White Sox all-time home run hitters – No. 12: Jose Valentin
136 home runs from 2000-04
Jose Valentin enjoyed the best power years of his 16-year big-league career in the five seasons he spent with the Chicago White Sox. After never hitting more than 24 in a season prior to joining the White Sox, Valentin had at least 25 in all five years he was in Chicago, including a career-high 30 in 2004.
Acquired in a January 2000 trade along with Cal Eldred from the Milwaukee Brewers for Jaime Navarro and John Snyder, Valentin re-upped with the White Sox as a free agent after the 2000 season before departing to sign with the Los Angeles Dodgers in December 2004.
Valentin hit 25 homers in 2000 with a .273/.343/.491 slash line, but those slash line figures fell each year he was with the club, even as he followed with 28 home runs in 2001, 25 in 2002, 28 in 2003 and 30 in 2004.
He was a shortstop for the 2000 club that won the AL Central title and was 3-for-10 without a homer as the Sox were swept by the Seattle Mariners in the ALDS. He was Chicago’s regular third baseman in 2001-02 before returning to shortstop for his final two season with the team.