Roberto "Bobby" Cuellar


Pitcher
Univ. of Texas
3 College World Series
1971-1974
Pitching Coach
Mariners -Expos- Rangers
1990- 2001

Mexican baseball players from South Texas are
talented individuals who sometimes are overlooked
by collegiate and pro scouts for any number of reasons.
Occasionally, a slick infielder or hard throwing pitcher
gets noticed and the training begins to refine one's
skills to play at the various amateur or professional
levels. However, this opportunity is a rare instance
and those who take it find it to be a rewarding
experience. Such is the case for Alice, Texas native
Bobby Cuellar.
The baseball history of Bobby Cuellar is about championships. At Alice High School in 1969-1970,
Cuellar was instrumental in helping to win two District titles; and was named "Outstanding Baseball
Player of 1970" by the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce. Heading north from Alice to Austin, Cuellar
attends the University of Texas and plays for the Longhorns. During his baseball career at Texas, they
capture four SWC Championship titles and make three trips to the College World Series in Omaha,
Nebraska.
Still a diamond in the rough, the Texas Rangers of the American League draft Cuellar and assign him to the Class A minor league teams
of Gastonia and Lynchburg. In 1976, he moves to Class AA Baseball in San Antonio, eventually getting to Class AAA in Tucson.
In September 1977, the Texas Ranges called him up to the majors and although it was a brief stay, Cuellar pitched in four games with a
1.29 earned run average and no decisions.
Determined to continue his baseball career, he traveled to and played winter league baseball in Puerto Rico (1977-1978), who won the
Caribbean World Series Championship. He next returned to the United States to play with the Cleveland Indians AAA team for a couple of
seasons (1979-1980) and the Laredo Tecolotes of the Mexican League in 1982.
At this point in his career (1984), Cuellar made the transition from playing to coaching baseball. For the next 24 years, coach Bobby
Cuellar worked for various minor league teams until his debut as a major league pitching coach in 1995 with the Seattle Mariners. That
season Randy Johnson was the Cy Young Award winner in the American League. He also coached the Montreal Expos and more recently
(2001), was the pitching coach for the Texas Rangers, the team that brought him to the majors some 24 years ago.
Coach Cuellar reflects on his career, "Making it to the major leagues for a small South Texas kid still seems like a dream. From playing
little league to semi-pro baseball teams on fields with no outfield fences, with players who just love to play the game. These people taught
me to respect the game and the people who play it. I can only hope that I can do the same for the players who wish to do the same".