Oakland A’s third baseman Danny Valencia seems destined to have the kind of career that will leave him as A Guy to remember. The 31-year-old entered the league in 2010 and has played for six different teams while fashioning himself into a platoon righty who sends left-handed offerings into the seats. There’s nothing wrong with being that kind of player, particularly on days like yesterday.
Valencia hit three homers against the Rays on Sunday. That’s a feat worth praising no matter the details, but we’re here to note the fact that Valencia sent each of those baseballs to a nice farm upstate, where they can frolic and play with all the other baseballs who definitely did not die violent deaths.
Look at these freakin’ dingers:
Those no-doubters traveled 425, 429, and 435 feet, respectively, and came off the bat at an average exit velocity of 111 mph. This is how dingers were meant to be hit.