Jose Valentin just made another nice play in the third when he took a hit away from Rafael Furcal.
Willie Randolph said “it’s silly,” to say Valentin is his regular second baseman, but we know it’s true. It’s all semantics anyway.
Carlos Delgado or David Wright don’t play second, which is to say the Mets don’t have a star at the position. As long as Valentin plays well, he’ll start and Kaz Matsui won’t. And, that’s the way it should be.
Randolph can’t come out and commit a position to a non-star. That’s just the way it is. He can’t come out and say the job is Valentin’s, because he hasn’t played the position for an extended period and he doesn’t want to kill Matsui’s hunger. And, besides that, what happens if Valentin goes into the tank for a week?
It’s not all that hard really: If Valentin hits he plays.