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The Orioles to interview Bobby Valentine

Jun 9, 2010, 9:58 AM EDT

That’s what the Baltimore Sun is reporting, with an interview between Valentine and team brass possible as early as tomorrow.  People have talked about what kind of jobs Valentine would or would not take given that he has a cushy analyst role at ESPN right now, but the Sun reports that sources close to Valentine say that the Baltimore job would be something he’d be interested in.

Also mentioned: Eric Wedge, who is not yet scheduled for an interview but whom the Sun reports was contacted by the team.  Wedge is a far less sexy choice obviously, and I’m struggling to think why the O’s would want him.  Sure, he has managerial experience, but if he showed one thing while he was in charge in Cleveland it was that he couldn’t really inspire anyone.  In this he’s a lot like Dave Trembley: nice guy, totally professional, but the wrong man to manage a talented yet underachieving team who could use some butt kickings.

  1. BC - Jun 9, 2010 at 10:05 AM

    Bring back Dallas Green! Assuming he’s still alive, there’s no one better at a$$ kicking….
    PS. Bobby V. to the Mets!!!!

  2. YankeesfanLen - Jun 9, 2010 at 10:09 AM

    This looks to me to be a bargaining chip to get an offer from the Metropolitans. Why bother with the O’s who are a blotch on a resume anyway.

  3. BC - Jun 9, 2010 at 11:35 AM

    Hey, why is he wearing a Mariners hat in the photo, anyway?

  4. Barbara - Jun 9, 2010 at 11:56 AM

    It’s just too bad Earl Weaver is too old to come back and manage. Now, HE was a manager. I’ve been an Oriole fan since I was 10 years old, and it’s so painful to watch a team that was so great once play worse than little leaguers on their first day of practice. There has to be someone who can come in and find out what the O’s problems are and get them fixed. We’re tired of being in the basement!

  5. Bingo - Jun 9, 2010 at 11:57 AM

    It’s not the Mariners, it’s the Chiba Marines. The team he managed in Japan.

  6. T Lanier - Jun 9, 2010 at 12:20 PM

    How about a very good manager who was the manager of the year in 1986 and had a record of 22 games over 500 and never got a second chance. Someone that has been in baseball for a long time. Yes he is my brother Hal Lanier.

  7. OriolesDieHard - Jun 9, 2010 at 12:25 PM

    I’ve been an O’s fan since before I was born in 1963…parents were fans from the beginning of the franchise. It has been a tough 13 year run without a winning season. The real problem is Angelos as the owner – Bobby Valentine just might be able to stand up to him and to inspire our players who have talent, but can’t seem to get the job done…
    @ YankeeFanLen – The Yankees buy everything, so I wouldn’t be surprised if they doubled any offer made by the O’s like they did with the O’s offer to Baltimore hometown boy Mark Teixeira (sell out!)
    The O’s will rise again!!

  8. ThatGuy - Jun 9, 2010 at 1:02 PM

    I am outraged… not at the story but that you would include a picture of Valentine without the fake mustache. It should be blogger law that any stock photo of Bobby Valentine should be the mustache pic.

  9. BC - Jun 9, 2010 at 1:23 PM

    Here you go:
    http://pushpull.files.wordpress.com/2008/05/bobby-v1.jpg

  10. OriolesrDouches - Jun 9, 2010 at 1:52 PM

    hey jackoff .. its not the yankees fault that your fans dont come to games and buy tickets to support your stinking team.. maybe u guys should bring ripken back in some capacity ,seems like he has been the only positive influence this team has ever had(who cares about frank robinson)and they have prehistoric spring training facilites and always have cause they dont want to come out the pocket from bobby maduro in miami , to that cespool in sarasota, and the lot they shared with immigration in fort lauderdale .. spend some money Douche

  11. Sethvir - Jun 9, 2010 at 2:16 PM

    3 syllables – Cal Ripken. Has made some recent noise about the desire to manage, has the fire, and also the pedigree. give him a shot!!

  12. ANGELOSisDEVIL - Jun 9, 2010 at 2:44 PM

    PETER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    reach down in your pocket u kaiser and spend some change peter

  13. YANKEES1996 - Jun 9, 2010 at 4:59 PM

    Barbara, your problems are Peter Angleos and Andy McPhail. You are welcome and no because of my allegiances I would not be interested in being the manager of the Orioles.

  14. YANKEES1996 - Jun 9, 2010 at 5:26 PM

    OriolesDieHard – The Yankees did not eliminate the O’s from the bidding on Tex, the O’s ownership did that for themselves. Correct me if I am wrong but the Orioles do pay their players do they not? I do feel sorry for the O’s fans because your owner sucks but do not throw it back at the Yankees because the Steinbrenner family is not afraid to spend money to put a quality product on the field year in and year out. Your owner has the money to spend, it is just that he is such a cheap, tightwad that he will not open his checkbook!

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