Venezuelan catcher Juan Apodaca announced the end of his career as an active baseball player, reported sports journalist Víctor Boccone on Twitter.
According to Boccone, Apodaca will begin a new stage in the field of baseball, as bench coach for the Oklahoma City Dodgers, the AAA affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Venezuelan will be the right hand of Travis Barbary in the 2022 season, added the also director of sports media.
In 16 seasons, in the Minor League system and summer and winter leagues, Juan Apodaca left a lifetime average of .269 with 100 home runs and 604 RBIs. This 2022 will begin a new stage as a technician in the subsidiaries of #Dodgers- Victor Boccone G. (@Vboccone) March 31, 2022
Apocada, 35, will be remembered for being an excellent defensive receiver. In the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League (LVBP), the man from Caracas wore the uniforms of the Leones del Caracas, Águilas del Zulia, Navegantes del Magallanes and Tiburones de La Guaira.
According to binary ball, Apodaca batted .280, had 202 hits, hit 11 homers and drove in 105 runs in 254 games over 13 years in the LVBP.