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Félix Millán
Second baseman
Born: August 21, 1943 (1943-08-21) (age 66)
Yabucoa, Puerto Rico
Batted: Right Threw: Right 
MLB debut
June 2, 1966 for the Atlanta Braves
Last MLB appearance
August 12, 1977 for the New York Mets
Career statistics
Batting average     .279
Hits     1,617
Runs batted in     403
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Félix Bernardo Millán Martínez (born August 21, 1943) is a former second baseman in Major League Baseball.

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Baseball career

Millán, nicknamed "The Kitten" ("El Gatito" in Spanish), born in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, made his major league debut on June 2, 1966 with the Atlanta Braves, and played for Atlanta until 1973. He played in two All-Star Games, the first in 1969 and the second in 1971; in 1970 he was named an All-Star, but was unable to participate due to injuries. In 1973, he was traded to the New York Mets, for whom he played until 1977. He played for a total of 12 years. His first game was June 2, 1966 for the Atlanta Braves and his final game was August 12, 1977 for the New York Mets. He was forced to retire after sustaining a shoulder injury during an on-field brawl in a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Ed Ott slid hard into Millán trying to break up a double play, Millán shouted at Ott and hit him with a baseball in his hand, and Ott answered by slamming him hard to the turf at Three Rivers Stadium, severely injuring his shoulder.

One of his claims to fame (or infamy) is that when Joe Torre set a record for most double-plays grounded into in a single game (4), Millán had been batting ahead of Torre. Millán singled in all four of his at-bats. As Torre said, "I'd like to thank Félix Millán for making all of this possible." July 21, 1975. [1]

Millán also played for three seasons in the Japanese Central League after leaving the majors. He joined the Taiyo Whales in 1978, after the Whales bought his contract from the Mets. He won the batting title in his second year in Japan (1979) with a .346 batting average, and was given the Best Nine Award. He won the title with only 126 hits, barely having enough at-bats to qualify for the title. He did not play well the next year, and was released by the Whales after the 1980 season. In his three years in Japan, he had only 52 strikeouts in 1139 at-bats.

Stats

Major Leagues

  • 1480 Games
  • 5791 At Bats
  • 699 Runs
  • 1617 Hits
  • 229 Doubles
  • 38 Triples
  • 22 Home runs
  • 242 Strikeouts
  • .279 Career batting average

Japanese Central League

  • 325 games
  • 1139 At-bats
  • 162 Runs
  • 348 Hits
  • 12 Home runs
  • 92 RBIs
  • 52 Strikeouts
  • .306 Batting average

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