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D-backs promote Noboa to Vice President, Latin Operations10/25/2011 7:05 PM ET
The Arizona Diamondbacks promoted Junior Noboa to Vice President, Latin Operations according to D-backs' Senior Vice President, Scouting & Player Development Jerry Dipoto.
Noboa will continue to oversee the D-backs' baseball academy in Boca Chica in the Dominican Republic and serve as the team's liaison to its Latin American prospects. In 2012, he will enter his 18th season with the D-backs having spent the previous five seasons as Special Assistant to the General Manager & Director, Latin American Operations. Noboa was the organization's first international hire in August 1995.
"Junior has successfully led our Latin American efforts since our inception and earned the opportunity to contribute his expertise and insight into our operations as part of our executive leadership team," said Dipoto. "His efforts have produced high-caliber players and we are confident he will continue to deliver talented players."
Among the key players on the current D-backs National League West Division Championship roster that have been signed and developed during Noboa's tenure are All-Star catcher Miguel Montero and Rawlings Gold-Glove candidate Gerardo Parra.
In 1997, Noboa was the first recipient of the Roland Hemond Award, bestowed upon a member of the Baseball Operations Department who best exemplifies the D-backs' approach to their work. He has sat on the board of trustees for the Dominican Republic Sports and Education Academy and has twice served as the hitting coach for his native Dominican Republic in the 2006 and 2009 World Baseball Classic.
"I'm honored by the promotion and thankful for the opportunity to remain part of a great organization," said Noboa. "I look forward to finding prospects and developing them into Major League-caliber players who will contribute to the D-backs' successes in the years to come."
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