Julio Julian Valdez
born Julio Julian Castillo Valdez
- Bats Both, Throws Right
- Height 6' 2", Weight 160 lb.
- Debut September 2, 1980
- Final Game April 30, 1983
- Born June 3, 1956 in San Cristobal, San Cristobal, D.R.
Infielder Julio Valdez played parts of four seasons in the majors with the Boston Red Sox.
Signed by Boston in late 1975, Valdez made his pro debut with the Winter Haven Red Sox the following year, hitting just .135 and recording 6 errors in a single game. Originally a right-handed batter, he became a switch-hitter in 1978 and saw immediate results at the plate, posting an improved .265 average for the Bristol Red Sox that year.
After spending the next two summers with the Pawtucket Red Sox, Valdez earned a September call-up to the majors in 1980. He made his big league debut on September 2nd, playing shortstop in the ninth inning of a game against the California Angels, and made his first plate appearance and got his first hit (off Byron McLaughlin) against the Seattle Mariners five days later. He began 1981 back with Pawtucket and went 2-for-13 while playing all 33 innings at shortstop in the longest game in Organized Baseball history on April 18th and June 23rd. He was called back up to the bigs in August.
Valdez spent the entire 1982 campaign with the Red Sox but was rarely used, seeing action in just 28 games. However, he was the club's Opening Day starter at second base the following year (replacing an injured Jerry Remy) and appeared in a dozen games that April. On May 6th, he was arrested during a game at Fenway Park and charged with statutory rape of a 14-year-old girl. He claimed innocence, stating the girl had lied about her age, and the team suspended him while the matter was pending. Charges against him were dropped in July, after a grand jury did not return an indictment, and he was then shipped back to the minors. He would never reach the major leagues again.
Valdez later managed the DSL Cubs/Padres (1995-1996), DSL Cubs (1997-2001) and DSL Yankees 1 (2008). He then became field coordinator for the Chicago White Sox Dominican Academy. He managed the DSL White Sox in 2015-2017.