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Valle Returns To Inland Northwest

Everett AquaSox manager Dave Valle throws batting practice before the start of Saturday evening's game against the Spokane Indians. The former Seattle Mariner catcher wants to manage in the majors some day. (SR photo: Dan Pelle)

Fresh into Spokane and just off the bus, Dave Valle sought an updated scouting report. “Is Dick’s Hamburgers still here?” he wondered. Does Starbucks peddle overpriced mud? “First time I had a Dick’s hamburger was with Jamie Allen, the flash from Yakima,” Valle said. “He knew all about those late-night burgers.” The year was 1982 – Spokane’s last year in Triple-A baseball and Dave Valle’s first as a promising young catcher in the Seattle Mariners chain. Then, as now, he entered through the visitors’ clubhouse. “Looking around this locker room,” he said, “I don’t think anything’s changed.” Other than a coat of paint and his own career arc/John Blanchette, SR. More here.

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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