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Happy Reds birthday, Jumbo Diaz!

Jumbo Diaz

February 27, 1984

Jumbo Diaz is one of the most entertaining pitchers in the Reds’ bullpen. I absolutely love his enthusiasm and perseverance. Diaz started in the Los Angeles system in 2002, then bounced to the Rangers in 2009, Orioles in 2010, and Pirates in 2012 before landing in Cincinnati’s farm system in 2013.

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2015 Reds, 1990 Score style: Jumbo Diaz

Jumbo

It has been a while since I posted a 2015 Reds, 1990 Score style card. With the pitiful season the Reds have been having, I sort of lost my motivation. But I have several more made, and additional players that I need to slap on the classic junk wax design, so we’re going to power through.

Jumbo Diaz started the season with the big league club, but his 6.65 ERA was quite underwhelming. I like Jumbo, he appears to be a nice guy and have heard as much from friends who have met him. But this year his stuff just wasn’t major league quality. Diaz was sent to Louisville on June 7.

Fun Cards: Reds Future Stars Billy Hamilton/Jumbo Diaz/Kris Negron

Future Stars in Halloween costumes

We could talk about Billy Hamilton‘s better-than-expected rookie campaign and the possibility of winning the National League Rookie of the Year award over the Mets’ Jacob deGrom. Or we could talk about Jumbo Diaz‘s long road to the majors, after bouncing around for more than a decade in the minors with the Dodgers, Rangers, Orioles, and Pirates before finally making it to The Show with the Reds. Or we could talk about Kristopher Negron‘s cup of coffee in 2012, followed by a less-than-stellar 2013 in Louisville, before becoming a reliable (though still less-than-stellar) utility man for the injury-plagued Cincinnati nine.

Or we could talk about those clothes. Hamilton is appropriately dressed as Rainbow Dash from My Little Pony. Get it? He’s fast.

Diaz is the Queen of Hearts I think? But there was another Queen of Hearts in a different costume, so I’m not positive.

Negron is Olive Oyl. I guess because he’s skinny. Or maybe just because it fit.

To see more rookie hazing around the bigs, check out this article on sportingnews.com.

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