An all-star in 1994, Alvarez won 102 games during a 14-year career that saw him pitch from 1989-2005. He arrived in the majors as a 19-year old with the Texas Rangers but made his mark with the Chicago White Sox a couple years later. Alvarez went 15-8 with a 2.94 ERA for Chicago in 1993 and followed that with a 12-8 season in 1994, which was the year he went to the All-Star Game. He won 15 more games for the White Sox in 1996 and posted 13 wins in 1997, which he split between Chicago and the San Francisco Giants. However, that was the end of the productive stretch of his career. He signed as a free agent with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and lost 14 games in 1998. He went 9-9 in 1999, which would be his last year as a full-time starter. An injury to his shoulder forced Alvarez to miss the next two seasons and when he returned in 2002 he was not the same pitcher. He pitched for the Los Angeles Dodgers from 2003-2005 and then retired.
Alvarez pitched in the postseason three times, first for the White Sox in 1993, then with the Giants in 1997 and again with the Dodgers in 2004. His best performance by far came in Game 3 of the 1993 American League Championship Series against the Toronto Blue Jays. He pitched a complete game, limiting Toronto to seven hits and one run and leading Chicago to a 6-1 win. The Blue Jays, however, won the series, 4-2.
On August 11, 1991 Alvarez threw a no-hitter for the White Sox at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore against the Orioles. The game was actually his debut for Chicago. He struck out seven and walked five. The White Sox won 7-0.
Alvarez is a member of the Caribbean Baseball Hall of Fame.
Wilson Alvarez – career stats