Rich DePreta of the Stamford Advocate wrote an interesting piece on Bobby Valentine over the weekend.
Valentine is entering the final year of his deal in Japan and wasn’t given an extension. He sounds like a manager who wants to come back home and give the Majors another shot.
Joe Girardi is going to get every chance to succeed from the Yankees. Brian Cashman wanted him, as did Hal Steinbrenner. But the Yankees can’t tolerate another season out of the playoffs. Their business model pretty much demands a postseason appearance.
Valentine, who has a home in Connecticut and a great appreciation for baseball history, would surely love to manage the Yankees. I covered Valentine when he managed the Mets. He’s an interesting guy. He’s smart, a bit Machiavellian at times, innovative and plays the media like a finely tuned grand piano.
There will be no shortage of candidates to manage the Yankees if Girardi falters. But keep an eye on Valentine.
Sure, Valentine was fired by the Mets. But as he told DePreta, “I know I’m a different person than I was two years ago. I’m certainly different than I was 10 years ago.”
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