John William Valentin (born February 18, 1967) is a former shortstop and third baseman in Major League Baseball (MLB). He played most of his major league career with the Boston Red Sox, with his final season being for the New York Mets. He batted and threw right-handed. He was also a coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
|Shortstop / Third baseman|
|Born: February 18, 1967|
Mineola, New York
|July 27, 1992, for the Boston Red Sox|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 29, 2002, for the New York Mets|
|Runs batted in||558|
|Career highlights and awards|
Valentin attended Seton Hall University, where he played college baseball for the Pirates under head coach Mike Sheppard. Valentin's teammates included future major leaguers Mo Vaughn and Craig Biggio. He was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 5th round of the 1988 MLB Draft.
Valentin made his MLB debut as the starting shortstop against the Texas Rangers on July 27, 1992. He had one hit in four at-bats in his debut, with his first hit coming on an RBI single to short in the bottom of the 8th inning off of the Rangers Terry Mathews. He hit his first home run on August 22, 1992, off of Mike Schooler of the Seattle Mariners.
On July 8, 1994, Valentin turned the 10th unassisted triple play in MLB history, in a game against the Mariners. In the 6th inning, Valentin playing shortstop, caught Marc Newfield's line drive, tagged second base before Mike Blowers could return to tag up, and tagged out Keith Mitchell who had been attempting to advance to second base.
His best season was 1995, when he batted .298 with 27 home runs, 37 doubles, 20 stolen bases and 81 walks. Valentin finished ninth in the American League MVP voting, and helped lead the Red Sox to its first division title since 1990. Valentin had a .971 fielding percentage in his first three years as a shortstop for the Red Sox.
On June 6, 1996, he hit for the cycle. During the 1996 season, Red Sox prospect Nomar Garciaparra battled for the spot of shortstop with Valentin, who had held the position for his entire career. Garciaparra took over the shortstop position in 1997, forcing Valentin to second base. Later that season, he shifted to third base after the regular third baseman, Tim Naehring, was injured. Valentin spent four more seasons with the Red Sox (playing only a total of 30 games over his last two years in a Red Sox uniform, the 2000 and 2001 seasons)
He signed with the New York Mets as a free agent after the 2001 season and played in 114 games for them in 2002.
In January 2008, Valentin joined the Inland Empire 66ers of San Bernardino (the High-A minor league affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers) as hitting coach for the 2008 season. Shortly after accepting this assignment, manager Dave Collins resigned for personal reasons, and Valentin was promoted to manager of the 66ers . On Friday, October 31, 2008, he was named manager of the Chattanooga Lookouts of the Southern League (AA). After one season at the helm of the Lookouts he was demoted to hitting coach for the 2010 season. In 2011, he was promoted to the coaching staff of the AAA Albuquerque Isotopes. On November 13, 2012, he joined the Dodgers Major League staff as the Assistant Hitting Coach. In 2016, the Dodgers reassigned him as the hitting coach for the Class-A Great Lakes Loons of the Midwest League.
| Hitting for the cycle
June 6, 1996
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The 1998 American League Division Series (ALDS), the opening round of the 1998 American League playoffs, began on Tuesday, September 29, and ended on Saturday, October 3, with the champions of the three AL divisions—along with a "wild card" team—participating in two best-of-five series. The teams were:
(1) New York Yankees (Eastern Division champion, 114–48) vs. (3) Texas Rangers (Western Division champion, 88–74): Yankees win series, 3–0.
(2) Cleveland Indians (Central Division champion, 89–73) vs. (4) Boston Red Sox (Wild Card, 92–70): Indians win series, 3–1.The New York Yankees and Cleveland Indians went on to meet in the AL Championship Series (ALCS). The Yankees became the American League champion, and defeated the National League champion San Diego Padres in the 1998 World Series.1998 Boston Red Sox season
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(1) New York Yankees (Eastern Division champion, 98–64) vs. (3) Texas Rangers (Western Division champion, 95–67): Yankees win the series, 3–0.
(2) Cleveland Indians (Central Division champion, 97–65) vs. (4) Boston Red Sox (Wild Card, 94–68): Red Sox win the series, 3–2.The Yankees rolled over the Rangers, who scored 945 runs in 1999, for the second straight year three games to none. The Red Sox battled back down two games to none against a Cleveland Indians team that was the first to score 1,000 runs in a season in nearly 50 years and won the Series three games to two, thanks to Pedro Martínez. The Yankees would go on to defeat the Red Sox four games to one in their first-ever meeting in the postseason in the AL Championship Series, and would then go on to sweep the National League champion Atlanta Braves in the 1999 World Series.1999 Boston Red Sox season
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Hyannis finished the 2007 season in third place in the Western Division with 43 points, falling a single point shy of earning a playoff berth. Hyannis qualified for the playoffs in 2011 after winning the division in the regular season, but were swept in the Division Semi-Finals by the Falmouth Commodores.
The Harbor Hawks finished first place in the Western Division in 2015, only to lose to the Y-D Red Sox in a deciding game 3.Inland Empire 66ers
The Inland Empire 66ers of San Bernardino are a minor league baseball team in San Bernardino, California. They are the Class A Advanced affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels and play in the California League. The 66ers play home games at San Manuel Stadium.List of Los Angeles Dodgers coaches
The following is a list of coaches, including position, year(s) of service(s), who appeared at least in one game for the Los Angeles Dodgers National League franchise also known previously as the Brooklyn Dodgers.Matt Sczesny
Matthew John Sczesny [says'-nee] (September 7, 1932 – January 3, 2009) was an American infielder and manager in minor league baseball, and a longtime scout for the Boston Red Sox of the American League. Sczesny, a native of Flushing, New York, spent 55 years in baseball, all of them in the Red Sox organization.
Sczesny graduated from Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School in Brooklyn, and attended St. John's University. He signed with the Red Sox in 1954 and played in their farm system through 1959, except for the 1957 campaign, which he missed while performing military service. He was named a member of the 1955 Sally League All-Star team as an infielder, while a member of the Montgomery Rebels.In 1960, Sczesny became a manager in the Boston system with the Waterloo Hawks of the Class D Midwest League, and he promptly led the Hawks to the MWL championship—the only league title he would win as a manager. However, he handled many future Major Leaguers as a skipper of Class A farm clubs in the Red Sox chain, until 1970, his final season in uniform, when he served as the first manager in the history of the Pawtucket Red Sox, then Boston's Double-A Eastern League affiliate.
In 1971, he became a scout for the Red Sox, based in Deer Park, New York, on Long Island. Sczesny scouted and signed future Red Sox stars Mo Vaughn, Bob Stanley and John Valentin, among others. In 2003, he switched from being an "area scout" tracking amateur high school and college talent to a member of the Red Sox' professional scouting corps, serving through the 2008 campaign.
He died at age 76 from cancer in West Islip, New York, on January 3, 2009.Mineola, New York
Mineola is a village in Nassau County, Long Island, New York, United States. The population was 18,799 at the 2010 census. The name is derived from an Algonquin word meaning a "pleasant village".Most of the Incorporated Village of Mineola is in the Town of North Hempstead, with a small portion of its southern edge within the Town of Hempstead. Old Country Road runs along the village's southern border. The area serviced by the Mineola Post Office extends farther south into the adjacent village of Garden City, New York, where the county seat of Nassau County is located. Offices of many Nassau County agencies are in both Mineola and Garden City.
Members of the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame