El Rascacielos Cubano (the Cuban Skyscraper) Pedro Luis Lazo announced that he will retire at the conclusion of the 2010-2011 Cuban National Series season. The “37” year old pitcher owns the Cuban National Series record for wins,with more than 250, spanning a 21-season career.
The 6’4″ 240 lbs. Lazo also has four Olympic medals, 2 gold and 2 silver. Lazo plans to work with children at the end of his baseball career.
“My dream is to work with the children. My soul is that of a teacher, a coach who wants to train young champions,” Lazo said to Prensa Latina September in Haarlem during the World Cub where Cuba placed second.
The Pinar del Rio stud, Pedro Lazo has pitched in both World Baseball Classics. In 2006 he went 1-0 with a 2.45 ERA. In 2009 he pitched 4.2 innings in relief, walking 1 and striking out 7. He had 1 save. Here’s some footage of his performance.
He’ll participate as part of the Cuban National Team at the Pre-World and Pre-Pan-American tournaments, which starts tomorrow in Puerto Rico.