Former outfielder Azocar dies at 45

Former outfielder Azocar dies at 45

Former Major League outfielder Oscar Azocar, whose three-year career was split between the Yankees and Padres, died on Monday, The Associated Press reported. He was 45.

A native of Venezuela, Azocar died at a hospital in Valencia, a press spokesman for one of his former teams, the Navegantes del Magallanes, told the AP.

The Yankees called up the pitcher-turned-outfielder in 1990, and he responded by hitting .350 with four home runs in his first 20 games. Azocar struggled with patience at the plate, however, needing 130 plate appearances before drawing his first walk.

After Azocar's rookie season, the Yankees sent him to the Padres, with whom he spent two more years. In all, Azocar hit .226 with five homers and 36 RBIs in the Majors.

Azocar finished his career in the Mexican League, with his last season coming in 2001. He was honored in February during the Caribbean Series, held in Venezuela, with his induction into the Caribbean region's baseball Hall of Fame.

Bailey Stephens is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.