Wednesday, February 4, 2015

#370 Dave Valle

About the Front: If that helmet looks a bit odd, it's because Dave Valle was one of the last big league catchers to wear a specialized helmet with no brim.

About the Back: How on earth did Valle get a card number ending in zero?

Triple Play:

1. On September 26, 1986, his pinch-hit three-run homer in the eighth inning tied Seattle's contest with the Indians.

2. In 1990, Valle committed only two errors in 677 chances and threw out 42% of opposing base stealers.

3. Dave spent over a decade lending analysis to Mariners game broadcasts, and has also worked for MLB Network. Last year, he managed Seattle's Class A Everett AquaSox to a 28-48 record.

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: Valle was one of those players I assumed was friendly, because he often had a wide smile in photos.

Bill James Said: "He is coming off his best major league season with the bat, but is 33 years old and a career .235 hitter, so whoever signs him may be riding for a fall." After batting .258/.354/.395 with 13 homers and 63 RBI in 1993, Dave played only 46 games the following season for the Red Sox and Rangers, batting .232/.348/.375 with two homers and 10 RBI.

On This Date in 1993: February 4. The Boston Celtics retire Larry Bird's number 33 jersey.

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