The good and the bad of Jordany Valdespin

Posted: April 26, 2013 in News, Opinion

By Steven Inman

Wednesday night Jordany Valdespin came off the bench and went 1-2 including a walk off grand slam. It was the Mets first grand slam in 22 years. (Not including Ventura’s grand slam single) For perspective the Mets had given up seven walk off grand slams since the last one they hit.

Valdespin is batting .279 with a .326 on base percentage in 46 plate appearances. Valdespin has shown a little more patience at the plate this season but he still swings at too much junk to be an everyday player in my opinion. He also doesn’t really have a position on the field that he is above average at. He has shown he deserves to be on the major league roster because of his ability to drive the ball especially off the bench. In 251 career plate appearances Valdespin has 9 homeruns and 13 steals.

On a team that doesn’t have a ton of power or speed that is definitely needed.

On the field Valdespin has shown that he belongs on the roster. His role going forward will really depend on how the other outfielders perform over the next few weeks.

That’s the good of Valdespin the bad is the stuff he does off the field.

Last July in San Francisco, Valdespin violated Mets team policy by wearing a white undershirt on the team bus to Giants stadium, AT&T Park. All other Mets were wearing collared shirts. A few veteran teammates cut up the shirt during the game, and colored over it with sharpies.Jordany Valdespin

Valdespin went ballistic and nearly fought some of his teammates before Terry Collins broke it up. That was just one of many instances of Valdespin not getting along with some of his teammates.

Valdespin has also had some interesting quotes including “I’m the man right now” after his first big league homer and asking veteran teammates for money saying “I’m a rookie, you have to buy me a suit.” according to Andy Martino of the Daily News.

Valdespin is an interesting character, to say the least but as long as he continues to drive in big runs, the story of Jordany Valdespin will continue.


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