Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Bobby V Is Back!

Neil Best passes along the news that ESPN has hired former Mets manager Bobby Valentine: 
 
Bobby V will serve as a "Baseball Tonight" analyst beginning with the league championship series next month.  Next season he will be a regular contributor, as well as work for 1050 ESPN radio and the soon-to-be-launched Web site ESPNNewyork.com.
 

Next season he will be a regular contributor, as well as work for 1050 ESPN radio and the soon-to-be-launched Web site ESPNNewyork.com.

 

Valentine did not dispute the assumption he would like to return to managing in the majors, but he added, "At this time I'm totally committed in thinking about trying to be as good as I can be for the team that showed interest."

 

The "team" he meant is ESPN.

 

ESPN executive Norby Williamson said he assumed Valentine will be with the network at least through 2010.

 

Valentine said it was difficult to follow American baseball closely while managing in Japan, but he offered this when asked about the 2009 Mets:

 

"I followed it from afar and I have some friends there that I've shared tears with, because I think it's been a tragedy.

 

"It's been disappointment after disappointment, and I don't think anybody could have fixed it as the season was going on. As soon as it seemed like things were getting better, they seemed to get worse.

 

"I was kind of a fan that was really disappointed and upset by the outcome."