Future Fish: Jordany Valdespin

Jordany Valdespin wearing Miami Marlins baseball capA few months ago, Jordany Valdespin caught some flack for posting a photo of himself wearing a Marlins cap on Twitter.

Upon arriving in Port St. Lucie, ‘spin has explained away the situation, throwing his cousin under the bus.

I have one question for Jordany:

Why were you wearing the Marlins cap in the first place?

His explanation doesn’t quite answer that question, does it? Here it is:

“Things happen,” Valdespin said. “My cousin put that picture over here. I don’t have any information about that. When I see that picture, everything happened, and I said, ‘What the f—?’ But I had a big problem with my family about that. So that’s not my fault.”

No, Jordany, it’s not your fault. How could it be your fault? You weren’t the one taking the picture, nor the one tweeting it. You were an innocent victim, simply WEARING the Marlins cap.

Hey, it’s a free country — even for people who are not American. Jordany Valdespin can wear any cap he wants. But, if he wears the baseball cap of a MLB club that isn’t the Mets, he should know he’s going to catch hell from the fans — regardless of whether he posts it on Twitter himself, a relative does it, or a complete stranger snaps a photo and puts it on their Facebook page.

In other Valdespin news, the young star-in-the-making is open to playing both the outfield and the infield. His quote:

“I can play both. Second and the outfield is better for me because I’m a young guy, [have] a young career,” Valdespin said. “If I can play both places, it’s better for me. It’s a better chance to stay on the team.”

It would’ve been nice to hear “I can play wherever the team needs me. Either position is fine, whatever it takes to help the team win.” But, I guess he hasn’t yet had “the talk” with one of the veteran players on the team bus. Well Jordany, if you’re here, grab a pencil and paper, and please watch the below.

Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.
  1. danXtanna February 16, 2013 at 8:52 pm
    Much ado about nothing Joe…. 😉
    • Joe Janish February 16, 2013 at 8:59 pm
      Welcome back! Where the heck have you been, danxtanna? While I follow your tweets, your comments here have been missed. Looking forward to bantering with you in the future.
      • Izzy February 17, 2013 at 9:14 am
        Agree with danXtanna. However, two questions for Joe Janish. Do you think the fans who are pounding on Valdespin are the same fans who blindly accepted Fred Wilpon when he pulled an Alfred E Newman “What, me worry?” line on the world about being totally ignorant of making a fortune for decades from his friends’ ponzi scheme? Which will last longer; Valdespin’s fish cap or Youkilis’ Red Sox heart? I will bet on the Valdespin since the Yankee fans want to play ball despite their horrid Winter, and the Met fans are waiting for 2018 now!
        • DaveSchneck February 17, 2013 at 11:41 am
          Spin should know better, but some people don’t, and I don’t see this as a big deal. He is far from the first immature pro athlete, and won’t be the last. With today’s technology, more of each athlete is visable to the public. Spin is still young, I have no idea what his circumstances growing up were, and hopefully he matures and learns through life’s experiences, just like I hope I can. I wil try to focus on his baseball skills, and he has some good ones. Hopefully he can improve that plate discipline and become and asset to the team, which will be a win win, good for the team and good for him.
        • Joe Janish February 17, 2013 at 2:31 pm
          What do you mean by “pounding”? If you mean criticizing, I would say that people who appreciate “old school” baseball and value humbleness are pounding Valdespin.

          As to the second question, Youk will be a “Yankee” the first time he hits a walk-off homer. My guess is that will happen before Jordany is spun to Miami for a pair of A-ball suspects.

  2. Dan42 February 17, 2013 at 8:19 am
    Having a problem with the video clip audio (others are fine), do you think Spin could have zapped it? Also added the number, didn’t realize there were so many other Dans when I first posted.
    • Joe Janish February 17, 2013 at 10:25 am
      Hmm, not sure why you’re having a problem. I’ll blame it on ‘spin, as I will everything this spring.

      Yeah, everyone wants to be a Fancy Dan.

  3. Dan B February 17, 2013 at 2:20 pm
    I am more comfortable being a blue Collar Dan, thank you very much.
  4. Andrew February 17, 2013 at 10:45 pm
    I find valdespin really annoying and have no confidence in his ability to stick at the major league level. I wish they’d brought back Ronny Cedeno, I thought he did a good job last year.