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Tag:Bobby Valentine
Posted on: October 1, 2010 1:48 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:20 pm

Minaya, Manuel finished as Mets

Jerry Manuel Omar Minaya and Jerry Manuel won't be returning to their respective roles with the Mets,'s Jon Heyman confirms .

The fates of Minaya and Manuel (pictured) haven't been a secret, as its been assumed for quite a while now that the two would not return.

Manuel, the skipper, will have his 2011 option declined and will end his Mets tenure below .500. In roughly two and a half seasons, Manuel has a 202-212 record, with a current 77-82 mark that has the Mets in fourth place. While Manuel isn't a great manager, his struggles have been exacerbated by Minaya, who took over the Mets in 2005, by turning the team into an overpaid, aging and talentless squad kept afloat by the contributions of David Wright and Johan Santana.

The announcement, according to Heyman, will come prior to teams kicking off the postseason Wednesday. Since the Mets haven't contacted anyone about the GM opening, it will take a while to fill the position. The manager's gig will wait until after the general manager is found so the GM can have input on the hire.

Even though Minaya has a deal through 2012, the Mets are striking now because it's very clear Minaya did not and cannot do the job in New York. While he has an option to leave the organization, some feel he will remain and accept a reassigned role.

Names that could be the next GM of the Mets include White Sox assistant GM Rick Hahn, ex-Diamondbacks GM Josh Byrnes and current MLB executive and former GM and president Sandy Alderson and Rangers GM Jon Daniels, who has an out clause in his deal. However, the Mets are reportedly concerned about ticket sales and may go after a higher-profile GM. Too bad they dragged their feet on Kevin Towers.

On the manager's front, Wally Backman and Bobby Valentine have been closely linked to the team. Valentine, of course, is a former Mets manager who returned from a successful stint in Japan and is now a television personality. Backman received the Diamondbacks' managerial job after the 2004 season but was fired days later when it was revealed he had significant legal and financial problems. A documentary, Playing for Peanuts , documented his return to managing in 2008 with the independent South Georgia Peanuts. Backman grabbed the Class A Brooklyn Cyclones gig for 2010 and won his division by 12 games.

As a popular ex-Met, Backman would go over with fans, as would Valentine.

UPDATE : Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that the Mets informed Minaya of his fate Friday.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: September 15, 2010 11:01 am

Pena a 'serious candidate' for Marlins manager

Former Royals manager and current Yankees bench coach Tony Pena is a "serious candidate" for the Marlins' job,'s Joe Frisaro writes .

Pena was the 2003 American League Manager of the Year when he guided Kansas City to its lone winning season of the decade. In parts of four seasons with the Royals, Pena had a 198-285 record.

Frisaro says the Marlins are looking for a manager with big league experience, which Pena would be able to put on his resume, as would Bobby Valentine and current manager Edwin Rodriguez.

 -- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 9, 2010 1:27 pm

Valentine the answer for Mets?

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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Category: MLB
Posted on: August 16, 2010 4:06 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:57 am

Is Ichiro lobbying for Bobby V?

Ichiro Ichiro Suzuki may or may not have talked to Mariners brass about hiring Bobby Valentine.

Peter Gammons tweeted that he did, while Larry Stone of the Seattle Times reports a Mariners officials told him there's "no basis" to the report.

However, Stone curbs his report by saying his official talked to Mariners chairman and CEO Howard Lincoln about the report. While Lincoln runs the show, the king Mariner is Nintendo chairman Hiroshi Yamauchi, and Ichiro would have as much access to Yamauchi as anyone. Stone says the two have a "special relationship."

It would make sense, as Valentine is an even bigger name in Japan than he is in the United States, having managed the Chiba Lotte Marines there.

Stone's source says Lincoln doesn't have any knowledge of a conversation between Ichiro and Yamauchi. But again, that doesn't mean it didn't happen.

Valentine seemed like a natural pick anyway because of all the Japanese ties with the club, if he does end up getting the gig, it'll be interesting to see if anything comes out about Ichiro's vote.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 9, 2010 4:51 pm
Edited on: August 10, 2010 4:13 pm

Who could replace Wakamatsu?

Joey Cora A week after GM Jack Zduriencik said "Don's our manager ," repeatedly, Don is no longer manager.

Zduriencik fired Don Wakamatsu with less than two full season on the job Monday, stating he no longer had confidence in the skipper. To replace him, Triple-A manager Daren Brown has been summoned.

Larry Stone of the Seattle Times runs through a list of potential replacements, starting with Bobby Valentine, who has been one of the hottest names on the market since returning from Japan. Valentine figures to enter into yet another dalliance with the Marlins in the offseason as well as look into the Cubs job and possibly the Dodgers one, should Joe Torre depart. Torre himself may have eyes on the Cubs job.

Joey Cora (pictured) is another name that has been bandied about as a manager-in-waiting for a while. He has strong ties to Seattle from his playing days and has an apprenticeship under Ozzie Guillen.

Other names include Bryan Price and John Farrell, both pitching coaches. Teams have long been leery of hiring managers with pitching as their base, but the success of Bud Black is starting to change that perception. Farrell has long been a favorite of Zduriencik but turned down an opportunity to interview two years ago in the vacancy Wakamatsu eventually filled.

While Price -- currently Dusty Baker's pitching coach for the Reds, another name that may throw his hat in the Mariners ring -- would likely jump at the chance to interview, Farrell seems rather committed to staying in Boston and waiting out Terry Francona's tenure. However, Francona's deal runs through 2011 with two club options and Farrell's patience may eventually run thin.

There are plenty of other candidates, and there figures to be plenty of competition for managers in the offseason. After all, as many as half of all baseball teams may have skippers in their first full season at the helm to start 2011.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: July 1, 2010 1:07 pm
Edited on: July 1, 2010 1:11 pm

Valentine calls Marlins process 'insulting'

Bobby Valentine Bobby Valentine, spurned in his quest to manage the Marlins, didn't mince words when he talked about the situation on ESPN's Baseball Tonight.

"If this is a major-league process, I hope I'm never in the process again," Valentine, a regular analyst for the network, said Tuesday. "It's very disturbing, confusing and it was insulting at times, but it's over."

After the Marlins fired Fredi Gonzalez, it was assumed by many that Valentine, an old friend of Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria and a successful former manager, would step into the job. But after a week of keeping everyone, including apparently the candidates, in the dark about their intentions, the team announced that interim manager Edwin Rodriguez would remain manager at least through the end of the season.

Former Mets GM  and current radio host Dan Duquette told the Palm Beach Post the whole situation was bad for the Marlins' image.

"They didn't do their homework," Duquette said. "They didn't do their due diligence on Bobby V. It looks like you got caught with your pants down a little bit."

Marlins president David Samson said in a radio interview that Valentine was never a lock for the job.

"It just seemed that way to the media," Samson said.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: June 27, 2010 6:03 pm
Edited on: June 28, 2010 1:16 am

Report: Valentine out of Marlins job

Bobby Valentine Bobby Valentine will not be the Marlins' next manager, Sports Illustrated's Jon Heyman reports via Twitter .

Since Fredi Gonzalez was fired last week, it has been assumed Valentine was the guy. Valentine had flown to South Florida on Friday to interview and by all accounts, was going to join the Marlins when they returned from their upcoming three-game road trip to Puerto Rico. Earlier this week Valentine pulled out of the running for the Orioles' manager position.

Interim manager Edwin Rodriguez and Diamondbacks third-base coach Bo Porter have also reportedly interviewed for the job.

UPDATE: Palm Beach Post Marlins writer Joe Capozzi texted Valentine asking him if he's still in the running for the Marlins job, and Valentine responded: "I have no idea."

UPDATE:'s Joe Frisaro texted Valentine and asked if he was out of the running for the Marlins job, Valentine responded, "News to me."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 25, 2010 10:51 am
Edited on: June 25, 2010 12:23 pm

Valentine's hire comes with PR blunder

Bobby Valentine Bobby Valetine's hiring as the new manager of the Marlins is a done deal, according to That much is not a surprise, as it's been obvious for the past couple of days that it was coming.

The key detail, however, is that Valentine will start no later than Monday. That's the day the Marlins open a three-game set against the Mets, Valentine's old team. Compelling, right?

Except that the series is a special showcase taking place in Puerto Rico. And the Marlins' interim manager, Edwin Rodriguez, is a Puerto Rican native and resident who is a major figure in the baseball community there. He's the first native of Puerto Rico to manage in the major leagues.

Nobody realistically thought Rodriguez was going to get the Marlins' job on a permanent basis, but couldn't the team put off Valentine's arrival to let Rodriguez, who has spent eight years in the Florida organization, have his moment?

Appearing to brush aside Rodriguez would create an awkward situation in Puerto Rico. Almost as awkward as Valentine looks in this photo, holding a strange-looking box lunch in a promotional event in Japan for the U.S. Meat Export Federation.

Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria has never exactly been adept when it comes to public relations, but surely someone in his circle can show him that putting Valentine in place three days later would buy a lot of goodwill without damaging his club.

-- David Andriesen

UPDATE: Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post says via Twitter that Valentine told him it's "absolutely not true" that he's starting Monday. It's not clear whether that means there's a hitch in the deal, Valentine is denying a deal because the Marlins still are interviewing others as a formality, or someone thought better of the timing.

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