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Peter Gammons thinks Bobby Valentine will be the Mets' next manager

Aug 31, 2010, 5:17 PM EDT

While appearing on WFAN radio in New York today Peter Gammons said that he thinks Bobby Valentine will be the Mets’ next manager. Thanks to Matthew Cerrone of Metsblog.com, here’s the transcript:

I think there are two things: One, he has a history and a good working relationship with Omar Minaya. And two, he is one guy that, though Jeff Wilpon will not always like what he hears from Bobby, I think they can have a relationship where Bobby could say to Jeff, “No, we’re not doing this, that’s the wrong thing,” and in the end they’ll win out together, because they have a mutual respect. I just think now is the right time to bring Bobby back.

Valentine is at the point now where he’s basically linked to every managerial opening and he was nearly hired by the Marlins earlier this season.
He managed the Mets from 1996 to 2002 and made the playoffs just twice in six full seasons, but one of the playoff appearances was a trip to the World Series and he had a .534 winning percentage overall. Cerrone would be on board with the move, saying that Valentine “is exactly the type of person you mold your team around” and “he embodies everything Mets fans are about.”

  1. DefiantlyDutch - Aug 31, 2010 at 5:34 PM

    Mets made the playoffs twice w/Bobby–1999 and 2000.
    And while I’d love to see him return and make the most loathsome team in baseball more palatable, I don’t see little Jeffy going along with it. Jeffy won’t be able to stand a manager who a.) will stand up to him and b.) has a higher profile than him. This is probably just Gammons doing Bobby a favor and keeping his name in the mix for managerial openings.

  2. kranepool - Aug 31, 2010 at 5:55 PM

    “He managed the Mets from 1996 to 2002 and made the playoffs just twice in six full seasons, but one of the playoff appearances was a trip to the World Series and he had a .534 winning percentage overall”
    In Flushing we call that a DYNASTY

  3. JimmyY - Aug 31, 2010 at 6:43 PM

    “…he has a history and a good working relationship with Omar Minaya….,” Like, who cares? That’s reason enough to NOT go there.

  4. royhobbs7 - Aug 31, 2010 at 6:57 PM

    Absolutely spot-on DefiantlyDutch. There is no way that Prince Jeffy (Tampon) will hire a manager that will refuse to bow down to him.

  5. royhobbs7 - Aug 31, 2010 at 6:59 PM

    That is spot-on DefiantlyDutch. There is no way that Prince Jeffy (Tampon) will hire any manager who refuses not to bow down to him.

  6. Utley's hair - Aug 31, 2010 at 7:11 PM

    Are there still teams out there that Bobby Valentine has NOT been hired by?

  7. -z- - Aug 31, 2010 at 10:43 PM

    The problem is not the manager or the players – It’s the idiot son.

  8. Matt S. - Sep 1, 2010 at 8:28 AM

    And if he gets turned down, he can always manage in disguise.

  9. Benny Blanco - Sep 1, 2010 at 8:56 AM

    I would love to see him come back. Bring a different vibe into the clubhouse.

  10. jvalen13 - Sep 1, 2010 at 10:30 AM

    Fire Omar, hire Bobby V. as GM, and hire Wally Bachman as Manager.

  11. Gelardia - Sep 1, 2010 at 1:29 PM

    Omar is out of there this year too so getting along with him is a moot point.

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