Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Bobby In Beantown? Valentine Front Runner For BoSox Skipper

Former Mets manager Bobby Valentine is being reported as the front runner for the open skipper's position with the Boston Red Sox. The Sox vacancy was created when Terry Francona stepped down after an epic collapse by his Red Sox, whom seemed to be a shoe in for the AL Wild Card.

Valentine is saying
all the right things. Although he hasn't managed in the Major Leagues since being fired by the Mets in 2002, he says is excited about the potential of managing the BoSox:

“This is a great organization with a great team, a great city and great ballpark. That is very attractive. I don’t think anywhere else that there’s been a job opening that my name has been mentioned there have been as many fabulous factors. I’m honored to be part of the group.”

Valentine was mentioned as possible field general with the Marlins, but it appears that he had a difference in philosophy with Marlins owner Peter Loria.

After leaving Flushing, Valentine managed the Chiba Lotte Marines in Japan from 2004 - 2009, where he won the Japan Series in 2005.

If Valentines arrogance doesn't blow this opportunity, he should be a shoe-in for the job. He will have more control than Francona had this past season, where it is alleged that players were drinking beer and eating during ball games.

Valentine seems very excited with the possibility to manage in Boston:

“I’m really excited about this, and I haven’t been as nervous for anything in a long, long time,” Valentine said. “It was invigorating, stimulating and all those good things.”

If Valentine proceeds with Bosto
n the way he did when he was with Chiba Lotte, he might look like he did in his playing days:

With Mets - 1996 - 2002 (Gray)

With Chiba Lotte Marines 2004 - 2009 (Less Gray)

With Dodgers 1969 - 1972

NY Post, Wikipedia

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