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Walter Thomas McKeel (January 17, 1972 – January 1, 2019) was an American professional baseball player. He played parts of three seasons in Major League Baseball, between 1996 and 2002, for the Boston Red Sox (1996–1997) and Colorado Rockies (2002), primarily as a catcher. Listed at 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m), 200 lb., he batted and threw right-handed.[1]

Walt McKeel
Born: (1972-01-17)January 17, 1972
Wilson, North Carolina
Died: January 1, 2019(2019-01-01) (aged 46)
Stantonsburg, North Carolina
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 14, 1996, for the Boston Red Sox
Last MLB appearance
July 27, 2002, for the Colorado Rockies
MLB statistics
Batting average.250
At bats16

In a three-season career, McKeel was a .250 hitter (4-for-16) and scored a run in 16 games. In 10 catching appearances, he posted a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage in 26 chances. He also appeared in one game as a first baseman, fielding two chances there without an error.


Early lifeEdit

McKeel also played in the Boston, Detroit and Colorado minor league systems from 1990 to 2002. In a 13-season career, he hit .256 with 81 home runs and 390 RBI in 906 games.[2]

McKeel was one of many replacement players who appeared during spring training in 1995 due to the Major League Baseball players strike.

He died on January 1, 2019, aged 46 at his house in North Carolina.[3]

See alsoEdit


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  3. ^ "Former Greene Central standout Walt McKeel died Tuesday". Neuse News. Retrieved 2019-01-04.

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