Otto the Swato was a power-hitting outfielder and DH for the expansion Blue Jays.
In April 1977 (the Jays' first month as a franchise), Velez won AL Player of the
Month honors with a .442 batting average and .865 slugging average (figures that
remain monthly team records). On May 4, 1980 against Cleveland, Velez had the Blue
Jays' first three-homer game on the way to tying an AL record with four HR in a doubleheader.