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UnforMETable, Episode 23: Ellis Valentine

Gifted with one of the best outfield arms in baseball history, Valentine’s career was irrevocably altered before joining the Mets.

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Welcome to UnforMETable, an Amazin’ Avenue Audio show that looks back on less heralded, more obscure, but quintessential Mets players from the past.

Drafted a round before Gary Carter—and out of the same high school as Darryl Strawberry—Ellis Valentine had the type of talent that had people touting him as a future Hall of Famer.

Valentine’s career got off to an impressive start with the Montreal Expos before some combination of injuries, off-field problems and an on-field beanball led to the precipitous downslide of his career at the tender age of 26—and right around the time of his acquisition by the New York Mets.

Hear about Valentine’s fascinating career—including a memorable television appearance—and his impressive post-baseball work.

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