The End of Pedro’s Era

By The Associated Press
Updated: December 27, 2010

HAVANA — Right-handed pitcher Pedro Luis Lazo has retired from Cuban baseball after dominating hitters for two decades.

Lazo is Cuba’s career win leader, with a 257-136 record over 21 seasons. He played in four Olympics and both World Baseball Classics. Only one Cuban pitcher has bested his 2,426 career strikeouts.

He arrived for a game honoring him on Sunday in a horse-drawn carriage at the stadium in Pinar del Rio, where he long formed a fearsome pitching duo with Jose Ariel Contreras.

Lazo had a 90 mph (144 kph) fastball and an 85 mph (136 kph) curve, along with a slider and forkball.