Former main league infielder/outfielder Héctor López has handed away on the age of 93, based on a report from Julia Kreuz of MLB.com (Twitter link). A two-time World Collection champion, López performed in components of 11 main league seasons.
A local of Panama, López started his skilled profession in 1952. He performed three years within the Athletics farm system earlier than reaching the large leagues in Could 1955. That marked the primary of four-plus seasons with the franchise again when it performed in Kansas Metropolis. López noticed most of his early motion at third base, however he additionally logged time at second base, shortstop and in middle subject. He was a stable hitter instantly, hitting a minimum of .273 in every of his first three MLB seasons and entering into double digits in homers for 5 straight years.
Over his time with the A’s, López hit .278/.337/.433 with 67 longballs and 99 doubles. The Yankees acquired him halfway by means of the ’59 marketing campaign, and he spent the second half of his profession within the Bronx. López topped 100 video games in six of the following seven seasons, more and more seeing extra time within the nook outfield later in his profession. López typically shared an outfield with Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris within the early 1960’s, contributing to a staff that claimed 5 consecutive pennants between 1960-64. New York received back-to-back titles in 1961-62, with López amassing a homer and a triple in 4 video games through the former season’s World Collection.
Over components of eight years in pinstripes, López hit .262/.324/.399 with 69 homers. He completed with the Yankees in 1966. After taking part in two extra minor league seasons however failing to return to the majors, he retired. López completed his taking part in profession with a .269/.330/.415 line in 1450 large league video games. He collected 1251 hits, 136 dwelling runs, drove in 591 runs and scored 623 occasions. As soon as his taking part in time wrapped up, he kicked off prolonged profession as a minor league supervisor. He labored in affiliated ball for a number of many years and managed the Panamanian staff on the 2009 World Baseball Basic.
MLBTR sends our condolences to López’s household, associates, former teammates and family members.