Bobby Valentine could wind up back at ESPN next season

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ESPN analyst and former major league skipper Bobby Valentine has interviewed for a variety of managerial openings this offseason and has expressed interest in a few different gigs.  He is highly respected and has enjoyed success at nearly every level of baseball, and yet he hasn’t been offered a position by any club.

Maybe his contract demands are too high, or maybe he doesn’t want to step into a rebuilding role.  Either way, it looks as though Bobby V won’t be coaching in 2011.

Ken Davidoff of New York’s Newsday thinks that Valentine will wind up back at ESPN in an analyst role when all is said and done, and the 60-year-old hinted as much when speaking with Chris Russo on Sirius XM’s Mad Dog Radio this weekend.

“If it was just a job, I think I could already have it, and probably have it a few places, and I really am flattered by the people who have had me in and have talked to me and even offered me a chance,” Valentine said Friday. “But I’m looking for that perfect situation, and it hasn’t presented itself yet.”

Valentine has been courted by the Marlins, Mariners and even Blue Jays this offseason.  The Mets have not yet begun their search for a new skipper, opting instead to focus on finding a new general manager.  Maybe they’ll consider giving Bobby V another try once their front office is settled.

Report: Tigers to hire Ron Gardenhire as new manager

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The Tigers are expected to hire Ron Gardenhire as the team’s new manager upon completion of a contract, per Ken Rosenthal and Katie Strang of The Athletic. Gardenhire, 59, spent the 2017 season serving as the bench coach for the Diamondbacks.

Gardenhire managed the Twins for 13 seasons between 2002-14, amassing a 1,068-1,039 (.507) record in the regular season and reaching the playoffs six times.

According to Strang and Rosenthal, Gardenhire was one of 10 candidates to interview with the Tigers. Others included Alex Cora, Mike Redmond, Fredi Gonzalez, Joe McEwing, Hensley Meulens, Dave Clark, and Omar Vizquel. Apparently, GM Al Avila wanted a manager with previous major league managing experience.

The Tigers parted ways with previous manager Brad Ausmus at the end of the 2017 regular season, his fourth year at the helm.