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Bobby Valentine could wind up back at ESPN next season

Oct 17, 2010, 11:48 AM EDT

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ESPN analyst and former major league skipper Bobby Valentine has interviewed for a variety of managerial openings this offseason and has expressed interest in a few different gigs.  He is highly respected and has enjoyed success at nearly every level of baseball, and yet he hasn’t been offered a position by any club.

Maybe his contract demands are too high, or maybe he doesn’t want to step into a rebuilding role.  Either way, it looks as though Bobby V won’t be coaching in 2011.

Ken Davidoff of New York’s Newsday thinks that Valentine will wind up back at ESPN in an analyst role when all is said and done, and the 60-year-old hinted as much when speaking with Chris Russo on Sirius XM’s Mad Dog Radio this weekend.

“If it was just a job, I think I could already have it, and probably have it a few places, and I really am flattered by the people who have had me in and have talked to me and even offered me a chance,” Valentine said Friday. “But I’m looking for that perfect situation, and it hasn’t presented itself yet.”

Valentine has been courted by the Marlins, Mariners and even Blue Jays this offseason.  The Mets have not yet begun their search for a new skipper, opting instead to focus on finding a new general manager.  Maybe they’ll consider giving Bobby V another try once their front office is settled.

  1. Utley's Hair - Oct 17, 2010 at 12:49 PM

    So now the Bobby V traveling circus is headed to broadcasting? Or is it the media in general? Awaiting word of rumors that he’s going to FOX, MLB Network, NESN, YES, TBS, WGN, CSN, Lifetime, DIY, or SI, ESPN the Magazine, Brian Beachey’s Kokomo Gazette or whatever it is

  2. Old Gator - Oct 17, 2010 at 3:39 PM

    Hard to believe that BV doesn’t think of working for Scrooge McLoria and the Chihuahua as a “perfect situation.” Unencumbered by big dollars, he could sneeze off the likes of Scott Boras; unencumbered by large numbers of fans, he could make mistake after mistake and misuse his boolpen till the F4s come home and no one would notice. Unencumbered by a meaningful sports press – much less one that stays awake during games – he could speak out of context about anything and anyone who irks him without setting the teapot hooting very often if at all. I have no idea what this guy is looking for, but if he isn’t careful he is gonna wind up actually working for a living.

  3. proudlycanadian - Oct 17, 2010 at 6:35 PM

    Finally a Bobby Valentine rumor that I sort of think is valid. Fortunately, very few ESPN games appear on Toronto TV.

  4. BC - Oct 18, 2010 at 10:45 AM

    Here’s hoping he’s just waiting for the Mets job.

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