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John Valentin
Shortstop/Third baseman
Born: February 18, 1967 (1967-02-18) (age 42)
Mineola, New York
Batted: Right Threw: Right 
MLB debut
July 27, 1992 for the Boston Red Sox
Last MLB appearance
September 29, 2002 for the New York Mets
Career statistics
Batting average     .279
Home runs     124
RBI     558
Career highlights and awards

John William Valentin (pronounced /ˈvælɨntɪn/; born February 18, 1967 in Mineola, New York) is a former shortstop and third baseman in Major League Baseball. 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 is currently the hitting coach of the Chattanooga Lookouts in the Class-AA Southern League.




College career

Valentin attended Seton Hall University, where he played with Mo Vaughn, before starting his professional career in the Red Sox minor league system in 1988. He first played in a major league game in 1992.

Professional career

In 11 seasons with the Red Sox and Mets, Valentin had a .279 batting average, and accumulated a total of 1093 hits. He hit 124 career home runs, and had 558 runs batted in.

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 their first division title since 1990.

Valentin had a .971 fielding percentage in his first 3 years as a shortstop for the Red Sox and was beloved by the Boston fans, playing solid defense and getting clutch hits in the late innings.

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 over to second base. Later that season, he shifted to third base after the regular third baseman, Tim Naehring, was injured. Valentin spent three more seasons with the Red Sox (playing only a total of 31 games the last two years) before ending his career with the Mets.

Minor league coaching career

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.[1] Shortly after accepting this assignment, manager Dave Collins resigned for personal reasons, and Valentin was promoted to Manager of the 66ers [1].On Friday October 31, 2008 he was named manager of Chattanooga of the Southern League (AA). After one season at the helm of the Lookouts he was demoted to hitting coach for the 2010 season.


  • One of only 15 players in modern major league history to complete an unassisted triple play (July 8, 1994).
  • On June 6, 1996, he hit for the cycle. He is the first player in baseball history to both complete an unassisted triple play and hit for the cycle. Troy Tulowitzki (Colorado Rockies) is the second as of Aug 10th, 2009.
  • Got his 1000th hit in front of a sold-out crowd at Fenway Park.
  • Hit 3 home runs in the 1999 American League Division Series to lead the Red Sox over the Cleveland Indians.
  • Led the league in doubles in 1997 (47).
  • Silver Slugger Award winner in 1995 at shortstop.
  • Works as a part-time television analyst for the New England Sports Network, which airs Boston Red Sox games.
  • In February 2004 he auctioned off his estate on Navesink River Road in the Locust Section of Middletown, New Jersey for $13 million USD. The riverfront home was 20,000 square feet, five stories and had never been lived in.
  • He owns Julia's Restaurant in Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey.

See also

He is married to Marie Valentin, and has two children Justin, 14, and Kendall,13.



  • Grossman, Leigh (compiler). The Red Sox Fan Handbook. Pomfret, Connecticut: Swordsmith Books. ISBN 1-931013-03-9. Pgs. 180-181.
  • Stout, Glenn and Johnson, Richard A. Red Sox Century. New York: Houghton Mifflin Company. ISBN 0-395-88417-9. Pg. 432.

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