By Matt Leon
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – He is not a household name, but Valentino Pascucci can mash a baseball with the best of them.
Currently the designated hitter for the Camden Riversharks, the 34-year-old Pascucci has 299 professional home runs according to the statistical website baseball-reference.com. That means his next bomb will be #300 for his career. A special achievement for sure, but one that will most likely go under the radar. That’s because while Pascucci has accumulated his total over 15 years with 15 teams in four countries on two continents, only three of those home runs have come in the Major Leagues.
“Anytime you hit a milestone like that, it’s obviously special,” Pascucci tells KYW Newsradio. “I don’t think a lot of guys here even know about it. For me, 300 is a nice number and hopefully it will be coming soon.”
A right-handed hitter, Pascucci is one of those players that, despite putting up numbers year-after-year, for whatever reason, has never been able to get a Major League team to give him a long term opportunity. He has gotten two shots in the big leagues, one in 2004 and one in 2011. Back in ’04, the Montreal Expos gave him 62 at bats. He hit .177 with his first two big leagues home runs. Then in 2011, the New York Mets provided him his second, and to this point, last taste of the bigs with a ten-game run. He hit his third Major League home run during that stint, and it is one that, at the time, made a lot of people in the Delaware Valley groan.