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Teodoro Higuera Valenzuela (born November 9, 1958 in Los Mochismarker, Sinaloamarker, Mexicomarker) was a major league baseball pitcher. He played for nine years ( - and - ) for the Milwaukee Brewers of the American League.

Early career

In 1983, the Brewers purchased his contract from Ciudad Juarez of the Mexican League. After one year in the minor leagues, Higuera was promoted to the majors. He competed with Japanese pitcher Yutaka Enatsu for a spot in the promotion, before his selection. In his first season with Milwaukee, he posted a 15-8 record with a 3.90 ERA en route to winning the The Sporting News Rookie of the Year Award in 1985.

 was one of Higuera's best seasons. He had his only 20-win season, going 20-11 with 207 strikeouts and a 2.79 ERA. It was the first 20-win season by a Mexican-born pitcher in the American League. That season, he was also selected for his only All-Star Game appearance. In the game, Fernando Valenzuela struck Higuera out in the fifth inning to tie Carl Hubbell's record with five consecutive strikeouts.


He followed up his 1986 campaign by winning 18 games in 1987 and setting team marks for strikeouts (240) and consecutive scoreless innings (32).

Over his first four years in the league, Higuera had a won loss record of 69-38, 766 strikeouts and a 3.25 ERA and was poised for greater success. However, he began to suffer injury problems that would limit his playing time.

Injuries and Retirement

Back surgery and sprained ankles limited him to only 22 starts in 1989, although he came back to go 9-6. He was healthy for most of 1990 but had a mediocre record of 11-10 with only 129 strikeouts. Nevertheless, the Brewers were convinced that he could return to form and signed him to a four-year, $13.1 million contract

Higuera tore his rotator cuff in 1991 and endured several surgeries. He missed the entire 1992 season and saw limited action in 1993 and 1994. The Brewers did not offer him a contract in and Higuera attempted his comeback with the San Diego Padres. He did not make the team and retired that season.

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