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Marlins Pitching Coach Juan Nieves Reflects On the 30th Anniversary Of His Historic No-Hitter

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JuanNievesCardFlushing, NY – Throughout our childhood, we’ve all done this at one time or another. How many times did we grip a wooden bat or wrap black tape around a broomstick and take an imaginary swing?

We may have even added our own distinct voice as if we were impersonating our favorite baseball announcer reciting a familiar play-by-play, “It is two outs, with the bases-loaded and in the bottom of the ninth of this thrilling World Series at the “House That Ruth Built.”

“And the pitch… There it goes!”

Or how about standing alone in your bedroom and facing a huge poster of your beloved idol as if you were staring down an opposing batter in a Fall Classic?

Those unforgettable baseball moments are forever etched in our minds that only a passionate fan could relate to and only hope that a dream could have actually become a reality. Santurce native and current pitching coach for the Miami Marlins, Juan Manuel Nieves-Cruz, who made is Major League debut in 1986, played only three years with the Milwaukee Brewers.

And yet the following year, he would become a part of Brewers folklore by throwing a no-hitter (still the only one in their history) and also become the FIRST Puerto Rican native to accomplish this phenomenal achievement. Although Juanchi Nieves would only don a Major League Baseball uniform for just three years, his dream of playing in the big leagues certainly came true.

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About Danny Torres

Bronx native, Danny Torres is a high school teacher, an avid baseball fan and freelance sports journalist. Besides his work with Latinosports.com, he has written for MLB.com, the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y, the N.Y. Mets, the Puerto Rico Daily Sun and Manhattan Times. He was a frequent guest on ‘Solamente Pelota’, a now-defunct sports program on XM/Sirius satellite radio. In 2010, he contributed to an updated prologue for the re-released book, ‘Clemente, the Enduring Legacy’ by Kal Wagenheim. In 2011, as part of a series commemorating Hispanic Heritage Month on MLB.com, he contributed to a five-part series saluting the greatest Latino pitchers in baseball. Finally, in December, 2011, he participated in a panel discussion connected with the Smithsonian exhibition, ‘Beyond Baseball, The Life of Roberto Clemente’ in Baltimore, Maryland. In December, 2012, he appeared on the front page of ‘El Diario/La Prensa’, a NY Spanish daily newspaper and was featured in a five-part series dedicated to the legendary Puerto Rican baseball player, Roberto Clemente who tragically died 40 years ago.

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