John Valentin

1998 Topps

Valentin spent 11 seasons playing in the majors, mostly for the Boston Red Sox, from 1992-2002. In 1,105 games he hit .279 with 124 home runs. He spent almost his entire career in Boston, with the exception being his final season when he played for the New York Mets. Valentin was a starter for the Red Sox from 1993-1999, first at shortstop and later at second and third base following the arrival of Nomar Garciaparra. He was a solid bat for Boston during those years, posting double-digit home runs every season except 1994. His career year came in 1995 when he hit .298 with 27 home runs, 102 RBIs, 108 runs scored and 20 stolen bases. Valentin won the Silver Slugger for American League shortstops at season’s end and finished ninth in the MVP race.


Valentin does a great job of laying out his career highlights. He is the only player in MLB history to turn an unassisted triple play, hit for the cycle and hit three home runs in a game during his career.

Valentin was a beast for Boston in the 1999 playoffs. He hit .318 with three home runs and 12 RBIs in the ALDS against Cleveland and then .348 with a home run and five more RBIs in the ALCS against the New York Yankees.

John Valentin – career stats 

2000 Topps

Published by Chris

Writer, historian, father, intrepid traveller, journalist, aging punk ... I am actually in a Hall of Fame.

3 thoughts on “John Valentin

  1. Valentin was one of the better offensive shortstops in the league for a few years, including his monster season of 1995, when I had him on my Rotisserie League team in Dallas. When our league expanded the following year I exposed Valentin to the draft and he was the first player chosen! I left him exposed because we were allowed to pull back 4 players for everyone picked and I had a kid named Derek Jeter being promoted from my farm system (and the Yankees’) to the Majors in 1996 to take Valentin’s place.

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