Omar Quintanilla

Omar Quintanilla (born October 24, 1981) is an American professional baseball infielder who is currently a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Rockies (2005–2009), Texas Rangers (2011), New York Mets (2012, 2013-2014) and Baltimore Orioles (2012).

Omar Quintanilla
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Quintanilla with the New York Mets
Free agent
Second baseman / Shortstop
Born: October 24, 1981 (age 37)
El Paso, Texas
Bats: Left Throws: Right
MLB debut
July 31, 2005, for the Colorado Rockies
MLB statistics
(through 2014 season)
Batting average.220
Home runs8
Runs batted in74

Early life

Quintanilla attended Socorro High School in El Paso, Texas, where he led the city of El Paso in home runs, RBI, and was elected to the Texas All-State shortstop. After graduating, he received a scholarship to the University of Texas, Austin, where he played for the Texas Longhorns baseball team. Quintanilla played second base, third base, and shortstop, and appeared in two national championship games, winning one. In 2002, he played collegiate summer baseball for the Cotuit Kettleers of the Cape Cod Baseball League.

Professional career

Quintanilla was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the first round (33rd overall) of the 2003 Major League Baseball Draft. In 2003, he played for the Vancouver Canadians of the Class A-Short Season Northwest League and High-A Modesto A's of the Class A-Advanced California League, batting .358 in 40 games. He started 2004 with Modesto as the Athletics' seventh ranked prospect and after hitting .315 received a late-season promotion to the Midland RockHounds for the Class AA Texas League. He began 2005 with Midland as the A's 8th ranked prospect and on July 15, he was traded along with outfielder Eric Byrnes to the Colorado Rockies for pitchers Joe Kennedy and Jay Witasick.

Quintanilla with the Colorado Rockies in 2008

Colorado Rockies

The Rockies assigned him to the Colorado Springs Sky Sox of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League (PCL). and promoted him to the majors in late July. He made his debut on July 31 and went 1-3. In each of the next three seasons, Quintanilla began the season with Triple-A Colorado Springs and was promoted to the majors at least once each season. In limited at-bats, he had his highest batting average in 2008 at .238.

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced August 11, 2010, that Quintanilla had received a 50-game suspension after testing positive for Methylhexaneamine, a performance-enhancing substance, in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.[1]

Texas Rangers

Quintanilla signed with the Texas Rangers after the season and in July 2011, he had his contract purchased by Texas after hitting .298 in 51 games with Round Rock Express of the PCL. On August 1, he was outrighted to back to Round Rock and elected free agency. Overall with the Rangers, he hit .045 in 11 games, with two RBI.

New York Mets

On January 3, 2012, Quintanilla signed a minor league contract with the New York Mets.[2] On May 29, 2012, Quintanilla's contract was purchased by the New York Mets from Buffalo Bisons Class AAA International League after hitting .282 in 48 games. He first saw big-league action that same night, going 3-for-4 with 2 doubles in his debut against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field.[3] He was designated for assignment on July 17.

Baltimore Orioles

Omar Quintanilla on July 26, 2012
Quintanilla playing for the Baltimore Orioles in 2012

On July 20, 2012, Quintanilla was traded to the Baltimore Orioles for financial considerations.[4] He played 2nd base for the Orioles. He had 4 home runs and 15 RBIs.

Second stint with Mets

On January 5, 2013, Quintanilla signed a minor league deal with the New York Mets which included an invitation to Spring Training. His contract was purchased and he was subsequently called up on May 30 when shortstop Ruben Tejada was placed on the 15-day disabled list. The Mets moved closer Frank Francisco from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list to make room on the 40 man roster.[5] He became a free agent on December 2, 2013, after being non-tendered. He re-signed to a minor league deal in January 2014. He was designated for assignment on May 8, 2014. Quintanilla elected free agency in October 2014.[6]

Second stint with Colorado Rockies

On January 30, 2015, Quintanilla signed a minor league contract with the Colorado Rockies. He was released on June 15, 2015 after appearing in only two games for the Modesto Nuts.[7]

Toros de Tijuana

In 2016, Quintanilla made his debut in the Mexican League with the Toros de Tijuana. He became a free agent after the 2017 season.


  1. ^ Rockies' Minor Leaguer Suspended 50 Games
  2. ^ Veteran infielder Omar Quintanilla signs Minor League deal with Mets | News
  3. ^ Gameday | Gameday
  4. ^ Omar Quintanilla traded to the Orioles | Metsblog
  5. ^ Mets place struggling shortstop Ruben Tejada on the DL, recall Omar Quintanilla from Las Vegas - NY Daily News
  6. ^ Polishuk, Mark (October 6, 2014). "Players Who Have Elected Minor League Free Agency". Retrieved October 6, 2014.
  7. ^ Todd, Jeff (January 30, 2015). "Rockies Sign Rafael Betancourt, Omar Quintanilla". Retrieved January 31, 2015.

External links

2002 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament

The 2002 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament was played at the end of the 2002 NCAA Division I baseball season to determine the national champion of college baseball. The tournament concluded with eight teams competing in the College World Series, a double-elimination tournament in its fifty sixth year. Sixteen regional competitions were held to determine the participants in the final event, with each winner advancing to a best of three series against another regional champion for the right to play in the College World Series. Each region was composed of four teams, resulting in 64 teams participating in the tournament at the conclusion of their regular season, and in some cases, after a conference tournament. The fifty-sixth tournament's champion was Texas, coached by Augie Garrido. This was Texas' first title since 1983, but Augie Garrido previously won three titles with Cal State Fullerton. The Most Outstanding Player was Huston Street of Texas.

Due to fears over terrorism and travel security in the wake of the September 11 attacks, the Division I Baseball Committee, which selects the 64-team field and places the teams on the bracket, was ordered by the NCAA to keep regional pairings as localized as possible, in order to minimize the number of plane trips utilized. Due to these travel constraints, teams from the same conference were allowed to play in the same regional for the first time. An example of the travel restrictions came from the regional in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, featuring four schools from the Bayou State which are located a total of 130 miles (210 km) apart along Interstate 10, the first time (and to date, last) a regional has been entirely an in-state affair outside California, Florida, and Texas. The travel restrictions were eased in 2003, and the ban on conference teams facing each other in regional play was reinstated.

2002 Texas Longhorns baseball team

The 2002 Texas Longhorns baseball team represented the University of Texas at Austin in the 2002 NCAA Division I baseball season. The Longhorns played their home games at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. The team was coached by Augie Garrido in his 6th season at Texas.

The Longhorns won the College World Series with a 12–6 victory over South Carolina.

2003 Big 12 Conference Baseball Tournament

The 2003 Big 12 Conference Baseball Tournament was once again held at AT&T Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, OK (after a one-year hiatus) from May 21 through May 25. Texas won their second consecutive tournament and earned the Big 12 Conference's automatic bid to the 2003 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament. The tournament mirrored the format of the College World Series, with two 4-team double-elimination brackets and a final championship game.

2003 Major League Baseball draft

The 2003 First-Year Player Draft, Major League Baseball's annual amateur draft, was held on June 3 and 4. It was conducted via conference call with representatives from each of the league's 30 teams.

Source: 2003 Draft Tracker

2005 Colorado Rockies season

The Colorado Rockies' 2005 season was the 13th for the Rockies. They tried to win the National League West. Clint Hurdle was the manager. They played home games at Coors Field. They finished with a record of 67-95, last in the NL West.

2012 Baltimore Orioles season

The Baltimore Orioles' 2012 season was the 112th season in franchise history, the 59th in Baltimore, and the 21st at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. They completed the regular season with a 93-69 record, good for second place in the AL East and qualified for one of two American League wild card spots. It was the first time since 1997 that they finished with a winning record and made the playoffs. They subsequently defeated the Texas Rangers in the inaugural one-game Wild Card Playoff. They advanced to play the New York Yankees in the Division Series, but lost the series to the Yankees in five games.

2014 New York Mets season

The 2014 New York Mets season was the franchise's 53rd season and their 6th season at Citi Field. The New York Mets finished 79–83, their most wins since the 2010 season. Also, the Mets finished tied for 2nd place in the National League East, their highest place in the standings since 2008.

Colorado Rockies all-time roster

This list is complete and up-to-date as of December 31, 2014.The following is a list of players, both past and current, who appeared at least in one game for the Colorado Rockies franchise.

Doug Bernier

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Eric Byrnes

Eric James Byrnes (born February 16, 1976), is a baseball analyst and former Major League Baseball outfielder. He has played for the Oakland Athletics, the Colorado Rockies, the Baltimore Orioles, the Arizona Diamondbacks, and the Seattle Mariners. He retired from playing in 2010 and is now an analyst for MLB Network.

Byrnes was considered a player who relied on his speed and hustle. He could hit for power, but tended to be a "free-swinger" and went through hitting droughts. He was ranked in the top-three for best defensive left fielders in John Dewan's publication, Fielding Bible. Byrnes was selected to the All-Time great Oakland A's 50th Season team in 2018.

Frank Francisco

Franklin Thomas Francisco (born September 11, 1979) is a Dominican former professional baseball pitcher. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Texas Rangers, Toronto Blue Jays, New York Mets and Chicago White Sox.

Joe Kennedy (baseball)

Joseph Darley Kennedy (May 24, 1979 – November 23, 2007) was an American Major League Baseball left-handed pitcher. He pitched from 2001 to 2007 for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Colorado Rockies, Oakland Athletics, Arizona Diamondbacks, and the Toronto Blue Jays.

List of Major League Baseball players (Q)

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Quintanilla is a Spanish surname. Notable people with the name include:

Abraham Quintanilla, Jr. (born 1939), American singer-songwriter and record producer, father of Selena Quintanilla-Pérez

A.B. Quintanilla (Abraham Quintanilla III) (born 1963), American singer-songwriter and record producer, brother of Selena Quintanilla-Pérez

Alba Quintanilla, Venezuelan composer, harpist, harpsichordist, pianist, conductor, and pedagogue

Antonio de Quintanilla (1787–1863), Spanish brigadier and Governor of Chiloé

Armando Quintanilla (born 1968), Mexican long-distance runner

Beto Quintanilla (1948–2007), Mexican singer, songwriter and musician

Carl Quintanilla (born 1970) is an American journalist and CNBC anchor

Carlos Quintanilla (1888–1964), President of Bolivia

Diego Quintanilla (born 1991), Ecuadorian footballer

Eleuterio Quintanilla (1886–1966), Spanish anarchist and educator

Eliseo Quintanilla (born 1983), Salvadoran footballer

Enmanuel Quintanilla (born 1989), Salvadoran footballer

Enrique Perea Quintanilla (1956–2006), Mexican journalist, crime reporter, and magazine founder

Fernando Quintanilla (born 1964), Spanish footballer also known as Txirri

Francisco Javier Quintanilla (born 1833), Chilean priest

Hector Quintanilla (1923–1998), United States Air Force Lieutenant Colonel

Isabel Quintanilla (born 1938), Spanish visual artist

José Quintanilla (1947–1977), Salvadoran footballer

José Alberto Quintanilla (born 1997), Bolivian swimmer

Kelly M. Quintanilla, American academic

Mauricio Quintanilla (disambiguation), multiple people, including:

Mauricio Quintanilla (footballer, born 1952) (born 1952), Salvadoran football forward

Mauricio Quintanilla (footballer, born 1981) (born 1981), Salvadoran football defender

Omar Quintanilla (born 1981), American baseball player

Rolando Quintanilla (born 1977), Mexican racing driver

Selena Quintanilla-Pérez (1971–1995), American singer, songwriter, spokesperson, actress, and fashion designer

Rafael Betancourt

Rafael Jose Betancourt (born April 29, 1975) is a Venezuelan former professional baseball relief pitcher. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Cleveland Indians and Colorado Rockies, as well as in Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) for the Yokohama BayStars.

Rubén Tejada

Rubén Darío Tejada (born October 27, 1989) is a Panamanian professional baseball infielder in the New York Mets organization. He has previously played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the New York Mets, St. Louis Cardinals, San Francisco Giants and Baltimore Orioles.

Texas Longhorns baseball

The Texas Longhorns baseball team represents The University of Texas at Austin in NCAA Division I intercollegiate men's baseball competition. The Longhorns currently compete in the Big 12 Conference.

The University of Texas began varsity intercollegiate competition in baseball in 1894. Texas is the winningest NCAA Division I college baseball program in terms of win percentage, with an all-time win-loss record of 3558–1323–32 (.727). The Longhorns rank second in all-time wins as of June 11, 2018, behind the Fordham Rams. As of the end of the 2018 conference season, Texas has won 78 regular season conference championships and 16 conference tournament championships in baseball.The Longhorns have won six NCAA baseball national championships (1949, 1950, 1975, 1983, 2002, 2005) — tied with LSU and second to Southern California's total of 12 — and have been the runner-up in the College World Series (CWS) Championship Games on six other occasions (1953, 1984, 1985, 1989, 2004, 2009). Texas holds the records for most appearances in the College World Series (36), most individual CWS games won (85), most overall NCAA Tournament games won (240), and most NCAA Tournament appearances (59); the second-place programs in these categories have 25 CWS appearances (Miami), wins in 74 CWS games (Southern California), 192 overall NCAA Tournament wins (Florida State and Miami), and 56 NCAA Tournament appearances (Florida State), as of June 11, 2018.

Former Longhorns who have gone on to success in Major League Baseball include Roger Clemens, Calvin Schiraldi, Burt Hooton, Keith Moreland, Spike Owen, Mark Petkovsek, Greg Swindell, Brandon Belt, and Huston Street.

From 1997 to 2016, the Longhorns were led by head coach Augie Garrido, who holds the record for most wins in NCAA baseball history. The team is currently led by third-year head coach David Pierce. Texas plays its home games at UFCU-Disch-Falk Field.

Vancouver Canadians

The Vancouver Canadians are a Minor League Baseball team based in the Northwest League (NWL) and the Class A Short Season affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays. They are located in Vancouver, British Columbia, and play their home games at Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium. The Canadians were established in 1978 as members of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League (PCL). They joined the NWL in 2000.The Canadians have won the NWL championship on four occasions (2011, 2012, 2013, and 2017). They previously won the PCL championship three times (1985, 1989, and 1999). The 1999 team also won the Triple-A World Series.They have been the only Canadian team in the affiliated minor leagues since 2008, the first season after the Ottawa Lynx moved to Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Woodrow Landfair

Woodrow Landfair (born Stanley Wood Landfair II on November 9, 1982, also called "Pack") is an American novelist, and NCAA Champion athlete, known for pawning his 2005 College World Series ring, changing his name, and leaving on a used motorcycle to live as an itinerant laborer on what became a forty-eight state odyssey. The motorcycle trip is the subject of the novel Land Of The Free (2014).


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