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Sixto Lezcano
Sixto Lezcano Padres.jpg
Right fielder
Born: (1953-11-28) November 28, 1953 (age 67)
Arecibo, Puerto Rico
Batted: Right Threw: Right
Professional debut
MLB: September 10, 1974, for the Milwaukee Brewers
NPB: April 19, 1987, for the Yokohama Taiyo Whales
Last appearance
MLB: September 29, 1985, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
NPB: 1987, for the Yokohama Taiyo Whales
MLB statistics
Batting average.271
Home runs148
Runs batted in591
Career highlights and awards

Sixto Joaquin Lezcano Curras[1] (born November 28, 1953 in Arecibo, Puerto Rico) is a retired baseball player who played for 12 seasons as an outfielder in the Major Leagues between 1974 and 1985. He played for five teams in the Majors and won a Gold Glove during his career.


Lezcano was signed as an amateur in 1970 by the Milwaukee Brewers.[2] After spending four seasons in their minor league system,[3] Lezcano reached the big leagues for the first time in 1974.[2] He became the Brewers' starting right fielder in 1975, a job he held for the next six seasons.[4] He showed a particularly strong throwing arm in right field, and led American League (AL) outfielders in assists in 1978.[5]

His best offensive numbers came in 1979, when he finished among the top 10 in the AL in batting average and home runs, and finished with the third-highest slugging percentage in the American League.[2] That season, he was honored for his defensive skills with the only Gold Glove of his major league career.[2]

Lezcano with the Milwaukee Brewers
Lezcano with the Milwaukee Brewers

While with the Brewers, he became the only player in Major League Baseball history to hit a grand slam on Opening Day twice, doing so in 1978 and 1980.[6]

After the 1980 season, he was part of a blockbuster 7-player trade with the St. Louis Cardinals, being one of four players traded in exchange for Rollie Fingers, Pete Vuckovich, and Ted Simmons.[6] He wasn't able to consistently crack the starting lineup in St. Louis, and batted .266 with the Cardinals in 1981.[2]

He was involved in another major trade after the 1981 season, being traded to the San Diego Padres with Garry Templeton for Ozzie Smith.[6] He hit well in his first year with the Padres, and was among the top 10 in the National League (NL) in on-base percentage.[2] However, his numbers fell off with the Padres in the 1983 season, and he was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies late in the year in exchange for four players to be named later.[2]

Lezcano joined a Phillies team which won the NL pennant in 1983. He platooned with Joe Lefebvre during the postseason, and homered off Rick Honeycutt during the 1983 National League Championship Series (NLCS).[7] He had one base hit in eight at-bats in the Phillies' World Series loss.

He continued to platoon with Philadelphia in 1984 before leaving the team as a free agent.[2] He signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1985 and served as one of the team's pinch hitters. Prior to the start of the 1986 season, during spring training, Pittsburgh released Lezcano, which ended his Major League career.[2]

In 1291 games over 12 seasons, Lezcano posted a .271 batting average (1122-for-4134) with 560 runs, 184 doubles, 34 triples, 148 home runs, 591 RBI, 37 stolen bases, 576 bases on balls, .360 on-base percentage and .440 slugging percentage. Defensively, he recorded a .980 fielding percentage playing at all three outfield positions. In the 1983 postseason, he hit .238 (5-for-21) in 8 games with 2 runs, 1 home run, 2 RBI and 1 walk.[2]

In 1987, he joined Japanese team Yokohama Taiyō Whales but he wasn't successful in Japan.

Lezcano is the batting coach for the Danville Braves (the Rookie league affiliate of the Atlanta Braves).

Personal life

His cousin, Carlos Lezcano, played for two seasons in the Major Leagues.

Lezcano was mentioned by name in the song "Sixto (That's Who the Happy People Know)".


  1. ^ "Sixto Lezcano". Retrosheet. Retrieved 2008-06-01.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Sixto Lezcano statistics". Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-06-01.
  3. ^ "Sixto Lezcano Statistics". The Baseball Cube. Retrieved 2008-06-01.
  4. ^ "Milwaukee Brewers Positional Chart". Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-06-01.
  5. ^ "The Ballplayers – Sixto Lezcano". Archived from the original on 2007-05-16. Retrieved 2008-06-01. The article erroneously states he also led National League outfielders in assists in 1983; he actually did so in 1982.
  6. ^ a b c Charlton, James. "Sixto Lezcano from the Chronology". Archived from the original on 2007-05-25. Retrieved 2008-06-01.
  7. ^ "October 8, 1983 National League Championship Series (NLCS) Game 4 at Veterans Stadium Box Score and Play by Play". Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-06-01.

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