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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Hector Rivera (Outfielder), Own Piece - 3349

Hector Rivera the outfielder didn't leave much behind after his baseball career.

He didn't even get his own baseball card, at least not one all his own in the ProCards set.

Assigned by the Expos to rookie Gate City in his second season, Rivera kind of got his card. The photo is presumably him. The position and stats on the back are not.

The position and stats on the back are of another player in the Expos system, also named Hector Rivera. That Hector Rivera played at AA Jacksonville in 1990. (Read about Hector Rivera the pitcher)

For Hector Rivera the outfielder, though, that season at Gate City would be his only real shot at a baseball card. It was his final season as a pro.

Rivera's professional career began in 1989, taken by the Expos in the 50th round of the draft, out of Barranquitas High School in Puerto Rico, according to Baseball Reference.

With the Expos, Rivera played in the rookie Gulf Coast League. He got into 30 games, hitting just .172. He also played 27 games in the outfield, and one at third base. Cards aren't generally issued for GCL teams.

For 1990, the Expos optioned Rivera to Gate City, of the Pioneer League. At Gate City, Rivera got into just 10 games. In 21 at bats, he got just two hits. He wouldn't get any more, his career ending there.

Rivera did end up getting one card all his own. In a second set issued for the Gate City Pioneers, one by Washington-based Sport Pro, Rivera the outfielder, the one from Puerto Rico, was identified as such, on his own piece of cardboard.

1990 CMC-Pro Cards Tally
Players/Coaches Featured:1,440
Made the Majors: 735 - 51.0%
Never Made Majors: 705-49.0%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 321
10+ Seasons in the Minors: 191

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