Former Major League Baseball pitcher Pedro Feliciano passes away

The former Major League Baseball pitcher, Pedro Feliciano, has died of apparent natural causes, met Primera Hora.

A Vega Alta resident, Feliciano died at home from an apparent heart attack. On August 25 he turned 45 years old.

A natural southpaw reliever born in Río Piedras, Feliciano pitched all nine of his major league seasons with the New York Mets. His best year there was in the 2006 season when he was 7-2 with a 2.09 ERA. He completed his career with a 22-21 record and a 3.33 ERA.

He missed the 2011 and 2012 seasons with shoulder problems. They were two years in which he was under contract with the New York Yankees, from whom he obtained his best contract in the majors for $ 8 million for two seasons. In the long run he never pitched for them.

In winter ball, for his part, he worked a large part of his career for the Ponce Lions. His best season on the island was in the 2003-2004 campaign when he was the co-leader in victories with 5, tied with Omar Olivares and Bobby Jenks, according to historian Jorge Colón Delgado. He also pitched for the Santurce Cangrejeros in 2014-2015, with whom he won a championship. In that season he was 1-1 with a 1.98 ERA.

His foray into professionalism occurred in 1995 when he was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 31st round of the rookie draft.

Feliciano also pitched a year in Japan before settling in the majors. After his two years with the Yankees he tried again to establish with the Mets in 2013, but had no luck. He then tried to win contracts with the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs.

He was also a reliever for Puerto Rico in the first two editions of the World Baseball Classic.

Pedro Feliciano pitched most of his career in winter ball for the Ponce Lions. He also launched with the Santurce Cangrejeros. (Ramon Tonito Zayas)

Feliciano lived with a diagnosis of a heart condition. In 2013, while preparing for the season with the Mets, team medical evaluations diagnosed him with a rare genetic condition called left ventricular noncompaction. The condition was the result of failure of myocardial development from birth.

As published on Twitter by baseball analyst and former player and former head of the winter league Eduardo Pérez, Feliciano was enjoying a day at the beach and jet skiing on Sunday.

Feliciano is survived by his wife and two children, a male college student and a 14-year-old teenager.


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Former Major League Baseball pitcher Pedro Feliciano passes away