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Valentine: I'm 'Committed' to ESPN -- At Least For Now

New ESPN baseball analyst Bobby Valentine, speaking via conference call Tuesday from Japan, said he is "totally committed" to his new job as a Baseball Tonight panelist, beginning with the upcoming postseason. However, he acknowledged his interest in eventually returning to managing -- under the right circumstances.

"I've come far enough and done this thing often enough to understand the everyday grind of a major league season has got to be aided by the working relationship with the people you have around you," Valentine, 59, said.

The Washington Nationals, currently managed on an interim basis by Jim Riggleman, are believed to have at least mild interest in Valentine, who spent the past six years managing Japan's Chiba Lotte Marines. Asked whether he would be willing to step into a rebuilding situation, such as that of the Nationals, who have lost 100-plus games in back-to-back seasons, Valentine said he was more interested in a team's future direction than its past mistakes.

"I don't know about 100-loss seasons," said Valentine, who managed in the U.S. for 15 years with the Texas Rangers and New York Mets, taking the Mets to the 2000 World Series. "But I do know about a No. 1 draft choice [pitcher Stephen Strasburg] that was signed. "I don't necessaily know about the baseball culture of many cities, other than the ones I've worked in. But I can tell you what would draw me to any job would be the people I would be working with day in and day out, who would have to be on same page, pulling in the same direction."

Valentine's ESPN contract is believed to contain an "out" clause that would allow him to accept a managing job in MLB, although the specifics of that clause are not known. During the same conference call Tuesday, ESPN's executive vice president of production, Norby Williamson, said the network assumes Valentine will remain onboard through the 2010 season.

"Teams, at some point, would be crazy not to approach Bobby to manage their teams," Williamson said. "... I'm OK with that. People's aspirations change."

Aside from the Nationals, the only other team with a managerial opening are the Houston Astros, although several other teams, including the Baltimore Orioles, could be considering changes.

By Dave Sheinin  |  September 29, 2009; 1:25 PM ET
 
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So Sheinin, did you call him or did he call you? =)

Posted by: NatsNut | September 29, 2009 1:56 PM | Report abuse

They seem to need guys the know about pitching? They seem to have solved the hitting dilemma at least for now? People who know how pitching prospects are converted into MLB pitchers?

Posted by: periculum | September 29, 2009 2:03 PM | Report abuse

"The Washington Nationals, currently managed on an interim basis by Jim Riggleman, are believed to have at least mild interest in Valentine, who spent the past six years managing Japan's Chiba Lotte Marines."

Are believed by who, Sheinin? You? Your colleague at the Post, Boswell, has stated several times that the Nationals have no interest in hiring Valentine as he is considered to be a Bowden guy. (Why that would be, I don't know, since it seems the only place Valentine and Bowden might ever have worked together would have been ESPN.) So who are we to believe here, Boswell or you?

Posted by: FromTheEclipseThePlaceThatBobCarpenterCallsHome | September 29, 2009 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Hiring Valentine would go in a Redskins-like direction of celebrity fixes for systemic weaknesses.

Posted by: petercapitolhill | September 29, 2009 2:36 PM | Report abuse

I hear there's a guy named Zorn who may be available for a coaching job. Does he know anything about baseball?

Posted by: nattydread1 | September 29, 2009 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Does he know anything about football?

Posted by: Section506 | September 29, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse

I hear there's a guy named Zorn who may be available for a coaching job. Does he know anything about baseball?

Posted by: nattydread1 | September 29, 2009 2:42 PM
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probably as much as he knows about running an NFL offense ...

Posted by: erocks33 | September 29, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Hey, discussions about the Redskins are thataway ====================>

Posted by: gilbertbp | September 29, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

If he leaves no more "Faces of Zorn"? Pretty hilarious blogging if you ask me ... :)

Posted by: periculum | September 29, 2009 3:13 PM | Report abuse

It is believed by some that the Washington Nationals are interested in Bill Ripken or Harold Reynolds. (I just told my sister that, and she believed me.)

Posted by: 6thandD | September 29, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Bobby V is the Billy Martin of the New Millennium. He helped guide relatively quick turnarounds of the Rangers and the Mets but, like Martin, those teams subsequently collapsed and he was dismissed. In his favor is that he took the Mets to the playoffs twice and the Series once. Don;t know why he would want to come here unless he wants to go head-to-head with the Mets 18 times a season.

Posted by: leetee1955 | September 29, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

I think the Bobby V rumors are mostly coming from Peter Gammons and Buster Olney, who both reported that the Nats specifically asked the GM candidates about him. Olney may have just been siting Gammons, so it may only really be coming from Gammons. But he tends to know his stuff, not that it means Bobby V is getting hired. But yes, it's more than just Mr. Sheinen who has heard this.

Posted by: CharlieF | September 29, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

why is valentine considered to be a "bowden guy?" is it because he's a preening, condescending jerk or does he also wear leather pants?

Posted by: surly_w | September 29, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Does it occur to anyone that maybe they asked GM candidates about Valentine specifically to weed out any who would express interest in hiring him?

Posted by: FromTheEclipseThePlaceThatBobCarpenterCallsHome | September 29, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Eclipse

that's too much rational thinking to which to credit the nats front office.

Posted by: surly_w | September 29, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Mebbe Foli or Stearns from within the system? Seems like these guys get the most out of the young pitchers? Pitching its what's for dinner.

Posted by: periculum | September 29, 2009 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Surly, this is DC. Litmus tests are applied all the time, by both the competent and the incompetent.

Posted by: FromTheEclipseThePlaceThatBobCarpenterCallsHome | September 29, 2009 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Please please please no. A thousand times no. Two 100-loss seasons + one obnoxious know-it-all prima donna = me finding something better to do next summer than follow the Nationals.

Posted by: funafuti | September 29, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone here expect the Nats' front office to do the right thing?

Come to think of it, what is the right thing?

With such a horrendous start the billionaire Lerners have provided this town, I'm stumped.

Posted by: JohnRDC | September 29, 2009 4:59 PM | Report abuse

How about Davey Johnson?

Posted by: imlazar | September 29, 2009 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone here expect the Nats' front office to do the right thing?
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Well, the hired Rizzo, brought in Dunn, signed Zimm to a long-term deal and signed Strasburg. That's a decent year despite all the losses.

We also now seem to have a decent crop of pitching prospects (Detwiler, Mock, Martin, Balester, Clippard) plus Storen. Yes this year sucks, but it at least "feels" like this is a team heading in the right direction. I'm much more optimistic about next season if we can get some stability in the bullpen, and bring in a couple of decent starters (Wolf & Lackey would be nice).

Posted by: imlazar | September 29, 2009 9:56 PM | Report abuse

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