Monday, November 23, 2009

Ohio: Former Red Pardoned

The Cincinnati Enquirer notes that Governor Strickland's recent batch of pardons includes the name of five-time Major League Baseball all-star shortstop, and former Cincinnati Red, Leo "Chico" Cardenas. Cardenas signed out of Cuba, won a "gold glove" award (1965) and batted .333 in the World Series against the New York Yankees (1961). He also led the league in intentional walks in 1964 and 1965. His career spanned 16 years. The Reds traded Cardenas, aka "Mr. Automatic," to the Twins for lefty Jim Merritt in 1968. He then played with the Angels (1972), the Indians (1973) and the Rangers (1974-5) before retiring to Cincinnati and working with an oil company.

But, in 1997, Cardenas was convicted for attacking another man and breaking a car window in the process. Strickland's pardon came with the condition that Cardenas pay the medical bills of his victim. See story here.

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