The San Diego Padres have had only one player in franchise history born on the 4th of July: third baseman, Vinny Castilla. On Independence Day* – America’s birthday – Vinny Castilla was born into this world. In Oaxaca, Mexico.

As San Diego contended for a division title throughout the summer of 2006, Vinny Castilla struggled mightily during his 72 game stint as a Padre. On July 17th when Castilla went 1 for 4 with two strikeouts in a win against the Philadelphia Phillies he had seen his last action with the club. The Padres were 49-43 and in first place, three games ahead of the Arizona, but GM Kevin Towers knew that the team needed an offensive spark. On July 19th the Padres released Vinny Castilla hoping that Geoff Blum and Mark Bellhorn could fill the void until Towers acquired a third baseman at the trade deadline.

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In no particular order, here is a stupid list:

  1. Edinson Volquez wears uniform number 37.
  2. He wore numbers 40, 38, and 31 with the Rangers, and number 36 with the Reds.
  3. His hero is Pedro Martinez, who wore number 37 with the Expos in 1994 and 1995.
  4. Volquez was once traded, with Danny Herrera, for Josh Hamilton.
  5. According to Baseball-Reference, his most similar pitcher is Roger Pavlik.
  6. Volquez led the National League with 105 walks in 2012.
  7. He led the NL with 14 HBP in 2008.
  8. The first batter Volquez hit in the big leagues was the fifth man he faced, Aaron Rowand.
  9. The next batter, Jermaine Dye, hit the first homer Volquez allowed. Read More…