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Val Pascucci

Valentino Pascucci, something of a cult hero in certain segments of Mets fandom, was looking for a job hitting baseballs. Instead, he found a job teaching others how to hit them, as the hitting coach for the Savannah Sand Gnats, the Mets Single-A affiliate.

Pascucci, who turned 35 last November, was coming off a?30 home run season, split between Reynosa in the Mexican League and Camden in the Atlantic League, bopping 15 in each. But he and his 191 Triple-A long balls and career .266/.390/.493 line in over 1,000 games could not find a job on a Major League team?s 40-man roster or in Japan.

And so, it was time for a change. Truthfully, the Mets have had their collective eyes on Pascucci as a coaching candidate since?at least 2011 and 2012 when Pascucci was still playing for the team's Triple-A affiliate in Buffalo.

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Earlier today, the Sand Gnats announced that former minor league slugger, and fan favorite Valentino Pascucci, who briefly played for the Mets, would take over as the team's hitting coach in a-ball in 2014.

I asserted, that "Perhaps his finest moment, as far as this site is concerned, was his victory in front of his home fans in Buffalo in the?2012 AAA Home Run Derby." (Emphasis added now.) Astute readers, and fans of Valentino Pascucci and the Mets have suggested that his greatest Mets moment was a different home run.

AAA HR Derby?

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Today, the Buffalo Bisons officially announced that the Mets named Wally Backman to be the team's manager in 2012 and that the Mets had resigned 2011 Bisons MVP Valentino Pascucci to a minor league contract for 2012 with an invitation to Major League Spring Training.

Who would you rather have, the 52-year old Backman whose B-Mets went 65-76 in 2011 or the 33 year old Pascuci who hit .264/.375/.476 in 130 games for the Bisons a year ago?

Also, the Mets signed 31-year old OF/C Vinny Rottino to a minor league deal. ?In six seasons, Rottino is a career .293/.360/.433 hitter in AA. ?He's spent the last two seasons with Florida.

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The Triple-A New Orleans Zephyrs lost 15-6, last night at the hands of the Iowa Cubs.

During the 12-run eighth inning, Val Pascucci, who started the game at first base, took the mound with one out. He allowed a pair of doubles, but recorded two outs - twice as many as Tim McNab and Ivan Maldonado combined to retire in the inning.

Pascucci also doubled home two runs in the loss.

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This post could be considered oddly timed, but I answered an awful lot of questions about the Mets triple-A and double-A outfielders in the comment section, in email and in person Monday and Tuesday. Former infielders Dan Murphy, Nick Evans and Fernando Tatis all had good or even great nights on Tuesday, but just for fun, lets take a look at the guys patrolling the muggy expanse of Zephyrs Field.

AAA Outfielders ordered by OPS

PlayerAgeGAVGOBPSLGOPS2BHRBBSODefense
Valentino Pascucci2991.286.410.563.9731624658683-LF 0
Chris Aguila2994.291.377.543.9201423438164-RF -3
John Rodriguez3038.305.410.475.88564162299-CF 11
Jesus Feliciano29116.324.379.390.770191344616-LF 1
Hey, look, there's a pattern in the age column!

The final column measures defense. It is derived from data presented here by Clay Davenport at Baseball Prospectus. The first number is the number of games a player has played in the field, and the final number is how many runs above or below average he has been worth.

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Val Pascucci is hitting .288 with a 1.065 OPS since signing with the Mets and joining Triple-A New Orleans.

Pascucci has more home runs in 32 games with the Zephyrs than the total produced by Mets left fielders and first basemen in 2008.

Ted Berg: You've been hitting pretty well down there lately.

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On WFAN’s mid-day show, hosts Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts suggested the Mets trade Aaron Heilman to the Yankees for 1B-OF Shelly Duncan.

This is a terrible, terrible suggestion.

Heilman has been shaky, but he can still be sent to the minors without having to clear waivers, and so trading him for a 28–year-old loose cannon who is hitting .161 with a one home run makes very little sense to me.

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