Edinson Volquez’s father Daniel died before Edinson’s start in Game 1 of the 2015 World Series. Daniel Volquez leaves behind his wife, Anna, Edinson, and three daughters.
Sadly, Volquez’s father’s death is the second Royals pitcher lose a parent in the past month. Chris Young, the Royals’ Game 4 starter, lost his father, Charles, to cancer in September. The next day, Young pitched five perfect innings before leaving the game to be with his family.
Here is information on Daniel’s wife and Edinson’s mother:
1. Anna Was With Daniel As He Battled Heart Disease
According to initial reports, Daniel Volquez passed away after battling heart disease.
He was 63 years old.
Their son, Edinson, may still not know about his father’s death as he starts Game 1 of the World Series.
2. She Works In A Hospital
According to a piece in the Kansas City Star from earlier this year, Edinson Volquez commented on the fact that his mother worked in a hospital.
3. She Has Three Daughters As Well As Edinson
Edinson Volquez, in the same Kansas City Star piece quoted above, marveled that Anna could work at the hospital and “still do everything around the house for him and his three sisters.”
“We were rich,” he said, “because we had everything you could want as poor people.”
Thoughts are with the Volquez family tonight:
4. Volquez Is From The Dominican Republic
Edinson Volquez was nine or ten years old when he first started playing baseball and says that he counted his parents as some of his biggest and most consistent reporters. Volquez told The San Diego Tribune in 2012:
It was good for me because my mom and dad always took care of me. I started playing baseball when I was 9 or 10 and they took care of me. It was easy for me. I never had a job (laughs). The only thing I did was go to school and play baseball.
Volquez regularly returned home to the Dominican Republic during the offseason, usually spending four months with his family before starting Spring Training.
5. Edinson Volquez Is Making His First World Series Start
Edinson Volquez has been rocked in five career playoff starts, posting a 1-4 record and 6.56 ERA in 23 1/3 innings. Despite his poor playoff record, he did pitch six shutout innings in Game 1 of the ALCS, allowing only two hits while striking out five batters.
Although he started Game 1 well, a Curtis Granderson home run gave the Mets the lead in the sixth inning:
For the game, Volquez pitched six innings and allowed three runs on six hits, leaving with the score tied at three in the top of the seventh inning. Obviously, and sadly, his mind was in another place throughout his first World Series start, but he pitched very well considering.