Former New York Mets lefty pitcher Pedro Feliciano died in his sleep on Sunday, November 7th, according to ESPN Baseball Analyst Eduardo Perez.
Feliciano, a 45-year-old Puerto Rican, spent nine years as a Met over various different stints from 2002-2004, 2006-2010, and 2013. In 2005, he played in the National Baseball League in Japan for the Fukuoka Daiei Hawks and for the New York Yankees in 2012, although he was on the disabled list for the entirety of the season before his contract expired.
During his career with the Mets, he had a 22-21 record with a 3.33 ERA and 350 strikeouts over nearly 384 innings. His tenure ended with a 5.7 WAR and a 1.376 WHIP.
In 2008, Feliciano led the league in games played with 86 and ranks second in franchise history in games pitched with 459, behind John Franco (695).
“The Mets are so saddened to hear of the loss to their family today. Pedro Feliciano will be remembered as a beloved member of the Mets organization for his impact as a great teammate as well as his reputation as one of the most competitive, durable and reliable relievers during his time in Queens,” the organization wrote in a statement on November 8.
The reliever was drafted in the 31st round of the amateur draft in 1995 by the Los Angeles Dodgers. He made his way through the minors and after six years became a free agent after not getting promoted.
Feliciano signed with the Cincinnati Reds for the 2002 season but was traded to the Mets in August. His Major League career started in September after pitching two scoreless innings against the Florida Marlins.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Feliciano family. Rest in peace, Pedro,” the statement concluded.
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