Bo Diaz, former major-league catcher who died in a freak accident at home, was laid to rest Saturday in a ceremony attended by President Carlos Andres Perez.
"I have come to personally express the condolence and pain of Venezuela in the face of this untimely demise," said Perez.Baudilio Jose Diaz, or Bo, died early Friday afternoon at his home while trying to fix the orientation of a television parabolic disc on the roof of his house. The heavy antenna fell over him and crushed his head, killing him instantly. He was 37.
Diaz, who played in the 1983 World Series with the Philadelphia Phillies, hit .255 with 87 homers and 452 RBI in a major-league career that went from 1977-89. He played two games with Boston in 1977 before going to Cleveland, Philadelphia and Cincinnati.
Diaz batted .205 in 43 games in his final season. His best year came in 1982 with the Phillies when he batted .288, hit 18 home runs and drove in 85 runs.
Diaz retired after the 1989 season. This past year, Diaz was the starting catcher for the Leones del Caracas team. He quit one week ago, reportedly because of differences with the manager.