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Catcher Victor “Vic” Valencia spent 11 seasons in professional baseball, but played only 25 games at Triple-A and never reached the majors. Debuting in the Yankees system in 1995, he showed good power, bashing 16 home runs in 411 at-bats in 1998 and 22 homers in 396 ABs the next year, but little other offensive skill. In nearly 2,900 at-bats, he hit just .224.
I’ve written to him twice in my day, both times through his home address. Initially, I sent to him in May 2020 and he responded just 10 days later, signing a card. I again wrote to him in December 2021 and he signed 1/1 just 22 days later.
For a few years in the 2000s, Augie Ojeda was a decent utilityman mostly for the Diamondbacks and Cubs, spending significant time at second base, third base and shortstop. He was even a postseason stud, hitting .444 in 9 at-bats for Arizona in the 2007 National League Division Series against his future club, Chicago.
All told, he spent 15 seasons in professional baseball, including part of all of nine in the majors. He spent a few seasons with the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings, my former hometown team, so I inevitably saw him play in-person and received at least one autograph from him at the stadium.
I sent to him in mid-November 2021 and he signed 1/1 less than a month later.
Playing for the Dodgers and Cardinals in the late 1980s and early ’90s, Tracy Woodson didn’t leave much of a mark, appearing in just 215 games over five seasons. However, in 1992—his first year with St. Louis—he hit .207 in 114 at-bats, and in 1988 with Los Angeles, he appeared in both the National League Championship Series against the Mets and the World Series against the Athletics, earning a ring.
Ending his professional career with a bang, he hit 23 home runs with 89 RBI at Triple-A in his final campaign, 1996.
He has signed for me twice. I first sent to him through his home address in February 2018 and he responded 220 days later, signing a card. I again sent him a card in late November 2020 and he signed just 25 days later.