Originally posted on BlackSportsOnline  |  Last updated 7/8/13
  Welp… It seems like it wasn’t too long ago that many were discussing Valverde as being the best closer in baseball–most likely those who thought that had falsely assumed Mariano Rivera retired. But now flash forward to today and Valverde’s working on his craft down in the minors. The 11-year baseball vet has had a rough chapter in his career, which stemmed from last season and is on another trip down the ranks. Valverde has been pitching for the Toledo Mud Hens, and as part of their way of attracting fans to the games they often throw ‘themed’ nights. Sadly for Valverde Saturday was ‘hot dog’ night and all the players wore jerseys with giant hot dogs on them…simply humiliating. Nothing will quite humble a pitcher and/or make him throw better than being reduced to wearing cheap corporate sponsorship like a walking Oscar Meyers billboard.  Let’s hope Valverde works through his problems and gets back to the majors ASAP…I simply can’t bear to see a grown man put through such torture. H
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