I swear, this will be the last time I post on Bobby Valentine. At least for a long time. That is, at least if nothing interesting happens. Screw it, we’re launching BobbyValentine Talk next Monday. I’m pulling the trigger on this bad boy!
Anyway, Bobby V. was on Sirius XM’s Mad Dog Russo show today and he offered some more interesting commentary on his odyssey with the Marlins:
“You know, I mean, I was reading in the
paper I wasn’t a candidate,
you know? And I don’t really like that stuff. You know, we did have
conversations and then the next thing I know their leaks have people
things that I’m no longer a candidate and they’re going in another
direction. Well, you know, if that’s the case tell me. I’m a big
boy. It’s real easy.”
The most obvious explanation to that is that Valentine was only Jeff Loria’s candidate and that the front office bucked under Loria’s diktat and leaked that stuff to the papers to undermine Valentine’s candidacy and maybe to even tease out the very negative reaction from Valentine displayed in the above quote.
The alternative: the Marlins really are a bunch of sociopaths who all agreed to cut bait on Valentine at once and decided to simply not tell him. I can’t decide which is worse for the Marlins long term: a house divided or a house united in idiocy. At least the former has them thinking half-right.
Valentine also added something else, when asked about his interaction with the Orioles, that suggests that just maybe he won’t be managing anywhere in the big leagues any time soon:
“To tell you the truth, the in-season
stuff where you have all the
rules and regulations that are set forth – rightfully so, I guess – by
commissioner that you have to interview so many different types of
in and outside your organization before you’re allowed to hire a person
want to, it’s a pretty tough process. I don’t know that it’s tough.
It doesn’t seem like it’s the way most industries do it.”
So he either doesn’t like how Major League Baseball wants its clubs to approach managerial hires or else he only wants to be a part of a process in which he’s the only candidate. I guess it could be a combination of those things.
Either way, it makes him a rather difficult candidate for almost any team to woo, does it not?