Towards the end of the regular season,the Arizona Diamondbacks hosted an alumni event and Larry (AKA unclemoe) of My 2008 Topps Set Blog sent me an email offering some ATCRCS help. Not only did he get me two cards for my set but he also threw in a huge bonus (to me anyway). The bonus will be shown tomorrow and the other ATCRCS will be posted on Wednesday. Always nice to be able to get three posts out of one envelope! And since these are fresh and new to me, they're actually leapfrogging some ATCRCS I've had in the draft folder since summer.
So first up is Augie Ojeda. He was drafted by the Orioles in 1996 but traded to the Cubs in 1999 for Richard Negrette (career minor leaguer). Ojeda was a backup middle infielder for parts of four seasons with the Cubs before being selected off of waivers by the Minnesota Twins following the 2003 season.
Ojeda signed with the Cubs for a second stint as a free agent prior to the 2006 season although he spent the entire year in Triple-A Iowa. He spent the next four seasons in the Diamondbacks organization (hence the Alumni appearance). Ojeda went 4-9 with a run and an RBI in the NLDS against the Cubs in 2007.
Ojeda was a Spring Training invitee for the Cubs in 2011 and after playing in 18 games for Iowa, was released in July of that year.
Also of note, Ojeda won a bronze medal as a member of the USA baseball team in the 1996 Olympics. He also later competed for the Mexico National Baseball Team in the 2009 World Baseball Classic.
Thanks for the help, Larry!