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'Q' a first for Mets

5/29/2012

Omar Quintanilla will have this distinction in Mets history -- he is the first player with the letter "Q" beginning his last name to play for the Amazin's.

The Mets' all-time roster now lacks only a player whose last name begins with "X" (in fact, no "X"-man has ever played in MLB).

The rest of the alphabet is accounted for.

"U" is otherwise the Mets' most underrepresented letter -- the roster includes only Del Unser (1975-76) and Lino Urdaneta (2007).

"I" is next-most infrequent, with Ryota Igarashi (2010-11), Jeff Innis (1987-93), Kazuhisa Ishii (2005) and Jason Isringhausen (1995-99, 2011).

Quintanilla played 216 games for the Colorado Rockies over five seasons, plus 11 games with Texas last year. He opened last season completing a 50-game suspension after testing positive late in the 2010 season for a performance-enhancing substance.

Asked for his career highlight, Quintanilla cited being part of the Rockies' magical run to the playoffs in 2007, when they won 14 of their final 15 games, including a tiebreaking Game No. 163 against the Padres.

"Just making it to the big leagues, and that run we had with Colorado, making the playoffs," Quintanilla said about his career highlights. "And just last year being a part of what the Rangers had going on. Playing with that team was awesome."