âThe Mets are so saddened to hear of the loss of 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 for his reputation as one of the most competitive, enduring and reliable relievers during his time in Queens. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Feliciano family. Rest in peace, Pedro. “
A mainstay of Mets pitchers, Feliciano pitched for the team several times from 2002 to 2010, and later in 2013. Nicknamed “Perpetual Pedro,” Feliciano led the league in appearances for three consecutive seasons from 2008 to 2010 and is the last pitcher. to start more than 90 games in a season.
“I never had to call the pen to see if he was ready,” former Mets manager Willie Randolph said, according to MLB.com. “He always has been. I know he must have been tired sometimes, but he never let us know.”
Randolph added: “Forty-five is too young to die.”
In 2013, Feliciano revealed that he had been diagnosed with a rare genetic heart disease that was not considered life threatening and that he wore a heart monitor during spring training while he was in. a minor league with the Mets.
Feliciano ended his career with an earned-run average of 3.33 and ranks second in Mets history with 484 career appearances, behind John Franco (695). He also represented Puerto Rico at the World Baseball Classic in 2006 and 2009.
“The Puerto Rican Baseball Federation, its president, Dr. JosÃ© Daniel Quiles and the board of directors mourn the death of Pedro Feliciano,” the Puerto Rican Baseball Federation said in a tweet Monday.