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Ex-Pitcher Layana Dies in Accident

June 28, 1999

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) _ Former major league reliever Tim Layana, a member of the 1990 Cincinnati Reds World Series champions, died in a car crash. He was 35.

Layana, who also pitched for the San Francisco Giants, died after he was ejected from his Chevy Blazer that was broadsided by another car, police said Sunday.

Layana and three passengers were traveling at around 4:15 p.m. when they tried to make a left turn. A 1982 Mercedes was passing slower traffic and broadsided Layana’s Blazer. The Blazer flipped and Layana, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected.

His passengers _ Michael Layana, 37, Gregory Hoel, 34, and Bruce Taylor, 35 _ were treated at Kern Medical Center and released, said nursing supervisor Erlinda DeLaCruz.

Layana’s relationship to Michael Layana was not immediately clear.

The driver of the Mercedes _ Michael Ryan, 19, of Lake Isabella _ and his passenger, Richard Welty, 18, were not injured.

Layana was most recently living in Culver City and was a baseball coach at a private Catholic school in Santa Monica.

The New York Yankees drafted Layana in the third round in 1986 out of Loyola Marymount. He spent four seasons in the Yankees’ farm system before being taken by the Reds in the minor league draft before the 1990 season.

The right-hander was 5-5 with a 4.56 ERA and two saves in 78 career relief appearances.

His best year was 1990 with the World Series champion Reds when he went 5-3 with a 3.49 ERA and two saves in 55 games.

Layana was part of the Reds’ bullpen nicknamed ``The Nasty Boys,″ which led Cincinnati to the World Series title. Layana was not on the postseason team that swept the Oakland Athletics in the series.

Layana pitched one game for San Francisco in 1993 and never made it back to the majors.

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