News: Bobby V returns to ESPN, per Bobby V

Bobby Valentine said on a conference call today that he considers himself a Mets fan, and he is disappointed in their 2009 season, which he described as a ‘tragedy.’

According to Valentine, there is an out-clause in his contract that will allow him to take a job managing in MLB.

Valentine would not say if he is or isn’t interested in managing the Mets again.

Original Post, 10:16 am:

Bobby Valentine announced his return to the ESPN broadcast team this morning on ESPN Radio’s Mike and Mike in the Morning.

“I’m excited about returning to ESPN,” Valentine said, in this report for ESPN.com.  “I’ve been following Major League Baseball closely from afar, and look forward to delving back into those conversations across the company’s multimedia platforms.”

Meanwhile, yesterday, Jerry Manuel told reporters he is confident he will be Mets manager next season – however, he realizes he will need to get off to a good start.

“I know how this particular situation works,” Manuel said Monday, as quoted by the Star-Ledger.  “It’ll be important for us to hit the ground running playing good baseball and giving a feeling that there is a chance of a championship.  That has to be established early.  I understand that.  I’ll be fighting that battle, but at the same time I know I have to have a team in position to get off and play well.”