June 15, 2008 – Joe Valentine Talks June 15, 2008Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.
Revs Add Two: Jeff Johnson reports that the York Revolution have added OF Kennard Jones and P Heath Totten.
Jones was a third round choice by the Padres in 2002 with above average speed and below average power.
Totten is a veteran righty who will likely slide into York’s rotation.
Valentine Talks: I recently caught up with former Long Island Ducks P Joe Valentine, who signed with the Philadelphia Phillies several weeks back. Here’s how the interview went…
AtlanticLeagueBaseball.com: You ended last season in the Atlantic League and started this year there as well. What can you tell me about your experience there?
Joe Valentine: “I loved it. It was a free flowing game, and everything was basically on your own. You went out and prepared the way you needed to prepare. The talent level was just tremendous, too.”
ALB: Was it a little surprising to you that you stayed there as long as you did considering the numbers you put up?
Valentine: “A little bit. But then again, sometimes it’s never about the numbers. It’s about being at the right place at the right time. Numbers do help, but it’s always right place, right time.”
ALB: So how did it all come about that you ended up with the Phillies?
Valentine: “It was kind of sporadic that they showed some interest, and I was actually throwing in a doubleheader where they were looking at Brian Lawrence. I had thrown, and I threw well, and they literally contacted my agent that night and pretty much the next day it was locked in place.”
ALB: What do you anticipate your role being in Reading?
Valentine: “I have no clue. The first outing didn’t go too well, but it was just one of those things. It’s pretty much to be determined…just fill a role, whatever it is.”
ALB: Considering the level of experience you have, do you expect to be moved to Triple-A relatively quickly?
Valentine: “I’m hoping so. I’ve got to show that I can get guys out here. The first outing, I didn’t do that, like I said. But once I start doing that I hope, and plan on not being here too long.
ALB: Do you still follow the league at all?
Valentine: “Absolutely. That league is close to home for me, close to my heart. It’s an opportunity that I had to do, but at the same point, it was probably the most fun I’ve had in my career. The guys that are still there, I’m rooting for them to get the hell out of there.”
Poll Added, Results Posted: Check out the new poll on the right side of the page. In the meantime, here are the results of our last question, which asked which player you think should get picked up next…
Branden Florence 9 (5%)
Josh Rabe 13 (8%)
Ryan Cullen 7 (4%)
Ray Navarrete 32 (20%)
Cory Aldridge 20 (12%)
Brandon Larson 15 (9%)
Matt Schweitzer 47 (30%)
Nick McCurdy 5 (3%)
Other 7 (4%)
Nichols Released: Jason Guarente reports that Lancaster has released INF Kyle Nichols. Nichols, acquired from Southern Maryland earlier this season, was hitting .189 with no home runs and five RBI since the trade. – Mike Ashmore