Yankee Outfielder Could Curtail Crime If Judge Swung a Gavel As Fiercely as His Bat
Had the election been held on February 14, perhaps it would have been Valentine's day. Unfortunately for the former Major League Baseball player and manager, the voting took place on November 2.
Bobby Valentine lost his bid to become Mayor of Stamford, Connecticut, as voters chose Democratic State Representative Caroline Simmons over the 71 year old former skipper. He conceded the election, but Valentine did resort to claims of voter fraud and suspicious incidents at polling places.
“It makes my stomach turn to think that in our city, they're actually telling me how someone voted in person and they forgot they had voted absentee,” Valentine said on Election Day.
Valentine, while not a great name for a professional athlete, is even more inappropriate for a political leader. The name automatically brings to mind symbols of love, such as roses or hearts or candy.
Other Major League players have names that would be better suited for public office than Valentine, including several with political nicknames. All-Star first baseman Sean Casey for instance is known as “The Mayor,” and Sixties era outfielder John Kennedy was affectionately called “The President” for obvious reasons.
Here is a roster of MLB players whose real names qualify them for government office, including a couple of Hall of Fame legends.
Right Field, Aaron Judge
Currently one of the most feared sluggers in the game, the Yankees All-Star might swing a gavel as well as he does a bat.
Center Field, Mitchell Page
Lawmaker aides sharing his name are rife at the nation's capitol, but the talented athlete helped propel the Oakland A's to several postseasons in the Eighties.
Left Field, David Justice
Justice ruled supreme when he led the Atlanta Braves to the World Series Championship in 1997, only to later join the club they defeated in Cleveland.
First Base, Mike Marshall
By dating Belinda Carlisle of the very popular girl group The Go-Gos, the law enforcer's impressive offensive numbers were often forced to take a back seat.
Second Base, Horace Clarke
The Dead Decade of the Yankees coincided with Clarke's career, 1965-1974, when they failed to reach the postseason. The All-Star, whose last name is derived from “clerk,” led the team in stolen bases nearly every year during that span.
Shortstop, Craig Counsell
Now primarily known as one of the best managers in baseball because of his success with the Milwaukee Brewers, the slick infielder with the unusual batting stance would not be out of place making decisions for a village or city.
Third Base, Jimmy Sexson
Before becoming limited to primarily a designated hitter, this slugger with a name similar to a church official manned the hot corner for clubs like the Cleveland Indians and the Seattle Mariners.
Catcher, Johnny Bench
Cincinnati's Hall of Fame catcher, based on his last name, would be a perfect candidate to serve on the Supreme Court.
Starting Pitcher, Chief Bender
This Hall of Fame right hander won 212 games, mostly with the Philadelphia Athletics in the early years of the 20th century.
Relief Pitcher, Jamie Chancellor Brewington
Before being added to the bullpen of the Cleveland Indians in 2000, this British Official namesake arrived to the Majors as a starter for the 1995 San Francisco Giants.