After a solid ten-year career playing for the Boston Red Sox, where he batted .279, Long Island native John Valentin signed as a free agent with the Mets on January 30, 2002. As a utility infielder Valentin would play in 114 games for the Mets throughout the 2002 season hitting .240 with 3 home runs and 30 RBIs.
Valentin’s biggest offensive explosion with the Mets came on May 3 against the Houston Astros. He went 3 for 4 with 4 RBIs in the Mets 11-3 victory. He hit a double in his second at bat to give the Mets a 3-1 lead and then hit a two-run home run in his next at bat to extend the lead to 5-1.
The 2002 season would be Valentin’s last in the majors as he retired following the season ending his eleven-year career.
While with the Mets Valentin wore number 4.
John Valentin also played for the Boston Red Sox from 1992-2001.