Why Did Jose Urquidy Change His Name?
Jose Urquidy changes his name from "Jose Luis Hernandez," and there seems to be a deep meaning behind it. Since the 2019 season, he started playing the matches using his new identity.
Many celebs have tributed their loved ones by having tats or other things. However, for Jose, he changed his name as a tribute to his beloved mother, Alma. He played as an international free agent for around four years, using his old last name Luis Hernandez.
Under the same last old name, he made his professional debut in 2015 and had his first professional season experience with Tri-City ValleyCats, and Greenville Astros. In the following years, he pitched with Lancaster JetHawks and Quad Cities River Bandits.
Later in 2019, Jose started his rookie season in Houston Astros on 2 July after changing his last name to Urquidy. As he got promoted to the major leagues, he requested to change his last name to honor his mother. He kicked off the 2019 season with the new name and had a pitched record of 41 innings.
Likewise, as his name Jose Urquidy, he played in the 2019 World Series in Game 4. That made him the third Mexican-born starting pitcher in the World Series. He also managed to win the game, making him the second Mexican-born to win the game.
The player now only uses his new last name, which has become his identity in the baseball world.