Monday, January 11, 2016
2007 Topps, Victor Diaz
#UH133 Victor Diaz
Here is a card that I got signed at a Wichita Wingnuts game in 2014. Victor had just joined the Nuts late in the season after the Mexican League had finished. He was brought on to add a bat down the stretch. While he did not do too well in Wichita, the team still managed to win their first American Association title while he was there.
Victor saw time in the Major Leagues for parts of four seasons with the Mets and Rangers. Three of those seasons were in New York and he hit .260 for them with 15 home runs and 48 RBI. He then spent one season with Texas and he hit .240 with 9 home runs and 25 RBI. His best season was with the Mets in 2005 when he batted .257 with 12 dingers and 38 RBI.
2007 was the last time Victor played in the Majors. After that, he bounced around to about every league imaginable, including stints in Japan and Korea. He played last year with the Grand Prairie AirHogs of the Am-Ass and had a subpar season, hitting just .236. Being only 33 last year, I would not be surprised to see him back in the league next season.
Victor does have some cards out from his days with the Mets. But, this was the only one that I had laying around when he joined the Nuts that year. I usually get pretty excited when a former Major Leaguer comes to Wichita and I try to find at least three cards of that player. Since Victor was only here for twelve games, I was stuck with this lone card.