José Ariel Contreras Camejo, is a Cuban former professional baseball pitcher, who played in the Cuban National Series, Major League Baseball, and internationally for the Cuban national baseball team. Contreras played for Pinar del Río Vegueros of the CNS, and competed for the Cuban national team in the Summer Olympics, the Pan American Games, the Baseball World Cup, and the 1999 exhibition series against the Baltimore Orioles. Recognized as the best Cuban baseball player, Contreras defected from Cuba in 2002. Contreras signed with the New York Yankees of MLB after defecting, and played for them in 2003 and 2004. He also played in MLB for the Chicago White Sox, Colorado Rockies, Philadelphia Phillies, and Pittsburgh Pirates.
About José Contreras
MLB pitcher played for a number teams, and won a World Series Championship with the Chicago White Sox in 2005.
He was a pitcher on the 1999 Cuban national Baseball team who won numerous medals in international competition.
Voted into the AL All-Star team the year after the White Sox won the World Series, he enjoyed at one point a streak of 17 straight wins.
Born in Pinar del Río, Cuba, he defected to the U.S. in 2002, on a professional tour of the country.
Orlando Hernandez was another fine Cuba-born Major Leaguer.
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- Vegueros de Pinar del Rio players
- Baseball players at the 1999 Pan American Games
- Olympic baseball players of Cuba
- Toros de Tijuana players
- Baseball players at the 1996 Summer Olympics
- Tigres de Quintana Roo players
- Venados de Mazatlán players
- Olympic silver medalists for Cuba
- Olympic gold medalists for Cuba
- Baseball players at the 2000 Summer Olympics
- Bradenton Marauders players
- Staten Island Yankees players
- Clearwater Threshers players
- Major League Baseball players from Cuba
- Tigres del Licey players
- Olympic medalists in baseball
- Tampa Yankees players
- Lehigh Valley IronPigs players
- Altoona Curve players
- Reading Phillies players
- Trenton Thunder players
- Pan American Games gold medalists for Cuba
- Mexican League baseball pitchers
- Colorado Rockies players
- Charlotte Knights players