1992 - 2003
BiographyJavy Torres López was born on November 5, 1970, in Ponce, Puerto Rico. López is a major league right-handed catcher who is currently a free agent. He was signed by the Atlanta Braves as an un-drafted free agent in 1987 and was 21 years old when he debuted in the big leagues on September 18, 1992, with the Atlanta Braves. Javy was a member of the 1995 World Series Championship team, as well as the 1996 National League Champion Series MVP. López played with the Atlanta Braves 1992-2003, the Baltimore Orioles 2004-2006 and the Boston Red Sox in 2006. He represented the Braves for the National League in the All-Star game in 1997, 1998, and 2003. In 2003 he was also named The Sporting News' National League Comeback Player of the Year as well as earning a Silver Slugger Award. López signed as a free agent with the Baltimore Orioles prior to the 2004 season and was then acquired by the Red Sox in August 2006. Less than a month later he was released from Boston when Jason Varitek returned from the disabled list. It was reported in January 2007 that López signed a 1-year $750,000 contract with the Colorado Rockies, but he was released by the Rockies on March 12, 2007.
Braves Career HighlightsLópez shared the catcher duties with Charlie O'Brien and Eddie Pérez for his first four seasons with the Braves but he finally established himself as the Braves regular catcher in 1996. Javy compiled a .287 batting average with 214 home runs and 783 RBI in 12 seasons with the Braves. 2003:
2003 was López's best season; he batted .328 with 44 home runs, 29 doubles and 109 RBIs while only playing in 129 games. That season he broke Todd Hundley's record for the most home runs hit in one season by a catcher (41).
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