That season he set the all-time save record for a Dominican pitcher in one season. He broke Jose Mesa's Dominican record for saves in a season that year, and should pass him for the Dominican record of all-time MLB saves. Cordero is currently 14th on the all-time list with 319 and Mesa is just 2 ahead of him. Mesa is of course remembered by the Dominican Baseball Guy as a great closer on those classic Cleveland Indians of the mid-1990's, but also as having one of the most classic "lost in translation" names in MLB history: Joe Table.
Cordero sees Mesa as a role model and sees him often, as they both make their permanent homes in Santo Domingo, DR. So, breaking Mesa's records are a major milestone for Cordero.
According to the recent article the Dominican Baseball Guy just cited above, Cordero has no plans after his contract expires this year or next: he is playing to win a World Series this year. But as the title says, he would love to stay in Cincinati.
Coco is a nickname, and his real name is actually Francisco. He has gone by both throughout his career. Coco is from Santo Domingo, DR and Mesa is from Azua, DR.
|Francisco Cordero pitches for the Reds, by FujiMatt on Flickr|