It is with heavy hearts that we say that one of MLB's most versatile players from the 1970s and 1980s passed away on Wednesday.
Per reports, former Atlanta Braves star outfielder Claudell Washington died at 65 years old early this morning.
Washington played for seven different clubs across his 17-year career. Six of those were spent with the Braves, during which he hit .278/.339/.435 with 67 home runs, 279 RBI and 115 stolen bases. With Atlanta, the Los Angeles native established himself as one of the games most feared five-tool players.
Washington's greatest accomplishment as a pro came when he won a World Series during his rookie year with the Oakland Athletics in 1974. He was named an All-Star the following season and finished with a .308/.345/.424 slash line alongside 77 RBI and 40 stolen bases.
The Berkeley High School product's best season at the plate came in 1982 with the Braves when he clubbed 16 homers and drove in 80 runs with a .745 OPS.
Washington had been diagnosed with prostate cancer a few years back, but opted to discontinue his treatment back in 2018. As of this writing, it's unknown if the disease played a role in his passing. We send our sincerest condolences to his loved ones during this difficult time.