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Postby Madison » Mon Nov 03, 2003 1:14 pm

Valentine returns to Japan

By JIM ARMSTRONG, Associated Press Writer
November 3, 2003
TOKYO (AP) -- Former New York Mets manager Bobby Valentine returned to Japanese baseball Monday, signing a three-year deal with the Lotte Marines.

``This was just the right thing to do at this point in my life,'' the 53-year-old manager said. ``To feel wanted and needed is very important in life.''

Valentine, fired by the Mets in October 2002 with one year left on his contract, declined to comment on financial terms of the contract, saying only that it was ``flattering'' and appropriate for someone with over 2,500 games of managerial experience.

Japan's Sports Nippon newspaper reported Monday that he will make an estimated $6.4 million on the three-year contract with an option for two years.

Valentine, who replaces Koji Yamamoto, guided the Marines to a second-place finish in 1995, the team's best finish since 1985.

At the end of the '95 season, Valentine had a falling out with former general manager Tatsuro Hirooka and left Japan.

``I feel confident that I have been given the freedom to guide the club using my knowledge and my philosophy,'' Valentine said.

Since his departure, the Marines haven't finished better than fourth in the Pacific League.

Valentine, who had also been mentioned as a possible candidate to replace Grady Little as manager of the Boston Red Sox, spent this season as an analyst for ESPN.

He managed in New York from 1996-02, leading the Mets to the 2000 World Series. He also managed the Texas Rangers from 1985-92.

While Valentine said it was difficult to make an assessment of the current Lotte team without seeing the players first, he said he would be interested in having a look at former Mets player Tsuyoshi Shinjo, who was assigned to Triple-A Norfolk in July.

``Shinjo had a good season with the Mets when I managed him,'' Valentine said. ``Now that he may be available, we'll go through the proper channels to speak with him in the future.''


Updated on Monday, Nov 3, 2003 3:49 am EST

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Postby wrveres » Mon Nov 03, 2003 6:05 pm

guess that Bos interview never came huh... :-)

The only thing that sucks about this signing..... Next year ESPN will probably bring in Torborg. :~(
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Postby Madison » Mon Nov 03, 2003 9:05 pm

Bobby bugged me on ESPN. Sometimes he had some good stuff to say, but other times.................
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Postby wrveres » Mon Nov 03, 2003 9:14 pm

Madison wrote:Bobby bugged me on ESPN. Sometimes he had some good stuff to say, but other times.................


oh me too. I'd like them to bring in Mark. as in Mac.
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Postby Madison » Mon Nov 03, 2003 9:38 pm

wrveres wrote:
Madison wrote:Bobby bugged me on ESPN. Sometimes he had some good stuff to say, but other times.................


oh me too. I'd like them to bring in Mark. as in Mac.


I bet McDonald's would buy some air time. :-D
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Postby wrveres » Mon Nov 03, 2003 9:50 pm

Madison wrote:
wrveres wrote:
Madison wrote:Bobby bugged me on ESPN. Sometimes he had some good stuff to say, but other times.................


oh me too. I'd like them to bring in Mark. as in Mac.


I bet McDonald's would buy some air time. :-D


If I was a salesman for ESPN, it would be my first phonecall.
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Postby Justise » Tue Nov 04, 2003 12:15 am

Torborg? so the guys on the set can ask him questions about how he could go 10 games under 500 with a team that won the world series? That would be fun.

Gotta be Grady Little right?
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Postby DieHardCubbie » Tue Nov 04, 2003 3:32 am

I liked Val on ESPN.......I bet he would be better than Grady or Torborg..... :-)
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Postby DK » Tue Nov 04, 2003 7:46 am

I met Bobby V once, he's a nice guy. sometimes he can't seem to remember what teams are in the AL and NL, but he's a good baseball man.
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Postby Madison » Tue Nov 04, 2003 10:58 am

I got tired of Bobby when he managed the Rangers. Enjoy Japan! :-D
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