Former MLB shortstop Enzo Hernandez was found dead at home in his native Venezuela. News media in that country are reporting the death as a suicide, but the Associated Press has been unable to confirm the manner of death
Hernandez played for the San Diego Padres from 1971 – 1977. He finished out his baseball career playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1978, when he reportyedly suffered from a herniated disc.
The right-handed batter was signed by the Houston Astros in 1967, and played in the minors for the Baltimore Orioles’ farm team before being picked up by the Padres. He had a consistently low batting average, coming in last place in the 1971 Triple Crown, but was a three-time top 10 finisher in stolen bases for the National League.
Venezuelan reporters have said that Hernandez was being treated for depression. He died Jan. 13, 2013 at the age of 63.