Valentin is in his seventh season in the Dodger organization and second as assistant hitting coach…was previously the hitting coach for Triple-A Albuquerque (2011-12) and Double-A Chattanooga (2010) and the manager for Double-A Chattanooga (2009) and Class A Inland Empire (2008)…guided Chattanooga to a 65-74 record in 2009 and led Class A Inland Empire to the playoffs with a Wild Card berth and a 68-73 record in 2008…began his coaching career in 2006 as the hitting coach of the Mets' Double-A Binghamton team.
Valentin played the majority of his career with the Boston Red Sox as a shortstop from 1992-2001… a veteran of 11 Major League seasons, Valentin is the only player in Major League history to complete an unassisted triple play (July 8, 1994 vs. Seattle Mariners) and hit for the cycle (June 6, 1996 vs. Chicago White Sox)…won the American League Silver Slugger award at shortstop in 1995 and belted three homers in the 1999 AL Division Series to lead Boston over the Cleveland Indians…led the AL in doubles in 1997 (47)…yielded the reins of shortstop to former Los Angeles Dodger Nomar Garciaparra in 1997, converting to a second baseman and eventually shifting to third base after a season-ending injury to starter Tim Naehring...Valentin spent three more seasons with the Red Sox before ending his career with the Mets in 2002.
John William Valentin and his wife of 21 years, Marie, live in Holmdel, N.J.. They have two children, Justin, 19, and Kendall, 17. Justin is a freshman at Penn State University on the gymnastics team and Kendall is a high school senior. Valentin enjoys working out and playing golf.