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Baseball Player Name of the Week

In honor of the upcoming celebration of ancient Roman martyrs:

Squeaky Valentine.

His real name is Fred Valentine, which is still not too shabby. Born in Mississippi in 1935, he debuted with the Orioles in 1959 and went on to play with the Washington Senators. His only very good year came with them, 1n 1966, when he hit a highly (and uncharacteristically) impressive .351/.455/.806 for an OPS+ of 131. Two years later his OPS+ was 86, and that was his last season.

If I were a GM I would hire any player named “Squeaky Valentine” so fast it’d make your head spin. As an added bonus, he has a 964 similarity score to someone named Coaker Triplett.

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1 Matt Blankman   ~  Jan 27, 2011 12:12 am

By the way - there was a Squeaky Frome joke on 30 Rock last week that had me on the floor.

2 Bruce Markusen   ~  Jan 27, 2011 12:12 am

I had a chance to talk to Fred a few years back as part of a series of articles I did for the MLB Alumni Association. Very nice guy. He was one of the people instrumental in getting the alumni association off the ground in the early 1980s.

3 Mr. Max   ~  Jan 27, 2011 5:04 am

That's .276/.351/.455.

.351/.455/.806 would be better than Bonds.


4 Boatzilla   ~  Jan 27, 2011 7:09 am

[3] It would be better than God.

5 Boatzilla   ~  Jan 27, 2011 7:12 am

[4] Fer chrissake!

6 rbj   ~  Jan 27, 2011 9:08 am

Hope everyone's safe and well after your snow dusting. Glad I haven't gotten anymore in a while.

7 RIYank   ~  Jan 27, 2011 9:09 am

[6] We got somewhere between 12 and 15 inches here, hard to tell because it's on top of so much that we already had.
NYC got a big load, no? My mom (in Manhattan) says the X-town buses weren't running this morning!

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