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Bobby Valentine withdraws himself from consideration for the Orioles' job

Jun 23, 2010, 3:12 PM EDT

I'm sure that the sudden job opening with the Florida Marlins has absolutely nothing to do with this.

Coincidence? I think not!

“I am honored and flattered that the Orioles reached out with this
potential opportunity, but at this time in my career, I feel I should
direct my energies in another direction,” Valentine said.

Of course there’s now an opening in another direction: southward, in Florida, where — Valentine’s coyness about it notwithstanding — it was widely reported he was offered a job last winter.  Jeff Loria is a New York guy, you see, and probably wants to make a big splash with another big New York guy, so his desire to have Valentine skipper the Marlins is understandable.

I’ve seen some people say that maybe Valentine — a man who has never been accused of lacking in self-confidence — might have some issues with a boss like Jeff Loria.  My response to that: he has dealt with way, way worse.

  1. Old Gator - Jun 23, 2010 at 3:39 PM

    Boy, I hope Bobby Valentine has a hard, hard think about those assholes in Chiba City before he commits to the Feesh. It’s not like I wouldn’t love to see him here, of course – but once he gets to know Scrooge McLoria and the Chihuahua better, it’s very difficult to imagine that he won’t become as bemused by and, ultimately, contemptuous of them as Girardi did.
    After Harvey Weinstein and his bean counters got finished cutting the balls off of Billy Bob Thornton’s film version of All the Pretty Horses following months of acrimonious infighting, Thornton told an interviewer that the only way he would ever work for a major studio again was if his contract had only three words on it: kiss my ass. If I were Bobby Valentine, I would really ponder those words carefully before signing on for this duty. I think the lookout on the Andrea Doria had better karma going for him.

  2. Old Gator - Jun 23, 2010 at 6:39 PM

    Coda: some speculation on Macondo squawk radio today that Darren Daulton is being considered for the job as well. And if he gets it, he’ll make Bill Lee his bench coach.
    I love the idea.

  3. john pileggi - Jun 24, 2010 at 9:27 AM

    Bobby V. must now believe that Jerry Manuel is safe for the balance of the season. I love Bobby and would have been delighted to see him back at the helm of the Mets, but with the recent signs of life at “New Shea”, it makes sense to give a vote of confidence to Jerry and Omar. I just hate the thought of seeing Bobby V. in the enemy dugout.

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