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Jose Valentin #17

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Full Name:
Jose Valentin
Uniform #:
17

COACHING CAREER
• Begins his first season on the Major League staff as a first base coach.
• Managed the Fort Wayne TinCaps, the Padres' Class A Midwest League af filiate in 2012 and 2013, leading the team to the playoffs in each season.
• Following the 2012 season, was named the Low-A Manager of the Year by Baseball America.

PLAYING CAREER
• Infielder played parts of 16 seasons in the Major Leagues with the Milwaukee Brewers (1992-99), Chicago White Sox (2000-04), Los Angeles Dodgers (2005) and New York Mets (2006-07)...posted a .243 (1,348-for-5,539) average with 302 doubles, 41 triples, 249 home runs, 816 RBI, 872 runs and 136 stolen bases in 1,678 games.
• Originally signed by the Padres as a non-drafted free agent on October 12, 1986 and played five seasons in the Padres system before being traded on March 26, 1992 with Ricky Bones and Matt Mieske to the Brewers for Gary Shef field and Geoff Kellogg.
• Was the Chicago White Sox nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award from 2001-04.

PERSONAL
Full name is José Antonio Valentín ...he and his wife, Ilka, have two sons, Jesmuel and Yomar, and a daughter, Joveliz.
• After retiring from baseball, served as an instructor at the Puerto Rico Baseball Academy and High School in Gurabo... coached his son, Jesmuel, at the Academy before he was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers as a compensation round selection (51st overall) of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft.
• Jose graduated from Fernando Callejo High School in Manati in 1987 where he played volleyball, baseball and basketball.
• Is the brother of former Major League catcher Javier Valentín, who played in the Majors from 1997-2008.

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