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February 14, 2008 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – Two more Rockford RiverHawks are calling it quits.

The team announced on Thursday that pitcher Brady Salter, a resident of nearby Oregon, and outfielder Roberto Valiente have retired.

Those retirements, combined with the recent decisions by center fielder Matt Sauls and pitcher Dave Dowling to end their careers, means that since the holidays, the RiverHawks have lost four players who, at one point or another last year, were either starting position players or in the rotation.

Both Salter and Valiente played for major-league organizations before what turned out to be their only season of independent baseball.

Salter, who spent 2006 with the New York Yankees’ rookie-level Gulf Coast League affiliate in Tampa, was 7-5 with a 4.86 earned-run average in 19 appearances last season.

Valiente spent two years in the Texas organization. With Rockford last season, he hit .257 with three home runs, 36 RBI and 21 steals in 85 games.

The RiverHawks are members of the Frontier League, a 12-team independent professional baseball league that will play its 16th season this summer. Advertising and season-ticket information is available by calling the box office at (815) 885-2255. Most games are broadcast live on WNTA (1330 AM) and the internet. Fans can also visit the RiverHawks online at www.rockfordriverhawks.com.


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