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Jordany Valdespin continues to be a team-first player

Jan 14, 2014, 2:28 PM EDT

Jordany Valdespin

Jordany Valdespin is not exactly the most user-friendly guy around.  Last May he angered the Pirates by showboating after hitting a home run . . . with his team down 7-1. Last summer he threw a temper tantrum after learning he was being demoted to Triple-A Las Vegas. After going down to Vegas he helped start a benches-clearing brawl. Long before all of that he was said to be unpopular with his Mets teammates for his alleged bad attitude and lackadaisical play. After all of that he was suspended for 50 games for Biogenesis stuff.

You’d think after the humbling hear Valdespin had that he’d put his head down and show people that he belongs in the bigs. You’d think wrong: MLB Nation reports that he has walked out on his Dominican Winter League Team because they had the gall to pinch hit for him:

Infielder Jordany Valdespin has decided to leave his team, Tigres del Licey, of the Dominican Winter League, reportedly infuriated after being pinch-hit for in a playoff game this past weekend. The news was first reported by Dominican radio show Grandes En Los Deportes (Spanish Twitter link), co-hosted by ESPN Deportes’ Enrique Rojas.

And the kicker: he was hitting so poorly for the Tigres that there is really no argument against pinch hitting for him, making his little tantrum over it all the worse.

Valdespin was picked up by the Marlins after the season. It’ll be interesting to see if he can, you know, not be a total screwup for a couple of months at a time.

  1. Ayana Rashed - Jan 14, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    Reblogged this on Imarashed.

    • knicksmets - Jan 14, 2014 at 6:53 PM

      That’s nice doesn’t make we want to go to your website any more. And relating to Jordanny I’m goad the mets let him go he wasn’t worth it. Didn’t do very well yet still had a bad attitude

  2. number42is1 - Jan 14, 2014 at 2:31 PM


    • mckludge - Jan 14, 2014 at 3:13 PM

      “Yikes! This bat is hot!”

      • number42is1 - Jan 14, 2014 at 3:15 PM

        look lower… and closer

      • brewcrewchamps - Jan 14, 2014 at 11:04 PM

        Closer to “Yikes! This baseball is hard!”

    • realitypolice - Jan 14, 2014 at 3:28 PM

      LOL….. Took me a second to find it. Classic. I don’t know who threw that pitch, but I bet it was a long time before he had to pay for any drinks.

      • number42is1 - Jan 14, 2014 at 3:50 PM

        was the awesome Mr. Verlander… 96 MPH fastball i think?

      • Old Gator - Jan 14, 2014 at 4:07 PM

        Owfff, that’s difficult to look at. Doesn’t anyone have any snuff photos?

      • historiophiliac - Jan 14, 2014 at 4:13 PM

        he he

        he he


        Never gets old. 😀

      • nbjays - Jan 14, 2014 at 9:00 PM

        Craig, don’t you know that photo (and the whole concept of HBPiD, actually) makes Historio giggle like a silly schoolgirl? Shame on you for winding her up…

      • Old Gator - Jan 15, 2014 at 9:45 AM

        It’s not really a baseball thing. She has a poster of Lorena Bobbitt thumbtacked to the inside of her closet door.

    • moogro - Jan 14, 2014 at 6:00 PM

      The Mets used to put a little picture of Mr. Met on the crotch.

      • Old Gator - Jan 15, 2014 at 9:46 AM

        The one with the Grateful Dead skull and lightning bolt superimposed over the Mutts cap?

  3. sincitybonobo - Jan 14, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    ‘Spin never let his lack of ability stand in the way of unshakable, supreme confidence. Palinesque.

    (Repeat post from TPlush, but two threads within an hour regarding these two was too much to resist.)

    • sincitybonobo - Jan 14, 2014 at 2:39 PM

      Though, in fairness, the only game I saw in DC was tied up with a late-inning pinch-hit Grand Slam by none other than Jordany in 2012. He pinch hit for Jason Bay.

      Small sample size- much smaller than the enormous cornucopia of buffoonery the Mets organization witnessed, courtesy of ‘Spin.

  4. dylanthom2013 - Jan 14, 2014 at 3:20 PM

    Looks like Walking Vagina has learned his lesson…

    • historiophiliac - Jan 14, 2014 at 4:14 PM

      He’s no vagina.

      • davidpom50 - Jan 14, 2014 at 5:48 PM

        But you can understand dylan’s confusion, as Valdespin has no penis, due to the fastball in the photo above.

  5. nymets4ever - Jan 14, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    No one can take away his awesome 3-run blast against Papelbon…in Philly.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jan 14, 2014 at 4:22 PM

      Mike Trout could have taken it away. Dude has skillz

  6. xdj511 - Jan 14, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    Now I’m thinking… please let the Marlins be the team about to sign Tony Plush! Imagine those two together on the same team!

  7. paperlions - Jan 14, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    That HBPiD had to be on purpose.

    • historiophiliac - Jan 14, 2014 at 4:17 PM

      he he

      he he he

  8. Old Gator - Jan 14, 2014 at 3:57 PM

    I suspect that Valdespin will add some fire to to the Feesh this coming season. That will probably come in the form of an arson attempt against the stadium during a metasnit.

    • dcarroll73 - Jan 14, 2014 at 8:31 PM

      OG, if that happens, Craig can just re-use the burning stadium photo from a couple of weeks ago (with some disclosure label like “File Photo”.) Actually that minor league park that burned probably hosted more people than those who attended last year’s Marlins games.

      • Old Gator - Jan 14, 2014 at 10:46 PM

        Yeah, I wouldn’t be surprised – especially on days when El Keed didn’t pitch.

  9. km9000 - Jan 14, 2014 at 4:15 PM

    Did the Marlins include a clause that allowed him to work in the front office after retirement?

  10. chinahand11 - Jan 14, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    I just sent that pic to all my friends. DOING!!

  11. sandwiches4ever - Jan 14, 2014 at 5:09 PM

    I will give Valdespin credit. If I had gotten hit the way he had there, I’d probably still be in that batter’s box writhing around.

    • ptfu - Jan 14, 2014 at 8:29 PM

      If you didn’t already know, keep in mind that he wasn’t wearing a cup. Also, even after the HBPiD, he still refused to wear a cup. ‘Spin’s a special one.

      • dylanthom2013 - Jan 14, 2014 at 9:02 PM

        Did you ask him not to wear the cup so you could at his winkie quicker?

      • dylanthom2013 - Jan 14, 2014 at 9:05 PM

        Did you ask him not to wear the cup because it wouldn’t fit in your mouth?

  12. idolized1 - Jan 14, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    Don’t get me wrong – The guy is an idiot – But he’s always worth a good story or two.

    Or three…

  13. lostsok - Jan 14, 2014 at 8:41 PM

    Jordany Valdespin has one ball on him…

  14. km9000 - Jan 14, 2014 at 11:07 PM

    Hey, at least it wasn’t a cutter, amiright?

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