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  • Ray Sadecki, Jose Martinez and Drew Denson, former Braves players, pass away

    Ray Sadecki played for the Braves briefly in 1975, posting a 4.21 ERA in 25 games. He had been acquired from the Cardinals for Ron Reed and Wayne Nordhagen and later traded to the Royals for Bruce Dal Canton.

    Ray Sadecki, a left-handed pitcher the Giants acquired in the ill-fated 1966 Orlando Cepeda trade, died Monday in Arizona from complications of blood cancer.

    He was 73.
    Read more:

    http://www.sfgate.com/giants/article...da-5902812.php

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    Jose Martinez worked for the Braves organization from 1995 until his death in October 2014.

    ATLANTA -- The Braves lost a valuable and treasured friend when Jose Martinez suddenly passed away at an Orlando-area hospital on Wednesday night. Martinez had spent the past couple of weeks exercising his passion to help young baseball players at the Braves' Spring Training complex.

    Martinez, 72, had just completed his 20th season as a special assistant to the general manager in the Braves' organization. The friendly Cuban was lured to Atlanta by Braves president John Schuerholz before the 1995 season. Schuerholz and Martinez had become associated while they were together in the Royals' organization.
    Read more:

    http://m.braves.mlb.com/news/article...ses-away-at-72

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    Drew Denson, the Braves' first round pick in 1984, played for the team in 1989, hitting .250 in 12 games. He had considerably more success in the minors, showing good pop and occasional speed. In his first pro season, he hit .322/.373/.556. He died in February, but his death was not reported in this forum.

    Drew Denson was an outsized superstar at Purcell Marian, a gifted 6-foot-5 athlete who averaged 20 points per game in basketball and once hit a baseball an estimated 500-plus feet.

    Denson, who played major league baseball for the Atlanta Braves and Chicago White Sox, died Thursday at age 48. Cause of death was not listed but Denson had suffered from a rare blood disease called amyloidosis, a condition in which abnormal protein deposits cause organs and tissues to deteriorate.
    Read more:

    http://news.cincinnati.com/article/2...o-could-do-all

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