Friday, July 6, 2018

Phillies Missing Links of the 2000s - #17 Aquilino Lopez

Aquilino Roa Lopez
Relief Pitcher

Right-handed reliever Aquilino Lopez has the dubious distinction of owning my least favorite custom Chachi card of all time.  I absolutely scoured the internet in 2005 looking for a picture of Lopez from one of his 10 games with the Phillies, posting on message boards, e-mailing people and trying every combination of "Aquilino Pitcher Phillies Lopez" in countless searches.  The card you'll see below represents the nadir of Chachi cards, in my opinion, and I couldn't believe it when I found the photo above used for Lopez's Missing Links card so easily last summer.

Lopez was claimed off waivers from the Rockies on August 2nd and recalled from the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons on August 20th, taking the roster spot of Geoff Geary.  He pitched relatively well in late August/September, only allowing runs in 2 of his 10 appearances.  Lopez joined the Phillies in Clearwater in 2006, but with his roster spot needed he was dealt to the Padres on March 28th for a pair of prospects.  Lopez popped back up with the Tigers a few years later, appearing in 58 games over the 2007 and 2008 seasons.

One last Lopez frustration . . . Baseball Reference lists his Phillies uniform number as #33 while the 2006 Phillies Media Guide has him with #40.

Bats:  Right  Throws:  Right  Height:  6'3"  Weight:  185
Born:  April 21, 1975, Villa Altagracia, DR
Signed:  Signed by the Seattle Mariners as an amateur free agent, July 3, 1997
Major League Teams:  Toronto Blue Jays 2003-2004; Colorado Rockies 2005; Phillies 2005; Detroit Tigers 2007-2008
Professional Affiliations:  Seattle Mariners 1999-2002; Toronto Blue Jays 2003-2004; Colorado Rockies 2005; Phillies 2005; San Diego Padres 2006; Detroit Tigers 2007-2008; Kia Tigers (KBO) 2009-2011; SK Wyverns (KBO) 2012

Phillies Career
10 games in relief, 0-1, 2.13 ERA, 16 strikeouts in 12 2/3 innings pitched
Acquired:  August 2, 2005 - Selected off waivers from the Colorado Rockies.
Debut:  August 26, 2005 - Relieved Ryan Madson, pitching the final two scoreless innings in an 11-3 win over the Diamondbacks in Phoenix.
Final Game:  September 23, 2005 - Again relieved Madson, allowing back-to-back home runs to Austin Kearns and Ray Olmedo in an eventual 11-10 win over the Reds in Cincinnati.
Departed:  March 28, 2006 - Traded to the San Diego Padres for Trey Johnston and Matt Thayer.

0 Lopez Baseball Cards in My Collection

Complete Chachi Checklist
2005 Chachi #46

2003 Upper Deck #566
2003 Topps Traded #T215
2004 Topps #605
2005 Chachi #46
Other Baseball Cards
First Mainstream Card:  2003 Upper Deck #566
First Topps Base Card:  2003 Topps Traded #T215
Last Mainstream Card:  2004 Upper Deck #466
Other Notable Cards:  1999 Grandstand Everett Aquasox #19, 2004 Topps #605, 2005 Multi-Ad Las Vegas 51s #9

Sources:  Baseball Reference and The Trading Card Database

Phillies Missing Links of the 2000s
1 Kirk Bullinger
2 Chris Pritchett
3 Bryan Ward
4 Mark Holzemer
5 Turner Ward
6 P.J. Forbes
7 Matt Walbeck
8 Kelly Stinnett
9 Valerio de los Santos
10 Josh Hancock
11 Brian Powell
12 Paul Abbott
13 Todd Jones
14 A.J. Hinch
15 Ramon Martinez
16 Matt Kata
17 Aquilino Lopez

This is a continuing series looking at those players who spent time with the Phillies but possess no baseball card proof of their time in Philadelphia.  In some cases, the First and Last Mainstream cards listed above have been subjectively chosen if multiple cards were released in that year.

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