They need Valentín. He’s one of those guys that makes everyone better just by being there.
Valentin will be a positive influence, whether or not he hits.
You can never have enough good people around like Valentin. I don’t know how much he will be able to help as a player at this point, but he’s a great baseball man.Congratulations, Mets fans. You have done violence to reason. You have set back the progress of civilization at least five years.
Here's a thought. What the hell is 22-year old Nick Evans, who has played all of 17 games in the minor leagues in the outfield, doing here as our starting left fielder? When the Mets aren't favoring "proven veterans" who were All-Stars six years ago over major-league-ready youngsters, they're busy promoting prospects well before their time in order to fuck with their heads.
If Valentin is such a fucking charmer, make him a coach. But he has next-to-nothing left as a baseball player, and pretending otherwise is silly. Knowing as much and still putting him on the team is stupid. How many old backup second basement types can we have on this team? Oh, lots:
Marlon Anderson (34 years old, 77% of career games at 2B, career 84 OPS+)
Damion Easley (38 years old, 81% of career games at 2B, career 92 OPS+)
Luis Castillo (32 years old, 100% of career games at 2B, career 93 OPS+)
Jose Valentin (37 years old, 77% of career games at SS, 90% at SS+2B, career 96 OPS+)
Fernando Tatis (33 years old, 88% of career games at 3B, career 100 OPS+)