed relief pitcher in Major League Baseball who is in the San Diego Padres organization. During his MLB career, Sánchez pitched for Arizona Diamondbacks, Pittsburgh Pirates, Los Angeles Dodgers, and New York Mets. He is known for his distinctive sports goggles he wears while pitching.

Sánchez was born October 14, 1979 in Cotuí, Dominican Republic. In 1996, Sánchez graduated from Francisco E. Carvajal High School.

In 1997, he was signed as an amateur free agent by the Arizona Diamondbacks and began his professional career in the Dominican Summer League.

On June 14, 2002, he made his major league debut, pitching a scoreless inning against the Detroit Tigers. Three weeks later, he was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates for pitcher Mike Fetters.

In 2003, he spent most of the season with the Triple-A Nashville Sounds. In 2002 and 2003, Sánchez made 15 appearances with one win and a 12.75 ERA.

After the 2003 season, he was claimed off waivers by the Los Angeles Dodgers. In 2004, he began to achieve success, working 80 innings in 67 games with a 3.38 ERA.

In August 2005, he became the Dodgers' temporary closer, earning eight saves while Éric Gagné remained on the disabled list.

In January 2006, the Los Angeles Dodgers traded Sánchez to the Mets along with Steve Schmoll in exchange for Jae Weong Seo and Tim Hamulack. Sánchez started 2006 by throwing 18 scoreless innings in 15 games while Setting up for Mets closer Billy Wagner.

In the early morning hours on July 30, 2006, less than 24 hours prior to the 2006 trading deadline, Sanchez was injured in a taxicab accident in Miami, Florida on Interstate 95; the accident was caused by a drunk driver. Sanchez suffered a separated shoulder, and was flown to New York City to undergo season-ending surgery. The Mets front office learned about the full extent of the injury early on the morning of the trading deadline, but suppressed what had transpired until a trade had been made with the Pittsburgh Pirates that saw the Mets re-acquiring fellow relief pitcher Roberto Hernandez, and starting pitcher Óliver Pérez.

In January 2007, Sanchez and the New York Mets agreed to a one-year, $850,000 contract for the 2007 season. Towards the end of Spring Training in March 2007, Sanchez suffered a hairline fracture to a small bone (known as the coracoid) in the front of his shoulder. Although the injury is thought to be unrelated to the first injury caused during the taxicab accident, the accident likely weakened parts of the shoulder and the bone cracked when he started throwing again. Sanchez missed the entire 2007 season as a result of the fracture.

Sanchez was released by the Mets during the 2009 spring training. The Mets cited his lack of progress since his injury as the reason for his release .

On March 15, 2009, Sánchez signed a minor league contract with the San Diego Padres and was invited to spring training.

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2007 New York Mets season

The New York Mets' 2007 season was the 46th regular season for the Mets. The Mets were defending their first divisional championship since 1988. While the Atlanta Braves were counted as possible competition, the Philadelphia Phillies were predicted as the front-runners, albeit by their own star shortstop, Jimmy Rollins. Ultimately, Rollins' prediction rang true, as the Phillies won the NL East Division title on the last day of the regular season. With a seven-game lead on September 12, the Mets suffered a historic collapse by losing 12 of their last 17 games and missing the postseason. It is regarded as one of the worst collapses in MLB history.

The Mets’ high hopes for the 2006 postseason were thwarted on September 29, 2006 when it was announced that ace Pedro Martínez was done for the remainder of the year due to a left calf muscle strain. Later it was announced that Pedro would have to undergo rotator cuff surgery and would miss a sizable portion of the 2007 season. On September 3, the day before his game 1 NLDS start, it was announced that Orlando Hernández tweaked his right calf muscle while jogging in the outfield at Shea. He wouldn’t be able to pitch again until the 2007 season.

Coming into the 2006 offseason, it was clear that the team’s biggest need was pitching. Pedro would return, but in what condition? El-Duque was a question mark with his age and veteran Steve Trachsel guaranteed his departure with a Game 3 NLCS meltdown. Omar Minaya, the Mets’ General Manager, made it clear that his first order of business concerned their in-house free agents including: Tom Glavine, Orlando Hernández, and Chad Bradford. The Mets also went hard after Japanese SP Daisuke Matsuzaka. On November 14, the Boston Red Sox outbid the Mets $51.1 million to ~$39 million for negotiating rights to Matsuzaka. Also on this day, the Mets tendered contracts to Orlando Hernández and 37-year-old José Valentín. Two days later 37-year-old Damion Easley was acquired as a fourth outfielder and to occasionally spell Valentín at second base. 40-year-old slugger Moisés Alou was signed to replace Cliff Floyd in left field. On December 1, with the hopes of winning his 300th game, Tom Glavine signed a single year contract. The Mets also had their eyes on free agent SP Barry Zito who eventually ended up with the San Francisco Giants after signing the largest contract ever for a pitcher at the time in MLB history. Former All-Star pitcher Chan-ho Park was also signed but lasted only one poor start before being released.

The biggest changes took place in the bullpen. The Mets lost Chad Bradford, Roberto Hernández, and Darren Oliver to free agency. The Mets also initiated a series of questionable moves where young bullpen arms were traded away. Heath Bell and Royce Ring were packaged in a deal to San Diego for outfielder Ben Johnson and reliever Jon Adkins. Hard throwers Henry Owens and Matt Lindstrom were traded to the Florida Marlins for lefties Jason Vargas and Adam Bostick. Serviceable starter Brian Bannister was traded to the Kansas City Royals for the 23 year old flame thrower Ambiorix Burgos. The worst news came with the loss of pitchers Duaner Sanchez and Juan Padilla. Sánchez, who had recovered from a mid-2006 taxicab accident and signed a new contract, was sidelined after reinjuring his shoulder during Spring Training. In addition, newly signed Guillermo Mota was suspended for the first 50 games of the regular season for steroid use. The Mets were forced to rely on mainstays Billy Wagner, Aaron Heilman, and Pedro Feliciano in addition to new acquisitions: veteran reliever Scott Schoeneweis and veteran starter-turned-reliever Aaron Sele. The remaining spots were populated by rookie Joe Smith and Ambiorix Burgos.

The 2007 Mets began the season much older and untested than the 2006 team. The starting pitching wasn’t improved. Old veterans Tom Glavine and Orlando Hernández appeared at the top of the rotation followed by question marks: John Maine and Oliver Perez. It was unknown how healthy Glavine and Hernandez would be by the end of the season. It was also unknown if Maine and Perez would continue to improve after their postseason successes and if they could handle the load of pitching a full season. The fifth spot was given to rookie Mike Pelfrey. The lineup also aged dramatically with the inclusion of Alou and Easley to a roster already containing Julio Franco, José Valentín, Carlos Delgado, and Paul Lo Duca. The bullpen lost valuable arms in Chad Bradford, Darren Oliver, and Duaner Sanchez. By the time it became apparent that Sanchez and Padilla would be unable to pitch, the Mets had already traded away Heath Bell and Henry Owens. Both had the experience and ability to step in and contribute on a major league level.

The season started similarly to 2006 for the Mets as they swept the season-opening series against the defending champion St. Louis Cardinals and jumped into first place. Unlike 2006, the Braves stayed close throughout April and even held sole possession of first place at the end of the month. Also unlike 2006, the Mets were led by an unlikely hero, John Maine, who was undefeated and named the National League Pitcher of the Month for April. David Wright hit only .244 with no home runs and six RBI in April but carried over a hitting streak from 2006 that reached a franchise record 26 games.

New York followed their strong April with an even stronger May. Jorge Sosa replaced Pelfrey in the starting rotation and compiled a 4-1 record for the month. His 8-1 win on May 16 put the Mets alone in first place where they stayed uninterrupted until the last week of the season. Wright led the offense in May with eight home runs and 22 RBI. The Mets went 19-9 in May and finished the month with a 4½ game lead despite starting second baseman José Valentín out for the entire month with an injury and starting outfielders Moisés Alou and Shawn Green missing time as well.

As the calendar turned to June however, the Mets began slumping, losing six straight series against teams with winning records, the last four series part of a stretch of 18 straight games against 2006 playoff teams, facing the Tigers, Dodgers, Yankees, Twins, Athletics, and Cardinals, becoming the first team in MLB history to play six consecutive series against six different teams that made the playoffs the previous season. This stretch started poorly for the Mets, as they lost 9 out of 12 to the Tigers, Dodgers, Yankees, and Twins. However, they turned it around and won 5 out of 6 against the Athletics and Cardinals to finish this stretch. The Mets entered the All-Star break with 48 wins and 39 losses, with a slim lead over the second-place Atlanta Braves. The Mets acquired Luis Castillo and Jeff Conine before the playoff roster deadline of September 1 to fill holes that were created due to injuries. On July 12, 2007, Julio Franco was released by the Mets.

Shortstop José Reyes was mentioned at mid-season as a possible MVP. Pedro Martínez notched his 3,000th strikeout. Tom Glavine got his 300th win. David Wright was getting clutch hits and solidified himself as one of the NL's biggest stars. The team went into Wrigley Field in August and took two of three from the NL Central's first place Cubs, then beat up on the NL West's first place Diamondbacks a week later. Everything was seemingly going the Mets way. On September 12, the Mets were 21 games over .500 with a record of 83-62. Over the last three weeks of the baseball season, they won only five games.

Pedro Martínez returned to the Mets starting rotation in time for the September playoff deadline. As of September 17, the Mets were in first place in the NL East with a 83-66 record and a two and a half game lead over the charging Phillies. They had lost four in a row, including a three game sweep by the Phillies. Moisés Alou, as of September 17 had a twenty-one game hitting streak.

Down the stretch, the Mets played poorly including losing five out of six games with the fourth-place Washington Nationals. They lost on September 28 to fall into second place for the first time in over four months but pulled back into a tie with Philadelphia on September 29. On September 30, the Mets faced the Florida Marlins with hopes of winning the NL East or at least forcing a one-game playoff. Unfortunately, Tom Glavine surrendered 7 runs in the first inning as the Mets fell 8-1. The Phillies capped their miraculous comeback with a 6-1 victory over the Washington Nationals to win the National League East. The 2007 Mets collapse is arguably one of the worst in baseball history, and has been compared to "the Phold" of 1964, where the Phillies lost a 6.5 game lead in the last twelve games. The Mets, who had come back in 1969 against improbable odds to beat out the Cubs, now found themselves on the other side of the equation, ironically, against a team in the Phillies that in 1964 had pulled a similar collapse.

The 2007 Mets finished the season with a record of 88 wins and 74 losses. They placed second in the National League East, and third in the Wild Card standings. Many would say that the main catalyst to the "collapse" was due to the pitching, or lack there of. In a 10 game sequence from September 16th to the 25th, the Mets lost six games. In four of these six games, the Mets scored six, eight, seven, and nine runs. These losses were directly related to the weak pitching from the Mets' starters and even into the bull pen. With the possible departure of Glavine, Minaya may have some rebuilding ahead.

A green-colored background signifies a Mets win, while a red-colored background shows a Mets loss.

Between June 8 and June 28, the Mets became the first team in MLB history to play six consecutive series against six different teams that made the playoffs the previous season. These teams are the Tigers, the Dodgers, the Yankees, the Twins, the Athletics, and the Cardinals. The Mets went 8-10 on this stretch.

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2008 New York Mets season

The 2008 New York Mets season was the franchise's 47th season. The Mets finished the season with an 89–73 record, second place in the National League East, three games behind the Philadelphia Phillies, and one game worse than the wild card winners, the Milwaukee Brewers. The Mets were eliminated from postseason play on their last day of the regular season for the second straight year.

2008 was the Mets' 45th and final year at Shea Stadium. They will move to Citi Field in 2009, which is being completed behind Shea Stadium.

After dropping 12 out of their final 17 games of the 2007 season to lose the National League East to the Philadelphia Phillies on their last day of the regular season, the Mets front office was expected to make big moves in the offseason to give hope for the next season.

Needing to make a decision within five days after the Mets' last game, Tom Glavine declined his $13 million player option. He eventually signed with his former team, the Atlanta Braves, agreeing to a one-year contract worth $8 million on November 18.

On October 31, the Mets took care of two of their own potential free agents. Left fielder Moisés Alou's option year on his contract was picked up for $7.5 million despite Alou only playing in 87 games due to a left quadriceps injury. He did, however, lead the Mets with a .341 batting average and seven outfield assists. Alou also set a franchise record with a 30-game hitting streak after he came off the disabled list. Utility player Damion Easley was re-signed for one year at $950,000. He was on the disabled list two separate times due to a left quadriceps strain on May 11 and a left ankle sprain which ended his season on August 18.

When the free agency period began, the Mets first looked to catcher Yorvit Torrealba to replace 2007 starter Paul Lo Duca. After agreeing to the structure of a three-year contract worth $14.4 million with Torrealba, the Mets suddenly changed their minds on November 17 and retracted the offer, seemingly because of Torrealba's sore shoulder, as the Mets only needed to see the results of Torrealba's physical to officially complete the deal. Lo Duca never appeared to be the first choice for the Mets, so they continued their search for a starter from another team rather than re-sign Lo Duca, who went on to sign with the Nationals.

After the Torrealba deal fell through, the Mets focused on one of their own free agents. On November 18, second baseman Luis Castillo agree to a four-year $25 million contract. The Mets explored the possibility of signing David Eckstein to start at second base, but determined his contract demands were too lofty.

On November 20, the Mets traded relief pitcher Guillermo Mota away to the Milwaukee Brewers for catcher Johnny Estrada. This trade ended up just being a salary dump, as Estrada, who was arbitration-eligible, was not offered a new contract, therefore becoming a free agent. The Mets wanted to be rid of Mota and his $3.2 million salary because he pitched to a 5.72 ERA in 2007 after being suspended for 50 games for steroid use.

In response to the Mets' need for a starting catcher, General Manager Omar Minaya made his first significant trade of the offseason on December 1, acquiring catcher Brian Schneider and outfielder Ryan Church from the Nationals for outfielder Lastings Milledge. Once considered the Mets top prospect, Milledge had fallen out of favor with players and management due to his on- and off-field antics. Minaya made the trade to acquire two players who, in his mind, would be starters for the Mets.

The Mets made a small move on January 5, 2008 to shore up their outfield depth, acquiring Angel Pagán from the Chicago Cubs for two minor-league players, outfielder Corey Coles and pitcher Ryan Meyers. Pagán was a fourth-round draft pick by the Mets in 1999, and he was sent to the Cubs on January 25, 2006 for cash.

The Mets' biggest trade of the offseason would come on January 29, when they agreed to a trade for two-time Cy Young Award-winning pitcher Johan Santana from the Minnesota Twins. Minaya agreed to trade outfielder Carlos Gómez and pitchers Philip Humber, Kevin Mulvey, and Deolis Guerra to the Twins. Three days later, to complete the trade, Santana agreed to a contract extension worth $137.5 million over the course of six years, with an option worth an extra $19.5 million for 2014, which can be triggered by performance. This contract is a record amount for a Major League Baseball pitcher.

Starting pitcher Óliver Pérez's arbitration case was settled on February 22 and scored a win for Pérez, as the Mets found out they would have to pay him $6.5 million for the 2008 season. This gave Pérez a raise of over $4 million and was $1.775 million more than the Mets offered to pay him.

Another player signed during the offseason was relief pitcher Duaner Sánchez. Sánchez missed all of 2007 due to a broken bone in his left shoulder suffered during a taxi accident in 2006, but the Mets hoped he could still return to be an important part of the bullpen, signing him to a one-year deal at $850,000.

Players who made it to the Mets in 2008 after being signed to minor-league contracts include pitcher Tony Armas, Jr., catcher Robinson Cancel, and utility player Fernando Tatis.

The Mets entered spring training with questions about their pitching staff due to injury and age. Duaner Sánchez was still recovering from his shoulder injury, and older starters Pedro Martínez and Orlando Hernández were coming off of seasons when they missed significant time due to injury. Martínez made it to Opening Day healthy, but Sánchez and Hernández opened the regular season on the disabled list.

During spring training, the team suffered several injuries to players that they had pegged to play with the Mets when the season opened on March 31. On March 1, Ryan Church collided with Marlon Anderson while trying to catch a fly ball, leaving Church with a concussion and Anderson with a bruised sternum. Ramón Castro aggravated his right hamstring injury on March 16, ending up with a sprain. It was more severe than first thought, keeping Castro out of play through the beginning of the season. Carlos Beltrán and Luis Castillo were late to start playing because they were both still recovering from offseason knee surgery, while Moisés Alou was held out of action because of hernia surgery. Other players suffered minor injuries that held them out of many exhibition games, but they returned before the first game that counted.

John Maine had the strongest spring training performance from the pitching staff, leading all National League pitchers with a 1.53 ERA. Maine went 3–1 over 29⅓ innings, with 33 strikeouts and five walks. Angel Pagán was a surprising force on offense, batting .329 to win the starting left field competition that was open due to Alou's injury.

Coming out of spring training, the Mets set their starting rotation with Johan Santana, Martínez, Maine, Óliver Pérez, and Mike Pelfrey in place of Hernández. The bullpen consisted of Billy Wagner, Aaron Heilman, Pedro Feliciano, Scott Schoeneweis, Matt Wise, and Joe Smith, who beat Brian Stokes for a spot on the roster. Brian Schneider, Carlos Delgado, Castillo, José Reyes, David Wright, Pagán, Beltrán, and Church started in the field. Anderson, Damion Easley, and Endy Chávez were set as the bench players, joined by Brady Clark and Raul Casanova due to Alou's and Castro's injuries. These decisions caused Rubén Gotay to lose his spot on the roster after playing in 98 games in 2007, so the Mets placed him on waivers, where he was claimed by the Atlanta Braves on March 28.

The weakest part of the Mets team was their bullpen, which struggled throughout the season. If all the games played by the Mets ended after the 8th inning the team would have won the NL East by 12 games. This is typically seen as a poor excuse for the Mets' terrible performance in 2008.

As of September 28, 2008.

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Jae Weong Seo

Jae Weong Seo (born May 24, 1977 in Gwangju, South Korea), usually referred to as simply Jae Seo and pronounced "Jay So", is a Major League Baseball starting pitcher in the Korean Baseball League for the Kia Tigers.

Seo attended Inha University in Incheon, South Korea where he led his team to the Korean collegiate championship in 1997.

In 1998, Seo was signed as a free agent by the New York Mets. After an excellent first year of professional play, Seo underwent reconstructive surgery on his elbow in 1999. He did not pitch again until 2001. On July 21, 2002, Seo made his major league debut with a scoreless inning of relief against the Cincinnati Reds. In 2003, Seo spent the entire season with the Mets as a starting pitcher. He logged 188 innings pitched and 31 games started, both tops among rookie pitchers in the National League that year. In 2004, Seo struggled, splitting his time between the Mets and the Triple-A Norfolk Tides.

When he first pitched in the major leagues, he had two pitches - a fastball which topped out at 91-92 miles per hour (he threw in the mid-90s before Tommy John surgery), and a deceptive changeup in the mid 80s. Not being able to throw as hard as earlier in his career meant it was important for Seo to maintain a high degree of control over his pitches which, on occasion he was unable to do. This, along with Seo's reluctance to change his pitching mechanics, led to confrontations with Mets' pitching coach Rick Peterson.

However, in 2005, Seo finally seemed to have taken heed of this advice, developing a slider, splitter, and curveball. The Mets' surplus of pitchers resulted in his spending much of the year at Norfolk. However, he was called up to the majors in early August 2005, and pitched extremely well.

On January 4, 2006, Seo was dealt to the Los Angeles Dodgers along with Tim Hamulack in exchange for relievers Duaner Sanchez and Steve Schmoll. On June 26, he was traded by the Dodgers, along with catcher Dioner Navarro and outfielder Justin Ruggiano to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in exchange for pitcher Mark Hendrickson and catcher Toby Hall. Seo made his debut with the Rays on June 28, 2006, against the Florida Marlins, pitching two scoreless innings.

In 2007, despite his strong performance during spring training, he recorded a 3-4 record with a 8.13 ERA. He was then sent to the Triple-A Durham Bulls and had a solid season of 9-4 with 3.69 ERA.

On December 11, 2007, Seo signed with the Kia Tigers of the Korean Baseball League.

Seo was selected and played for the Korean national team in the 2006 World Baseball Classic. He pitched extremely well, having tied with the second lowest ERA in the tournament with the Dominican Republic's Bartolo Colón, with a 0.64 ERA. In the semi final game against Japan, in 6 innings Seo did not allow a single run, though Japan would eventually win the game after a miserable 7th inning, allowing 5 runs, Seo is still recognized for having one of the best pitching performances in the WBC.

Seo is married and resides in La Cañada Flintridge, California. His daughter Ellen was born in July 2005.

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Steve Schmoll

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Stephen John Schmoll (born February 4, 1980 in Silver Spring, Maryland) is a Major League Baseball pitcher in the Washington Nationals organization. He bats and throws right-handed.

Schmoll graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park. In 2000, he played for the Bethesda Big Train. He pitched for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2005. On January 4, 2006, the Dodgers traded Schmoll and Duaner Sanchez to the New York Mets for Jae Seo and Tim Hamulack.

Schmoll signed with the Washington Nationals for the 2008 season after being released by the Mets in spring training.

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Cotuí is located in Dominican Republic

Cotuí is a city in the Dominican Republic and is one of the oldest cities of the New World. It is the capital of Sánchez Ramírez Province in the Cibao. It was founded in the year 1510 by Rodrigo de Trujillo for order of Nicolas de Ovando, who was the governor of Hispaniola. Cotuí was the name of an aboriginal Caribbean tribe leader (Cotoy) who governed the area. The city is well known for its gold, silver, iron, bauxite, marble and nickel mines, its rich soils and the largest artificial lake in the Caribbean, Presa de Hatillo. It is also known for its crystal clear rivers, and its caverns (prehistoric caves called Guácaras). It produces rice, plantains, cacao, pineapples, passion fruits, and yams. Cotui is also the hometown of Mets pitcher Duaner Sánchez and Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Jose Capellan.

Other major towns near Cotuí in Sánchez Ramírez, are Villa La Mata, Fantino, La Cueva and Cevicos.

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