Gustavo Chacín

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Gustavo Chacín
Gustavo Chacin on April 3, 2010.jpg
Chacin with the Houston Astros
Born: (1980-12-04) December 4, 1980 (age 40)
Maracaibo, Zulia State, Venezuela
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
September 20, 2004, for the Toronto Blue Jays
Last MLB appearance
September 30, 2010, for the Houston Astros
MLB statistics
Win–loss record27–17
Earned run average4.23

Gustavo Adolfo Chacín (/ɑːˈsn/; born December 4, 1980) is a Venezuelan former professional baseball pitcher.


Toronto Blue Jays[edit]

In 2004, Chacín led all minor leaguers with 18 wins, and was the 24th pitcher used by the Blue Jays, tying the team record set in the 2002 season. Chacín was the first left-handed starter to win his major league debut against the New York Yankees in the Joe Torre era (1996–2007).[citation needed]

Chacín began with the "AA" Eastern League New Hampshire Fisher Cats. He was 16–2 with 109 strikeouts and a 2.86 ERA in 1412/3 innings, having earned his promotion to the "AAA" International League Syracuse Chiefs after a 34-innings scoreless streak. With the Chiefs, Chacín posted a 2–0 record with 14 strikeouts and a 2.31 ERA in 11 2/3 innings. Then, he was promoted to the Blue Jays and made his debut on September 20, 2004 at Yankee Stadium. Chacín allowed two earned runs on three hits over seven innings for the win, as Toronto beat the Yankees 6–3. In his second start, Chacín held the Baltimore Orioles to four hits and a run in seven innings, but took the loss. At the end of the season, he had compiled a 1–1 record with six strikeouts and a 2.57 ERA in 14 innings

At spring training in 2005, Chacín landed a spot in the Jays' starting rotation. He jumped out to a hot start in the American League, earning a record of 4–1 with 18 strikeouts and a 2.41 ERA over 32.2 innings through the month of April, and was selected the American League Rookie of the Month.[1] In July, Chacín won five of his six starts, being named Rookie of the Month for the second time in the season.[2] Chacín pitched and won the final game of the season for the Blue Jays against the Kansas City Royals with a solid pitching line of 7.2 innings, 7 hits allowed, 1 run, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts in the 7–2 Blue Jay win. Chacín finished the season with a record of 13–9 and 3.72 ERA in 34 starts. He collected 121 strikeouts in 203 innings. He finished fifth in Rookie of the Year voting, netting two first place votes and fourteen total points,[3] and was named to the Topps All-Star Rookie Team along with fellow Blue Jay Russ Adams.[4]

Chacín finished his 2006 season 9–4 with a 5.05 ERA.[5] He opened the 2007 season with Toronto, but was sent down to the minors by the end of April.

In 2008, Chacín spent the entire season with Toronto's Single-A affiliate Dunedin Blue Jays. He finished the 2008 campaign at Dunedin with a 1-7 won-loss record, and a 7.88 ERA, and was granted free agency by the Blue Jays at the conclusion of the season.

Washington Nationals & Philadelphia Phillies[edit]

Chacín as a non-roster invitee of the Washington Nationals in 2009 spring training.

Chacin signed a minor league contract with the Washington Nationals on December 23, 2008, but was released by that club at the conclusion of spring training. Only a few days later, Chacin signed a minor league contract with the Philadelphia Phillies. He split the 2009 season between the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, the Phillies' Triple-A affiliate, and their double-A affiliate in Reading, Pennsylvania, compiling a 9-5 record overall.

Houston Astros[edit]

Chacin was signed to a minor league contract by the Houston Astros on December 14, 2009. He also received an invitation to spring training.

On May 3, 2010, the Astros purchased the contract of Chacin from their Class AAA affiliate Round Rock Express of the Pacific Coast League. Previously, Chacin had been exclusively a starter in the majors; with Houston, he was used exclusively as a relief pitcher.

Chacín had his first major league hit in a game against the Washington Nationals on the May 31, 2010, a solo home run off Nationals starter Luis Atilano. It was his first major league plate appearance in almost five years.[6]

Chacin made 44 appearances for the Astros in 2010, all in relief. He went 2-2, with one save, and an ERA of 4.70. He did not make the 2011 club, however, and was sent down to the Triple-A Oklahoma City RedHawks. After going 3-6 with a 5.13 ERA, he was released by the Astros organization on July 14, 2011.[7]

New York Mets[edit]

He signed a minor league contract with the New York Mets on July 16, 2011.[8] The Mets assigned him to the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons.[9] He went 0-1 with the Bisons, compiling a 12.00 ERA in 15 innings of work, and was granted free agency after the season ended.

Personal life[edit]

Chacín cannot grow hair because of alopecia areata. A joke on Toronto sports radio station Fan 590 that the name Chacín sounds like it should be the name of a cologne led the Blue Jays to do a "Chacín Cologne Night" on June 27, 2006.[10] Chacín was arrested on March 16, 2007 for driving under the influence in Tampa, Florida. The left-hander was stopped by Tampa Police at 3:43 a.m. ET and booked on the misdemeanor charge. Police reports indicated that Chacín's blood alcohol level measured .150, above the legal limit of .08. The pitcher was released on a $500 bond.[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Fordin, Spencer (2005-05-02). "Chacin takes AL rookie honors for April". Retrieved 2007-03-28.
  2. ^ Bastian, Jordan (2005-08-03). "Chacin wins AL Rookie honor". Retrieved 2007-03-28.
  3. ^ Fordin, Spencer (2005-11-07). "Chacin fifth in AL ROY voting". Retrieved 2007-03-28.
  4. ^ Fordin, Spencer (2005-11-17). "Two Jays honored by Topps". Retrieved 2007-03-28.
  5. ^ "Stats: Individual Player Stats – Gustavo Chacin P". Retrieved 2007-03-28.
  6. ^ McTaggart, Brian (2010-05-31). "Chacin homers for first career hit". Retrieved 2010-09-01.
  7. ^ Nicholson-Smith, Ben. "Minor Moves: Gustavo Chacin". Retrieved 14 July 2011.
  8. ^ Axisa, Mike. "Mets Agree To Sign Gustavo Chacin". Retrieved 17 July 2011.
  9. ^ Rubin, Adam. "Mets to sign Gustavo Chacin". Retrieved 17 July 2011.
  10. ^ "Chacin Cologne Night". Retrieved 2007-03-28.
  11. ^ "Jays' Chacin arrested for DUI". Chicago Tribune. 2007-03-18. Retrieved 2007-03-28.

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