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Aquilino Lopez, who arrived to such fanfare in the spring of 2003 as a brilliant Rule 5 Draft selection, left the organization entirely without fanfare over the winter to join the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Lopez, and his unholy slider, was a great favourite of the Bauxites during 2003, and his precipitate departure for Syracuse early in 2004 was received with a lot of sadness.

Please share your memories of Aquilino Lopez in this thread.
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Flex - Monday, March 14 2005 @ 10:08 AM EST (#106030) #
It's a great mystery to me how a pitcher can come in and be so effective one year, and then lose favour so quickly as to be jetisoned from an organization by the end of the next.

I suppose there's never just one answer. But it does seem to be a hallmark of this moody administration to fall in and out of love with pitchers like a teenage girl Scott Eyre, Cliff Politte, Lopez, Hendrickson, I'm sure there were others.

Best of luck to Lopez in his new, hopefully more permanent home.
Anders - Monday, March 14 2005 @ 11:39 AM EST (#106042) #
He had huge cojones.

And he wasnt Tanyon Sturtze.
Mike Green - Monday, March 14 2005 @ 11:40 AM EST (#106043) #

But it does seem to be a hallmark of this moody administration to fall in and out of love with pitchers like a teenage girl.

Falling in and out of love seems to be a feature of all teenagers. Anyways, I wouldn't cast any blame on the Jay administration for Aquilino's troubles; I'll leave the discussion of that for a more appropriate thread.

Lopez was a fine pitcher in 2003. Something happened in the off-season before the 2004 season, which impaired his effectiveness both in the majors and in triple A. Whatever the reason for that was, I hope Aquilino is well, and that he regains his form.

VBF - Monday, March 14 2005 @ 11:48 AM EST (#106044) #
My best memory of Aquilino was an interview he did in PlayBall!. While most rookies would spend their first paycheck on a sports car or SUV, he went back home and bought some cows for his mother.
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