Valentino Pascucci

Valentino Pascucci patrols the outfield at Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium in Newark during his first tour of duty with the Camden Riversharks in 2010 (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

Former New York Met Valentino Pascucci was one of three players signed by the Camden Riversharks today.

Pascucci went 3-for-11 in a 2011 September callup for the Mets.  He also played in 32 games for Montreal in 2004. In the Expos’ final game in franchise history, an 8-1 loss to the Mets at Shea Stadium, Pascucci went 3-for-4 including a pair of hits off of Tom Glavine.

In 2010, Pascucci played in 14 games for Camden, so this will not be his first Atlantic League experience. Unfortunately, during that time I didn’t manage to get his autograph – I don’t think I was able to find any of his baseball cards in time. So Pascucci remains among the 101 current and former Mets players who are not represented in my autograph collection.

The Riversharks open the 2013 season on Thursday, April 18th, in Lancaster, Pa. against the Barnstormers. Their home opener is Tuesday, April 23rd vs. the Bridgeport Bluefish. My first shot to get to Camden this year will probably be on Sunday, April 28th for a game against the Barnstormers – hopefully I’ll be able to get a baseball card signed this time.

The other players signed by Camden today were Ruddy Yan and Raul Padron, both returning Riversharks.

 

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I'm the former editor of a weekly community newspaper in New Jersey. I've been a New York Mets fan for most of my life and I've been blogging about them, minor league baseball, baseball cards and autograph collecting since 2007. Contact me at paul@randombaseballstuff.com

3 responses

  1. I like the idea of being able to see former major leaguers play. Our team here, the Beach Bums in the Frontier League, have an age limit and I believe a limit on how many years a players can be in this league. While it’s nice to see younger, hungry players, it wouldn’t be bad seeing some veterans, too.
    -Mike

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    • Paul says:

      The Can-Am League, where the Newark Bears play, is kind of like that. There are a bunch of roster restrictions, but each team is allowed four “veteran” players. In theory, this means they could bring in former big leaguers, but in practice they are usually just older players who made it to Double-A or who have been playing in the Can-Am League for a long time.

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  2. Ritchie says:

    Paul,

    Let me know, I can send a few custom Met cards to you as I need one for my collection.

    Ritchie

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