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Andrew Auguste "Andy" Etchebarren (June 20, 1943 – October 5, 2019) was an American professional baseball player and minor league manager. He played as a catcher in Major League Baseball (MLB) for a total of 15 seasons for the Baltimore Orioles (1962 and 1965–75), California Angels (1975–77) and Milwaukee Brewers (1978).

Andy Etchebarren
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Catcher
Born: (1943-06-20)June 20, 1943
Whittier, California
Died: October 5, 2019(2019-10-05) (aged 76)
Santee, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 26, 1962, for the Baltimore Orioles
Last MLB appearance
April 20, 1978, for the Milwaukee Brewers
MLB statistics
Batting average.235
Home runs49
Runs batted in309
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Playing careerEdit

Etchebarren was born in Whittier, California of Basque descent. He was signed by the Baltimore Orioles as an amateur free agent in 1961. Expected to be the Orioles' third-string catcher entering his MLB rookie season in 1966, he became the starter in spring training when Dick Brown and Charley Lau underwent surgery to remove a brain tumor and remedy an ailing elbow respectively in the same timeframe.[1] Etchebarren was the last man to bat against Sandy Koufax, when he hit into a double play during the sixth inning of Game 2 of the 1966 World Series. Etchebarren helped the Orioles to win the 1966 and 1970 World Series, 1969 and 1971 AL pennants, and the 1973 and 1974 AL Eastern Division championships.

He was named to the 1966 and 1967 AL All-Star Teams. Etchebarren finished 17th in voting for the 1966 AL MVP for playing in 121 games, having 412 at bats, 49 runs, 91 hits, 14 doubles, 6 triples, 11 home runs, 50 RBI, 38 walks, a .221 batting average, a .293 on-base percentage, a .364 slugging percentage, 150 total bases, 3 sacrifice flies, and 12 intentional walks.

After Etchebarren lost his starting catcher position to Dave Duncan due to injuries during the first week of the 1975 season, his contract was sold by the Orioles to the California Angels at the trade deadline on June 15. He had threatened to retire if he was not sent to his native state of California.[2]

In 15 seasons he played in 948 games and had 2,618 at-bats, 245 runs, 615 hits, 101 doubles, 17 triples, 49 home runs, 309 RBI, 13 stolen bases, 246 walks, .235 batting average, .306 on-base percentage, .343 slugging percentage, 897 total bases, 20 sacrifice hits, 19 sacrifice flies and 41 intentional walks.

Managerial careerEdit

In 2000 Etchebarren was manager of the Bowie Baysox of the Eastern League, in 2001 and 2002 Rochester Red Wings of the International League. He served as manager of the Aberdeen IronBirds of the New York–Penn League for three seasons until his dismissal from that position on October 22, 2007. He was the manager of the York Revolution of the Atlantic League, and retired from baseball following the 2012 season. The York Revolution announced his death on October 5, 2019.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Andy Etchebarren Accepts Oriole Pact," The Associated Press (AP), Thursday, January 19, 1967.
  2. ^ "Andy Etchebarren Is Sold to Angels," The Associated Press (AP), Sunday, June 15, 1975. Retrieved October 12, 2019
  3. ^ "Two-time All-Star Etchebarren passes away". MLB.com. Retrieved 6 October 2019.

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