Today In Bobby Valentine Stories

I like Bobby Valentine. I don’t always agree with Bobby Valentine’s suggestions when it comes to baseball, but I enjoy those suggestions nonetheless.

Sort of like Orel Hershiser:

After last year’s stint as an analyst in the Sunday Night Baseball broadcast booth, Valentine is currently under consideration for the managerial opening with the Boston Red Sox. He’s reportedly a part of a two candidate race, competing against Gene “The Broken Windmill” Lamont for the position.

Over the weekend, Murray Chass, simultaneously embodying the ghost of Andy Rooney and pure evil, attempted to derail his candidacy with all of the one sentence paragraphs he could muster in an attack against Valentine. Obviously, whatever Chass’ relevance to the baseball community once was, it has declined to a point that’s past bitter senility and into the realm of the completely meaningless. Despite this new found lack of stature, one quote from the attempted hatchet job on Valentine is worth mentioning.

The quote is from former outfielder Brian McRae:

He’s not a typical manager. He does weird and goofy things. I’m not saying he’s right or wrong. He’s a different type manager and it’s our job to adjust to what he’s doing.

Tom Tango was quick to point out that McRae’s comments are close to how Valentine was described by Felipe Alou, who claimed that the former New York Mets and Texas Rangers skipper was his least favourite colleague to manage against.

He said it’s not because he was the best or the worst, but because he was so unconventional, that it was hard to manage against him.

If you’ve read Tango’s The Book, you’ll understand that this is being written as a compliment. Keeping the opposition guessing is a virtue that is especially espoused by those who favour playing the percentages in baseball.

Speaking of which, I’d assume a relatively small percentage of people use single fingers when air quoting.

For most of us, a mention of Bobby Valentine is likely to evoke the image of a man in a dugout with a fake moustache. It looks something like this:

And while that particular story is rather enjoyable:

Larry Granillo, writing for Baseball Prospectus’ Wezen-Ball gives us yet another humourous anecdote involving Valentine:

My favorite story about Bobby Valentine may well be a new one told this weekend by Ken Levine. Levine is an ex-broadcaster for the Orioles, Mariners, and Padres, having partnered with the likes of Jon Miller and Dave Niehaus in his time in the booth. He is also a very accomplished television and film writer. His movie credits include the film Volunteeres, and he has worked in a major way on some of television’s biggest shows, including M*A*S*H*Cheers, and Frasier. Levine also wrote the famous Simpsons episode “Dancin’ Homer”.

On his excellent blog this weekend, Levine was giving hints to would-be writers on how not to pitch a story to writers and executives. Mid-way through the post, this story about Bobby Valentine pops up:

When I was announcing for the Orioles I once got thrown out of Bobby Valentine’s office for asking tough questions. He was then the manager of the Texas Rangers. Fifteen minutes later I was summoned back, obviously to receive an apology. No. He had heard I was a writer and pitched me a movie. Try not to be an [Getting Blanked] first.

It’s just Bobby being Bobby.