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Valentine the answer for Mets?

Posted on: September 9, 2010 1:27 pm
Bobby Valentine
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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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 1:17 pm

Valentine the answer for Mets?

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Since: Jan 5, 2007
Posted on: September 10, 2010 10:34 am

Valentine the answer for Mets?

I never wanted the Mets to fire Valentine in the first place, he wasn't the cause of their collapse after that W.S. That said, I don't want him back either. Sequels are almost never as good as the original, and I just don't think it would work out, I think there's too much bad blood between him and management. Ntm, Valentine is a guy you bring in when you're looking to win now w/ veterans. The Mets look like they need to rebuild w/ a young team, and for that I would prefer a teacher/manager type who has a lot of experience w/ young kids in the minors and gets his team to play w/ good fundementals :cough::Wally Backman::cough:, and I'm not sure Valentine is that kind of guy anymore.

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: September 9, 2010 10:27 pm

Valentine the answer for Mets?

I have been waiting since the day the Mets fired Valentine for him to come back. For a team who hasn't been to the world series very much, Bobby deserves credit for being one of the few managers to get the Mets there.

This could be the biggest aquisition of the winter. Lets take a break from our annual signing of overpriced free agents and make an addition that would actually benefit the team.

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