Baseball — San Diego Padres

Ruppert Jones

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Ruppert Jones

Ruppert Sanderson Jones (born March 12, 1955) is a former Major League Baseball center fielder. He was the first player selected in the 1976 Major League Baseball expansion draft by the Seattle Mariners.Kansas City RoyalsJones was born in Dallas and moved to California as a pre-teen. He played baseball, basketball and football at Berkeley High School in Berkeley, California, earning all-East Bay honors in each sport. He received scholarship offers to play football at Arizona State University, Oregon State University and the University of California, but opted to focus on baseball as he considered himself a better outfielder than wide...

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Alexei Ramirez

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Alexei Ramirez

BIOGRAPHY Alexei Fernando Ramírez Rodriguez (born September 22, 1981) is a Cuban professional baseball shortstop for the Diablos Rojos del México of the Mexican Baseball League. He has played for the Chicago White Sox, San Diego Padres and Tampa Bay Rays in MLB and Pinar del Rio of the Cuban National Series. His nickname, given to him by former White Sox manager Ozzie Guillén, is "The Cuban Missile" due to his tall, slim physique and combination of speed, power, and strong throwing arm.Early careerIn seven years of baseball in the Cuban National Series, Ramírez spent most of his time playing...

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Dickie Thon

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Dickie Thon

BIOGRAPHY Richard William "Dickie" Thon (born June 20, 1958) is an American former professional baseball shortstop, who played for the California Angels, Houston Astros, San Diego Padres, Philadelphia Phillies, Texas Rangers, and Milwaukee Brewers during his 15-year Major League Baseball (MLB) career.Early lifeThon was raised in Puerto Rico after spending only the first two weeks of his life in Indiana where his father had just completed a bachelor's degree at the University of Notre Dame.Professional careerHe was signed by the California Angels as an amateur free agent on November 23, 1975 while in high school in Río Piedras, Puerto Rico....

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Ruben Rivera

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Ruben Rivera

BIOGRAPHY Rubén Rivera Moreno (born November 14, 1973) is a Panamanian professional baseball player for the Acereros de Monclova of the Mexican Baseball League. He played Major League Baseball for five different teams, from 1995 to 2003. His cousin, Mariano Rivera, was the former long-time closer for the New York Yankees. With the Yankees, he won the 1996 World Series over the world champion Atlanta Braves.CareerNew York Yankees (1990–1997)Rivera was signed by the New York Yankees in 1990. He made his professional debut with the Gulf Coast Yankees in 1992 and his major league debut with the Yankees on September...

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Vicente Palacios

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Vicente Palacios

BIOGRAPHY Vicente Palacios Díaz (born July 19, 1963) is a former professional baseball pitcher. He played all or part of eight seasons in Major League Baseball for the Pittsburgh Pirates (1987–88 and 1990–92), St. Louis Cardinals (1994–95) and San Diego Padres (2000).Palacios began his professional career in the Mexican League in 1983 for the Rojos del Águila de Veracruz. In 1984, he was purchased from Veracruz by the Chicago White Sox, but after two seasons with their double-A farm team, the Glens Falls White Sox, he was released. He was then signed by the Pirates, making his debut with them...

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