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Monday, November 08, 2021

Pedro Feliciano, former Mets reliever, dead at 45

Former Mets relief pitcher Pedro Feliciano died in his sleep on Sunday night, according to ESPN’s Eduardo Perez.

Feliciano, 45, had a nine-year MLB career, all with the Mets. The left-hander was a native of Rio Pedras, Puerto Rico. He was drafted by the Dodgers in 1995 and floated through systems in Los Angeles, Cincinnati, New York and Japan before landing with the Mets for a third time in 2006.

After making the team out of spring training, Feliciano became a key lefty specialist for the team, leading the majors in games pitched in 2008 with 86. He ranks second in franchise history in games pitched with 459, behind John Franco.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 08, 2021 at 05:27 PM | 17 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Hombre Brotani Posted: November 08, 2021 at 08:39 PM (#6051969)
Terrible, heartbreaking news.
   2. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: November 09, 2021 at 07:07 AM (#6052013)
RIP. Feliciano was an important part of the Mets 2006 NLCS team and for several years after that. 45 is way too young.
   3. Adam Starblind Posted: November 09, 2021 at 08:31 AM (#6052017)
At least he died in his sleep. That's the best that you can hope for.
   4. Lassus Posted: November 09, 2021 at 08:33 AM (#6052018)
Gah. At 45? Keeee-rist.

I do wonder about that. Would it be best in your sleep? I mean, I know that's the standard thought, but I feel like I'd want to know it. Although I guess it's short knowledge.
   5. Jack Sommers Posted: November 09, 2021 at 09:45 AM (#6052035)
Well, the idea of dying in sleep usually goes along with dying old, not at 45 . But if I had to choose, I'd still go in my sleep. Why go through the trauma ?

In the article here there is link to a 2013 Post article:

PORT ST. LUCIE —- Pedro Feliciano has a small “hole” in the exterior of his heart, the lefty reliever revealed Saturday upon his return to Mets camp.

But Feliciano, who traveled to New York the previous day for an examination,
has been told the situation is not life-threatening
. He is awaiting clearance to resume baseball activities.

“They said they found some little hole in my heart,” Feliciano said. “I’ve never felt nothing in my heart, so it’s surprising to me.”

   6. Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: November 09, 2021 at 10:00 AM (#6052039)
It is sad to hear of this news as he seemed to be a pretty good guy overall. He was a good player on the Mets and he seemed like he was the only guy on the Mets who could ever get Chase Utley out when it mattered.
   7. Adam Starblind Posted: November 09, 2021 at 10:30 AM (#6052047)
Remember when the Mets said they didn't re-sign him because they had overused him? That was a pretty Metsie thing to do.
   8. KronicFatigue Posted: November 09, 2021 at 10:40 AM (#6052049)
I do wonder about that. Would it be best in your sleep? I mean, I know that's the standard thought, but I feel like I'd want to know it. Although I guess it's short knowledge.

I've debated this in my head way too often. Tiers of time

A) No time (in your sleep, tony soprano style, etc). Not a terrible choice if you're old. But still kinda selfish in the sense that it would be easy for ME to die like this, but big picture it would suck to not be able to give my loved ones a proper goodbye.

B) Essentially no time (Kobe, etc) F that. No f'n way.

C) Just enough time to say goodbye (heart attack, stroke, etc). Basically anything that puts you on a deathbed out of nowhere, but you can hang on long enough to have a conversation. I think this is the one I prefer.

D) Enough time for a bucket list ("The test results came back, you have 6 months to live"). I don't have the personality to handle this, but I could see it being good for others. I would spend those 6 months feeling sorry for myself.

E) Predetermined short life (something genetic that makes you know your time is short). Hard for me to say, since I don't have this, but...

F) The traditional life experience / unknown. I don't do well with this. I think about mortality too much, unfortunately.

   9. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 09, 2021 at 10:47 AM (#6052052)
Most games pitched in a single-season since 1995:
Salomon Torres, PIT 2006 - 94
Pedro Feliciano, NYM 2010 - 92
Jim Brower, SFG 2004 -89
Paul Quantrill, LAD 2003 - 89
Steve Kline, STL 2001 - 89
Julian Tavarez, SFG 1997 - 89
Pedro Feliciano, NYM 2009 - 88
Jon Rauch, WSN 2007 - 88
Sean Runyan, DET 1998 - 88
Mike Myers, DET 1997 - 88
Peter Moylan, ATL 2009 - 87
Pedro Feliciano, NYM 2008 - 86
   10. base ball chick Posted: November 09, 2021 at 11:46 AM (#6052063)
having had friends/relatives who did NOT die in their sleep (or OD) and suffered all the way to a horrible death, i hope and pray that i have a sudden painless death in my sleep.

i disbelieve that anyone is really truly prepared for the death of someone they care about even when it is a "blessed release"

i know that i have not EVER been. even with, say, john brittain or jack vincennes - and they were only internet friends who i had not never talked to or seen. their deaths although i knew they were coming and soon, STILL hurt all these years later. same with folks who died of cancer when i KNEW they were going

as for me, i don't pretend there is no death and it is not coming for me. true i am not ready to go, but i am as prepared as i think i could be. i know that my family will not take it real too good, but i wouldn't want them to watch me suffer and die any more than i want that for them
   11. bunyon Posted: November 09, 2021 at 11:57 AM (#6052065)
Agree with 10. Well said.

And not to be cruel but "die in your sleep" doesn't necessarily mean no suffering. It means no long suffering and that you can't yell out, but it mostly just means you are found dead in the bed in which you lay down to sleep. You never know if they woke up or not.

I think in this sad case, the question isn't "how?" but "when?". I think I'd take a fair bit of suffering at the end for an extra 30 or 40 years. Having now watched quite a few of the family generation ahead of me go with a long decline full of hospitals and discomfort/suffering, they seem to have had more full lives than the ones who go too young, even when it's relatively quick and painless.

RIP Mr. Feliciano.
   12. Tom Nawrocki Posted: November 09, 2021 at 12:03 PM (#6052068)
I believe Post 3 was quoting former Mets starter Kenny Rogers.
   13. Adam Starblind Posted: November 09, 2021 at 12:17 PM (#6052077)
And yet it led to quite a bit of soul searching. I guess it's a testament to how poignant Kenny can be.
   14. Howie Menckel Posted: November 09, 2021 at 01:04 PM (#6052090)
gah, 12 beat me to it

"I guess it's a testament to how poignant Kenny can be."

partly. song was written by Don Schlitz, who also wrote "When You Say Nothing At All" - recorded by Keith Whitley (who died of severe alcohol poisoning, as in 0.47, at age 34) and Alison Kraus, among others.
   15. Lassus Posted: November 09, 2021 at 01:35 PM (#6052093)
I wasn't really equating "not die in your sleep" with "long, drawn-out suffering".
   16. phredbird Posted: November 09, 2021 at 02:13 PM (#6052106)

after reading post no. 8, i only have two words:

option J

   17. Jack Sommers Posted: November 09, 2021 at 05:59 PM (#6052165)
That's a phrase i haven't seen in a while.

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