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Otto Velez

Otoniel (Franceschi) Velez (Otto the Swatto)

Positions: Outfielder, Designated Hitter and First Baseman
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 170 lb.

Born: November 29, 1950 in Ponce, Puerto Rico
Signed
by the New York Yankees as an amateur free agent in 1969. (All Transactions)
Debut: September 4, 1973 (Age 22.279)   vs. DET 3 AB, 1 H, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1974 season [*]
Teams (by GP): BlueJays/Yankees/Indians 1973-1983
Agents: Jerry Kapstein, previously: Norm Kaplan, Dave Pinter [*]
Final Game: August 7, 1983 (Age 32.251)   vs. TEX 2 AB, 1 H, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB
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Career Home Runs

For all seasons after 1973, the play-by-play data is complete (summary of missing data for pre-1974). For some games from 1954 to 1973, we do not have complete play-by-play.

Otto Velez: 78 Career Home Runs

0 leading off, 2 walk-off, 8 tying, 24 go ahead
2 Tms
TOR72
NYY6
 
vs LHP46
vs RHP32
 
Home39
Away39
 
Leverage
High Lev19
Medium Lev31
Low Lev28
13 Opps
CLE14
DET9
TEX8
CAL8
MIL6
MIN5
KCR5
OAK5
BOS5
SEA4
NYY4
CHW3
BAL2
61 Pitchers
Rick Waits4
Floyd Bannister3
Wayne Garland3
Geoff Zahn3
Paul Splittorff2
Luis Tiant2
Bob Sykes2
Dick Tidrow2
Moose Haas2
Jon Matlack2
Bill Travers2
John Hiller2
Doyle Alexander1
Doc Medich1
Jim Crawford1
Dock Ellis1
Atlee Hammaker1
Kevin Hickey1
Andy Hassler1
Rick Honeycutt1
15 Parks
Exhibit Stad37
ClevelandStd7
Tiger Stad5
Yankee Stad4
Kingdome3
Metrop. Stad3
Arlington3
Angel Stad3
O.co Coliseum3
County Stad3
Memor. Stad2
Fenway Pk2
Comiskey Pk1
Shea Stad1
KauffmanStad1
Where Hit
744
922
85
Unk4
782
891
General field locations
when available.
 
 
Game Totals
1·HR gms65
2·HR gms5
3·HR gms1
Gms w/ this # = 0
are not shown.
 
OrderPos
4th32
5th21
6th10
3rd8
7th5
9th2
Outs
030
225
123
 
DefPos
Unk37
RF28
LF6
1B4
PH3
Bases
---43
1--12
-2-9
12-6
1-34
--33
1231
 
125 RBI
RISP23
0 on43
1 on24
2 on10
3 on1
Any on35
Inning
15
212
311
47
55
614
710
810
91
Extra3
 
1-328
4-626
7-end24
RelScore
+4..4
+33
+24
+115
Tied17
-114
-23
-36
-4..12
 
Ahead26
Tied17
Behind35
Before event,
for batter

Play By Play

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1973 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
1 1 1 1 1973-09-23 (1) NYY @ CLE Dick Tidrow ahead 1-0 t 2 2 --- 1 7 9 0.103 68% Home Run
2 2 2 2 1973-09-23 (1) NYY @ CLE Dick Tidrow ahead 3-0 t 4 0 --- 1 7 9 0.062 88% Home Run
1974 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
3 3 1 1 1974-07-03 NYY @ DET John Hiller behind 4-5 t 8 2 -2- 2 5 3 0.514 72% Home Run; Piniella Scores
4 4 2 1 1974-07-18 NYY KCR Paul Splittorff behind 4-5 b 6 0 --- 1 5 3 0.196 57% Home Run
1976 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
5 5 1 1 1976-05-19 NYY @ CLE Don Hood ahead 1-0 t 6 2 --- 1 7 9 0.137 78% Home Run
6 6 2 1 1976-09-08 NYY MIL Kevin Kobel ahead 6-0 b 8 0 1-- 2 7 7 0.001 100% Home Run; Nettles Scores
1977 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
7 7 1 1 1977-04-14 TOR DET John Hiller behind 2-3 b 8 1 12- 3 5 PH 0.528 93% Home Run; Ault Scores; Fairly Scores
8 8 2 1 1977-04-18 TOR @ NYY Ed Figueroa ahead 2-1 t 6 1 --- 1 6 9 0.128 77% Home Run
9 9 3 1 1977-04-21 TOR @ NYY Ken Holtzman ahead 1-0 t 4 1 -2- 2 4 DH 0.160 80% Home Run; Torres Scores
10 10 4 1 1977-04-25 (1) TOR BOS Luis Tiant behind 0-1 b 5 0 --- 1 5 9 0.153 57% Home Run
11 11 5 2 1977-04-25 (1) TOR BOS Bill Campbell behind 2-3 b 8 2 1-- 2 5 9 0.611 84% Home Run; Woods Scores
12 12 6 1 1977-05-01 TOR @ KCR Larry Gura behind 0-3 t 7 0 --- 1 4 DH 0.078 19% Home Run
13 13 7 1 1977-05-02 TOR MIL Moose Haas behind 0-3 b 7 1 --- 1 4 DH 0.080 18% Home Run
14 14 8 1 1977-05-21 TOR @ TEX Paul Lindblad ahead 8-4 t 7 2 --- 1 4 9 0.031 96% Home Run
15 15 9 1 1977-06-05 TOR @ OAK Vida Blue ahead 5-3 t 6 0 --- 1 4 9 0.083 87% Home Run (Deep RF)
16 16 10 2 1977-06-05 TOR @ OAK Joe Coleman ahead 6-3 t 8 2 --- 1 4 9 0.039 96% Home Run (Deep RF)
17 17 11 1 1977-07-03 (1) TOR TEX Dock Ellis ahead 1-0 b 6 2 --- 1 6 9 0.119 82% Home Run
18 18 12 1 1977-07-04 TOR @ BOS Fergie Jenkins tied 2-2 t 6 0 -2- 2 6 9 0.177 76% Home Run; Ewing Scores
19 19 13 1 1977-07-06 TOR @ BOS Luis Tiant behind 2-3 t 3 2 1-- 2 5 9 0.201 56% Home Run; Fairly Scores
20 20 14 1 1977-07-29 TOR MIL Moose Haas ahead 2-0 b 3 0 --- 1 3 9 0.075 84% Home Run
21 21 15 1 1977-09-22 TOR @ BAL Mike Flanagan behind 0-7 t 7 1 --- 1 4 9 0.005 1% Home Run
22 22 16 1 1977-09-23 TOR NYY Don Gullett behind 0-2 b 2 0 --- 1 4 DH 0.103 44% Home Run
1978 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
23 23 1 1 1978-04-11 TOR @ CHW Ken Kravec behind 1-4 t 4 2 --- 1 6 9 0.077 22% Home Run
24 24 2 1 1978-06-21 TOR DET Jim Crawford behind 6-10 b 7 2 --3 2 6 9 0.093 14% Home Run; Howell Scores
25 25 3 1 1978-06-23 TOR @ CLE Rick Waits behind 1-8 t 8 2 1-- 2 5 9 0.004 1% Home Run; Carty Scores
26 26 4 1 1978-07-31 TOR DET Bob Sykes tied 7-7 b 14 1 --- 1 9 9 0.424 100% Walk-Off Home Run
27 27 5 1 1978-08-12 TOR KCR Paul Splittorff ahead 3-2 b 3 0 --- 1 4 DH 0.099 77% Home Run
28 28 6 1 1978-08-23 (2) TOR @ DET Bob Sykes ahead 1-0 t 3 2 -2- 2 3 9 0.179 78% Home Run; Bailor Scores
29 29 7 1 1978-08-29 TOR @ TEX Jon Matlack ahead 1-0 t 3 1 1-- 2 3 9 0.174 79% Home Run; Bailor Scores
30 30 8 1 1978-09-05 TOR CLE Rick Waits behind 1-6 b 9 0 --- 1 3 9 0.010 2% Home Run
31 31 9 1 1978-09-11 (1) TOR @ CLE Rick Waits behind 0-1 t 2 0 --- 1 4 7 0.110 50% Home Run
1979 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
32 32 1 1 1979-04-30 TOR MIN Paul Hartzell behind 0-4 b 4 1 -2- 2 5 DH 0.125 28% Home Run (Deep RF); Mayberry Scores
33 33 2 1 1979-05-03 TOR @ MIL Bill Travers behind 2-3 t 5 2 -2- 2 5 7 0.255 59% Home Run; Bosetti Scores
34 34 3 1 1979-05-08 TOR @ MIN Roger Erickson behind 0-1 t 2 2 --- 1 6 9 0.101 46% Home Run (Deep CF)
35 35 4 1 1979-05-13 (2) TOR TEX Ed Farmer behind 1-7 b 8 1 12- 3 3 9 0.042 6% Home Run; Griffin Scores; Bailor Scores
36 36 5 1 1979-06-17 TOR OAK Bob Lacey behind 5-8 b 7 1 12- 3 7 PH 0.363 55% Home Run; Carty Scores; Woods Scores
37 37 6 1 1979-06-29 (1) TOR @ BAL Scott McGregor tied 0-0 t 2 0 --- 1 5 7 0.104 60% Home Run
38 38 7 1 1979-07-04 TOR @ DET Dave Tobik tied 4-4 t 11 1 12- 3 9 PH 0.380 96% Home Run; Cannon Scores; Ainge Scores
39 39 8 1 1979-07-19 TOR @ MIL Bill Travers behind 0-1 t 8 1 1-- 2 5 9 0.454 72% Home Run; Howell Scores
40 40 9 1 1979-07-22 TOR @ MIN Pete Redfern behind 0-5 t 7 2 --- 1 6 9 0.019 4% Home Run
41 41 10 1 1979-07-25 TOR TEX John Henry Johnson tied 1-1 b 1 2 1-- 2 5 9 0.181 70% Home Run; Carty Scores
42 42 11 1 1979-07-26 TOR TEX Doc Medich tied 0-0 b 2 0 1-3 3 6 9 0.141 82% Home Run; Carty Scores; Mayberry Scores
43 43 12 2 1979-07-26 TOR TEX Doyle Alexander ahead 7-2 b 7 0 --- 1 6 9 0.008 99% Home Run
44 44 13 1 1979-08-04 TOR CHW Rich Wortham tied 0-0 b 2 0 1-- 2 5 7 0.157 75% Home Run (Deep LF); Carty Scores; Velez Scores
45 45 14 1 1979-08-22 TOR @ SEA Rick Honeycutt ahead 1-0 t 3 2 --- 1 3 7 0.105 68% Home Run
46 46 15 1 1979-09-30 TOR @ NYY Ron Davis behind 1-5 t 6 1 --- 1 4 DH 0.048 11% Home Run
1980 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
47 47 1 1 1980-04-13 TOR @ SEA Floyd Bannister behind 0-2 t 3 2 --- 1 4 DH 0.098 34% Home Run
48 48 2 1 1980-04-20 TOR @ CLE John Denny tied 0-0 t 1 2 12- 3 5 DH 0.248 74% Home Run (LF Line); Griffin Scores; Bosetti Scores
49 49 3 1 1980-04-29 TOR KCR Dennis Leonard ahead 2-1 b 6 1 --- 1 5 DH 0.113 83% Home Run
50 50 4 1 1980-05-04 (1) TOR CLE Dan Spillner tied 0-0 b 1 1 123 4 5 DH 0.209 85% Home Run; Bailor Scores; Bonnell Scores; Mayberry Scores
51 51 5 2 1980-05-04 (1) TOR CLE Wayne Garland ahead 6-5 b 8 0 1-- 2 5 DH 0.087 97% Home Run; Cannon Scores
52 52 6 3 1980-05-04 (1) TOR CLE Sid Monge tied 8-8 b 10 0 --- 1 5 DH 0.357 100% Walk-Off Home Run
53 53 7 1 1980-05-04 (2) TOR CLE Bob Owchinko tied 0-0 b 1 1 1-3 3 4 DH 0.178 79% Home Run (LF-CF); Bosetti Scores; Bonnell Scores
54 54 8 1 1980-05-07 TOR @ CAL Chris Knapp ahead 2-1 t 3 2 1-- 2 4 DH 0.189 78% Home Run; Bosetti Scores
55 55 9 1 1980-05-19 TOR BOS Jack Billingham ahead 3-1 b 5 0 1-3 3 4 DH 0.070 96% Home Run; Bailor Scores; Woods Scores
56 56 10 1 1980-06-02 TOR CAL John Montague behind 1-6 b 8 1 --- 1 4 DH 0.016 3% Home Run
57 57 11 1 1980-06-04 TOR CAL Frank Tanana ahead 6-2 b 7 0 --3 2 4 DH 0.010 99% Home Run (Deep RF); Howell Scores
58 58 12 1 1980-06-08 (2) TOR @ MIN Jerry Koosman ahead 3-2 t 6 1 --- 1 4 DH 0.126 75% Home Run (Deep LF)
59 59 13 1 1980-07-11 TOR CLE Wayne Garland tied 3-3 b 5 0 1-- 2 4 DH 0.197 81% Home Run; Woods Scores
60 60 14 1 1980-07-17 TOR @ SEA Floyd Bannister behind 0-3 t 7 0 --- 1 4 DH 0.078 18% Home Run
61 61 15 1 1980-07-18 TOR @ CAL Andy Hassler behind 2-6 t 6 0 --- 1 4 DH 0.054 13% Home Run
62 62 16 1 1980-07-22 (1) TOR @ OAK Matt Keough behind 0-1 t 2 0 --- 1 4 DH 0.111 50% Home Run
63 63 17 1 1980-07-27 TOR SEA Floyd Bannister tied 0-0 b 4 2 -2- 2 4 DH 0.215 76% Home Run; Griffin Scores
64 64 18 1 1980-07-29 TOR OAK Steve McCatty behind 1-2 b 3 2 -2- 2 4 DH 0.213 63% Home Run; Garcia Scores
65 65 19 1 1980-08-07 TOR @ CLE Wayne Garland behind 1-5 t 6 1 1-3 3 6 DH 0.175 30% Home Run; Woods Scores; Mayberry Scores
66 66 20 1 1980-08-28 TOR MIN Darrell Jackson ahead 2-0 b 3 2 1-- 2 4 3 0.134 88% Home Run (Deep LF); Garcia Scores
1981 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
67 67 1 1 1981-04-17 TOR DET Howard Bailey behind 1-4 b 3 2 -2- 2 5 DH 0.177 38% Home Run (LF-CF); Mayberry Scores
68 68 2 1 1981-04-28 TOR @ MIL Mike Caldwell ahead 1-0 t 4 0 --- 1 4 DH 0.114 75% Home Run
69 69 3 1 1981-05-07 TOR CLE Rick Waits tied 0-0 b 4 1 --- 1 4 DH 0.137 67% Home Run
70 70 4 1 1981-05-19 TOR CHW Kevin Hickey ahead 7-4 b 6 0 --- 1 3 DH 0.038 96% Home Run
71 71 5 1 1981-05-26 TOR @ CAL Jesse Jefferson ahead 4-3 t 5 1 --3 2 4 DH 0.136 84% Home Run (CF-RF); Garcia Scores
72 72 6 1 1981-06-03 TOR CAL Geoff Zahn behind 0-1 b 2 0 --- 1 4 DH 0.114 55% Home Run
73 73 7 2 1981-06-03 TOR CAL Geoff Zahn behind 2-8 b 6 2 --- 1 4 DH 0.015 3% Home Run
74 74 8 1 1981-08-10 TOR @ DET Milt Wilcox behind 1-2 t 6 1 --- 1 3 DH 0.174 47% Home Run
75 75 9 1 1981-08-11 TOR @ DET Dan Schatzeder tied 0-0 t 1 1 12- 3 4 DH 0.226 76% Home Run; Moseby Scores; Bonnell Scores
76 76 10 1 1981-08-27 TOR KCR Atlee Hammaker tied 0-0 b 2 0 --- 1 4 3 0.109 66% Home Run
77 77 11 1 1981-09-20 TOR CAL Geoff Zahn behind 1-3 b 2 0 --- 1 5 DH 0.105 44% Home Run
1982 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
78 78 1 1 1982-05-14 TOR @ TEX Jon Matlack tied 0-0 t 2 0 --- 1 5 DH 0.110 61% Home Run

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