Mexican Violence Continues with Murder of ex-Major Leaguer

It appears the violence in Mexico continues. Whatever policy the current administration has tried to implement has not curbed the violence. Now ex-major leaguer, KBO and NPB pitcher Narciso Elvira and his 20 year old son were shot to death near a town of Medellin de Bravo. Their car was ambushed on Tuesday and they were gunned down as they tried to flee from their car. No motive other than random criminals seem to be involved in this murder. This seems to follow a pattern of many other car ambushes and the need to travel in convoys when using the Mexican roads.

Elvira only had one September callup in the major leagues and four appearances with the Brewers as a pitcher back in 1990. He finished with a 5.40 ERA in five innings of work. A decade later he was signed by the Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes where he threw the first no hitter by a Latin pitcher in Japan on June 20. He finished his two years there 7-8 with a 4.79 ERA. After his Japan years ended he signed to pitch two more years in Korea with the Samsung Lions. His first year (2003) he went 13-6 with a 2.50 ERA, but he only lasted six starts his second year going 1-1, 7.06 before returning to Mexico to end his career.

He retired from baseball after the 2009 season to become a rancher. He was kidnapped in 2015 and survived 23 days of captivity, eventually found chained to a tree. He stayed in Mexico where five years later he was murdered.

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