Sixto Lezcano

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Biographical Information[edit]

Sixto Lezcano, who played 12 seasons in the major leagues, was signed by scout Félix Delgado. He came up originally with the Milwaukee Brewers in 1974, the same year Robin Yount was a rookie. Yount was 18, while Sixto was 20. Lezcano had a terrific year in 1979 when he was second in the league in OPS+, although he finished only 15th in the MVP voting.

Sixto was in the minors from 1971 to 1974, and in his last season, 1974 with the Sacramento Solons, he hit .325 with 34 home runs.

Lezcano played the first seven of his 12 major league seasons with the Brewers, and then was with four different teams in the last five years of his major league career. He was often quite productive in the latter part of his career: with the San Diego Padres in 1982, he showed power and an OBP of .388 which was sixth in the National League, while with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1984 he had an OBP of .371 and a slugging percentage of .480.

In his only World Series in 1983, he started two games, batting second in one (ahead of Mike Schmidt and fourth in the other (behind Schmidt).

After the majors he played for the Taiyo Whales in Japan. Sixto played for the Caguas Creoles and the Santurce Crabbers of the Puerto Rican Winter Baseball League.

In 1989, Lezcano played for the Orlando Juice of the Senior Professional Baseball Association. Lezcano batted .400 in 2 games.

Lezcano was a coach for the Eugene Emeralds in 1993, Wilmington Blue Rocks in 1994-1995, and Omaha Royals in 1996. He was the Kansas City Royals' minor league outfield instructor in 1998-1999. Lezcano was then a coach in the Atlanta Braves minor league system including the Myrtle Beach Pelicans in 2000 and GCL Braves in 2008-2010 (at least).

He is the cousin of Carlos Lezcano.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • AL Gold Glove Winner (1979)
  • 20-Home Run Seasons: 2 (1977 & 1979)
  • 100 RBI Seasons: 1 (1979)

Further Reading[edit]

  • Sixto Lezcano (as told to George Vass): "The Game I'll Never Forget", Baseball Digest, January 1986, pp. 77-79.[1]

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