Former Catcher Diaz Killed in Home Mishap

Former major league catcher Bo Diaz was killed when he was crushed by a satellite dish on the roof of his home in Caracas, Venezuela.

Diaz, 37, who played with the Cincinnati Reds, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians and Philadelphia Phillies during a 13-year major league career, was attempting to adjust the dish, which apparently was knocked off line by high winds, according to a televised report in Caracas.

Diaz apparently died when the dish collapsed, crushing his neck and skull against the base of the dish.

Diaz lived in a two-story home in the Baruta section of the city, an upper middle-class neighborhood on the east side of the city.

Diaz, a Venezuelan, had been playing for the Caracas Lions of the Venezuelan winter league, hoping to get back into shape for a return to the majors. After Tuesday’s game against the Aragua Tigers at Maracay, however, he left the club because of a dispute with manager Phil Regan, team officials said.


The Lions canceled Friday night’s game against the Zulia Aguilas.

Diaz is survived by his wife Maria and two sons, Bo Daniel, 9, and Joshua, 6.