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Jose Urquidy is a Mexican professional baseball pitcher for the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball (MLB). Urquidy signed with the Astros as an international free agent in 2015 under the name of Jose Luis Hernandez, and was known as such until the start of the 2019 season.

In five starts spanning 29+23 innings in 2020, he was 1–1 with a 2.73 ERA. 8-3 with a 3.62 ERA in 20 starts over 107 innings in 2021, Urquidy.

José Urquidy
José Urquidy

After a shaky start in the ALCS against the Boston Red Sox (lasting less than three innings), and a strong outing in Game 2 of the World Series (throwing five innings of one-run ball with seven strikeouts in the Astros’ 7–2 victory over the Atlanta Braves), he started Game 3 of ALCS against the Boston Red Sox and Game 2 of World Series.

When Urquidy earned his second World Series victory on Sunday, he became the first Mexican-born pitcher to do it. His one-inning no-hit relief effort in Game 5 gave him the victory and made him the all-time World Series winningest player born outside the United States.

He used to go by José Luis Hernández until resuming his professional baseball career in 2019 under his new last name.

Where Was Urquidy Born?

Professional baseball pitcher Jose Urquidy was born in Mazatlán, Mexico. Mazatlán is a beach tourist town in Sinaloa, Mexico, located on the Pacific coast. Its 21-kilometer-long malecón (boardwalk) is lined with sandy beaches, and it’s known for its big-game fishing.

Among the city’s historic landmarks in Centro Histórico, or Old Mazatlán, are the theater and basilica of Immaculate Conception, built in the late 1800s. The nightlife and hotels in Zona Dorada, a newer section of the city, are well-known.