MLB Network’s Peter Gammons told WFAN that he believes Bobby Valentine will be the next manager of the Mets, adding:
“I think there are two things: 1) He has a history and a good working relationship with Omar Minaya and 2) he is one guy that, though Jeff Wilpon will not always like what he hears from Bobby, I think they can have a relationship where Bobby could say to Jeff, ‘No, we’re not doing this, that’s the wrong thing,’ and in the end they’ll win out together, because they have a mutual respect. I just think now is the right time to bring Bobby back.”
Well, I think I’ve been pretty clear where I stand on this issue…
In a post, here, in October last year I wrote:
“Valentine is exactly the type of person you mold your team around, especially the Mets, as he embodies everything Mets fans are about. Yes, he is quirky, but he is also an underdog with local roots, he played for the Mets, he grew up rooting for them, he played hard, he manages hard, he is organized and different and constantly working to be the smartest person on the field, and, most important, he wants to win, but he also understands that baseball is a game and should be fun – these are all qualities I want the Mets to be.”
Thinking out loud here, I wonder how things would go for these guys in a Bill Parcells-like, Pat Reilly-like situation – in which Valentine is the team’s manager, but he also gets to make out the GM’s ‘grocery list,’ so to speak, giving him the right to dictate the talent he will be forced to manage.