Tonight’s game at Chicago Chad Dotson 09/12/2005 4 No, the season isn’t over yet. The Redlegs are playing in Chicago tonight. Here’s a game thread. Share this:TweetPocket 4 Responses DevilsAdvocate 09/12/2005 Is this a fluke year for Valentin? Bill 09/12/2005 I don’t think it’s any doubt that it’s a fluke year for Valentin. Look at it this way: Year Age BA/OBP/SLG 1998 22 .198/.247/.309 1999 23 .248/.313/.381 2000-2002 (no significant MLB at-bats) 2003 27 .222/.254/.326 2004 28 .233/.293/.381 2005 29 .296/.382/.570 One of these years is not like the other… DevilsAdvocate 09/13/2005 I was wondering not necessarily in terms of his major-league career, but more in terms of his pedigree as a prospect. So now I have to look it up and analyze: He was a third-round draft pick, quite high for a high-school catcher. He had a couple of middling years in the minors and one fantastic one, all while very young for each level. Promoted to the majors (Minnesota) he did not do very well, apparently in a backup catcher’s role for two years. Demoted for the next three full years (!), he pretty much demolished AAA pitching (albeit in the Pacific Coast League). After a terrible year in Tampa Bay, and an only slightly better one in Cincinnati last year, it’s been a breakout age-29 season. He turns 30 a week from today. Shawn 09/13/2005 Part of it is that Narron has finally used Valentin (and Larue) the right way, as a sort-of platoon. Miley would bat Valentin against lefties, whom he can’t hit.