Is Jordany Valdespin the biggest fool in all of baseball?

Mike Oz
Big League Stew

We now know the identities of the three new players who will be suspended Monday as part of the Biogenesis scandal: Phillies relief pitcher Antonio Bastardo, Astros minor league pitcher Sergio Escalona and Mets minor league utility man Jordany Valdespin.

Yahoo! Sports' own Jeff Passan broke the news on Monday, as baseball braced for the full list of Biogenesis suspensions. Those three hadn't publicly been linked to the Miami-area PED clinic run by Tony Bosch before Monday. We were promised a few names, and we got 'em.

Valdespin is the juiciest (pun intended) because his suspension will now punctuate a short career in which the 25-year-old has proven himself to be one of the biggest fools in the game.

Here are some of the lowlights thus far for the player who calls himself — *ahem* — "JV1":

• He spent too long admiring a ninth-inning home run in a May game in which the Mets were far behind. The next day, reports say, Valdespin tried to avoid batting because he knew he was going to get hit by a pitch in retaliation. Despite trying to make himself unavailable, he was forced to bat, got hit, then reportedly threw a tantrum in the clubhouse.

• He and his .188 batting average were demoted to Triple-A in July and as he left the Mets, he reportedly called manager Terry Collins an "[expletive] sucker." The edited word is not "lollipop," FYI.

• Valdespin was suspended last week in Triple-A after being one of the instigators in a benches-clearing brawl. Tension between his Las Vegas 51s team and the opposing Sacramento River Cats started after Valdespin showboated after hitting a home run.

• He's proven to be one of baseball's most prolific selfie sharers. I'm unsure what's more embarrassing, taking that many faux-modeling pics of yourself, or me just writing "selfie sharers." Sad day for both of us.

• If we go back to spring training, Valedespin was hit in his sensitive man parts by a 94-mph Justin Verlander fastball. Afterward, Collins got upset at Valdespin for not wearing a cup. On this day, here's a good image to revisit.

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