August 27, 2005
Art Howe had no idea who Eric Valent was -- other than some guy wearing No. 57 -- when he first reported to Port St. Lucie this spring. <P> A long-shot from the get-go, Valent impressed the Mets with his bat and glove during the Grapefruit League season, making the team after the club dealt Timo Perez and Roger Cedeno. <P> Now, with Cliff Floyd and Karim Garcia nursing injuries, Valent is hoping to make the big-league impact he missed in previous stints with the Phillies and Reds.
April 16, 2004
I found it somewhat timely that Manager Larry Bowa just recently was talking about the hitting struggles of the Phillies and he ventured a suggestion that it could be viewed as half full, if you were the optimistic sort...or half empty, if your tastes venture toward the negative.
May 7, 2003