December 6, 1937 |
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
|April 20, 1969 for the Seattle Pilots|
Last MLB appearance
|September 30, 1973 for the Atlanta Braves|
|Runs batted in||5|
Federico Antonio Velázquez Velásquez (born December 6, 1937 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) is a Dominican former Major League Baseball catcher. He played for the Seattle Pilots (1969) and Atlanta Braves (1973).
Velázquez played in a total of 21 major league games, and was a starter in 8 of his 16 appearances as a catcher. Defensively, he handled 66 out of 67 chances successfully for a fielding percentage of .985. At the plate, he was 10-for-39 (.256) with 5 runs batted in.
In addition, he was immortalized in the book Ball Four (see quote below).
- "Gary (Bell) has come up with a good nickname for Freddie Velázquez. Freddie just sits there in the bullpen, warming up pitchers, and he never gets into a game and just looks sad. So Gary calls him Poor Devil." -- Jim Bouton in Ball Four (May 1, 1969)
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube
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