Valentine the answer for Mets?
Posted on: September 9, 2010 1:27 pm
There is going to be a bumper crop of managerial openings this winter, and until he gets another gig, you can count on hearing Bobby Valentine's name connected with every one of them. Which is fine, because it will give me plenty of excuses to run this photo of Bobby V endorsing some sort of meat box lunch in Japan, which for some reason amuses me greatly.
Among the more intriguing ideas, floated by MLB Network's Peter Gammons in a recent radio interview , is Valentine returning to the Mets to replace Jerry Manuel (who, for the record, still has the job). Valentine, currently an analyst on ESPN, managed the Mets from 1996-2002 and led them to the 2000 World Series.
It sounds like Gammons was just spitballing and saying Valentine would be a good fit, not reporting that the parties have actually discussed a return. A wave of Valentine rumors cropped up in April after the Mets tripped out of the gate, but the former skipper shot them down, saying "I don't see that as being part of my future."
Still, just thinking about the caustic manager back in the New York frying pan is fun, and could pick up traction in the Big Apple (there's already a "Bring Back Bobby" petition of Facebook). The Wilpons know the fans are restless, and they know Valentine carries some currency there. Even if a Valentine return isn't on the Mets' radar now, it's not a huge stretch to see that changing.
-- David Andriesen
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