Junior’s Sedona Red Letter DayPosted by Jeff Summers on Feb 20, 2007 in 2007 Spring Training | 0 comments
Junior Noboa began his professional baseball career in 1981 when he signed a free-agent contract with the Cleveland Indians. He made his Major League debut three years later on August 22, 1984 against Toronto. His career lasted 8 years and he played for Cleveland, California, Montreal, New York Mets, Toronto, Oakland, and Pittsburgh. In 1994 he retired as an active player. Noboa’s statistics were not overly impressive and as such he most likely would have faded into the background of baseball remembered only by those who saw him play. Junior Noboa’s life in baseball did not end there though. When the Arizona Diamondbacks became a franchise on March 9, 1995 they knew they would need to build a strong minor league foundation which would include a presence in Latin America. Arizona approached Junior Noboa to help them build a presence in this hot bed of baseball talent. August 1995 he became a member of the Diamondbacks and began to establish a baseball academy in the Dominican Republic. His signing quickly began to pay dividends when he signed the first two players for the Diamondbacks after being on the job only a month.
Noboa has worked wonders for the Diamondbacks organization finding many hidden gems that have gone on to have Major League careers. His influence within the Diamondbacks organization has continued to grow as well and in October 2003 he was named Director of Latin American Operations overseeing the Diamondbacks operations in this part of the world.
Today the Diamondbacks announced that Junior Noboa had earned yet another promotion to the post of Special Assistant to the General Manager. In this post Junior will work closely with general manager Josh Byrnes to identify potential areas where the Diamondbacks may pursue personnel changes. This promotion also is significant as it shows Arizona’s commitment to Latin America and the importance they place on talent evaluation in this part of the world. There is no doubt that Junior Noboa has earned this promotion for his countless hours of dedicated hard work on behalf of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Congratulations Junior you definitely deserve the credit you are given in assisting the Diamondbacks be the strong organization that it is.