Card: 2001 Topps Traded #T237
"I hope (Val) Pascucci will help get our offense going. Hopefully, he brought it (the hits) with him. I see a guy that has pretty good patience at the plate. He has a good eye. He uses the whole field. He has some pop in his bat." - Montreal Expos Manager / Hall of Famer Frank Robinson on MLB.com
Valentino Martin Pascucci (born November 17, 1978 in Bellflower, California) is a former professional baseball player and current hitting coach for the Binghamton Rumble Ponies.
The Montréal Expos selected him in the 15th round of the 1999 Major League Baseball draft. He debuted for the Expos in right field and he hit his first career home run in 2004 - and also played in the final game of the Expos' history on October 3.
In 2011, with the NY Mets, he was called up when the rosters expanded on September 1, after hitting 21 home runs and driving in 91 RBIs with AAA Buffalo. On September 24, he hit a game tying pinch-hit home run in the 7th inning off of Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels to tie the game at 1. It was Pascucci's first pinch-hit home run and the 3rd (and final) home run of his Major league career.
During the 2012 season, Val got invited to the AAA All Star Game and Home Run Derby held in Buffalo NY. Pascucci won the Home Run Derby, energizing the home crowd.
In all, he played parts of two major league seasons with the Montreal Expos and New York Mets. In 2014, he transitioned to the role of hitting coach for the Mets Single A affiliate, the Savannah Sand Gnats. In 2016, he was named the hitting coach for the St. Lucie Mets.
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