“The Mets are very sad to hear that they have lost their family members today. Pedro Feliciano will be remembered as a beloved member of the Mets because of his influence as a great teammate and His reputation as one of the most competitive, lasting and outstanding players. His reliable rescuer during Queens. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Feliciano family. Rest in peace, Pedro .”
As a strong pitcher for the Mets, Feliciano pitched for the team several times during the 2002-10 season and late 2013. Nicknamed “Permanent Pedro”, Fericiano led the league for three consecutive seasons from the 2008-10 season, and was the last pitcher to put in more than 90 games in a season.
“I never need to call the’pen’ to see if he is ready,” said former Mets manager Willie Randolph, according to MLB.com. “He has always been. I know he must be tired sometimes, but he never let us know.”
Randolph added: “Forty-five is too young to die.”
In 2013, Feliciano revealed that he was diagnosed with a rare hereditary heart disease that is not life-threatening, and that he wore a heart monitor during spring training during a minor league deal with the Mets.
Feliciano ended his career with an average scoring rate of 3.33 and ranked second in the history of the Mets with 484 career appearances, second only to John Franco (695 times). He also represented Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic in 2006 and 2009.
“Puerto Rico Baseball Federation, its chairman, Dr. Jose Daniel Quills, and the board of directors express deep condolences on the death of Pedro Feliciano,” the Puerto Rico Baseball Federation said in a tweet on Monday.
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