Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Javier Valentin

Looks like one of the best backup catchers/pitch hitters in recent Reds history is going to the Washington Nationals. The Nationals signed Javy to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training. This probably isn't big news to the average Reds fan but I can remember a few walk off game winning hits from this guy. I have seen him smash game winning home runs more than once as well. Because he was almost always the Reds last chance when they were battling from behind, this gave Javy the 'honor' of leading the league in making the last out of a game as well. This stat isn't as bad as it seems like either, it means your manager has plenty of faith in you in the clutch. All in all I will miss not seeing what this big guy would do with the game on the line.


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