Sunday, August 2, 2009

Panama to Puerto Rico via Arizona, Mississippi and Iowa

Roger I. (Villareal) Deago played professional baseball from 2003 to 2008, although his entire major league career consisted of 2 games during the 2003 season. He was signed as an amateur free agent in 2002. He played from 2003-2007 season in the Padres system and played in the Tampa Bay Rays system for the 2008 season. I got this signed through the mail. Jaff Kyle Decker was drafted by the Padres in 2008 as a compensation pick for the loss of free agent Doug Brocail. Last year he played in Eugene and this year he is playing for the Fort Wayne Tincaps. Chad of Baseball in Fort Wayne got this signed for me at a game earlier this year. Tommy Douglas Dean was signed by the Dodgers as an amateur free agent in 1964, he played one season for the Dodgers and was traded with Leon Everitt to the Padres for Al McBean. He played in 203 games for the Padres between 1969 and 1971, mostly at shortstop, but occasionally at 2B. I got this card signed through the mail, I can tell because I know that is the color pen I sent him. Kory DeHaan was drafted by the Pirates in the 1997 draft and then the Padres selected him in the Rule 5 draft in 1999. He played in the majors in 2000 and 2002, he was the hitting coach for the Golden Baseball Leagues' Chico Outlaws until July 24, 2009 when he was appointed interim manager when Greg Cadaret was fired. I remember getting this signed through the mail. Luis Antonio (Trioche) Deleon was signed by the Cardinals as an amateur free agent in 1977. He pitched 10 games for the Cards in 1981 before being traded to the Padres in 1982 as part of the Ozzie Smith-Garry Templeton trade. He played 4 seasons in San Diego ('82-'85), before signing as a free agent with the Orioles where he pitched for a year, he also signed with the Astros, but never pitched in the majors for them. He played in 207 games over his career, all but one of them in relief. That start came in his last year in the majors in 1989 in his one major league appearance for the Mariners.

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