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Ichiro is pushing the Mariners to hire Bobby Valentine

Aug 16, 2010, 2:02 PM EDT

Peter Gammons is reporting that Ichiro is lobbying for the Mariners to make Bobby Valentine their new manager. Gammons calls Valentine “Suzuki’s preference.”

It’s not clear why he’d be Ichiro’s favorite, but one can assume that it has something to do with Valentine’s track record in the NPB and word of mouth from friends, former teammates, etc. As I noted last week, however, it’s possible that Valentine’s experience in Japan could be just as likely to be a plus as it is a minus in his column. Familiarity is a two way street, after all.

Based on his age and track record and temperament I’d say that Valentine would be a fine choice with any team that isn’t a total rebuild with kids. He’s a good manager. He’d bring some gravitas to the Seattle job in much the same way Buck Showalter has brought to Baltimore. 

  1. Old Gator - Aug 16, 2010 at 2:25 PM

    Buck Showalter hasn’t brought “gravitas” to Baltimore. He’s brought Geechee dust, and perhaps the second worst taste in uniforms since Oswald Moseley decreed that his followers dress in plain brown. The worst? Whomever came up with those horrifying Tinkerbell suits the Rays were wearing during the same game.

  2. Md23Rewls - Aug 16, 2010 at 2:25 PM

    Why would anybody want to manage Seattle? Their future is dim dim dim.

  3. Philip P - Aug 16, 2010 at 2:37 PM

    I think Valentine would be a good choice for the Dodgers; considering all that has transpired this season a clean state in terms of not only the manager but the coachign staff as well could be good. I know it is easier to change managers and coaches than players but considering the talent the DOdgers have and the fact they have failed to perform up to expectations, this may be a situation where a different manager and coaching staff prevents 2011 from being the disaster that 2010 is.

  4. JBerardi - Aug 16, 2010 at 3:29 PM

    It is? How do you figure?

  5. Md23Rewls - Aug 16, 2010 at 3:56 PM

    It’s not like they’re just a piece or two away from competing. The only teams with worse records are Pittsburgh and Baltimore. Seattle has a nice starting staff and nothing else. Who do you build around on offense?

  6. hutchie0301 - Aug 16, 2010 at 4:25 PM

    Ichiro, despite his popularity with M’s fans, is THE PAST for this franchise and ownership should NOT listen to him for advice on who the next manager should be. We’ve catered to Ichiro’s “preferences” for many years now and it’s gotten us to bottom-feeder status in the American League. Time to disregard Ichiro’s “preferences”.and start running this organization like a baseball club that wants to win, NOT a club whose sole purpose is to make Ichiro feel “comfortable” and “respected” playing major league baseball. If you need that, Ichiro buddy, time to go back to Japan and play ball there, and thanks for what contributions you’ve made here. Time to move on, Mariners. We are NOT Japan West for MLB. Time to make moves to WIN, or at least be respectable.

  7. paul - Aug 16, 2010 at 5:04 PM

    Bobby V. is a bunting, running game, defense, pitching type of manager – make things happen type. Seattle needs that. Not going to be many big home run guys in that park. But he’ll eventually clash with someone within 3 years. Whomever the star player is……………

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