The 29-year-old Quintanilla, a 2000 graduate of Socorro High School, was playing in the Colorado Rockies’ organization at Class A Tri-City of the Northwest League. He was hitting .252 with one home run and 15 RBIs.
Quintanilla was penalized Wednesday during the minor league drug program.
Quintanilla played parts of the last five seasons in the majors with the Rockies. He hit .220 with two home runs and 32 RBIs in 216 games.
The Rockies issued a statement saying they were disappointed to learn Quintanilla had been suspended.
The above story is from the Associated Press.
When I think of “Q” the first thing that always comes to my mind is heart. Despite his size the dude can play ball. “Q” was the first baseball player to autograph anything for me.
It was a simple autograph on my ticket stub but the interaction and the experience was the spark that got me back into baseball.
I write this entry with a heavy heart. Omar Quintinilla may not be a household name but I seriously looked up to this guy (so to speak). This news is crushing to me.
To tell the truth I didn’t give a sheet about Barry Bonds..I’m not a Giants Fan.
Didn’t care about Manny Ramirez…I’m not a Dodgers fan.
I haven’t been personally affected by anyone whose taken “performance enhancing drugs” until now. If I had to make a list of ten ballplayers who I was absolutely sure never ever use steriods, Omar would be on that list.
Hunter and I would watch Omar play and I would always say something to him like…
“See buddy, it’s talent not size”, or something along those lines”. I always cheered for “Q”. He has no idea but I was probably one of his biggest fans. All because of one cool interaction with him four years ago.
Once again I find myself questioning the people I’ve put on a pedistol…(aka Vinny Castilla).
But if he reads this I just want him to know that this news rocked my world in a really bad way.
Get it together Omar…The Rockpile Rant is all about second chances so please brotha give me something good to write about.
I’m “D” The Rockpile Ranter and I don’t dig steriods.
I’m all about keep’n it real.
UPDATE-LUVMYROX sent me a link to this article from Troy Renck
NEW YORK — Omar Quintanilla, a well-respected player in the Rockies’ organization for years, released a statement today to The Denver Post, apologizing for his suspension. He was disciplined 50 games Wednesday after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug.
He has spent the entire season in Triple-A battling through injuries. He was a valuable bech player for the Rockies last year, providing solid defense at a variety of positions.
Here is Quintanilla’s statement in full:
“I would like to apologize to my family, teammates, the Colorado Rockies Organization and their fans for recently testing positive for a performance enhancing product. I recently purchased this product over the counter at GNC and it was my understanding that after looking at the label, it did not contain any banned substances. I’ve always taken great pride in my nutrition, my training, my preparation and dedication to the sport that has given me so much.
I realize just how fortunate I am to be playing professional baseball and would never intentionally do anything to jeopardize that or disrespect the game. “
Told you he was a classy guy. Thank’s LUVMYROX…D