Bobby Valentine
American baseball player and manager
Bobby Valentine
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.
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5 Best Sports Bars to Watch the NCAA Tournament
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
With the Division I Championship right around the corner, things are heating up fast in men's college basketball. Of course, a pitcher of beer and a basket of wings can only add to the excitement, which is why we've compiled this list of the best sports bars across the country. From classic neighborhood joints to sleek gastropubs, our favorites all share a few common features -- great food, big TVs (the more the better) and a lively atmosphere that draws you into the action. The 40/40 Club New York City, NY This sleek New York lounge from hip hop artist-entrepreneur Jay-Z features memorabilia-lined walls and state-of-the-art LED TV displays that bring the game to your barstool. Hungry sports fans can choose from a menu of upscale pub fare, including pizza, chicken empanadas and catfish fingers served with Cajun rémoulade. Read a complete review of The 40/40 Club Bobby Valentine's Sports Gallery Cafe Stamford, CT Bobby Valentine's Sports Gallery Cafe is no ordin ...
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Lamont full circle as Ausmus' bench coach - MLB.com
Google News - over 3 years
CBSSports.com Lamont full circle as Ausmus' bench coach MLB.com DETROIT -- Truth be told, Gene Lamont wanted Brad Ausmus as his bench coach -- in Boston. That was two years ago, when Lamont finished second to Bobby Valentine for the Red Sox's managerial job. Lamont wanted a young managerial candidate to ... Brad Ausmus named Tigers' next managerSportingNews.com Can Brad Ausmus succeed as Tigers' manager without experience?Detroit Free Press Former teammates call Brad Ausmus 'smart' and 'ultra-competitive'The Detroit News FOXSports.com -ABC News -Philly.com all 185 news articles »
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Far From Cursed, Red Sox Fans are Spoiled These Days
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
I was in an Irish pub in Madrid when I watched the Red Sox come back against the Yankees in 2004. Because Spain is nine hours ahead, the games aired in the middle of the night. I'm not even a Red Sox fan, but it was clear something special was happening. As someone who loves the game, I needed to be there to watch it happen, even if it meant swigging Guinness pints at 4 a.m. on successive school nights. Plus, it's our collective duty to root against the Yankees, so I was doing my part. The comeback from three games down and the World Series sweep that followed were uniquely incredible. Last night was special, especially in the wake of the Boston bombings, but it's a speck of dust compared to what happened in 2004, and i think it's important to explicitly recognize it as such. In 2004, decades of torture were lifted in the most improbable of ways. Icing was applied to the cake just three years later when the Red Sox did it again. Now the team has three championships in less t ...
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World Series: Cardinals, Red Sox Set For 2013 Fall Classic
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
-- Big Papi, Dustin Pedroia and the bearded guys from Boston. Michael Wacha, Trevor Rosenthal and those fresh mugs from St. Louis. Pretty neat face-off in this World Series. Cardinals-Red Sox, once again in October. Fully rested, they'll open Wednesday night at Fenway Park. Postseason stars from past and present — Carlos Beltran, David Freese, John Lackey, David Ortiz and Adam Wainwright. Juicy plotlines — can Gold Glove catcher Yadier Molina shut down Jacoby Ellsbury and the runnin' Red Sox? Can all-world closer Koji Uehara stop Matt Holliday and the Cardinals? Plus, plenty of history — think Stan Musial vs. Ted Williams in 1946, Bob Gibson vs. Carl Yastrzemski in '67 or Pedro Martinez vs. Albert Pujols in 2004. Or, perhaps more memorably that last time, Curt Schilling and the bloody sock vs. The Curse. The Red Sox and Cardinals are hardly arch enemies, however. They haven't played since Kevin Youkilis homered over the Green Monster in the 13th inning on June 22, 2008. Thi ...
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Bobby Valentine: College athletes should get paid
Fox Business News - over 3 years
Bobby Valentine explores the business of university athletics in new documentary 'Schooled: The Price of College Sports'
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Which Boston Championship Means the Most to You?
About.com - over 3 years
With the Red Sox clinching the ALDS and in a race for the AL pennant, I got to thinking about the incredible turnaround the team has had compared to the past two seasons. Who would have thought, given the epic Red Sox meltdown of September 2011 and last year's Bobby Valentine debacle, that we would now be here? ... Read Full Post
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Red Sox Clinch AL East Title, Beat Blue Jays 6-3 (VIDEO)
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox waited four years to get back to baseball's postseason. They were more than happy to put off their playoff celebration one more day. One game after securing their first playoff appearance since 2009, the Red Sox clinched the AL East title on Friday night, getting seven strong innings from Jon Lester to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-3. The victory gave Boston 94 wins, 11 more than the Tampa Bay Rays with only 10 games remaining. "We're going back to the playoffs," said designated hitter David Ortiz, who joined his teammates in revelry on the mound already wearing a ski mask to protect his eyes from the postgame spray of champagne and beer. "People have got to believe we've got a good team. We're going to take this all the way there." The Red Sox did little to celebrate after assuring themselves of no worse than a wild-card spot on Thursday. Instead, the team brought out the cigars on Friday after earning their first division title since 2007 – a victory ...
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On Baseball: Red Sox Are a Monster Again
NYTimes - over 3 years
After cratering last season under Bobby Valentine, the Red Sox have the most victories in the majors and their largest division lead (four and a half games) since 2009.     
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'For Me, It's Almost Like Taking A Valium'
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Julia Stiles is in the middle of a pretty successful April. The New York-born actress has a new film, "It's a Disaster," arriving in limited release on April 12; the Oscar-winning "Silver Linings Playbook," in which Stiles played a supporting role, is out on Blu-ray on April 30; and her favorite baseball team, the New York Mets, has started the 2013 baseball season with an above .500 record. "I like to reserve my judgement and excitement and don't even watch baseball until later in the season," Stiles, an avid Mets fan, told The Huffington Post during a recent interview. "I know that sounds like me not being a true fan, but I've had so many years of getting really excited about Jenrry Mejia or the other new prospects at the beginning of the season, and then, by September, you can wind up disappointed with the Mets." At least Mets fans can tell themselves there's always next year; not so much for the unlucky brunch goers in Stiles' new film, "It's A Disaster." The dark co ...
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American League Game Capsules
Fox News - almost 4 years
The Boston Red Sox have turned the page from a disastrous 2012 season, at least for a day, and did so against their hated rivals from New York. Shane Victorino drove in three runs and Jon Lester pitched five solid innings, as the Red Sox opened the John Farrell era with an 8-2 win over the injury- plagued Yankees. Farrell, the former Red Sox pitching coach who had skippered the Toronto Blue Jays for the past two seasons, was hired to replace Bobby Valentine after a 93-loss campaign, Boston's worst since 1965. Lester (1-0) surrendered a pair of runs on five hits and two walks with seven strikeouts to earn the victory in his third straight Opening Day start. The reigning American League East champion Yankees began their season with a depleted lineup, as regulars Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira, Curtis Granderson and Alex Rodriguez are all on the disabled list. Francisco Cervelli drove in the only ...
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Rivalry Rout
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
NEW YORK — Jackie Bradley Jr. and the Red Sox were daring on the basepaths. Jon Lester and the Boston bullpen were aggressive against a barely recognizable New York Yankees' lineup. The Red Sox looked as if they were in a hurry to put a dreadful 2012 season behind them. They're off to an impressive start, giving new manager John Farrell an 8-2 win on opening day Monday. "I think how you saw it (Monday) is how we can win a lot of ballgames," new designated hitter Jonny Gomes said. "It was kind of all there early." Shane Victorino led a revamped Red Sox lineup with three RBIs and Bradley walked three times and scored twice in his big league debut. Boston's big day against CC Sabathia (0-1) came a year after it lost its first three games under Bobby Valentine and went on to a 69-93 finish. Facing a Yankees lineup minus injured Derek Jeter for the first time since 2001 and just three starters from opening day a year ago, Lester (1-0) gave up five hits and two ru ...
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Old Timers' Days
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- It's hard to bet against the New York Yankees. All the legends. All the history. All the championships. But it's time to declare their time has passed, at least for this season. All of a sudden, the Yankees have grown old. Real old. So old they should try to work out some sort of sponsorship deal with AARP. Heck, it's going to seem like old-timer's day all summer at Yankee Stadium. The only way you'll be able to tell any difference is when Yogi Berra rides out in a car, which means it actually is old-timer's day. (Then again, he's only 87; the Yanks might have plans to put him behind the plate.) Sorry, there's just no way to see this group of banged-up geezers getting back to the playoffs, unless everyone else in the AL East falls apart. "If we win, then we're experienced," shortstop Derek Jeter said the other day, still in the midst of his comeback from a broken ankle. "If we lose, we're old." We're betting on the latter. You can ...
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Len Berman: Top 5 Sports Stories
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Happy Wednesday everyone, here's my Top 5 for February 27, 2013 from Len Berman at www.ThatsSports.com. 1. Quick Hits Will anyone win the NCAA basketball tournament? Another #1 bites the dust as Minnesota takes down Indiana 77-73. It's the seventh time the #1 team has lost this season. Will anyone prevent Miami from winning the NBA title? The Heat made it 12 straight wins with a double overtime win over Sacramento last night. LeBron James had 40 points and 16 assists. Indiana and Golden State scuffled their way into the stands. Surprisingly only one ejection. Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak admits the team fired coach Mike Brown after just five games due to impatience with the declining health of team owner Jerry Buss. Former Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine has taken over as athletic director of Sacred Heart University in Connecticut. Reflecting on last year he said, "I thought I did a hell of a job in Boston... Connie Mack wasn't going to win wit ...
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Former Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine hired as athletics director at Sacred Heart
Fox News - about 4 years
Former Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine has been hired as the athletics director at Sacred Heart University.
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Former Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine to work as commentator for NBC Sports Radio
Fox News - about 4 years
Former Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine will work as a commentator for NBC Sports Radio.
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David Crisanti: The Song Remains the Same
Huffington Post Sports - about 4 years
Raymond Seitz, former Ambassador to the Court of St James, wrote an enjoyable book called Over Here wherein he highlighted the subtle but pervasive differences between the English and Americans, even as the countries share the same language, TV shows, music, movies and upscale sushi restaurants. One of Seitz's insights (inseitz?) was that the British like to perform in their everyday lives -- as in "All the world's a stage". He cited (seited?) interactions of neighbors and party-goers, but passed up an obvious example in the behavior of fans at English football matches. In contrast to America, where fans are definitively an audience insistent on being entertained by Jumbotrons and cheerleaders, in England the fans are players in the production. News accounts of the matches always mention the atmosphere, meaning the contributions of the fans to the event. At a match last week between Chelsea, champions of Europe, and Manchester City, champions of England, the football was dull ...
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Larry Schwimmer: Have Baseball GMs Wasted $1 Billion in Bad Contracts?
Huffington Post - about 4 years
S.F. Astrologer's 3-Year Research Study Concludes I've been a baseball fan all my life and I'm an astrologer. It's also time I came clean and admitted I'm a "recovering" Chicago Cubs fan. In fact, I'm in a special support group for losers -- with other die-hard Cubs fans like George Will, Jimmy Buffett, John Cusack, and Bill Murray. After 35 years of studying astrology and observing the business of baseball, I began to notice that the worst player contracts were consistently signed (or negotiated) during a planetary event known as Mercury Retrograde. My three-year research study shows: There is a 90 percent probability that a player signed during Mercury Retrograde will not perform to the expectations of his contract. Over the past three years, GMs have wasted1 billion in bad player contracts, "signed" during Mercury Retrograde. You may ask, "How do sharp, intelligent baseball executives who are responsible for annual player budgets of $100 to $200 m ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Bobby Valentine
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2013
    Age 62
    TBS had originally planned to feature Valentine as a studio analyst during its MLB on TBS coverage for the 2013 postseason, but reportedly declined to do so after the negative publicity his comments attracted.
    More Details Hide Details Valentine is married to Mary Branca, the daughter of former Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Ralph Branca, and together they have a son Bobby Jr. (born April 23, 1985).
    In 2013, on the twelfth anniversary of the September 11 attacks, Valentine made comments that accused the New York Yankees of not contributing support to the New York community in the wake of the attacks.
    More Details Hide Details He was widely criticized for the inaccuracy of his comments, as many media sources documented several occasions on which the Yankees visited victims and workers after the attacks, and for the untimeliness of trying to take credit for helping.
    Valentine officially began his new career as athletic director on July 1, 2013.
    More Details Hide Details Valentine has helped to raise the visibility of Pioneer athletics over his tenure, with appearances on ESPN, SNY and other national and regional media outlets. In just 24 short months, he has spearheaded numerous projects to better Pioneer Athletics, including the hiring of the program's first-ever strength and conditioning coach, the construction of a brand new Student-Athlete Enhancement Center and the addition of women's rugby to varsity status. In support of the new strength and conditioning coach, Valentine directed a $150,000 renovation of the weight room with state-of-the-art Hammer Strength equipment for use by varsity athletes and the general student population. Under his watch, Valentine has overseen the replacement of the playing surface on Campus Field, as well as its surrounding track. The lobby of the Pitt Center boasts a brand new look, with a trophy case containing the numerous trophies the Pioneers have won over the years, and new athletic branding. The basketball court, named in Dave Bike's honor in February 2014, as well as the Pioneer tennis courts and Pitt Center lobby have been rebranded as well. The football team received a locker room renovation preceding the 2014 campaign, and this summer both the men's and women's lacrosse locker rooms are getting a facelift.
    On February 22, 2013, Valentine was named athletic director at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut.
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    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, CBSSports.com 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.
    More Details Hide Details Valentine was born in Stamford, Connecticut, to Joseph and Grace Valentine. Valentine was recruited out of Rippowam High School in Stamford, Connecticut by the University of Nebraska, Duke University, the University of Notre Dame and the University of Southern California as a star in football and baseball. He attended USC where he became a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. The Los Angeles Dodgers drafted him number five overall in the 1968 Major League Baseball draft.
  • 2012
    Age 61
    Valentine was fired by the Red Sox on October 4, 2012, just one day after the conclusion of the regular season.
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    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.
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  • 2011
    Age 60
    In 2011, Mayor Michael Pavia named Valentine Director of Public Safety for the city of Stamford, Connecticut.
    More Details Hide Details Valentine was paid a token $10,000 salary for this position, which he pledged to donate to city charities. Valentine left the position 11 months later to manage the Red Sox.
    Valentine was introduced by Red Sox General Manager Ben Cherington on December 2, 2011, and chose to wear number 25 in honor of the late Tony Conigliaro, with whom he briefly roomed during spring training 1976 with the San Diego Padres.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details That did not come to fruition, however, as the Marlins hired former White Sox manager Ozzie Guillén. On November 21, 2011, Bobby met with the Boston Red Sox for a formal interview for the open manager's position, and on November 29, it was reported that he would be the new Red Sox manager and the successor to Terry Francona.
  • FIFTIES
  • 2010
    Age 59
    On December 1, 2010, Valentine, Orel Hershiser and Dan Shulman were named as ESPN's new Sunday Night Baseball crew for the 2011 MLB season.
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    Valentine was interviewed by the Milwaukee Brewers for their managerial opening in October 2010.
    More Details Hide Details He was believed to be a finalist along with Bob Melvin, Joey Cora, and Ron Roenicke. The position eventually went to Angels bench coach Roenicke.
    With the firing of the New York Mets Manager Jerry Manuel at the end of the 2010 season, Valentine had been speculated by the local New York sports media of returning to the team.
    More Details Hide Details It was also reported that the Toronto Blue Jays and Seattle Mariners had interviewed Valentine for their open managerial job.
    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.
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  • 2009
    Age 58
    He made his broadcasting debut for the 2009 American and National League Championship Series and World Series.
    More Details Hide Details In late, Valentine was a candidate to replace Eric Wedge as manager of the Cleveland Indians, however the job went to Manny Acta. Bobby continued working with ESPN for the 2010 MLB season. He was interviewed for the Baltimore Orioles managerial position after manager Dave Trembley was fired in early June; Valentine later withdrew his name from consideration. Valentine was considered a front runner for the Florida Marlins managerial position that opened after Manager Fredi González was fired in late June.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In the end, Valentine was fired, even though a petition to extend his contract was presented to the organization with 112,000 signatures. Valentine accepted a position as a baseball analyst for ESPN. He had previously appeared on the cable network's Baseball Tonight show in 2003.
  • 2008
    Age 57
    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.
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  • 2005
    Age 54
    Following their Japan Series championship, the Marines won the inaugural Asia Series by defeating the Samsung Lions of the Korea Baseball Organization in November 2005.
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    On October 27, 2005, Valentine issued a challenge to the World Series champion Chicago White Sox on behalf of the Chiba Lotte Marines.
    More Details Hide Details Valentine called for a seven-game World Series to be played between the American and Japanese championship teams. Unlike the World Baseball Classic, a competition featuring sixteen national all-star teams, a World Series-styled tournament between the winners of both the American and Japanese championships has never been played.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Nine days later on October 26, the Marines won the Japan Series in a four-game sweep of the Hanshin Tigers for the first time since 1974.
  • 2004
    Age 53
    In 2004, Valentine began his second stint as manager of the Chiba Lotte Marines.
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  • 2002
    Age 51
    Valentine won the 2002 Branch Rickey Award for his donations and personal work with survivors of the September 11 attacks.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2000
    Age 49
    In early 2000, Valentine was at the center of what would be called "The Whartongate Affair", in which he allegedly mentioned to students at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business somewhat cynical, insider comments regarding a handful of Mets players and the organization as a whole. The Mets returned the following season, finishing the year with a 94–68 record and another wild card playoff berth. This time, the Mets would not be denied the pennant, winning the 2000 National League Championship Series by defeating the St. Louis Cardinals in five games (4–1).
    More Details Hide Details The Mets run would end during the 2000 World Series as they were beaten by their crosstown rival New York Yankees in five games (4–1).
  • 1999
    Age 48
    Valentine had an uneasy, if not volatile relationship with general manager Steve Phillips, who fired three of Valentine's coaches and selected the replacements himself during the 1999 season (in a move many observers felt was an attempt to get Valentine to quit) and eventually fired him after the 2002 season.
    More Details Hide Details Valentine was hired by the network soon afterwards. He finished his Mets managerial career with a record of 536 wins and 467 losses.
    Valentine's most memorable game as a manager occurred on June 9, 1999.
    More Details Hide Details In the 12th inning of a 14 inning marathon with the Toronto Blue Jays, Mike Piazza was called for catcher's interference on Craig Grebeck. Valentine was ejected by home plate umpire Randy Marsh for arguing the call, and returned to the dugout an inning later in a disguise (a fake moustache). Unamused, Major League Baseball fined Valentine $5,000 and suspended him for two games. The Mets went on to win the game 4–3. Valentine led the Mets to a record of 97–66 and a wild card playoff berth that season. The Mets beat the Arizona Diamondbacks in four games (3–1) en route to the National League Championship Series, where they eventually lost to their division rival the Atlanta Braves in six games (4–2).
  • 1996
    Age 45
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Over the next two seasons, with Valentine at the helm, the Mets began a resurgence, finishing 14 games over .500 (88–74) both years.
  • 1995
    Age 44
    In 1995, Valentine began his first stint as manager of the Chiba Lotte Marines in the Japanese Pacific League.
    More Details Hide Details That season, the team surprised most Japanese baseball fans by finishing in second place (69–58–3), a remarkable feat for the Marines who had not won the Japanese Pacific league pennant since 1974. However, he was fired abruptly due to the personal conflict with general manager Tatsuro Hirooka, despite having a two-year contract. Bobby returned to the U.S. and the Norfolk Tides in 1996, managing them to an 82–59 record and second place in the International League's West Division.
  • 1994
    Age 43
    In 1994, Valentine managed the Mets' Triple-A affiliate, the Norfolk Tides.
    More Details Hide Details Bobby led the Tides to a 67-75 record, which was good for fourth in the five-team West Division of the International League.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1989
    Age 38
    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.
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  • 1986
    Age 35
    Hopes were high in Arlington after the 1986 season, but his Rangers fell back into sixth place the following two seasons.
    More Details Hide Details Unable to replicate his early success, Valentine was fired by managing partner George W. Bush halfway through the 1992 season with a record of 45–41. Toby Harrah took over as manager, and led the Rangers to a 77–85 record and a fourth-place finish. He finished his Rangers' managerial career with a record of 581 wins and 605 losses with no post–season appearances.
  • 1985
    Age 34
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He was not able to turn the team's fortunes around right away and the Rangers went 53–76 the rest of the way, finishing with an overall record of 62–99. The following season the Rangers finished second in the American League West with a record of 87–75. Valentine also finished second for AL Manager of the Year that year.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1979
    Age 28
    Valentine's role with the Mets became even more limited, and he was released in spring training, 1979.
    More Details Hide Details He signed with the Seattle Mariners shortly afterwards, and made his debut as a catcher that season. Following the season, he retired from baseball at 29 years of age.
  • 1977
    Age 26
    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.
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  • 1975
    Age 24
    At the end of the 1975 season, he was traded to the San Diego Padres.
    More Details Hide Details Valentine only appeared in 66 games for the Padres when he was part of New York's infamous "Midnight Massacre."
  • 1974
    Age 23
    In 1974, Valentine made 414 plate appearances in the utility role, the second most of his career, and batted .261 with three home runs.
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  • 1973
    Age 22
    Valentine missed the remainder of the 1973 season and Valentine never regained his speed.
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  • 1972
    Age 21
    His batting average improved to .274 in 1972, but he was not showing his early promise as a major leaguer, and following the season, he was packaged in a trade along with Frank Robinson, Billy Grabarkewitz, Bill Singer and Mike Strahler to the California Angels for Andy Messersmith and Ken McMullen.
    More Details Hide Details Valentine batted .302 his first season with the Angels before falling victim to a multiple compound leg fracture at Anaheim Stadium when his spikes got caught in the outfield's chain link fence while attempting to catch a home run ball hit by Dick Green.
  • 1971
    Age 20
    Valentine made the Dodgers out of spring training in 1971, and batted .249 with one home run and 25 runs batted in.
    More Details Hide Details The following season, he managed to play in 119 games by playing many different positions—including shortstop, second base, third and all three outfield positions.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1970
    Age 19
    Back in the Pacific Coast League for 1970, Valentine was again his league's MVP after batting .340 with fourteen home runs for the Spokane Indians.
    More Details Hide Details Led by Valentine and manager Tommy Lasorda, Spokane won the league championship over a legendary Hawaii Islanders powerhouse.
  • 1968
    Age 17
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Though he never recorded a major league at-bat that season, he did score three runs as a pinch runner.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1950
    Born
    Born on May 13, 1950.
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