Bo Diaz had already proven to be a pretty successful catcher in the MLB. He ultimately earned two All-Star selections with the Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Indians in addition to also having success with the Philadelphia Phillies. Diaz last played in 1989, but while he was attempting to make a return to the MLB after the 1990 season, Diaz’s life sadly came to an end way too soon.
Bo Diaz first found success with the Cleveland Indians
Diaz first appeared in two games for the Boston Red Sox in 1977, but in 1978, he got a significant amount of playing time with the Cleveland Indians. Diaz appeared in 44 games that season and hit .236 to go with two home runs, 11 RBIs, and 12 runs scored.
He then only appeared in 15 games in 1979, but after hitting .227 in 76 games in 1980, Diaz became an All-Star in 1981 with the Indians. He ultimately hit .313 in 63 games that season and had seven home runs to go with 38 RBIs and 25 runs scored.
After that season, though, Diaz then played for the Philadelphia Phillies and was a part of some pretty successful teams. He went .288 at the plate in 144 games in 1982 with the Phillies. He also hit 18 home runs that year and had 85 RBIs to go with 69 runs scored. Philadelphia went 89-73 that season.
However, in 1983, the Phillies went all the way to the World Series. Diaz went on to hit 15 home runs and had 64 RBIs to go with 49 runs scored. He also had a 98.6% fielding percentage in the 134 games he appeared in at catcher. Diaz only went 2-for-13 at the plate in the NLCS, but in the World Series loss to the Baltimore Orioles, Diaz hit .333 and scored one run.
He then only played in 27 games for the Phillies in 1984.
He became an All-Star again with the Cincinnati Reds
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Diaz played for the Phillies and Cincinnati Reds in 1985. He ultimately appeared in 77 total games that season, went .245 at the plate, and brought home 31 runs. The Reds were also pretty good that year, as they went 89-72.
Diaz then had one of his best seasons while with the Reds in 1986. He went .272 at the plate, hit 10 home runs, scored 50 runs, and had 56 RBIs. Cincinnati also went 86-76 that year. In 1987, though, he earned the second All-Star selection of his career. In 140 games, Diaz went .270 at the plate and hit 15 home runs. He also brought in 82 RBIs and scored 49 runs. The Reds were, of course, pretty good again that season as they went 84-78.
Diaz then appeared in 92 games for the Reds in 1988 but only went .219 at the plate. He then played in 43 games in 1989 and only hit .205. The 1989 season was his last in the MLB, and Cincinnati only went 75-87 that year. In 1990, though, the Reds went on to win the World Series after going 91-71 in the regular season.
For his career, Diaz had a .255 batting average to go with 87 home runs, 452 RBIs, and 327 runs scored.
A satellite dish tragically crushed Bo Diaz to death
According to the Los Angeles Times, Diaz, who was from Venezuela, was playing for the Caracas Lions of a winter league in Venezuela. He had wanted to get back into shape to try to return to the MLB.
However, in November 1990, Diaz had been trying to adjust a satellite dish on the roof of his Caracas, Venezuela home. It had reportedly been knocked off line due to high winds. The dish then reportedly collapsed and crushed his neck and skull against the base of it. The New York Times reported that he died instantly. He was only 37 years old.
Diaz was survived by his wife and two sons.
It’s tough knowing that a player who had been a part of some really good teams didn’t get to finish his baseball career the way he wanted. Bo Diaz proved to be a pretty valuable player in his 13-year MLB career. Sadly, his career and life ended way too soon.
Stats courtesy of Baseball Reference