Player: Cali, Carmen
Card: 2001 Topps #739
Carmen Salvatore Cali (born November 2, 1978 in Cleveland, OH) is a former Major League Baseball relief pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals and the Minnesota Twins.
He was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 10th round of the 2000 MLB Draft and made his minor league debut with the New Jersey Cardinals. He continued through the Cards minor league system, playing with the Peoria Chiefs, Potomac Cannons, Palm Beach Cardinals and Memphis Redbirds. In 2002, while with the Cannons, Cali was featured in The Washington Post by humorist Gene Weingarten.
In Weingarten’s column “Below the Beltway” (6/23/2002), in which he was preparing to take an at-bat against minor leaguer Cali, he remarked on Carmen’s penchant for issuing walks: “Lefty reliever Carmen Cali is an excellent pitcher–one of the few Cannons who give up fewer than one hit an inning, on the average. His fastball approaches 90 mph, and opposing teams were at the time batting only .231 against him. None of that stuff bothered me. This did: He also led the team in walks per game. He led in this category by a lot.”
Cali made his major league debut with the St. Louis Cardinals on September 8, 2004 against the San Diego Padres, working 2/3 of an inning and giving up three runs. He appeared in 10 games for the Cards that September and another six in 2005.
He spent the whole 2006 season in the minors and went on to sign a minor league deal with the Minnesota Twins on December 7, 2006. He spent the season splitting time between the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings and the Twins, appearing in 24 games in the Majors with a record of 0-1 and a 4.71 ERA.
After spending 2008 back in the minors, he became a free agent and signed a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He pitched in seven games for the Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts and nine games for the Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes before he was released on June 27.
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