Former Mets pitcher Pedro Feliciano dies at 45

Former Puerto Rican pitcher for the New York Mets, Pedro Feliciano, passed away on Sunday night at age 45.

The former player and analyst of ESPN, Eduardo Pérez, was the first to report the news through social networks.

A left-handed pitcher, Feliciano had his best moments between 2006 and 2010 with the Mets, when he led the National League in appearances between pitchers for three consecutive seasons. It recorded 86, 88 and 92, respectively, from 2008-10.

His 344 appearances between 2007 and 2010 are a record in the majors. In 2008 he featured in 36 consecutive games, usually in left-handed versus left-handed situations. Hence, he earned the nickname ‘Perpetual Pedro’ among the New York media.

He was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 31st round of the 1995 draft. After seven years in the minor leagues with Los Angeles, Cincinnati and Detroit, he rose in 2002 with the Mets, with whom he played his entire MLB career.

In 2005, his contract was bought by the Fukuoka Daiei Hawks. After a year in Japan (3-2, 3.89 ERA), he returned to the Mets and was a contributor to the team’s advancement to the playoffs as a left-handed specialist and coach for Billy wagner.

He had a 3.33 career ERA in 484 games.


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Former Mets pitcher Pedro Feliciano dies at 45