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vinnie pestano, 2012 topps #469, indians

Player: Pestano, Vinnie

Card: 2012 Topps #469

Position: RHP

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Vincent "Vinnie" William Pestano (born February 20, 1985 in Huntington, CA) is an American former professional baseball relief pitcher who played for the Cleveland Indians and Los Angeles Angels. He made his major league debut in 2010.

As per FanGraphs, during 2011 and 2012, Vinnie "was one of those stud relievers who flew under the radar because he did not have the 'closer' tag... as he averaged almost 11 strikeouts per nine innings during those seasons, a 2.45 ERA, and did a nice job keeping the ball in the park.("The Trouble with Vinnie P", 6/13)

Vinnie pitched for the US in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.

Interestingly, Vinnie was referenced in season 8, episode 4 (Who Wants to be a Godparent?) of How I Met Your Mother. After Barney supposedly throws a brick through an upper-story window in a flashback, Ted doubtingly says, "Yeah right. I've seen Barney throw, he's no Vinnie Pestano, am I right? …Beloved Indians middle reliever!"

(excerpted from Baseball Almanac, BR Bullpen & Wikipedia)


2013 Topps #426


Vinnie is part of the Cleveland Indians Player Tour – Go to the Next Stop

See all Vinnie’s baseball cards at TCDB

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