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Sure, Bobby Valentine would be interested in the Mariners' gig

Aug 12, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

Because you can’t have a managerial opening without mentioning Bobby Valentine’s name, I give you Larry Stone on the M’s vacancy:

Valentine is not commenting, but friends of Valentine say that [the Mariners job] is a job that he would be greatly interested in . . . someone familiar with Valentine’s thinking said Valentine believes the
Mariners job “is among the most appealing jobs in baseball” despite the
current turmoil.

I’ve heard some people speculate that, because Valentine spent several years managing in Japan, and because the Mariners are owned by a Japanese company (Nintendo), that he’d be a natural.  Maybe so.  It’s worth noting, though, that Nintendo’s Japanese executives are really removed from the day-to-day operation of the team. Indeed, Geoff Baker tweeted yesterday that Nintendo’s CEO has never been to a Mariners game.  Team CEO Howard Lincoln and team President Chuck Armstrong call the shots.

And actually, it’s possible that Valentine’s history in Japan could work against him. After all, his tenure with Chiba Lotte ended when he and Japanese corporate ownership just couldn’t see eye to eye. It sounded to me like he was done dirty by the suits, but who’s to say that Nintendo’s bosses aren’t more inclined to agree with their side of the story?

All of that stuff notwithstanding, there are worse choices for the M’s than Bobby V. There are always worse choices than Bobby V.

(thanks to reader Evan A. for the heads up)

  1. El Bravo - Aug 12, 2010 at 5:45 PM

    Nintendo makes sh!tty baseball games, even the ones using the Wii remote. Now I know why the M’s suck.

  2. Old Gator - Aug 12, 2010 at 7:32 PM

    Diagonally across the continent and as far away from Scrooge McLoria and his front office fiasco as Bobby could get and still manage a baseball team. I understand perfectly.

  3. BC - Aug 13, 2010 at 9:56 AM

    I’d really like to see the Mets bring him back, if only for entertainment value. Witness this:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/24443761@N02/3173636803/
    His press conference during marijuana-gate in New York was priceless as well (“Whooooaaa”)…

  4. Old Gator - Aug 13, 2010 at 10:33 AM

    Just like a Nyorcan – hogging all the entertainment value. The last time so much entertainment value was concentrated in one place, it was the Ben Bonus Yiddish Vaudeville Theater on Second Avenue across the street from the Fillmore East.
    .
    And when I was a teenager, I always thought that “Marijuana Gate” was the name of that big bridge from Staten Island to Brooklyn….

  5. SeattleSlew - Aug 14, 2010 at 2:52 AM

    If Valentine could accept the fact that Lincoln and Armstrong call the shots (he has always liked to feel he has major input), then the Seattle gig would be a great way for him to end his career with a high probability of a post-season appearance within 2-4 years. People forget that the AL West has only 4 teams, which, in and of itself, increases the probability of a post-season appearance. The Mariners have always been willing to ante up $100mm budget which, when combined with several promising, drafted minor leaguers and foreign signings who are moving up the ladder should put a competitive team on the field. Felix is there for 4 more years and is a “horse” to ride as a #1. The Angels are in decline and face many problems, and Oakland is mired in the stadium fiasco which will limit their $$ for a while. Texas looks great and will be the power to contend with so long as their starting pitching holds up over the next several years. The Mariners and Texas could be 1/2 or 2/1 from 2012 till 2015 giving Bobby a nice window to focus on finishing ahead of just one team.

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