Valentin May Retire

Per John Delcos, Jose Valentin’s latest injury may end his career.

Valentin, who was coming back from a knee injury that ended his 2007 season, as well as battling shoulder tendinitis, has now been diagnosed with a pinched nerve in his neck. The injury could require surgery, knocking him out until at least June.

“I’m going to be out again for three more months, come down there and get rehab?” Valentin asked. “By that time, it’s already four months into the season. What do I have to go down there and prove? Nobody’s going to give me a contract for two months just in case somebody got hurt.”

Hat tip to Walnutz on the link.

What does anyone think about having Valentin stay with the team as a coach? Personally I think he has a managerial career in his future.

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  1. Walnutz15 March 17, 2008 at 12:03 pm
    Valentin would be a perfect coach — and I think he’d be open to it. It’s clear that Reyes loved having him around, and that his play suffered without Valentin’s influence down the stretch in 2007.

    By all accounts in the media, you always have Valentin referring to “the game” and how he’d “having nothing in this world” without it.

    I know he’s involved with his own team, in a GM/Ownership capacity, no?

    Maybe they can have him on this year or down the road….depending on what he wants to do with the team he owns down in Puerto Rico?

  2. isuzudude March 18, 2008 at 11:58 am
    Here’s the latest:

    Valentin does mention coaching, so he may be up for the idea. Maybe not initially following retirement, but perhaps in the next season or two…