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Bobby Valentine the “front runner” for the Brewers’ job

Nov 1, 2010, 10:28 AM EDT

valentine in suit

There’s increasing heat to the Bobby Valentine-to-the-Brewers talk. On Saturday Bob Nightengale suggested that it was close to a done deal. Then yesterday Jon Heyman reported that Valentine was at the top of the Brewers’ list.  Heyman went furhter, saying that Joey Cora, Bob Melvin, and Ron Roenicke were second through fourth on the list. Which is kind of odd because I always thought that “the list” was more metaphorical. Maybe the Brewers actually have a numbered ranking system like the Harris poll or something.

We’ve been in “Valentine is the front runner” land multiple times in recent months only to have it not pan out. But given the increasing boldness and certainty to these reports, one has to think that the Brewers have decided on Valentine and are simply waiting for the World Series to end before making things official.

  1. BC - Nov 1, 2010 at 10:44 AM

    Why on earth would Valentine take that job? At his age (he’s like 60-62, right?) he’s probably only got one more shot. Why take that job?
    Particularly if Mattingly proves to be a total screwup and the Dodgers come calling at the end of the year. Or if Larussa retires after the year.

    • Utley's Hair - Nov 1, 2010 at 11:16 AM

      How many times has he been the frontrunner for a managerial job recently? Somebody should tell him that as soon as he’s hired somewhere, his free publicity in the national media—and here on HBT—will wane.

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