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Javier Torres "Javy" Lopez (born November 5, 1970) is a Puerto Rican former catcher in Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball
who played for the Atlanta Braves (1992–2003), Baltimore Orioles
Baltimore Orioles
(2004–2006) and Boston Red Sox (2006). He batted and threw right-handed. He was named Ponce, Puerto Rico's Athlete of the Year from 1984 to 1987.[citation needed]

Contents

1 Professional career

1.1 Atlanta Braves 1.2 Baltimore Orioles 1.3 Boston Red Sox 1.4 Retirement

2 Personal 3 Notes 4 See also 5 References 6 External links

Professional career[edit] Atlanta Braves[edit] López (birth name: Javier López Torres [note 1]) was signed by the Atlanta Braves
Atlanta Braves
in 1987 as an amateur free agent, López made his debut on September 18, 1992 against the Houston Astros. After sharing duties with Charlie O'Brien and Eddie Pérez for four seasons, he established himself as the Braves regular catcher in 1996. The same season, he led the Braves to win the National League Championship Series, earning the series Most Valuable Player honors. He also made the National League All-Star team from 1997–98. Lopez had his best season in 2003 with a .328 batting average, 43 home runs and 109 RBI in 129 games, including a .378 on-base percentage and a .687 slugging percentage. In that season he broke Todd Hundley's record for most home runs hit in a season by a catcher (41) and was selected to the All-Star Game, winning the Silver Slugger Award
Silver Slugger Award
and finishing fifth in the National League MVP ballot. While with the Braves, López caught Kent Mercker's no-hitter on April 8, 1994.[1] Baltimore Orioles[edit] Before the 2004 season López signed as a free agent with the Baltimore Orioles. He hit .316 with 86 RBI, and the following season hit .278 with 49 RBI, while seeing a decline in his game time from 150 to 103 games. Boston Red Sox[edit] In the 2006 midseason he was acquired by the Boston Red Sox
Boston Red Sox
from Baltimore in exchange for minor league outfielder Adam Stern
Adam Stern
and cash consideration.[2] López debuted with Boston on the same day after Doug Mirabelli
Doug Mirabelli
left the game early after an ankle injury. On September 8, the Red Sox released López due to Jason Varitek
Jason Varitek
returning from the disabled list, which minimized his playing time. Retirement[edit] In January 2007, it was reported that López reached a preliminary agreement on a $750,000, one-year contract with the Colorado Rockies,[3] but he did not play for them during the regular season.[4] Before the 2008 season he signed a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training with the Atlanta Braves, in an attempt to return to the majors. But after being told he would not make the opening day lineup, López retired for good.[5] "I feel perfect physically", he said. "It's just that the hitting wasn't there and unfortunately I didn't throw the guy out on the stealing attempts. That's a concern. I don't blame them. My role as a backup catcher is to be able to throw every single runner out."[6] He plans to continue in the Atlanta Braves
Atlanta Braves
organization performing other duties. In a 15-season career, López posted a .287 average with 260 home runs and 864 RBI in 1,503 games. His 243 home runs as a catcher ranks eighth on the career list at that position. His final game was on September 2, 2006.[7] Personal[edit] López married Analy Hernández. They had two children: Javier Alexander (born 11/6/95) and Kelvin Gabriel (born 10/17/99). They divorced and López married his second wife Gina Brodbeck on June 23, 2004,[8] and they have had two sons, Brody Brodbeck, born in 2010 and Gavin in 2013.[9] Notes[edit]

^ This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is López and the second or maternal family name is Torres.

See also[edit]

Puerto Rico portal Biography portal Baseball portal

List of Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball
players from Puerto Rico List of Puerto Ricans List of Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball
career home run leaders

References[edit]

^ "Retrosheet Boxscore: Atlanta Braves
Atlanta Braves
6, Los Angeles Dodgers 0". Retrosheet.org. 1994-04-08. Retrieved 2014-03-06.  ^ "Sports News & Articles – Scores, Pictures, Videos – ABC News". Abcnews.go.com. Archived from the original on June 29, 2011. Retrieved 2014-03-06.  ^ "Former All-Star catcher Lopez, Rockies agree to deal – MLB – ESPN". Sports.espn.go.com. 2007-01-09. Retrieved 2014-03-06.  ^ "Rockies release veteran Lopez Rockies.com: News". Colorado.rockies.mlb.com. 2013-05-24. Retrieved 2014-03-06.  ^ "Lopez decides to retire after being cut MLB.com: News". Mlb.mlb.com. 2013-05-24. Retrieved 2014-03-06.  ^ "C Lopez retires after being reassigned to minor league camp – MLB – ESPN". Sports.espn.go.com. 2008-03-22. Retrieved 2014-03-06.  ^ "Javy Lopez stats". Baseball Reference.  ^ "Javy Lopez: Biography and Career Highlights braves.com: Players". Mlb.mlb.com. 2013-05-24. Retrieved 2014-03-06.  ^ "Javy Lopez Q & A". Yardbarker.com. 2012-03-09. Retrieved 2014-03-06. 

External links[edit]

Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)

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Southern League Most Valuable Player

1972: Mike Reinbach 1973: Jerry Moxey 1974: Nyls Nyman 1975: Mike Squires 1976: Larry Foster 1977: Alan Trammell 1978: Eddie Gates 1979: Danny Heep
Danny Heep
& Alan Knicely 1980: Steve Balboni 1981: Tim Laudner 1982: Brian Dayett 1983: John Morris 1984: Andrés Galarraga 1985: Jose Canseco 1986: Terry Steinbach 1987: Tom Dodd 1988: Matt Winters 1989: Eric Anthony 1990: Jeff Conine 1991: Ryan Klesko 1992: Javy López 1993: Carlos Delgado 1994: Mark Johnson 1995: Jason Kendall 1996: Derrek Lee 1997: Ben Grieve 1998: Gabe Kapler 1999: Brady Clark 2000: Joe Crede 2001: Josh Phelps 2002: Aaron Miles 2003: Corey Hart 2004: Richard Lewis 2005: Delmon Young 2006: Joey Votto 2007: Evan Longoria 2008: Gaby Sánchez 2009: Desmond Jennings 2010: Dave Sappelt 2011: Paul Goldschmidt 2012: Hunter Morris 2013: Marcus Semien 2014: Jake Lamb 2015: Max Kepler 2016: Tyler O'Neill 2017: Kevin Cron

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Atlanta Braves
Atlanta Braves
1995 World Series
World Series
champions

2 Rafael Belliard 4 Jeff Blauser 7 Dwight Smith 8 Javy López 9 Marquis Grissom 10 Chipper Jones 11 Charlie O'Brien 12 Eddie Pérez 16 Mike Mordecai 17 Luis Polonia 18 Ryan Klesko 20 Mark Lemke 23 David Justice 24 Mike Devereaux (NLCS MVP) 26 Alejandro Peña 27 Fred McGriff 29 John Smoltz 30 Ed Giovanola 31 Greg Maddux 33 Steve Avery 38 Greg McMichael 43 Mark Wohlers 47 Tom Glavine
Tom Glavine
( World Series
World Series
MVP) 50 Kent Mercker 51 Pedro Borbón, Jr. 52 Brad Clontz

Manager 6 Bobby Cox

Coaches Third Base Coach 22 Jimy Williams Bench Coach 26 Jim Beauchamp Hitting Coach 28 Clarence Jones First Base Coach 39 Pat Corrales Bullpen Coach 42 Ned Yost Pitching Coach 54 Leo Mazzone Coach 59 Frank Fultz

Regular season National League Division Series National League Championship Series

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Puerto Rico roster – 2006 World Baseball Classic
2006 World Baseball Classic
– 5th place

4 Yadier Molina 5 Eduardo Pérez 6 Rubén Gotay 7 Iván Rodríguez 8 Javy López 9 Federico Baez 10 José Valentín 12 Alex Cintrón 13 Alex Cora 15 Carlos Beltrán 17 Javier Valentín 19 Alex Ríos 22 José Cruz 23 Javier Vázquez 24 Ricky Ledée 25 Carlos Delgado 29 Juan Padilla 32 Luis Matos 33 J. C. Romero 38 Joel Piñeiro 40 José Santiago 43 Dicky Gonzalez 45 Josue Matos 48 Pedro Feliciano 50 Kiko Calero 51 Bernie Williams 52 Orlando Román 55 Iván Maldonado 56 Fernando Cabrera 57 Chris Rojas 58 Willie Collazo

Manager José Oquendo

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National League Catcher
Catcher
Silver Slugger Award

1980: Simmons 1981: Carter 1982: Carter 1983: Kennedy 1984: Carter 1985: Carter 1986: Carter 1987: Santiago 1988: Santiago 1989: Biggio 1990: Santiago 1991: Santiago 1992: Daulton 1993: Piazza 1994: Piazza 1995: Piazza 1996: Piazza 1997: Piazza 1998: Piazza 1999: Piazza 2000: Piazza 2001: Piazza 2002: Piazza 2003: López 2004: Estrada 2005: Barrett 2006: McCann 2007: Martin 2008: McCann 2009: McCann 2010: McCann 2011: McCann 2012: Posey 2013: Molina 2014: Posey 2015: Posey 2016: Ramos 2017: Posey

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National League Championship Series MVP Award

1977: Baker 1978: Garvey 1979: Stargell 1980: Trillo 1981: Hooton 1982: Porter 1983: Matthews 1984: Garvey 1985: Smith 1986: Scott 1987: Leonard 1988: Hershiser 1989: Clark 1990: Dibble & Myers 1991: Avery 1992: Smoltz 1993: Schilling 1994: Not played 1995: Devereaux 1996: López 1997: Hernández 1998: Hitchcock 1999: Pérez 2000: Hampton 2001: Counsell 2002: Santiago 2003: Rodríguez 2004: Pujols 2005: Oswalt 2006: Suppan 2007: Holliday 2008: Hamels 2009: Howard 2010: Ross 2011: Freese 2012: Scutaro 2013: Wacha 2014: Bumgarner 2015: Murphy 2016: Báez & Lester 2017: Taylor & Turner

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Sporting News National League Comeback Player of the Year Award

1965: Law 1966: Regan 1967: McCormick 1968: A. Johnson 1969: Agee 1970: Hickman 1971: Downing 1972: Tolan 1973: D. Johnson 1974: Wynn 1975: Jones 1976: John 1977: McCovey 1978: Stargell 1979: Brock 1980: Reuss 1981: Knepper 1982: Morgan 1983: Denny 1984: Andújar 1985: Reuschel 1986: Knight 1987: Sutcliffe 1988: Leary 1989: Smith 1990: Tudor 1991: Pendleton 1992: Sheffield 1993: Galarraga 1994: Wallach 1995: Gant 1996: Davis 1997: Daulton 1998: Vaughn 1999: Henderson 2000: Galarraga 2001: Morris 2002: Lieberthal 2003: López 2004: Carpenter 2005: Griffey, Jr. 2006: Garciaparra 2007: Young 2008: Tatis 2009: Carpenter 2010: Hudson 2011: Berkman 2012: Posey 2013: Liriano 2014: McGehee 2015: Harvey 2016: Fernández

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