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Otto Vélez

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, 11,033rd in MLB history)   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 [*]
Last 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 (For more accurate walk-off HR totals, see the Batting Event Finder)
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#gmDate@Bat PitcherScoreInnOutRoBRBIBOPPosWPAbWENotesPlay Description
11111973-09-23 (1)NYY@CLEDick Tidrowahead 1-0t 22---1790.10368%Home Run
22221973-09-23 (1)NYY@CLEDick Tidrowahead 3-0t 40---1790.06288%Home Run
1974 HRs#car#yr#gmDate@Bat PitcherScoreInnOutRoBRBIBOPPosWPAbWENotesPlay Description
33111974-07-03NYY@DETJohn Hillerbehind 4-5t 82-2-2530.51472%Home Run; Piniella Scores
44211974-07-18NYYKCRPaul Splittorffbehind 4-5b 60---1530.19657%Home Run
1976 HRs#car#yr#gmDate@Bat PitcherScoreInnOutRoBRBIBOPPosWPAbWENotesPlay Description
55111976-05-19NYY@CLEDon Hoodahead 1-0t 62---1790.13778%Home Run
66211976-09-08NYYMILKevin Kobelahead 6-0b 801--2770.001100%Home Run; Nettles Scores
1977 HRs#car#yr#gmDate@Bat PitcherScoreInnOutRoBRBIBOPPosWPAbWENotesPlay Description
77111977-04-14TORDETJohn Hillerbehind 2-3b 8112-35PH0.52893%Home Run; Ault Scores; Fairly Scores
88211977-04-18TOR@NYYEd Figueroaahead 2-1t 61---1690.12877%Home Run
99311977-04-21TOR@NYYKen Holtzmanahead 1-0t 41-2-24DH0.16080%Home Run; Torres Scores
1010411977-04-25 (1)TORBOSLuis Tiantbehind 0-1b 50---1590.15357%Home Run
1111521977-04-25 (1)TORBOSBill Campbellbehind 2-3b 821--2590.61184%Home Run; Woods Scores
1212611977-05-01TOR@KCRLarry Gurabehind 0-3t 70---14DH0.07819%Home Run
1313711977-05-02TORMILMoose Haasbehind 0-3b 71---14DH0.08018%Home Run
1414811977-05-21TOR@TEXPaul Lindbladahead 8-4t 72---1490.03196%Home Run
1515911977-06-05TOR@OAKVida Blueahead 5-3t 60---1490.08387%Home Run (Deep RF)
16161021977-06-05TOR@OAKJoe Colemanahead 6-3t 82---1490.03996%Home Run (Deep RF)
17171111977-07-03 (1)TORTEXDock Ellisahead 1-0b 62---1690.11982%Home Run
18181211977-07-04TOR@BOSFergie Jenkinstied 2-2t 60-2-2690.17776%Home Run; Ewing Scores
19191311977-07-06TOR@BOSLuis Tiantbehind 2-3t 321--2590.20156%Home Run; Fairly Scores
20201411977-07-29TORMILMoose Haasahead 2-0b 30---1390.07584%Home Run
21211511977-09-22TOR@BALMike Flanaganbehind 0-7t 71---1490.0051%Home Run
22221611977-09-23TORNYYDon Gullettbehind 0-2b 20---14DH0.10344%Home Run
1978 HRs#car#yr#gmDate@Bat PitcherScoreInnOutRoBRBIBOPPosWPAbWENotesPlay Description
2323111978-04-11TOR@CHWKen Kravecbehind 1-4t 42---1690.07722%Home Run
2424211978-06-21TORDETJim Crawfordbehind 6-10b 72--32690.09314%Home Run; Howell Scores
2525311978-06-23TOR@CLERick Waitsbehind 1-8t 821--2590.0041%Home Run; Carty Scores
2626411978-07-31TORDETBob Sykestied 7-7b 141---1990.424100%Walk-OffHome Run
2727511978-08-12TORKCRPaul Splittorffahead 3-2b 30---14DH0.09977%Home Run
2828611978-08-23 (2)TOR@DETBob Sykesahead 1-0t 32-2-2390.17978%Home Run; Bailor Scores
2929711978-08-29TOR@TEXJon Matlackahead 1-0t 311--2390.17479%Home Run; Bailor Scores
3030811978-09-05TORCLERick Waitsbehind 1-6b 90---1390.0102%Home Run
3131911978-09-11 (1)TOR@CLERick Waitsbehind 0-1t 20---1470.11050%Home Run
1979 HRs#car#yr#gmDate@Bat PitcherScoreInnOutRoBRBIBOPPosWPAbWENotesPlay Description
3232111979-04-30TORMINPaul Hartzellbehind 0-4b 41-2-25DH0.12528%Home Run (Deep RF); Mayberry Scores
3333211979-05-03TOR@MILBill Traversbehind 2-3t 52-2-2570.25559%Home Run; Bosetti Scores
3434311979-05-08TOR@MINRoger Ericksonbehind 0-1t 22---1690.10146%Home Run (Deep CF)
3535411979-05-13 (2)TORTEXEd Farmerbehind 1-7b 8112-3390.0426%Home Run; Griffin Scores; Bailor Scores
3636511979-06-17TOROAKBob Laceybehind 5-8b 7112-37PH0.36355%Home Run; Carty Scores; Woods Scores
3737611979-06-29 (1)TOR@BALScott McGregortied 0-0t 20---1570.10460%Home Run
3838711979-07-04TOR@DETDave Tobiktied 4-4t 11112-39PH0.38096%Home Run; Cannon Scores; Ainge Scores
3939811979-07-19TOR@MILBill Traversbehind 0-1t 811--2590.45472%Home Run; Howell Scores
4040911979-07-22TOR@MINPete Redfernbehind 0-5t 72---1690.0194%Home Run
41411011979-07-25TORTEXJohn Henry Johnsontied 1-1b 121--2590.18170%Home Run; Carty Scores
42421111979-07-26TORTEXDoc Medichtied 0-0b 201-33690.14182%Home Run; Carty Scores; Mayberry Scores
43431221979-07-26TORTEXDoyle Alexanderahead 7-2b 70---1690.00899%Home Run
44441311979-08-04TORCHWRich Worthamtied 0-0b 201--2570.15775%Home Run (Deep LF); Carty Scores; Velez Scores
45451411979-08-22TOR@SEARick Honeycuttahead 1-0t 32---1370.10568%Home Run
46461511979-09-30TOR@NYYRon Davisbehind 1-5t 61---14DH0.04811%Home Run
1980 HRs#car#yr#gmDate@Bat PitcherScoreInnOutRoBRBIBOPPosWPAbWENotesPlay Description
4747111980-04-13TOR@SEAFloyd Bannisterbehind 0-2t 32---14DH0.09834%Home Run
4848211980-04-20TOR@CLEJohn Dennytied 0-0t 1212-35DH0.24874%Home Run (LF Line); Griffin Scores; Bosetti Scores
4949311980-04-29TORKCRDennis Leonardahead 2-1b 61---15DH0.11383%Home Run
5050411980-05-04 (1)TORCLEDan Spillnertied 0-0b 1112345DH0.20985%Home Run; Bailor Scores; Bonnell Scores; Mayberry Scores
5151521980-05-04 (1)TORCLEWayne Garlandahead 6-5b 801--25DH0.08797%Home Run; Cannon Scores
5252631980-05-04 (1)TORCLESid Mongetied 8-8b 100---15DH0.357100%Walk-OffHome Run
5353711980-05-04 (2)TORCLEBob Owchinkotied 0-0b 111-334DH0.17879%Home Run (LF-CF); Bosetti Scores; Bonnell Scores
5454811980-05-07TOR@CALChris Knappahead 2-1t 321--24DH0.18978%Home Run; Bosetti Scores
5555911980-05-19TORBOSJack Billinghamahead 3-1b 501-334DH0.07096%Home Run; Bailor Scores; Woods Scores
56561011980-06-02TORCALJohn Montaguebehind 1-6b 81---14DH0.0163%Home Run
57571111980-06-04TORCALFrank Tananaahead 6-2b 70--324DH0.01099%Home Run (Deep RF); Howell Scores
58581211980-06-08 (2)TOR@MINJerry Koosmanahead 3-2t 61---14DH0.12675%Home Run (Deep LF)
59591311980-07-11TORCLEWayne Garlandtied 3-3b 501--24DH0.19781%Home Run; Woods Scores
60601411980-07-17TOR@SEAFloyd Bannisterbehind 0-3t 70---14DH0.07818%Home Run
61611511980-07-18TOR@CALAndy Hasslerbehind 2-6t 60---14DH0.05413%Home Run
62621611980-07-22 (1)TOR@OAKMatt Keoughbehind 0-1t 20---14DH0.11150%Home Run
63631711980-07-27TORSEAFloyd Bannistertied 0-0b 42-2-24DH0.21576%Home Run; Griffin Scores
64641811980-07-29TOROAKSteve McCattybehind 1-2b 32-2-24DH0.21363%Home Run; Garcia Scores
65651911980-08-07TOR@CLEWayne Garlandbehind 1-5t 611-336DH0.17530%Home Run; Woods Scores; Mayberry Scores
66662011980-08-28TORMINDarrell Jacksonahead 2-0b 321--2430.13488%Home Run (Deep LF); Garcia Scores
1981 HRs#car#yr#gmDate@Bat PitcherScoreInnOutRoBRBIBOPPosWPAbWENotesPlay Description
6767111981-04-17TORDETHoward Baileybehind 1-4b 32-2-25DH0.17738%Home Run (LF-CF); Mayberry Scores
6868211981-04-28TOR@MILMike Caldwellahead 1-0t 40---14DH0.11475%Home Run
6969311981-05-07TORCLERick Waitstied 0-0b 41---14DH0.13767%Home Run
7070411981-05-19TORCHWKevin Hickeyahead 7-4b 60---13DH0.03896%Home Run
7171511981-05-26TOR@CALJesse Jeffersonahead 4-3t 51--324DH0.13684%Home Run (CF-RF); Garcia Scores
7272611981-06-03TORCALGeoff Zahnbehind 0-1b 20---14DH0.11455%Home Run
7373721981-06-03TORCALGeoff Zahnbehind 2-8b 62---14DH0.0153%Home Run
7474811981-08-10TOR@DETMilt Wilcoxbehind 1-2t 61---13DH0.17447%Home Run
7575911981-08-11TOR@DETDan Schatzedertied 0-0t 1112-34DH0.22676%Home Run; Moseby Scores; Bonnell Scores
76761011981-08-27TORKCRAtlee Hammakertied 0-0b 20---1430.10966%Home Run
77771111981-09-20TORCALGeoff Zahnbehind 1-3b 20---15DH0.10544%Home Run
1982 HRs#car#yr#gmDate@Bat PitcherScoreInnOutRoBRBIBOPPosWPAbWENotesPlay Description
7878111982-05-14TOR@TEXJon Matlacktied 0-0t 20---15DH0.11061%Home Run

About the SABR Home Run Encyclopedia

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