Former Giant Del Toro dies in car
By Chris Shuttlesworth
pitcher Miguel Del Toro was killed in a car accident in his native town of
Obregon, Sonora, Mexico, on Saturday morning, according to the
Mexican newspaper web site reforma.com. Del Toro, 29, died along with two
companions when his car collided with a tractor.
Del Toro made the
Giants' Opening Day roster in 1999 after coming to Spring Training as a
non-roster invitee. He made 14 appearances that year, tallying a 4.18 ERA
in 23.2 innings. With Triple-A Fresno, he went 4-2 with a 4.42 ERA in 40
appearances, all in relief.
Last year, he went 2-0 in nine games,
including his first and only Major League start, with a 5.19 ERA. Del Toro
had spent six years in the Mexican League before joining the Giants,
including four with the Mexico City Red Devils.
In December, the
Giants sold Del Toro's contract to the Seibu Lions of the Japan League to
clear space for the signing of Shawon Dunston.
Police said Del Toro
was identified by a credential indicating he was a member of the Giants.
Del Toro is survived by his wife, Eloisa, a 10-year-old daughter and a