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.