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Bobby Valentine would love to be considered for the Cubs' job

Jul 26, 2010, 9:49 AM EDT

How much of this is politeness towards the Cubs upon being asked a question about them and how much of this is Bobby V. actually wanting the job is hard to say, but . . .

The ESPN analyst and former New York Mets and Texas Rangers manager
says he’s interested in taking over for the retiring Lou Piniella after
this season.

Valentine, who led the Mets to the pennant in 2000 and managed the
Texas Rangers, calls the Cubs job “one of the most coveted positions in
all of sports” and adds “anybody who thinks of himself as a manager
would love to be considered as one of the people who might take his
place.” Valentine spoke before Sunday’s game between the Cubs and Cardinals.

He returned to ESPN during the 2009 playoffs after his second stint
as manager of the Chiba Lotte Marines in Japan’s Pacific League. He says
he won’t leave the network “unless something very special came up,” and
the Cubs job “falls in the category of very special.”

I still can’t see how the Cubs could go in any direction but Ryne Sandberg. He’s a local legend who has clearly stated that he wants the job and, most importantly, he has put his time in down in the minors for the express purpose of getting it. If he isn’t given the job he leaves the organization, right?

  1. Old Gator - Jul 26, 2010 at 10:14 AM

    I dunno. Valentine just had a run-in with Scrooge McLoria and after dealing with the Chihuahua he no doubt knows how Moyses Alou felt when he came face to face with Steve Bartman. I think, therefore, that Bobby is as ready for the job as he’ll ever be.

  2. BC - Jul 26, 2010 at 10:34 AM

    Maybe the Mutts will grab Bobby V. Assuming of course they can Minaya and Manuel first.

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