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Former New York Mets relief pitcher Pedro Feliciano dies in his sleep at 45

Workhorse also competed in the Puerto Rican Winter League and represented his homeland in the World Baseball Classic in 2006 and 2009.

November 9, 2021 12:15pm

Updated: November 9, 2021 12:15pm

Former relief pitcher Pedro Feliciano -- who spent his entire major-league career with the New York Mets -- died in his sleep on Sunday. He was 45.

ESPN baseball analyst Eduardo Perez broke the news of Feliciano's passing:

Just found out that former #Mets reliever Pedro Feliciano passed away last night in his sleep. He was 45years young. He was a really good released but a better person off the field. He will be missed 🇵🇷 #Leones #Cangrejeros. He was jet skiing yesterday with his family. #sad 😟

— Eduardo Perez (@PerezEd) November 8, 2021

The Mets also released a statement about Feliciano:

“The Mets are so saddened to hear of the loss to their family today. Pedro Feliciano will be remembered as a beloved member of the Mets organization for his impact as a great teammate as well as his reputation as one of the most competitive, durable and reliable relievers during his time in Queens. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Feliciano family. Rest in peace, Pedro.”

Feliciano pitched for the Mets in parts of nine seasons from 2002-13, appearing in 484 career games. The only pitcher in Mets history to have appeared in more games is fellow left-handed reliever John Franco, who made 695 appearances for the Amazin’s from 1990-2004.

Born in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, Feliciano was a workhorse who led the major leagues in appearances between 2008 and 2010. He finished his MLB career with a 22-21 record and a 3.33 ERA.

During major-league off-seasons, Feliciano also pitched in the Puerto Rican Winter League, making most of his appearances for Leones de Ponce. He also competed for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic in 2006 and 2009.