Today In Brewer History: Happy Birthday, Julio Mosquera

On this day in 1972 Julio Mosquera was born in Panama City, Panama. The Blue Jays signed him as an international free agent in 1991, and he made his big league debut for them as a 24 year old in 1996. All told, he made eleven major league appearances for Toronto, with the last one coming in April of 1997.

For a long time it looked like Mosquera's career might have been done at that point. The Rays claimed him off waivers near the end of the 1998 season, but never put him in a major league game. He played minor league seasons in the Yankees, Rangers and Mariners organization. But on June 8, 2005, Mosquera got the opportunity he'd been waiting eight years for.

The Brewers were down 12-3 in the ninth inning of an interleague matchup against the Yankees when Ned Yost called upon Mosquera to bat in place of Chad Moeller against Mariano Rivera. Mosquera grounded out to third, ending the game. It was the only appearance of his Brewer career and his last as a major leaguer.

Mosquera turns 40 today. With help from the B-Ref Play Index we'd also like to wish a happy birthday to 1970 Brewer Bobby Bolin. He turns 73.

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