April 29, 2009-Laredo, TX- The Laredo Broncos of the United League announce that they have signed outfielder O.J. Garza to a 2009 contract.
Garza grew up in Laredo and went to college at St. Mary’s. He has played 5 years in professional baseball and has a lifetime batting average of .265 with 16 career homers and 118 RBI. Broncos Field Manager Ricardo Cuevas coached Garza in high school, and can’t wait to work with him again, “O.J. Garza is a tremendous baseball player. I have seen him play since he was in high school and he can do it all. He has great range in the outfield and has a solid bat. He will be a great addition to this ballclub.”
Garza has played for the Edinburg Road Runners, the Evansville Otters, and the Richmond Roosters. His best seasons came with the Otters in his 3 seasons there. Garza is ranked in the Otters all time top 10 in many categories. He is 3rd all time in games played, at bats, and hits. He is also 7th in triples, 6th in RBI, 9th in runs scored and 4th in total bases. Also in 2004 Garza hit for the cycle as a member of the Otters and he was the first player in 5 years in the frontier league to hit for the cycle.
The Broncos have been striving to get some hometown talent on the team for years, and with the addition of Garza, General Manager Jose Melendez is starting to achieve that. “I have been trying since 2006 to bring O.J. Garza to his hometown team the Broncos. To finally be able to bring in a player like that is a huge boost for the ballclub. I know our field manager Ricardo Cuevas was a big help in landing him, and I can’t wait to see him in a Broncos uniform.”a
The Laredo Broncos begin their 4th season in 2009. The Broncos will play a 80 game season from June to September with 36 home games at Veterans Field. Season tickets and Sponsorship Packages are on sale in the Laredo Broncos office located at 2200 Santa Maria or can be contacted at 723-BASE (2273) or on the web at www.laredobroncos.com.