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ed giovanola, 1998 pacific trading #635, padres

Player: Giovanola, Ed

Card: 1998 Pacific Trading #635

Position: 3B/2B

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Edward Thomas Giovanola (born March 4, 1969 in Los Gatos, California) is a former Major League Baseball infielder. He is an alumnus of Bellarmine College Preparatory and Santa Clara University.

Drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 7th round of the 1990 MLB amateur draft, Ed spent several years with Atlanta's Double-A minor league affiliate, the Greenville Braves, before becoming a standout player with the Triple-A Richmond Braves, culminating in his Major League Baseball debut with the Atlanta Braves on September 10, 1995. After three years in Atlanta, he spent the following two years with the San Diego Padres, for whom he appeared in his final Major League game on August 25, 1999.

Despite the brevity of his big-league career, Ed played on three teams that won the National League pennant, the 1995 and 1996 Braves and the 1998 Padres. He earned a World Series ring as a member of the 1995 Braves. Giovanola made one major-league appearance as a pitcher, throwing 1⅓ scoreless innings for the Padres on August 25, 1999, against the Philadelphia Phillies. Giovanola, the Padres’ sixth pitcher of the afternoon, surrendered one hit and two walks while retiring Alex Arias, Kevin Sefcik, Gary Bennett, and Kevin Jordan, all on fly balls.

The Padres released him at season’s end and the 30-year-old retired from baseball shortly thereafter. Giovanola settled in San Diego County. He has worked in the wireless phone business as a retail store manager for T-Mobile. As of 2019 he was working as a national sales manager for the realtor Allison James Estates.

(excerpted from SABR, Baseball Almanac, BR Bullpen & Wikipedia)


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This player is not associated with any Baseball Amore Tours.

All Ed’s baseball cards can be seen at TCDB

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