Lopez in the loop for Orioles
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This past season Lopez set the major league single-season record for most homers by a catcher. He hit 43 total home runs, with one coming as a pinch- hitter. That broke the old mark of 41 homers for a catcher, established by
The native of Ponce, Puerto Rico, became only the third catcher in major league history to combine for 40 homers, 100 RBI and a .300 batting average, joining Roy Campanella (1953) and
"Javy Lopez provides us with a solid catcher and another explosive bat for our
lineup," said Mike Flanagan,
The 33-year-old Lopez had been with the
A three-time All-Star who finished fifth in the NL MVP voting this year, Lopez had a .687 slugging percentage in 2003. That would have been tied for
didn't have enough plate appearances. He also had 10 homers in a 10-game stretch from May 22 - June 8, including home runs in four straight contests.
Over his career, Lopez is a .287 hitter with 214 homers and 694 RBI.
"Javy worked well with Atlanta's great pitching staffs, including a number of different pitchers," Jim Beattie,
reportedly remain interested in signing free agent outfielder