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Javy López
Javier "Javy" Lopez Torres (born November 5, 1970) is a Puerto Rican former catcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Atlanta Braves (1992–2003)

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Torres and the second or maternal family name is Lopez. Javy López Catcher Born: (1970-11-05) November 5, 1970 (age 47)
Ponce, Puerto Rico Batted: Right Threw: Right MLB debut September 18, 1992, for the Atlanta BravesLast MLB appearance September 2, 2006, for the Boston Red SoxMLB statisticsBatting average .287Home runs 260Runs batted in 864 Teams Career highlights and awards

Javier "Javy" Lopez Torres (born November 5, 1970) is a Puerto Rican former catcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Atlanta Braves (1992–2003), Baltimore Orioles (2004–2006) and Boston Red Sox (2006). He batted and threw right-handed. He was named Ponce, Puerto Rico's Athlete of the Year from 1984 to 1987.[citation needed]

Contents Professional career Atlanta Braves

López (birth name: Javier López Torres [note 1]) was signed by the Atlanta Braves in 1987 as an amateur free agent, López made his debut on September 18, 1992, against the Houston Astros. After sharing duties with Charlie O'Brien and Eddie Pérez for four seasons, he established himself as the Braves' regular catcher in 1996. The same season, he led the Braves to win the National League Championship Series, earning the series Most Valuable Player honors. He also made the National League All-Star team from 1997–98. Lopez had his best season in 2003 with a .328 batting average, 43 home runs and 109 RBI in 129 games, including a .378 on-base percentage and a .687 slugging percentage. In that season he broke Todd Hundley's record for most home runs hit in a season by a catcher (41) and was selected to the All-Star Game, winning the Silver Slugger Award and finishing fifth in the National League MVP ballot.

While with the Braves, López caught Kent Mercker's no-hitter on April 8, 1994.[1]

Baltimore Orioles

Before the 2004 season López signed as a free agent with the Baltimore Orioles. He hit .316 with 86 RBI, and the following season hit .278 with 49 RBI, while seeing a decline in his game time from 150 to 103 games.

Boston Red Sox

In the 2006 midseason he was acquired by the Boston Red Sox from Baltimore in exchange for minor league outfielder Adam Stern and cash consideration.[2] López debuted with Boston on the same day after Doug Mirabelli left the game early after an ankle injury. On September 8, the Red Sox released López due to Jason Varitek returning from the disabled list, which minimized his playing time.

Retirement

In January 2007, it was reported that López reached a preliminary agreement on a $750,000, one-year contract with the Colorado Rockies,[3] but he did not play for them during the regular season.[4] Before the 2008 season he signed a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training with the Atlanta Braves, in an attempt to return to the majors. But after being told he would not make the opening day lineup, López retired for good.[5] "I feel perfect physically", he said. "It's just that the hitting wasn't there and unfortunately I didn't throw the guy out on the stealing attempts. That's a concern. I don't blame them. My role as a backup catcher is to be able to throw every single runner out."[6] He plans to continue in the Atlanta Braves organization performing other duties.

In a 15-season career, López posted a .287 average with 260 home runs and 864 RBI in 1,503 games. His 243 home runs as a catcher ranks eighth on the career list at that position. His final game was on September 2, 2006.[7]

Personal

López married Analy Hernández. They had two children: Javier Alexander (born 11/6/95) and Kelvin Gabriel (born 10/17/99). They divorced and López married his second wife Gina Brodbeck on June 23, 2004,[8] and they have had two sons, Brody Brodbeck, born in 2010 and Gavin in 2013.[9]

Notes
  1. ^ This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is López and the second or maternal family name is Torres.
See also References
  1. ^ "Retrosheet Boxscore: Atlanta Braves 6, Los Angeles Dodgers 0". Retrosheet.org. 1994-04-08. Retrieved 2014-03-06. 
  2. ^ "Sports News & Articles – Scores, Pictures, Videos – ABC News". Abcnews.go.com. Archived from the original on June 29, 2011. Retrieved 2014-03-06. 
  3. ^ "Former All-Star catcher Lopez, Rockies agree to deal – MLB – ESPN". Sports.espn.go.com. 2007-01-09. Retrieved 2014-03-06. 
  4. ^ "Rockies release veteran Lopez | Rockies.com: News". Colorado.rockies.mlb.com. 2013-05-24. Retrieved 2014-03-06. 
  5. ^ "Lopez decides to retire after being cut | MLB.com: News". Mlb.mlb.com. 2013-05-24. Retrieved 2014-03-06. 
  6. ^ "C Lopez retires after being reassigned to minor league camp – MLB – ESPN". Sports.espn.go.com. 2008-03-22. Retrieved 2014-03-06. 
  7. ^ "Javy Lopez stats". Baseball Reference. 
  8. ^ "Javy Lopez: Biography and Career Highlights | braves.com: Players". Mlb.mlb.com. 2013-05-24. Retrieved 2014-03-06. 
  9. ^ "Javy Lopez Q & A". Yardbarker.com. 2012-03-09. Retrieved 2014-03-06. 
External links Southern League Most Valuable Player Atlanta Braves 1995 World Series champions
2 Rafael Belliard
4 Jeff Blauser
7 Dwight Smith
8 Javy López
9 Marquis Grissom
10 Chipper Jones
11 Charlie O'Brien
12 Eddie Pérez
16 Mike Mordecai
17 Luis Polonia
18 Ryan Klesko
20 Mark Lemke
23 David Justice
24 Mike Devereaux (NLCS MVP)
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31 Greg Maddux
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Bench Coach 26 Jim Beauchamp
Hitting Coach 28 Clarence Jones
First Base Coach 39 Pat Corrales
Bullpen Coach 42 Ned Yost
Pitching Coach 54 Leo Mazzone
Coach 59 Frank Fultz
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