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Bobby Valentine likely to become Brewers’ next manager

Oct 30, 2010, 4:41 PM EDT

valentine in suit

People have been hinting at the idea all week, and now it seems close to becoming a reality.

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, “all signs” are indicating that Bobby Valentine is going to become the next manager of the Brewers.

Valentine was interviewed for a variety of managing gigs this fall, and even appeared to be the front-runner for the Marlins’ job at one point, but talks fell through on all fronts and most believe that the stalled negotiations had to do with money.  Specifically, Bobby V’s demands — a $10 million contract extended over three years.

The Brewers draw well and have a dedicated fanbase, but spending $3 million on a skipper seems misguided.  That money would be better served in the back pocket of a reliable back-end starter.  Or, heck, a front-end starter.

But let’s focus on some of the positives here.  Valentine has a 1117-1072 career managerial record over 15 years with the Phillies and Mets and he’ll bring a higher media profile to the Brewers.  There’s a load of talent in place for him in Milwaukee, where the Cardinals, Cubs, Astros and Pirates have proven themselves plenty beatable.  We’ll see about those Redlegs.

  1. dodger88 - Oct 30, 2010 at 6:36 PM

    Think you met Rangers and Mets as far as Valentine’s former managerial gigs are concerned.

  2. proudlycanadian - Oct 31, 2010 at 6:25 AM

    Ia this a joke? If not, what are we going to do with our Bobby Valentine rumors? If he is hired, will be be able to start a countdown to his first ejection, his first dumb comment, and his eventual firing?

  3. Utley's Hair - Oct 31, 2010 at 3:12 PM

    It’s a sad, sad day for baseball—or at least for HBT. A moment of silence, please, for the loss of the Bobby V watch…

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