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Eric Valent

Eric Valent (born April 4, 1977 in La Mirada, California) is a former Major League Baseball player and current minor league baseball coach in the Philadelphia Phillies organization.

Playing career

High School

Valent was an All-American at Canyon High School in Anaheim, California . On June 1, 1995, he was drafted in the 26th round of the amateur draft by the Detroit Tigers, but he did not sign and instead elected to attend college at UCLA.

College

He had a standout career at UCLA alongside teammates Troy Glaus, Eric Byrnes, Chase Utley, and Garrett Atkins. He helped lead UCLA to the college world series in 1997.

Valent has the most career home runs in Pac-10 history with 69, and career RBIs (219), in only three years of play.

He was the Pac-10 Player of the year in 1998. On June 2, 1998, Valent was selected in the first round of the supplemental draft by the Philadelphia Phillies (42nd overall).

Of his collegiate career, Valent perhaps prophetically said:

Minor Leagues

He went straight to the majors.

Major Leagues

In his short career, he provided good power from the left side of the plate. A solid pinch-hitter and valuable utility man; he is a competent first baseman who can play either left or right field effectively.

On August 31, 2003, Valent was traded to the Cincinnati Reds for catcher Kelly Stinnett.

Later that year, on December 15, Valent was drafted by the New York Mets in the Rule 5 draft.

With the Mets, Valent saw the majority of his career's playing time. On July 29, , Valent became the eighth player in Mets history to hit for the cycle in a game against the Montreal Expos. He also posted three pinch-hit home runs in late August. During his time with the Mets, Valent wore uniform number 57 (which is now worn by Mets pitcher Johan Santana).

On January 12, 2006, Valent was signed as a free agent by the San Diego Padres, but he was released on May 14 of that same year without having played a professional game with the team. In a four-season career, Valent is a .234 hitter with 13 home runs and 36 RBI in 205 games.

Japanese Baseball League

After being released from the Padres organization, Valent signed a one-year contract worth 50 million Yen to play right field for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles in Japan's Pacific League.

Coaching

Valent is now a coach on the Class A Williamsport team of the Philadelphia Phillies.

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