September 18 Philadelphia Inquirer:
“Just about everyone in the Phillies‘ organization has extolled the value of Wilson Valdez.
Here, they say, is a career minor-leaguer who has stepped in with the smallest of expectations and proved he is capable of playing every day without hurting the team.Yes, there is that one caveat. Valdez, in all of 296 at-bats and 77 starts before Friday, had hit into 19 double plays. That was tied for seventh in the National League.
“Ahh,” Valdez said earlier this week, “so many.”
The Phillies have looked past that damaging fact.
“Not only now, but for the entire season, he’s been a godsend,” Phillies assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said before Friday’s 9-1 win over Washington at Citizens Bank Park. In the first inning, Valdez hit a grounder toward Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa that appeared to be headed for double play No. 20. “I saw a nice big hop,” Espinosa said. “It was an easy double play.” But the ball struck second-base umpire Tim Tschida on the leg and bounced into center field. Upon hitting the umpire, the ball was dead and correctly ruled a single and an RBI for Valdez. It was an act of the baseball gods.
“Works for me,” Valdez said.”
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