Carlos Quintana (baseball)

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Quintana (keen-tah'-nah) and the second or maternal family name is Hernández (er-nahn'-deth).
Carlos Quintana
First baseman
Born: (1965-08-26) August 26, 1965 (age 51)
Mamporal, Venezuela
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 16, 1988, for the Boston Red Sox
Last MLB appearance
October 3, 1993, for the Boston Red Sox
MLB statistics
Batting average .276
Home runs 19
Runs batted in 165

Carlos Narciso Quintana Hernandez (born August 26, 1965 in Mamporal, Venezuela) is a former Major League Baseball player who played for the Boston Red Sox from 1988 to 1993.

Professional career[edit]

Quintana was signed by the Red Sox in 1984 as an undrafted free agent. Over the next four years he worked his way up the Red Sox minor league system playing for Elmira, Greensboro, New Britain and Pawtucket.

He made his first appearance for the Red Sox on September 16, 1988. He split 1989 season between Pawtucket and Boston, and was named the full-time first baseman during spring training in 1990, beating out Bill Buckner for the job. Over the next two seasons Quintana earned a reputation as an outstanding defensive first baseman and an intelligent batter who maintained a high on-base percentage, albeit without much power or speed.

In February 1992, Quintana was involved in an automobile accident in town of Tacarigua de Mamporal, Venezuela while rushing his two brothers to a hospital after they were shot at a party. In the accident, Quintana broke his left arm and his right big toe and his wife Solys broke both of her legs. The injuries caused Quintana to miss the entire 1992 season.

Quintana returned to the Red Sox for the 1993 season but was still feeling the effects of the accident, including loss of feeling in his left thumb. He lost the starting first base position to Mo Vaughn and at the end of the season he announced his retirement from MLB baseball, but spent more than a season in Venezuelan League and played the 1994 season for the Buffalo Bisons, then a Triple-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates. In 1998 he played in Italy for Bbc Grosseto and hit four HR in a game against BC Modena.

Quintana was a .276 hitter (380-for-1376) with 19 home runs and 165 runs batted in, including 163 runs, 59 doubles, one triple and three stolen bases, as well as a .350 on-base percentage and 498 total bases for a .362 slugging average.[1][2]


  • In 2014, he gained induction into the Caribbean Baseball Hall of Fame as part of its 18th Class.
  • Drove in six runs in the third inning of a game against the Texas Rangers on July 30, 1991, tying the major league record for most RBI in an inning.
  • Played in a game in Pawtucket and a game in Boston on the same day in 1989.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Sports People: Baseball – Quintana Has Surgery After Auto Accident". The New York Times. 1992-02-25. Retrieved 2007-02-23. 
  2. ^ "Carlos Quintana". Sons of Sam Horn website. Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-02-23. 

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Preceded by
Nick Esasky
Boston Red Sox First Baseman
Succeeded by
Mo Vaughn