Saturday, November 7, 2009
#386) JULIO VALERA
Julio Valera was signed by the New York Mets as an amateur free agent on March 6, 1986. He made his major league debut as a Met on September 1, 1990 at Shea Stadium. Julio had been added when the rosters expanded and was the starting pitcher facing the San Francisco Giants. He picked up the win for throwing the first six innings of a 6-5 victory. It would prove to be Valera's only major league victory in a New York Mets uniform.
After his three starts to close the 1990 season, Julio was moved to the bullpen for his only two appearances for New York in 1991. Most of the year was spent with Triple-A Norfolk. Valera was traded by the Mets with Julian Vazquez to the California Angels in exchange for Dick Schofield on April 12, 1992.
Julio Valera signed his card in the set from an autograph request sent to his home in Puerto Rico on November 7, 2009.