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Jose Contreras (2002)

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Named Cuban Athlete of the Year three times, Contreras had 10 strikeouts in eight shutout innings for the Cuban national team against the Orioles in 1999. He won Game 1 of the World Series for the White Sox and was on the AL All-Star team in 2006.