Former Yankee outfielder Oscar Azocar dies
Former major leaguer Oscar Azocar, a free-swinging outfielder
when he debuted for the New York Yankees in 1990, died Monday. He
The native Venezuelan died at a hospital in Valencia, said
Diogenes Nazar, press spokesman for one of Azocar’s former teams,
the Navegantes del Magallanes.
Azocar hit .226 with five home runs and 36 RBIs in a three-year
career. Promoted from the minors by the Yankees in July 1990, he
got a pinch-hit single in his first big league at-bat, then
homered, doubled and singled in his next game.
Azocar was hitting .350 with four home runs after his first 20
games, and was part of the last-place Yankees’ youth movement,
along with fellow rookies Deion Sanders, Jim Leyritz, Mike Blowers
and Kevin Maas.
But the Yankees grew impatient over Azocar’s impatience at the
plate — it took 130 times up before he drew his first walk.
The Yankees traded him to San Diego after his rookie season and he
spent two years with San Diego.
Azocar finished up in the Mexican league, playing his last
season in 2001.
Azocar started his career as a pitcher before switching to the
outfield. He played for several teams in Venezuela.
During the Caribbean Series played in Venezuela last February,
Azocar was inducted into the Caribbean region’s baseball hall of