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Tony Armas, Jr.

Tony Armas Jr.
Armas Jr. with the Pittsburgh Pirates
Born: (1978-04-29) April 29, 1978 (age 42)
Puerto Píritu, Anzoátegui State, Venezuela
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
August 16, 1999 for the Montréal Expos
Last MLB appearance
July 7, 2008 for the New York Mets
Career statistics
Win–loss record 53–65
Earned run average 4.65
Strikeouts 680
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Antonio José Armas (born April 29, 1978), better known as Tony Armas, Jr., is a former Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher. He last appeared in a Major League game in 2008. He spent most of his active career with the Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals.

Professional career

New York Yankees

He was signed by the New York Yankees as an amateur free agent in

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Boston Red Sox

Armas and a player to be named later (Jim Mecir), were traded to the Boston Red Sox in

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Montréal Expos/Washington Nationals

He was sent to the Montréal Expos in 1997 along with pitcher Carl Pavano to complete the deal for Pedro Martínez.

Various injuries held him back until

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Armas worked out in

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In a nine-year career, Armas has a 52–65 record with 674 strikeouts and a 4.62 ERA in 917.3 innings. At bat, he is a .098 hitter (26-for-265) with ten RBI.[1]

During the 2006 season, Armas had a 9–12 record in 30 starts. Armas missed one month with arm problems, but in his second game back from the disabled list he pitched seven innings, allowing only one run on three hits.

On October 29, 2006, Armas filed for free agency.

Pittsburgh Pirates

On February 1, 2007, he signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates for a one year $3.5 million contract with a

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New York Mets

On February 11,

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Atlanta Braves

In April 2009, he was signed by the Atlanta Braves and assigned to the Triple-A Gwinnett Braves.[6] On July 25, 2009 the Braves released Armas.[7]

Pitching style

Armas uses a low-90s moving fastball and a sharp-breaking curve to establish what he wants to do with each hitter. He'll mix in an effective slider, a splitter and a changeup to keep opponents out of balance. His slide step has improved to the point where opposing baserunners no longer take him for granted.

Personal life

Armas is the son of former All-Star outfielder Tony Armas, and a nephew of former first baseman Marcos Armas. Tony's father broke into the Majors with the Pittsburgh Pirates in

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See also


  1. ^ "Tony Armas Jr.". Retrieved 2007-02-01. 
  2. ^ Kovacevic, Dejan (2007-02-02). "Pirates sign Armas, spur competition". Pittsburgh Post Gazette. Retrieved 2007-02-02. 
  3. ^ Kovacevic, Dejan (2007-06-19). "Pirates Notebook: Armas out, but no replacement yet". Pittsburgh Post Gazette. Retrieved 2007-07-03. 
  4. ^ "Mets sign four to minor league deals". Associated Press. 2009-01-29. Retrieved 2009-01-30. 
  5. ^ Armas, Spivey out
  6. ^ Braves Sign Armas
  7. ^ Curtright, Guy (July 25, 2009). "Bueno back from DL; Armas released". Gwinnett Daily Post. Retrieved 2009-07-28. [dead link]

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