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Bobby Valentine no longer interested in managing Marlins

Oct 13, 2010, 6:31 PM EDT

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This comes as a bit of surprise.  But not really.

Tim Kurkjian of ESPN.com is reporting that Bobby Valentine has pulled himself out of the running for the Marlins’ managerial vacancy.

Valentine gave no reason for his decision, only saying that he has “decided to go in another direction,” but it’s safe to assume that he felt disrespected by the organization when he was not named Fredi Gonzalez’s replacement in June.  The Marlins engaged in serious talks with Bobby V at that time and a deal seemed close, but Edwin Rodriguez was named interim skipper instead.

Valentine will be courted by the Mariners and Blue Jays this winter and maybe the Mets, once they figure out a new general manager.  He has options, in other words, and would rather head to a club that really wants him than one that operates in an indecisive manner.

Former Phillies skipper Jim Fregosi, former D’Backs bench coach Po Porter and Yankees bench coach Tony Pena are believed to be candidates for the job in south Florida.  Padres bench coach Ted Simmons and Dodgers minor league manager Tim Wallach have also been linked to the Fish.

  1. Old Gator - Oct 13, 2010 at 6:42 PM

    Oh well, the Scrooge McLoria gang scared him away. He probably woke up this morning, looked at himself in the mirror, and asked, “are you some kind of folksinger? Why would you want to work for the gate?”

  2. Ditto65 - Oct 13, 2010 at 6:43 PM

    The last thing Bobby V wants is a job. Employment will eliminate the Bobby V speculation at every job opening, lowering his exposure and wounding his ego.

  3. Proudly Canadian - Oct 13, 2010 at 6:50 PM

    I can’t top that analysis by Old Gator. He will not be a manager in Toronto either.

  4. Utley's hair - Oct 13, 2010 at 7:06 PM

    This Bobby V situation is getting downright comical–oh, wait, it has been for a while.

  5. Old Gator - Oct 13, 2010 at 10:26 PM

    Speaking of Toronto, I just caught two utterly transcendent concerts by my beloved Cowboy Junkies – next to beaver, my favorite Canadian thing – in Napa and San Francisco last weekend. They have a big concert coming up in Toronto on November 19th, I think, but you guys have the Great White Death up there and I never go north of Jacksonville until April. But I think Bobby Valentine tacks more toward the Sadistic Mika Band.

  6. Proudly Canadian - Oct 14, 2010 at 7:15 AM

    I trust that you are not a “Misguided Angel” Old Gator.

  7. Proudly Canadian - Oct 14, 2010 at 7:20 AM

    Bobby Vee had a hit song in the 60’s. It was also unintentionally comical.

  8. Old Gator - Oct 14, 2010 at 7:44 AM

    Oh Proudly Canadian, that’s so…so…retro. We’ve moved on to “Sir Francis Bacon at the Net” and “Stranger Here.” Get with the program, neighbor.
    .
    As far as misguided, I’ve never taken advice from anyone.

  9. Trevor B - Oct 14, 2010 at 9:55 AM

    This just in, spagetti and meatballs go well with each other.

    We all knew this wasn’t going to happen, the writers were just recycling their junk from earlier in the season.

    I’d like to see Bobby V go to the Mariners and put Z in his place… and then probably get fired…

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