No, the season isn’t over yet. The Redlegs are playing in Chicago tonight. Here’s a game thread.

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Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, “The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds” is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad’s musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine.

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  1. Is this a fluke year for Valentin?

  2. 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…

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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About Chad Dotson

Blame Chad for creating this mess. Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, "The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds" is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad's musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine. You can email Chad at chaddotson@redlegnation.com.

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2005 Reds, Reds - General