Hiram Gabriel Bocachica Colon (born March 4, 1976) is a former Major League Baseball (MLB) outfielder. He is 5'11" and weighs around 195 pounds.
Major league career [ edit ]
He was drafted by the
Montreal Expos in the first round (21st overall) of the 1994 Major League Baseball Draft and played for the Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Seattle Mariners before being released in 2005 and signed by Oakland Athletics from free agency.
Bocachica impressed scouts with his amazing
spring training performance of 2006, and would have been on the MLB roster for that season, had he not suffered from a bone growth in his right hand. He was claimed off waivers by the San Diego Padres on May 31, 2007. He became a free agent at the end of the season.
Bocachica wore No. 44 during his brief stint with the Mariners.
Nippon Professional Baseball [ edit ]
Bocachica signed with the
Saitama Seibu Lions on December 3, 2007. Despite playing only 78 games during the 2008 season, he hit 20 home runs, including one in the seventh game of the Japan Series, which the team won. [2 ]
Atlantic League [ edit ]
On April 12, 2010, Bocachica, along with fellow MLB alums Brian Barton and Tike Redman, was signed by the Bridgeport Bluefish for the 2010 season.
Immediately upon arriving in New York, Hiram was called by a friend who was coaching in Mexico. He briefly played with the Broncos de Reynosa in Mexico, but he is now back with Bridgeport.
Hiram is married to his wife Jocelyn and has two daughters and a son.
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1983: Stoll, Holman
1984: Caffrey, Charlton
1987: DeShields, Kingwood
1990: Andrews, R. White, G. White, Spencer, Van Ryn, Robertson
1993: Schwab, Estrada
1994: Bocachica, Thurman
1997: Bridges, Stowe, Hodges, Hebson, Pittman, Tucker, Arthurs, Myers
1998: McKinley, Wilkerson
2006: Marrero, Willems
2007: Detwiler, Smoker, Burgess
2009: Strasburg, Storen
2011: Rendon, Meyer, Goodwin