Joakim Soria (born May 18, 1984 in Monclova, Mexico) is a Major League Baseball (MLB) relief pitcher for the Kansas City Royals. He is the team's closer, which means that he usually pitches at the end of close games that the Royals are winning. He was nicknamed "The Mexicutioner", but in February 2011, he said that he does not want to be called that anymore because of violence in Mexico.
Major League Baseball career [change]
Soria played in his Major League Baseball game in 2007 for the Royals. In 2008, he was selected to the MLB All Star Game for the first time. Soria earned 42 saves in the 2008 season, which was the second highest number of saves among American League pitchers.
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