Ramón Vázquez

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Ramón Vázquez
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Ramón during batting practice at the Rangers home opener on April 8, 2008.
Third baseman
Born: (1976-08-21) August 21, 1976 (age 38)
Aibonito, Puerto Rico
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 7, 2001 for the Seattle Mariners
Last MLB appearance
October 4, 2009 for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Career statistics
Batting average .254
Home runs 22
Run batted in 176
Teams

Ramón Luis Vázquez (born August 21, 1976 in Aibonito, Puerto Rico) is a former Puerto Rican professional baseball infielder. Vázquez has played with the Seattle Mariners (2001), San Diego Padres (2002-2004), Boston Red Sox (2005), Cleveland Indians (2005-2006), Texas Rangers (2007-2008), and Pittsburgh Pirates (2009). He bats left-handed and throws right-handed. In 2014, it was announced that Vazquez would become the hitting coach for the Gulf Coast League Astros under manager Marty Malloy.

Career[edit]

Vázquez attended Barrio Valle Real High School in Cidra, Puerto Rico and Indian Hills Community College in Centerville, Iowa. He was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 27th round (734th overall) of the 1995 Major League Baseball Draft.

Vázquez debuted with the Mariners in 2001. Following the 2001 season, he was traded with Tom Lampkin, Brett Tomko and cash to the San Diego Padres for Alex Arias, Ben Davis and Wascar Serrano.

Following the 2004 season, Vázquez was traded with David Pauley, Jay Payton and cash to the Boston Red Sox for Dave Roberts following the 2004 season. On July 7, 2005, he was traded by the Red Sox the Cleveland Indians for Alex Cora.

Vázquez became a minor league free agent after the 2006 season, and on November 17, 2006, signed a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers. Midseason injuries to Rangers third baseman Hank Blalock and second baseman Ian Kinsler forced Vázquez into an everyday role for the first time since the 2003 season.

On August 22, 2007, Vazquez had seven RBI with two homers in a record-setting 30–3 win over the Baltimore Orioles.[1]

On May 12, 2008, against his former team, the Seattle Mariners, Vázquez hit a walk-off home run in the 10th inning off Brandon Morrow.

On July 29, 2008, Vázquez victimized the Mariners again with last at bat heroics. After his third error of the game allowed the Seattle to take a 10–9 lead in the top of the 9th, Vázquez doubled to right-center field off Mariners closer J. J. Putz, just out of Ichiro's reach, to drive in 2 runs as the Rangers won the game 11–10. In a postgame interview with Jim Knox, broadcast over the stadium speakers, Vázquez thanked all the fans that were cheering him on despite his three errors, and also told those fans who booed him to "Take that, *BLEEP*!" (Vázquez did not curse, but rather sounded out the bleep.)[citation needed]

On December 12, 2008, Vázquez signed a two-year deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Ramón also participated in the 2009 World Baseball classic representing Puerto Rico in the spring of 2009 where he played 3rd base.[2] His only home run of 2009 came against the Florida Marlins. He finished the season with 17 runs, 7 doubles, no triples, 1 home run, 16 runs batted in, 1 stolen base, to go along with a .230 average, a .335 on-base percentage, and a .279 slg percentage in 204 at bats.

On April 4, 2010, in a last-minute roster move, Vazquez was designated for assignment by the Pirates, and was released four days later. Vazquez signed a minor league contract with the Seattle Mariners on April 16, 2010. He was later released on June 16, 2010. He signed on to play with the Houston Astros AAA affiliate Round Rock Express on June 24, 2010.

After signing a minor league contract with the St. Louis Cardinals for 2011, he was released on June 1.[3] He signed a minor league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays on June 19.[4] He was released on July 22.[5] On August 15, he signed a minor league contract with the Florida Marlins.[6]

Personal[edit]

He is married to his wife Griselda. They have two children, son Nomar and daughter Sofia, and reside in Cayey, Puerto Rico.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rangers break record.". MLB.com. 2007-08-22. 
  2. ^ "Pirates sign infielder Ramon Vazquez". MLB.com. 2008-12-12. 
  3. ^ Goold, Derrick. "Shuffling Cards: Vazquez released, minor movements abound". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved 2 June 2011. 
  4. ^ Links, Zach. "Minor Deals: Castillo, Vazquez". MLBTradeRumors.com. Retrieved 19 June 2011. 
  5. ^ Axisa, Mike. "Minor Moves: Vazquez, Diamond". MLBTradeRumors.com. Retrieved 23 July 2011. 
  6. ^ Dierkes, Tim. "Marlins Notes: Ramon Vazquez, Morrison, Fernandez". MLBTradeRumors.com. Retrieved 15 August 2011. 

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