Valle, Kearns to attend Draft for Mariners
Ex-catcher, longtime scout will represent team next month
SEATTLE -- There have been two no-hitters thrown in Mariners history, and Dave Valle was on the receiving end of the second one.
The date was April 22, 1993 and the place was the Kingdome.
Right-hander Chris Bosio, getting the signals from Valle, pitched a no-hitter against the Red Sox, joining Randy Johnson as the only no-hit pitchers in franchise history.
That was just one of the 846 games Valle caught for the Mariners during his 10-year career in Seattle ,and he'll be representing them again during next month's First-Year Player Draft, along with longtime Mariners scout Bill Kearns.
MLB.com will offer live coverage and analysis of the entire First-Year Player Draft on June 7-9 on MLB.com/Live. The first round and Compensation Round A will be broadcast live from MLB Network's Studio 42 in Secaucus, N.J., on MLB.com and MLB Network on Monday, June 7, beginning with the Draft preview show at 3 p.m. PT.
MLB.com Draft expert Jonathan Mayo will join Greg Amsinger, Harold Reynolds, John Hart, Peter Gammons and Baseball America executive editor Jim Callis on Monday's broadcast.
Coverage for Rounds 2-50 will shift exclusively to MLB.com/Live, where Rounds 2-30 will be streamed on Tuesday, beginning at 9 a.m., and Rounds 31-50 will be streamed on Wednesday, starting at 9 a.m. Host Pete McCarthy will be joined by Mayo and former general manager Jim Duquette.
The Mariners, who had the second overall Draft choice last year and chose University of North Carolina star Dustin Ackley, do not have first-round pick this year, having lost it with the signing of free-agent infielder Chone Figgins.
Seattle has a sandwich selection between the first and second rounds -- the 43rd pick overall -- as compensation for losing third baseman Adrian Beltre to the Red Sox via free agency.
Valle was the Mariners' second-round selection in the 1978 First-Year Player Draft and reached the Major Leagues for good in 1984. He appeared in 13 games that season and worked his way up the games-played ladder.
He caught 132 games in 1991 and 135 in '93, when he batted .258 with career highs in home runs (13) and RBIs (63).
The East Coast native settled and raised a family in the Seattle area, even after leaving the Mariners to play for the Red Sox, Brewers and Rangers.
Valle, now 49 years old, ended his playing career with Texas in 1996, finishing a 13-year big league career with a .237 batting average, 77 home runs and 350 RBIs.
Valle was a color commentator for Mariners television and radio broadcasts from 1997-2006. Since '07, he has co-hosted the postgame show on the Mariners' radio network. In '09, he became one of the analysts on the MLB Network's MLB Tonight show.
Kearns, 88, has been involved in baseball for more than 60 years, and Valle was among the players he scouted and signed for the Mariners. Right-hander Bill Swift was another.
Kearns signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers after serving for four years in World War II with the U.S. Navy. He played shortstop in the Dodgers' system for several years with stops at Nashua, Asheville, Mobile and Fort Worth.
He earned a degree while attending college at Tufts University in the offseason and went on to coach and scout part-time for the Dodgers.
Jim Street is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.