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Encyclopedia > Javier Vázquez

Javier Carlos Vázquez (born July 25, 1976 in Ponce, Puerto Rico) is a right-handed starting pitcher who plays for the Arizona Diamondbacks since 2005. Previously, he pitched for the New York Yankees (2004) and Montreal Expos (1998-2003). July 25 is the 206th day (207th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 159 days remaining. ... 1976 is a leap year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ... Ponce, the second largest city in Puerto Rico outside of the San Juan metropolitan area is named after the Spanish conquistador Juan Ponce de León. ... A person who is right-handed is more dextrous with their right hand than with their left hand: they will write with their right hand, and probably also use this hand for tasks such as personal care, cooking, and so on. ... In baseball or softball, a starting pitcher, often abbreviated as starter, is the pitcher who pitches the first pitch to the first batter of a game. ... Arizona Diamondbacks National League AAA Tucson Sidewinders AA Tennessee Smokies A Lancaster JetHawks South Bend Silver Hawks Yakima Bears R Missoula Osprey The Arizona Diamondbacks are a Major League Baseball team based in Phoenix, Arizona. ... New York Yankees American League AAA Columbus Clippers AA Trenton Thunder A Charleston RiverDogs Tampa Yankees Staten Island Yankees R Gulf Coast Yankees The New York Yankees is a Major League baseball team based in The Bronx, New York City. ... This year in baseball: 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 Events January-June February 15: Alex Rodriguez is traded to the New York Yankees. ... The Washington Nationals is a Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise based in Washington, D.C.. It relocated to Washington from Montréal, Québec, Canada after the 2004 season. ... This year in baseball 1995 - 1996 - 1997 - 1998 - 1999 - 2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 Events January-March January 5 - Don Sutton, a 324-game winner is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on his fifth try. ... This year in baseball: 1999 - 2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 Events January-June April 4 - Sammy Sosa hits his 500th career home run off Cincinnati Reds pitcher Scott Sullivan in the seventh inning at Great American Ball Park, becoming only the 18th player in Major League Baseball history to...

In December 2003, the Yankees acquired Vázquez from the Expos in exchange for 1B Nick Johnson and OF Juan Rivera. He agreed to a four-year deal through the 2007 season. Vazquez and Curt Schilling were the two most sought after starting pitchers that offseason, with Vazquez being first priority to teams like the Yankees and the Red Sox, because he was over ten years younger, and his career seemed to be ascending. The Yankees got Vazquez, and the Red Sox got their second priority, Schilling. The Yankees acquired Vazquez to replace Andy Pettitte who they saw as aging and too expensive. After Pettitte signed with the Houston Astros, teammate and close friend Roger Clemens followed suit. The Yankees had brought in Vazquez to replace Pettitte and the fiery Kevin Brown to replace Clemens, at the beginning of the 2004 season it looked, on paper, as if the Yankees had improved their starting rotation. However, Vazquez and Brown struggled mightily during the second half of the 2004 season, which lead many to question the Yankees starting pitching. In Game 7 of the 2004 ALCS, Kevin Brown allowed two runs in the first inning, and loaded the bases in the second without retiring an out. Vazquez relieved Brown, and his first pitch was deposited into the right field seats for a grand slam off the bat of Johnny Damon, giving the Red Sox a 6-0 lead. After the Yankees lost the game and the series, everyone pointed to the Yankees starting pitching as their downfall, and wondered what would have happened if they had kept Pettitte and Clemens rather than getting Brown and Vazquez. Because of this, the Yankees sent Vazquez to the Arizona Diamondbacks after the 2004 season in exchange for Randy Johnson. However, the Yankees still have had no luck at all with Vazquez, as he has excelled in his return to the National League and Johnson has been a dissapointment in 2005. The position of the first baseman First base, or 1B, is the first of four stations on a baseball diamond which must be touched in succession by a base runner in order to score a run for that players team. ... Nick Johnson (born September 19, 1978 in Sacramento, California) is a first baseman in Major League Baseball, currently with the Washington Nationals. ... An outfielder moves in to catch a fly ball Outfielder is a collective term including left fielder, center fielder, and right fielder, the three positions in baseball farthest from the batter. ... Juan Luis Rivera (born July 3, 1978 in Guarenas, Miranda State, Venezuela) is a Major League Baseball outfielder who plays for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. ...

From 1998-2004, Vázquez has compiled a career 78-78 record with 1226 strikeouts and a 4.26 ERA in 500 games. He was selected as an All-Star in 2004. In baseball, a strikeout or strike out (denoted by K or SO) occurs when the batter receives three strikes during his time at bat. ... In baseball statistics, earned run average (denoted by ERA) is the mean of earned runs given up by a pitcher per nine innings pitched. ... A game is a recreational activity involving one or more players. ... The Major League Baseball All-Star Game is an annual exhibition baseball game between the best players from the National League and the American League. ...

See also

This is an alphabetical list of 214 baseball players from Puerto Rico which had played in Major League Baseball between 1942 and 2004. ... List of famous Puerto Ricans in alphabetical order by last names, where applicable. ...

External links

  • ESPN (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/profile?statsId=5947) - Profile and daily updates
  • Baseball Reference (http://www.baseball-reference.com/v/vazquja01.shtml) - Career statistics and analysis



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