Ramon Luis Vazquez...Wife's name is Griselda...Has two children; son Nomar (5/10/04) and daughter Sofia (9/8/06)...Is a
1994 graduate of Barrio Valle Real High School in Cidra, Puerto Rico...Also attended Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, Iowa...He and his
wife participated in both the Miracle League Grand Opening and the Pirates Wives Build-A-Bear Workshop for the Homeless Children's Initiative
during the 2009 season.
Made 28 appearances (21 starts) at shortstop
and 22 appearances (18 starts) at second base and 14 appearances (nine
starts) at third base in first season with Pirates...Was also Pittsburgh's mostused
pinch hitter, going 10-for-42 (.238) with two walks and two RBI...Hit
.303 in May and .270 (20-for-74) after his first 35 games thru 6/4, but
.208 (27-for-130) in final 66 contests...Made first appearance with Pirates
on Opening Day; played final three innings at third base and went 1-for-2
at the plate on 4/6 at St. Louis...Picked up first RBI on 4/19 vs. Atlanta;
was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded...Snapped 0-for-12 streak with a
single on 4/25 at San Diego...Went 8-for-18 (.444) in final 10 games in May
and finished month with a .303 batting average in 17 games...Tied career
high with four hits (seventh time) while starting at shortstop on 6/4 vs. New York; also swiped lone base on 6/4...Made eight straight starts from
7/1-8 and went 5-for-25 with two RBI...Connected off Chris Volstad for only home run on 7/3 at Florida...Had two hits and two RBI in start at
shortstop on 7/24 at Arizona...Doubled as a pinch hitter and scored a run on 8/17 vs. Milwaukee...Reached base safely all five starts (four at third
base and one at second base) during the month of August...Also went 4-for-12 (.333) as a pinch hitter in August...Picked up an RBI on 9/8 vs.
Chicago - his first since 7/24...Also had RBI-doubles on 9/12 at Houston and 9/14 at Los Angeles...Was limited to pinch hitting duties from 9/19-
29 due to discomfort in right knee (results of MRI taken on 9/21 revealed no surgical problems)...Started two of the last three games at
shortstop...Singled as a pinch hitter in final at bat on 10/4 at Cincinnati.
Spent entire season with Texas...Made 70 appearances (60 starts) at third base, 26 appearances (11 starts)
at shortstop, 11 appearances (seven starts) at second base and one appearance at first base (5/22 at Minnesota)...Set a career high
in RBI...Batted .310 and hit all six home runs off right-handed pitchers...Produced .353 average while hitting with runners on base,
going 49-for-133 with three home runs and 37 RBI...Assumed starting role at third base on 4/26 following Hank Blalock's injury...Batted
.368 in May, the second-highest average among American League players...Tallied seasonhigh
four hits on 5/8 at Seattle...Hit first career walkoff home run on 5/12; connected off
Seattle's Brandon Morrow in 13-12, 10-inning victory...Went 3-for-4 with three doubles on 5/23
at Cleveland (Texas had club-record nine doubles in the game)...Tied career high with four
hits, which included a walkoff double, and matched season high with four RBI on 7/29 vs.
Seattle...Went 4-for-5 with four RBI and three errors in game on 7/29 to become first Major
League player since San Francisco's Bob Brenly to have at least three hits, three RBI and three
errors in the same game (Brenly had four errors, three hits and four RBI on 9/14/86 vs. Atlanta)...Appeared in just 12 of the last
31 games, beginning on 8/25, and started 22 games after the All-Star break due to the return of Blalock...Was signed by Pittsburgh
Spent the majority of the 2nd half of the season as the Tribe's utility infielder after being acquired from Boston on
July 7... Following his acquisition he was optioned to AAA Buffalo where he hit .214 (18-84) with 3 2B, 1 3B &
4RBI in 21 games and appeared in 17 games at shortstop, 3 games at second base and 1 game at third...
Was recalled from Buffalo on August 2nd and spent the remainder of the season with the Indians...With the Indians
he appeared in 2 games/starts at shortstop and 8 games at second base (4GS)...Combined on the season he hit
.212 (18-85) w/5 2B, 0HR & 5RBI between Boston and Cleveland...
Opened the season on Boston's Major League roster, batting .197 (12-61) with 6 runs scored, 2 doubles and 4 RBI
in 27 games...Vazquez appeared in 11 games (6GS) at shortstop, 8 games (6GS) at third base and 3 games (3GS)
at second base for the Sox...
Was optioned to AAA Pawtucket on July 4th but was acquired by the Indians prior to him appearing in a game...
Was 6 for his last 34 at the big league level...Collected 1st RBI as an Indian on Sept. 17 vs. Kansas City...Best game
with Cleveland came on August 24 at Tampa Bay in a spot start in place of Peralta (2-4, 2RS, 2B)...Was acquired by
Boston in the off-season from San Diego in a deal that included Jay Payton and Dave Roberts...Signed by Cleveland
on October 28th to avoid arbitration.
Made the Padres' Opening Day roster as a utility infielder, appearing in 22
games (8 starts) before being placed on the disabled list May 21 with a right oblique
strain...rehabbed at Triple-A Portland June 10-17, hitting a pair of home runs and collecting
5 RBI in 8 games...rejoined the Padres and appeared in 5 games June 20-30
before being optioned to Portland to make room for righthander Ricky Stone in the
bullpen...batted .360 (31-for-86) in 25 August contests for the Beavers leading up to a
promotion back to San Diego on September 1...played in 25 of the Padres' final 31 games
(13 starts) and hit .324 (22-for-68)...batted .235 (27-for-115) in 52 games (24 starts)
overall with the big league club and .299 (55-for-184) with 21 doubles, 8 home runs, 34
RBI and 36 runs in 53 games with Portland...hit .351 (13-for-37) with 3 walks and 6 runs
in 13 games (8 starts) in the leadoff spot for the Padres...was 10-for-32 (.313) with 2
doubles, a triple and 3 walks when leading off an inning...San Diego went 29-23 in his 52
VERSATILITY: For the Padres, played 22 games at shortstop, 10 at second base, 9 at
third and 3 at first...committed only one error in 110 total chances for a .991 fielding
percentage...in Portland, played 46 games at second base, 4 at third and 4 at shortstop.
AT PORTLAND: Hit .417 (30-for-72) with 11 doubles, 5 home runs and 31 RBI with
runners on base...batted .366 (15-for-41) with 24 RBI with runners in scoring
position...cracked 2 homers and collected 5 RBI August 15 vs. Salt Lake, stroking a
walk-off 2-run blast to give Portland a 9-8 win...hit a first-inning 2-run homer August 19
vs. Sacramento that held up in the Beavers' 2-0 victory.
Played 116 games for the Padres as the club's primary shortstop, starting 102 times at the position while missing 33 games in June and July with a strained abdominal muscle...Set career highs with 56 runs, 52 walks and 10 stolen bases...Tied for 8th in the majors with 20 walks in March/April...Hit .309 (21-for-68) in 19 games in June...scored a career-best 4 runs 8/12 at Atlanta...Collected a career-high 4 hits for a 2nd time 9/24 vs. LA.
Spent the entire season with the Padres, batting .274 (116-for-423) with 21 doubles, 5 triples,
2 homers and 32 RBI in 128 games...ranked among National League rookies in most offensive categories, including
batting average (3rd), hits (3rd), total bases (3rd with 153), doubles (3rd), walks (3rd with 45), on-base percentage
(3rd at .344) and extra-base hits (tied for 3rd with 28)...start ed the year slow ly, going 19-for-101 (.188) through
May before break ing out with a team-leading .328 average during the month of June...hit .295 (78-for-264) the
rest of the way to finish at .274.
IN THE BEGINNING: Started Opening Day at third base in place of an ailing Sean Burroughs, becoming the first
Padre rook ie to make the Opening Day line up since first baseman Dave Staton in 1994...went 1-for-3, earn ing
his first National League hit with a 5th-inning single off Arizona's Randy Johnson.
STREAKER: Hit safely in a career best 9 consecutive games June 1-12, going 14-for-29 (.483) with a double, triple, homer and 6 RBI...matched it with another 9-game hitting streak August 3-13...both streaks ended with pinch-hit appearances in his 10th game.
A GRAND TIME: Connected for his first ca reer grand slam on June 7 at Tampa Bay, giving the Padres a 4-1 lead in the 2nd inning and an eventual 7-1 victory...the slam was also his first career hom er and came in his
147th career at-bat...became the 4th Padre in 34 NL seasons whose first career homer was a grand slam, joining
Mike Corkins, Luis Lopez and Ray Holbert on the exclusive list...finished the year with a 5-for-10 (.500) mark with
the bases loaded...12 of his 32 RBI came with the bases full...hit his 2nd and only other roundtripper of 2002
September 24 at San Fran cisco off Russ Ortiz.
THE RIGHT WAY: Batted 140 points higher off right-handed pitch ers (.297, 105-for-353) than against lefthanders
(.157, 11-for-70)...43 of his 45 walks were off righties, leading to a .373 on-base per cent age.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Had a career-high 4 hits in a 7-1 win July 7 at Colorado...duplicated the 4-hit feat on
September 20 vs. Los Angeles...finished with 30 multiple-hit games, including 21 following the All-Star break to
tie him for 4th on the club with Phil Nevin...batted .326 with a team-leading 8 doubles in August...owned a .402
on-base percentage and a .432 slugging per cent age during the month...went 7-for-9 (78 percent) in stolen base
attempts, ranking 3rd on the Padres behind Mark Kotsay and Gene Kingsale...hit .375 (18-for-48) when swinging
on the first pitch and .261 (98-for-375) from the 2nd pitch on.
IN THE FIELD: Was the lone Padre to start 10 or more games at second base, third and shortstop...spent most
of his time at second following the July 12 trade of D'Angelo Jimenez, posting a .985 fielding percentage (5 errors
in 326 total chances)...overall, compiled a .986 fielding percentage (7 E/491 TC) between the 3 positions.
Was named a Baseball America Triple-A All-Star, and started at shortstop for the PCL All-Stars, batting .300 with 28 doubles, 79 RBI and 85 runs in 127 games for Tacoma in his 6th and final season in the Mariners
organization...Tabbed the No. 7 prospect in the league by Baseball America, as well as the league's most exciting
player in its annual Best Tools survey of managers...Made only 12 errors in 126 games at shortstop, posting a
.979 fielding percentage to break a 39-year-old franchise record for shortstops...Ranked 3rd in the league with
76 walks and posted a team-best .397 on-base percentage...Reached safely via hit or walk in 112 of 127 games...
Went 5-for-5 April 8 at Las Vegas...was 10-for-16 (.625) with a homer and 23 RBI with the bases loaded...Made
his major league debut 9/7 vs. Baltimore with an 8th-inning pinch-hit single off Ryan Kohlmeier in his first at-bat...
After going 1-for-14 (.071) in his first 10 games, was 7-for-21 (.333) in his final 7 contests...Made one post-season
appearance, as a defensive replacement in Game 3 of the ALDS vs. Cleveland...Played for Caguas of the Puerto
Rican Winter League and was named the league's MVP...Hit .361 with 4 homers and 30 RBI in 52 games...Led the
league in batting and on-base percentage (.452).
Earned All-Star honors for the first time in his career, batting .286 with 25 doubles and 58 runs in 127 games for AA New Haven...Started at shortstop for the Eastern League All-Star squad.
Made his Double-A debut, batting .258 with 5 homers and 45 RBI at New Haven...appeared in 67 games at shortstop, 44 at third base and 16 at second base.
Hit .276 with 72 RBI and 15 steals for A Lancaster...Ranked 4th in the Cal League with a career-best 81 walks...
Fanned once every 8.44 at-bats (66 K's in 468 AB's), 5th-best in the league...Hit in 13 straight 8/12-26, going 24-for-59 (.409).
After managing one homer in 9 games over his first 2 pro seasons, slammed 8 long balls in 131 games for Single-A Wisconsin...his 5 triples and 16 stolen bases were both career highs.
Played 54 games for Single-A Everett, Triple-A Tacoma and Single-A Wisconsin in his first full professional season...was with Everett June 18-July 24...was promoted to Tacoma July 24-August 30...finished the season at Wisconsin August 30-September 2.
Made his professional debut, appearing in 9 games for Peoria of the Arizona Rookie League.