The Pirates acquired Quinones from the Mariners during the 1989 season with the hope
that he would fill the hole at shortstop that had plagued them for years, but released
him a few months later. Quinones had an outstanding arm and the ability to make spectacular
plays, but showed himself to be an inconsistent player and unstable person. In 1988
he was the subject of controversy when he left the Mariners without consulting the
team to attend the funeral of a relative in(N-h)h)h)Puerto Rico. He also demonstrated
an unwillingness to play with a series of minor injuries that failed to reveal anything
on X-ray examinations. Quinones started his career with the Red Sox and, despite
being billed as Boston's shortstop of the future, was traded to the Mariners in 1986
for Spike Owen and soon-to-be playoff hero Dave Henderson.
»June 8, 1989: The Pirates send 16 batters to the plate in the 1st and taking a 10–0 lead (Pittsburgh's best inning since September, 1942) on eight hits, two for extra bases (Rey Quinones' double and Barry Bonds' 3-run homer) The Bucs leave the bases loaded. Announcer Jim Rooker crows that if the Pirates lose this game he'll walk back to Pittsburgh. Von Hayes answers Rooker with a 2-run homer in the 1st, another in the 3rd, Steve Jeltz goes deep in the 4th and 6th innings, one from each side of the plate, and score after six is 11–10. The Phils explode for five in the 8th to make the final, 15–11. Rooker did not make good on his promise until after the season, when he will conduct a charity walk from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh.