Bobby Valentine will join SNY’s on-air team as an analyst for its pre- and post-game coverage starting Opening Day, Monday, April 1, at 11:30am on the network’s new show Mets First Pitch, presented by Cadillac.
“I’m excited to join SNY’s Mets coverage, which is regarded as one of the best in all of baseball,” Valentine said in a press release. “After spending the better part of four decades with the team, I am looking forward to working with Bobby, Keith, Ronnie and the rest of the Mets on-air team starting with Opening Day.”
Valentine, who is expected to make 12-15 appearances throughout the season, will be paired with Bob Ojeda and host Chris Carlin.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
Well, this is pretty awesome. I’m excited. I love hearing Valentine talk baseball, and his conversations with Ojeda at the desk should be pretty informative and passionate. I am curious, though, what Terry Collins might think of the move? I mean, it’s going to be sort of awkward having Valentine comment on Terry’s managerial choices, knowing full well Valentine want some Mets fans choice after Jerry Manuel was fired. That said, Valentine didn’t do too much talking about managers when he was with ESPN, so perhaps there is some sort of fraternal, respect-the-job type thing that these guys all adhere to. In either case, this should be fun and interesting…
Mets First Pitch will feature in-depth instructional segments with Ron Darling, Keith Hernandez, Ojeda and Valentine; Terry Collins’s pre-game press conference; exclusive one-on-one interviews with players and opposing players, managers and GM’s; interactive social media elements; viewer phone calls; and player profiles.