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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Former Braves catcher Biff Pocoroba dies at 66

Former Atlanta Braves catcher Biff Pocoroba, an All-Star selection in 1978, has died at the age of 66, the team announced Wednesday.

No cause of death has been announced.

Pocoroba joined the Braves in 1975 and played all 10 of his major league seasons with the team, hitting 21 home runs with 172 RBIs and a .257 batting average in his career.

In addition to handling the pitching staff, Pocoroba was successful at nabbing runners on the basepaths—catching 34% of attempted base stealers in both 1976 (16-of-47) and 1977 (52-of-155) and 23% in 1978 (25-of-107).

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 27, 2020 at 03:20 PM | 9 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The Duke Posted: May 27, 2020 at 03:43 PM (#5953905)
What a great baseball name
   2. Itchy Row Posted: May 27, 2020 at 04:18 PM (#5953916)
I remember him because of his name and because the Braves were always on WTBS, but I had no idea he'd been an all star. The Braves were 69-93 in 1978, but he wasn't their token representative. Jeff Burroughs and Phil Niekro were also all stars that year. Pocoroba didn't hit in the ASG, but he caught the last inning, including Niekro getting the last out.
   3. Howie Menckel Posted: May 27, 2020 at 04:19 PM (#5953917)
you couldn't pitch knuckleballer Niekro in the ASG without his catcher!
   4. Tony S Posted: May 27, 2020 at 04:32 PM (#5953922)

When he would come up to bat, the Braves PA played the Batman theme. Biff! Bam!



   5. bachslunch Posted: May 28, 2020 at 12:13 PM (#5954114)
Much of Biff Pocoroba’s 10 year career was spent as a backup catcher and pinch hitter, all with the Braves. He was the first string catcher for two seasons, 1977 and 1978, and actually made the All-Star roster the latter season. One of those odd one-off catcher selections back then like Don Leppert, Steve Swisher, or Hank Foiles.
   6. Jarrod HypnerotomachiaPoliphili (TeddyF.Ballgame) Posted: May 28, 2020 at 07:47 PM (#5954241)
The subject of a really catchy song.
   7. Der-K's emotional investment is way up Posted: May 29, 2020 at 03:01 PM (#5954382)
when i first began to fall for baseball was as a kid in atlanta in 1983 and biff was their long time backup catcher by then. i read that he had sunk his signing bonus into getting his own batting cage and that really stuck with me, that someone would have that level of confidence/dedication to a craft.

prior to chipper jones, biff was often cited as the answer to the question of "who had the longest career of any position player to spend his whole career with the team" (10 season - with negative career war; rick camp (9 seasons), best known for hitting a homer in the bottom of the 18th inning (of a game I stayed up late to watch), was the answer on the pitching side.)
   8. flournoy Posted: May 29, 2020 at 03:16 PM (#5954387)
negative career war


I don't put any stock in that. He has positive offensive WAR and negative defensive WAR, presumably due to the high PB/WP numbers. That's what spending a lot of time catching a knuckleballer will do to you.

biff was often cited as the answer to the question of "who had the longest career of any position player to spend his whole career with the team"


This answer changed to Bruce Benedict before it became Chipper Jones.
   9. Itchy Row Posted: May 29, 2020 at 05:27 PM (#5954411)
rick camp (9 seasons), best known for hitting a homer in the bottom of the 18th inning (of a game I stayed up late to watch), was the answer on the pitching side.
Julio Teheran is tied with Camp, for now.

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