June 3, 1956 |
San Cristóbal, Dominican Republic
|September 2, 1980, for the Boston Red Sox|
|Last MLB appearance|
|April 30, 1983, for the Boston Red Sox|
|Runs batted in||8|
Valdez played mainly as a shortstop from 1980 through 1983 for the Boston Red Sox. He was also used as a second baseman and designated hitter by the Red Sox. Listed at 6' 2", 160 lb., he was a switch-hitter and threw right-handed. In 65 games over four seasons with the Red Sox, Valdez hit .207 (18-for-87) with two doubles, three stolen bases. with one home run and eight RBIs.
On May 6, 1983 Valdez was arrested by Boston police while in the dugout during a game. He was charged with statutory rape. The charges were dismissed in July of that year after a grand jury refused to return an indictment.
Final years in the minors
Following his arrest, Valdez was suspended with pay by the Red Sox and later designated for assignment. He played for Boston's Double-A and Triple-A baseball affiliates through the end of 1984. From 1985 through 1988, he played at multiple levels of minor league baseball for the Chicago Cubs organization.