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Bobby Valentine doesn't sound too keen on the Orioles

Jun 14, 2010, 9:17 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for BobbyV.jpgWhile appearing on “The Michael Kay Show” on ESPN 1050 in New York on Monday, Bobby Valentine confirmed that he did interview for the Orioles’ managerial vacancy last week, according to ESPN.com.

“I did go down there and I did talk with the owner [Peter Angelos] and
the general manager [Andy MacPhail] and they have a whole lot of
problems and they seem like they’re really putting their heads together
to try to solve them somehow, some way,” Valentine said on the show.

Valentine refused to get into specifics regarding the O’s job, however he did shed some light on whether he would be willing to accept the opportunity.

“It’s a big challenge,” Valentine said on the show. “I like big
challenges, but I like to have some reward too, and the reward is in the
standings and their standings don’t look like they’re going to turn
around very quickly.”

You can listen to the full interview here.

The Orioles have already interviewed Valentine and former Indians’ skipper Eric Wedge, but don’t expect there to be a speedy conclusion here. Just a short while ago, Orioles president Andy MacPhail told Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com that the managerial search may continue into the offseason.

  1. Joey B - Jun 15, 2010 at 10:13 AM

    Maybe it’s not a major issue, but maybe it’s a continuation of a line of issues. I’m not sure why he is meeting with the owner. Why did he mention ‘they’re putting their heads together’, like Angelos is part of the discussions? I’d be leery if I saw too much involvement from the owner.
    OTOH, an interview like this doesn’t look to me like it will help Valentine. He is unlikely to land a position with a team that doesn’t have problems. Afterall, I’m at the bottom of the food chain, and people don’t hire me unless they have problems.
    And now that he’s publicized that the O’s have ‘a whole lot of problems’, and ‘they’re not going to turn it around very quickly’, how many other owners are going to want this guy talking about their team that way?
    Bobby V might be a bright guy, but he is capable of saying the stupidest things.

  2. YANKEES1996 - Jun 15, 2010 at 11:17 AM

    Ever gone to a job interview and gotten there and quickly realized that you did not want to be there? By the tone of the radio interview and the things Bobby V said I think that is exactly what happened to him.

  3. Funzo - Jun 15, 2010 at 1:31 PM

    So, in other words: “I can’t begin to speculate on how one might turn an underperforming core of good young talent into a contender, I’m really only interested in taking credit for a team that’s already winning.”
    No team in their right mind should ever hire him again.

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