Former Braves C Pocoroba dies at 66

Former Braves C Pocoroba dies at 66

Former Atlanta Braves catcher Biff Pocoroba, an All-Star in 1978, died at the age of 66, the team announced Wednesday.

No cause of death was announced.

A 17th-round draft choice by Atlanta in 1971, Pocoroba made his major league debut for the Braves in 1975. He hit six homers and drove in 34 runs in 1978 when he was named to the National League All-Star team.

A switch hitter who was known for his defense behind the plate, Pocoroba threw out 34 percent of attempted base-stealers in both 1976 and 1977.

He played just four games in 1984 before he retired with a career .257 batting average over 596 games, all with the Braves. He had 21 home runs and 172 RBIs.

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