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Bobby Valentine to join ESPN

Sep 23, 2009, 10:16 AM EDT

About those Bobby V. managerial rumors? Eh, forget I said anything:

Television industry and baseball sources say Valentine, completing his final season as manager of the Chiba Lotte Marines of Japan’s Pacific League, is on the verge of signing a lucrative multi-year deal with ESPN . . . “It’s a done deal,” one source said. “And it should be announced soon.”

The article says that the last time ESPN hired Valentine he had a clause in his contract that called for him to pay back some money if he bolted to take a manager’s job.  Which pretty much has to rule out him taking either the Mets or the Nats jobs. I mean, it’s one thing to work for either of those train wrecks, but to actually pay for the privilege? Ye Gods.

  1. Jeff Berardi - Sep 24, 2009 at 1:30 PM

    “I mean, it’s one thing to work for either of those train wrecks, but to actually pay for the privilege?”
    I think assuming that Valentine would want to come back to the Mets, even without the ESPN contract thing, may have been a mistake. I mean, Craig, suppose if you quit working at a law firm, and while you were gone they got rid of most of your old co-workers/friends, and also descended into serious organizational dysfunction, AND that dysfunction was well known to anyone with even a passing knowledge of the industry. Then they asked you to come back… why would you do that? Because the name on the front of the building is the same as when you left? Everything else about it is worse, and you have other options… again, why would anyone want to do that?

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