Bobby Valentine

Baseball Player and Manager
Born May 13, 1950

Robert John "Bobby V" Valentine is an American professional baseball manager and former player who is currently the manager of the Boston Red Sox in Major League Baseball (MLB). As a player, Valentine played for the Los Angeles Dodgers (1969, 1971–1972), California Angels (1973–1975), New York Mets (1977–1978), and Seattle Mariners (1979) in MLB.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Bobby Valentine.


1950 Birth Born on May 13, 1950.


1968 18 Years Old After winning the Pioneer League's MVP award with the Ogden Dodgers in 1968, Valentine debuted with the Dodgers as a September call-up in 1969 at 19 years old. … Read More


1970 - 1974 5 More Events
1975 25 Years Old At the end of the 1975 season, he was traded to the San Diego Padres. … Read More
1977 27 Years Old On Wednesday, June 15, 1977, the New York Mets traded Dave Kingman to the San Diego Padres for minor league pitcher Paul Siebert and Valentine, sent Tom Seaver to the Cincinnati Reds for Pat Zachry, Doug Flynn, Steve Henderson, and Dan Norman, and Mike Phillips to the St. Louis Cardinals for Joel Youngblood.
1979 29 Years Old Valentine's role with the Mets became even more limited, and he was released in spring training, 1979. … Read More


1985 35 Years Old Valentine was serving as a member of the Mets coaching staff when he was tapped by the Texas Rangers to take over managing duties from Doug Rader 32 games into the 1985 season. … Read More
1986 36 Years Old Hopes were high in Arlington after the 1986 season, but his Rangers fell back into sixth place the following two seasons. … Read More
1989 39 Years Old In Texas Rangers, while still manager of the Rangers, Valentine worked as an on-the-field analysts for NBC's 1989 ALCS coverage alongside Bob Costas and Tony Kubek.


1994 44 Years Old In 1994, Valentine managed the Mets' Triple-A affiliate, the Norfolk Tides. … Read More
1995 45 Years Old In 1995, Valentine began his first stint as manager of the Chiba Lotte Marines in the Japanese Pacific League. … Read More
1996 46 Years Old He then was promoted to manager of the Mets with 31 games left in the 1996 season, and led them to a 12–19 record the rest of the way. … Read More
1999 49 Years Old 1 More Event
Valentine's most memorable game as a manager occurred on June 9, 1999. … Read More


2000 - 2004 3 More Events
On October 17, 2005, he led the Marines to their first Pacific League pennant in 31 years after emerging victorious in a close playoff with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks. … Read More
2008 58 Years Old In 2008, Valentine was the subject of the ESPN Films documentary "The Zen of Bobby V." The film followed Valentine and his 2007 Chiba Lotte Marines team. "The Zen of Bobby V." was an official selection at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival.
2009 59 Years Old 1 More Event
The Marines decided to let Valentine go after the 2009 season after an extensive smear campaign led by club president Ryuzo Setoyama, which ironically backfired and resulted in an overflow of support for Valentine by local fans. … Read More


However, Valentine confirmed he was no longer a candidate for the position after the Florida Marlins owner, Jeffrey Loria stated that Edwin Rodriguez, the interim manager they summoned to replace Gonzalez, will manage the team through the 2010 season.
As recently as June 19, 2011, news outlets reported that Valentine was once again a candidate for the Florida Marlins managerial position after the ballclub free fell in the standings. … Read More
2012 62 Years Old 1 More Event
Valentine's first and only season with Boston was marred by injuries, in-fighting, clubhouse drama, public disagreements with players, and a tumultuous relationship with his fellow coaches. Under Valentine's management, the 2012 Red Sox finished 69–93 (last in AL East), their worst record in 47 years.
Valentine has also served as the Director of Public Safety & Health for the city of Stamford, Connecticut and an analyst for ESPN Sunday Night Baseball. In February 2013, hired Bobby Valentine to represent its Fantasy Sports business, including running a viral marketing campaign in which he made fun of the many times he was fired in his career and gave fans a chance to "Hire or Fire Bobby V" one more time. … Read More
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