This Friday, June 10th, Mariners legend Dave Valle will be honored at Joe Martin Field for the Bells series-opening game against the Kitsap BlueJackets. A 2011 advisory board member of the Bells, Valle will be throwing out the game’s ceremonial first pitch and will be available for autographs before the game.
Prior to making it to the major leagues, Valle began his professional career in Bellingham when the team was called the Baby M’s. Valle spent 10 of his 13 major league seasons with the Seattle Mariners, hitting .237 with 77 home runs while providing stellar defense at catcher.
Valle has parlayed his knowledge of baseball into a successful broadcasting career. He currently spends time working as a studio analyst for the MLB Network and as a radio broadcaster for the Mariners.
Valle has done extensive work in the community through his non-profit foundation Esperanza International, a community development organization established in 1995. Esperanza serves economically disadvantaged individuals in the Dominican Republic and Haiti through microfinance loans, and the sponsorship of health care and educational initiatives. The organization is currently serving over 21,000 families.