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Bobby Valentine downplays speculation about return to Mets

Apr 16, 2010, 8:10 PM EDT

BobbyV.jpgDuring an appearance on with Chris Russo on SIRIUS XM’s Mad Dog Radio Channel on Friday, Bobby Valentine addressed recent speculation that he could replace Jerry Manuel as manager of the Mets, via Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.

“You know, the Mets are 3-6. It’s nine games,” Valentine said. “I mean,
let’s not get crazy here. I think Jerry, I talked to him a few times
during spring training. Jerry Manuel is up for the task. I think that he
has a tough road to hoe, there’s no doubt about it, and he’s got to
keep his head above water until his center fielder comes back, and
obviously has to get that pitching staff in shape. But I don’t see that
as being part of my future as we’re speaking here. … I’m a member of
ESPN Baseball Tonight. I’m happy to be there and I’m gonna enjoy talking
about that situation, not being talked about within that situation.”

I’ve heard Valentine get asked about a potential return to Queens dozens of times since 2002 and opposed to Gary Carter, he always answers in a diplomatic and classy way. I would expect nothing less, as he understands what it’s like to hear whispers while sitting in the manager’s office. I’ve advocated for Valentine in the past, but as Craig alluded to earlier today, Bob Melvin appears to be the in-house favorite.

  1. Old Gator - Apr 17, 2010 at 7:49 AM

    Boy, this is all beginning to bring back memories of the sludge days of Joan Payson and M. Donald Grant, when the two old farts (and I know about old farts, having to deal with the mirror in the bathroom every morning) couldn’t think a straight thought between them and made all their decisions based on what they thought, in the depths of their dementia, benefited them instead of the team. So instead of building a real winner around Tom Seaver, they shipped him out of town to silence his demands for excellence and built a perpetual mediocrity of “company men.” When Wilpon and Doubleday arrived, they were like saviors. In the immortal words of Fred Willard in A MIghty Wind, “Wha’ happened?”
    It’s been a long time since I drifted away from the team that was my childhood love and embraced my hometown Feesh (although lately that’s a lot like trying to hug an eel, and one that’s been lying in the icebucket a few days too long). Once in a while, though, nostalgia creeps in and I discern a hint of heartache over the current plight of the Mutts. It’s not like the ownership has been eating horsemeat and velveeta sandwiches, and neither felafel nor pico de gallo accounts for cerebral degradation of upper management, so I guess whatever’s been clogging their synapses must be genetic, and there’s no cure for that but time. Still, I recall how Shea was a place you could go in New York for a little privacy in the late 70s and very early 80s (much as Joeprodolsharklife Stadium in now). That trough of hope preceded the heady days of the Fightin’ Mutts of the mid-80s. There may yet come a time when sheer desperation, or maybe a fortuitous dose of salmon m-m-mousse in the executive skybox, presages a radical change of heart and mind in Flushing. By then horsemeat and velveeta-induced atherosclerosis will have felled the Feelies, and the Mutts and Feesh can become rivals to compare with the Knicks and Heat of a half decade ago. One must not abandon one’s dreams.

  2. jwb - Apr 17, 2010 at 12:03 PM

    “I think that he has a tough road to hoe”
    One does not hoe roads; one hoes rows. Get it right, Rubin.
    Valentine is more than smart enough to know that he doesn’t wish to be part of the Mets’ organization or to be used as a sharp object to be stuck in the back of someone who is.

  3. Old Gator - Apr 17, 2010 at 4:56 PM

    …the way Jerry Manuel was only too happy to be used.

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