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June 10, 2010

Bobby Valentine to interview Friday

The Orioles will interview ESPN analyst Bobby Valentine for their open manager’s job on Friday, according to an industry source.

Andy MacPhail, the club’s President of Baseball Operations, is expected to conduct the meeting in Baltimore.

MacPhail has just started the interviewing process after firing Dave Trembley last Thursday and appointing third base coach Juan Samuel as the interim manager.

Valentine is believed to be the second candidate to interview, an industry source said. MacPhail did not immediately return phone calls, but it’s his policy to refrain from commenting on specific interviews. Valentine could not be reached for comment.

The Sun reported earlier this week that former Cleveland Indians manager Eric Wedge will be interviewed, but that timetable has not been revealed.

Valentine, who is in the first season of a four-year deal with ESPN, took the New York Mets to the World Series in 2000 and won a Japan Series title with the Chiba Lotte Marines in 2005.

Valentine, 60, hasn’t managed in the majors since he was fired by the Mets after the 2002 season. He left for Japan in 2004 and led the Marines until last season. Known as a fiery character and intent student of the game, Valentine managed 15 seasons in the big leagues for the Texas Rangers and Mets, compiling a 1,117-1072 record (.510 winning percentage).

He was the fifth overall pick by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1968 amateur draft and spent 10 seasons in the majors for five different teams. A career .260 hitter, he played at least one game at every field position in the majors.

Posted by Dan Connolly at 5:15 PM | | Comments (11)


I like it....this could be the guy

Oh Gawd no.

Can't we find a young fire-eater?

Who was the first candidate to interview?

dan - do you really think valentine would be interested. personally i think he would be the perfect candidate for the job.

who would you say is the pick of the warehouse.

Frankly, is there any manager really worth his salt who wants the job?

too old...

He's the second canidate to interview? Who was the 1st?

How about Angels bench coach Ron Roenicke (Gary's brother)? His predecessor, Joe Maddon, has done a pretty good job managing the Rays. Mike Scioscia runs an excellent program for the Angels organization and has tutored Roenicke as he did Maddon before that. I hope MacPhail is not just considering retreads.

Definitely stick with Samuel through All-Star Break. If his record is within 5 games of .500, stick with him. If not, can him. Then, if he falls more than 35 below .500 in the 2nd half, can him. In other words, give him a shot if he stays near .500. Otherwise, bring in some young, fiery, a**-kicking wild man - not Valentine.

Keep Samuel until the end of the season. The guys seem to respond to him. The Orioles also need to make more of any effort to hire people of color in their top positions. They are pathetic when it comes to diversity. They need to take a look at the NFL policies/practices. I get tired of the retread "good ole boys".

I know they won't do this because they want someone with managerial experience, but I'd wait until the end of the season and offer the job to Jason Varitek -- player/manager.

Great baseball knowledge; handles pitchers/calls a game better than anyone; would know how to beat the Yankees and RedSox; could turn Wieters into an all star.

I think we need to go outside the box.

Don't count on any big name, successful major league manager, past or present...
No one wants to work for a temporary pay check signed by Angelos. Only a desperate candidate might be interested. They have interviewed many thus far and all have declined. Now the mention of Valentine is only a publicity grabber. Angelos should get out of baseball!

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A Baltimore native, Dan Connolly has been covering sports for 14 years, and baseball and the Orioles for 10 seasons, including the past six with The Sun. His first year covering baseball on a daily basis was Cal Ripken Jr.'s final season as a player. It's believed that is just a coincidence.

Steve Gould is an assistant sports editor for The Sun, overseeing Orioles coverage. The Columbia native joined The Sun as a sports copy editor in 2006 after graduating from the University of Maryland.

Peter Schmuck has been covering baseball for a lot longer than Steve Gould has been on this earth. He is now a general sports columnist, but has been a beat writer covering three major league teams (the Dodgers, Angels and Orioles) and also spent a decade as the Sun's national baseball writer. If you want more of his insight on the Orioles and other sports issues, check out his personal blog -- The Schmuck Stops Here.

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