Frankie de la Cruz has died of a heart attack
Dominican pitcher Eulogio -Frankie- de la Cruz, 37, who played in the Major Leagues with the Detroit Tigers, Florida Marlins, and San Diego Padres, died of an apparent heart attack, the Los Angeles team reported Monday. Toros del Este, to which he belonged in the ball of the country.
The death occurred on Sunday night, according to the information.
De la Cruz was signed by the Toros as a free agent prior to the 2019 season, “being a vital part of that season’s championship,” the team said in a statement.
The player “opened one of the games in the Final Series and stopped the Tigres del Licey offense by pitching 4 innings of 1 run, the Toros winning that game,” he added.
In the bullfighting uniform, De la Cruz worked in 14 games, 7 of them as a starter, pitching a total of 41.2 innings, for a 3.67 ERA.
The pitcher made his debut in Dominican ball in 2004 with the Estrellas Orientales, with whom he launched eight seasons, and in 2014 he wore the Escogido jacket to later be signed by the Toros.
“Frankie was immediately attached to the cause of the Bulls, he was a great competitor, an excellent teammate but above all a great person,” said Raymond Abreu, general manager of the club.
De la Cruz pitched three major league seasons with the Detroit Tigers, Florida Marlins and San Diego Padres, making his “Big Show” debut on June 18, 2017.