Thursday, December 8, 2016

Junior Noboa Autographed Card

Junior Noboa was a fine infielder replacement, usually second base but also shortstop and third base, who could be counted on to bat around .250. He also pitched two-thirds of the eighth and final inning in 1990, in a 12-6 loss to the Houston Astros.

He played for the Cleveland Indians, California Angels, Montréal Expos, New York Mets, Oakland Athletics and Pittsburgh Pirates. He has also been signed by the Cincinnati Reds and Baltimore Orioles without ever playing for them.

Upon his retirement, he accepted a front office job with the Arizona Diamondbacks, and still works for the team to this day. He is now its Vice President of Latin Operations and oversees the development and education of the team's Latin American prospects.

He has also acted as batting coach of the Dominican Republic at the 2006 and 2009 World Baseball Classics.

Here he is wearing the Expos' classic powder blue (away) uniform, on card #207 from Fleer's 1991 Fleer Ultra set, which he signed with someone else's thick blue sharpie some time in the early 00s:
Fun fact: I had no idea Noboa was going to be present, as he was there as a representative of the D-backs, so I had not brought any cards to sign. I went to the souvenir shop where there were team sets and bought three or four, one of each brand, looking for the years 1990 and 1991; this may have been the only card of his I fell upon that day.

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