February 13, 2012

Here are six baseball players who share their name with Valentine's Day

Bobby Valentine

Bobby Valentine is the manager of the Boston Red Sox. He signed a two-year contract, with a two-year renewal option. He previously managed the Texas Rangers and New York Mets as well as the Chiba Lotte Marines in Japan. An injury shortened a promising playing career. On May 17, 1973, Valentine suffered a multiple compound leg fracture at Anaheim Stadium when his spikes got caught in the outfield's chain link fence. He was never the same following the injury.

Corky Valentine

Corky Valentine played for the Cincinnati Reds. He was mainly a pitcher in the 1950s but only spent two of those years in the majors. After his career ended, he became a police officer. Valentine died in 2005.

Ellis Valentine

Ellis Valentine was a promising player for the Montreal Expos in 1977. From 1977 until 1980, the outfielder was considered a top player. After an injury in 1980, however, he never quite regained his previous skills. He left Major League Baseball in 1985. In his time after baseball, he has overcome a substance abuse problem and begun working with Baseball Against Drugs, a program to help kids stay away from drugs.

Fred Valentine

Fred Valentine played outfield in the 1950s and 1960s. He was a unique talent who had offers from both professional baseball and professional football after he finished his college career at Tennessee State. He was originally signed by the Baltimore Orioles.

Joe Valentine

Joe Valentine spent three seasons with the Cincinnati Reds, 2003 and 2005.

John Valentine

John Valentine was a pitcher and then became an umpire during the early years of baseball. He played for the Columbus Buckeyes in 1883. He spent the next five years as an umpire before he retired in 1888. He died in 1903 at the age of 47.

Note: This article was written by an unnamed Yahoo! contributor, with some editing by your blogger.

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