New York Yankees: Bobby Valentine

Video: Olbermann on Bobby V's comments

September, 12, 2013
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Keith Olbermann reacts to Bobby Valentine's comments that the Yankees were not around for the citizens of New York during the immediate aftermath of 9/11.

Cashman & Bobby V jumping

November, 28, 2012
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This time of year, people gear up for the holidays. Some light candles. Others go get a tree for the house. The Yankees' general manager? Well, he jumps off a building.

For the third straight year, Brian Cashman will rappel off the side of the Landmark Square building in Stamford, Conn. This year, he will be joined by Bobby Valentine, who is a legend in Stamford. This could have been a Yankees-Red Sox thing, but we all know that didn't work out so well.

Anyway, here are the details for the practice run on Friday and the real thing on Sunday.

On Friday, November 30 from 6:00 to 9:00am (ET), Rick Reichmuth, FOX News Channel’s Meteorologist, Brian Cashman, General Manager of the New
York Yankees and Sports Great Bobby Valentine will broadcast live from the top, middle and bottom of one of Stamford, CT’s tallest buildings, The Landmark Building. Santa’s Elf, Brian VanOrsdel will be on hand, strapping Rick, Brian and Bobby in and guiding them down the 22 stories of the building, all the while broadcasting live on the FOX News Channel, “FOX & Friends” morning newscast. FOX & Friends is the #1 cable morning show in the nation and has been #1 for over 100 months in a row.

The event marks the start of Rappelling Santa’s arrival in Stamford and is a good practice run for the rappelling crew for Sunday’s Heights & Lights program

On Sunday, December 2 at 5:00 pm Brian Cashman, Bobby Valentine, Rick Reichmuth, Santa and friends are scheduled once again to make their dare devil descent down the 22 stories of the Landmark Building, for Reckson, A Division of SL Green Realty Corp’s Rappelling Santa. After the rappel, Santa’s busy holiday schedule will take him straight up Bedford Street to Latham Park where he will join the Stamford Community in Latham Park for music with The Jumpers Orchestra and the lighting of the Holiday Tree, donated by Bartlett Tree Company.

WHEN: Practice Rappel: Friday, November 30, 2012, 6:00 AM to 9:00 AM Heights & Lights Rappel: Sunday, December 2, 2012 at 5:00 PM

WHERE: Landmark Square, Broad Street for Rappel and Latham Park, Bedford Street for Tree Lighting, Stamford Downtown

Heights & Lights is presented by Reckson, A Division of SL Green Realty Corp. and sponsored by The Advocate, 95.9 The Fox, Star 99.9, WEBE 108, Bartlett Tree Company, Happyhaha.com and The First Congregational Church of Stamford and brought to you by Stamford Downtown and The City of Stamford. Free Cocoa at the Unitarian Universalist Society. THIS EVENT IS FREE!


Enemy Lines: Valentine on 1050

April, 4, 2012
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Bobby Valentine may have already ratcheted up the rhetoric between the Yankees and Red Sox, but he doesn't feel any pressure going into the Red Sox' first game on Thursday against Detroit.

"I think pressure is when you are unprepared for something and you get surprised," Valentine said on the debut of his weekly appearance on ESPN New York 1050's Michael Kay Show.

Valentine has New York experience and is something of a legend in Japan as a manager. But Boston is unique.

"It is different because it is different," Valentine said.

Valentine also addressed his latest controversies.

* On ESPN anaylst Curt Schilling saying things are not going to work well for the Sox with Valentine. Valentine said he will not discuss Schilling's comments with him.

"What for?" Valentine said. "I see no reason for that. That's for sure."

How about if Schilling broached it?

"I could care less," Valentine said. "I have big things to worry about, real things to worry about it."

* On closer Andrew Bailey being out until around the All-Star Break with a thumb injury

"It is a little bit of a surprise," Valentine said. "The one thing that we really never got to do is have guys pitch out of the bullpen how they might be doing it during the regular season. You like to line that stuff up and get guys kind of passing the baton. Andrew came as a little bit of a surprise. We kept thinking he was going to be able to pitch the next time out."

Valentine said Alfredo Aceves will be his main closer with Mark Melancon possibly receiving some chances.

"I like Alfredo Aceves in that spot," Valentine said. "He has been pitching as a starter most of spring training with the thought that he could also be the closer if anything happened and something happened and he is ready."

* Josh Beckett looks "like he is ready to go." Beckett has his own thumb issue, but Valentine says he is fine.

Who do you hate more? Bobby V or Dolan?

March, 30, 2012
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The Yankees are almost out of our Public Enemy No. 1 Tourney.

In the opening round, A-Rod got thumped by Isiah Thomas (83-to-17 percent), while Carl Pavano decisively beat A.J. Burnett (66-to-34 percent) in an 8-9 matchup.

So Pavano is matched up with No. 1 seed LeBron James one side of the Elite 8 bracket. On the other side, Bobby Valentine, a 10-seed, tries to upset James Dolan, the 2-seed.

You can vote here.

Bobby V. vs. Joey G. (Who is right?)

March, 23, 2012
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Well, well, well, it was hard to see that one coming.

Bobby Valentine adding a little more spice to the rivalry with another small brush-up with the Yankees. This time Valentine's foil is Joe Girardi, who I guarantee is already sick of dealing with Bobby V and they haven't even played one regular season game yet.

Valentine did not want Thursday's game to end after nine innings because he had a reliever, Clayton Mortenson, up and ready to handle the 10th inning. Girardi said he didn't have any more pitchers to throw in the bottom half of the inning so he said the Yankees were done. Here is Bobby V from Gordon Edes' story.
"It was regretful that Mortensen warmed up and we were told we were not playing any extra innings," Valentine said. "I didn't think that was very courteous."

When a New York reporter told Valentine that Girardi said he wanted to preserve his pitching and the Yankees "had a long day tomorrow," Valentine wasn't buying it.

"They had plenty of pitching," Valentine said. "Probably too long of a ride."

The bus ride from Fort Myers to the Yankees' complex in Tampa takes between 2-2 hours.

Girardi had his retort.
Giradi had another pitcher, D.J. Mitchell, throw a side session in the eighth when the Yankees held a four-run lead. All he had left was a situational lefty, Mike O'Connor, and five extra pitchers called up from minor-league camp.

"I used a lot in the last two innings," Girardi said. "We've got a long day tomorrow too. We need pitching. I don't want to run out."

The Yankees have split-squad games Friday against the Minnesota Twins and Philadelphia Phillies.
"Well, usually [umpires] talk about it, if it's a tie game," Girardi said. "But they didn't. And I used all our pitching. I just said, 'That's it.' I looked at [umpire] Tim [Tschida], and I'm like, 'We don't have any more.'

It probably isn't that big of a deal, but Girardi probably should had a pitcher for the 10th or, at the least, informed Valentine before Mortensen warmed up.
Bobby Valentine as Rex Ryan. There are difference, of course, but the rivalry will be viewed through the prism of Valentine, just as New York football has been viewed through Ryan's words.

I go into the full details of these thoughts in my column. Thanks for reading

V gives Girardi new nickname

March, 13, 2012
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In talking about the rivalry, Bobby Valentine referred to Joe Girardi in a way normally reserved for kings or clergy.

"I remember Joe [Torre] complaining about it -- [that's] Joe I," Valentine said. "Joe I. Joe II, I've also heard him complain so it is probably something that wears on you. To play 162 games and these 18 are one-plus 162. Now, you have one-plus that."

Programming note: I'm writing a column about the Rex Ryanization of the Rivalry.

Must-Read: Wally on Bobby V

February, 29, 2012
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I know, I know, I'm biased, but I always love Wally's columns, even though I don't always agree with them. This one is a keeper.

Here is the lead:
On the day Bobby Valentine invented baseball, that is not the way he drew up the relay play.

The way he figured it out, on the ball hit to right field, the shortstop is supposed to go out and take the deep relay, the second baseman backs him up and the first baseman is the floater, roaming the infield for an overthrow and deciding whether the play should be to home or to third.

Here is the end:
It's barely been 60 days on the job but already, Valentine seems more obsessed with the Yankees than Ahab was with the whale, and we all know how that one turned out.

But the chase was fun while it lasted and with Valentine in Boston, this chase will be fun again, too.

The Man Who Invented Baseball vs. the team that holds the patent on winning. Now that's a matchup that should hold our interest through this summer, and few more after that.

I recommend reading the rest of it. Here is the link again.

Eric Chavez: Jeremy Giambi was safe

February, 29, 2012
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Forget about whether Derek Jeter was out of position on the famous flip play against Oakland in the 2001 ALDS. From Eric Chavez's vantage point -- a seat in the A's dugout after flying out to center -- Jeremy Giambi should have been called safe on the play.

"It was a great play, but there's no way he should have been called out,'' Chavez said. "He was safe completely.''

And there was no doubt about who Chavez thought was to blame. "Jeremy was the slowest guy on the team,'' he said. "(Eric) Byrnes should have been (pinch)running. That's what he did that year.''

Which points the finger of blame squarely at manager Art Howe, who has already had a tough 2011, having been portrayed as sort of a clueless oaf in the movie "Moneyball'' by Phillp Seymour Hoffman.

Interestingly, however, Chavez exonerated Giambi for going into the plate standing up, which seemed to make it easier for Jorge Posada to slap the tag on him. “Everybody said if he would have slid, he woulda been safe,'' Chavez said. "But the fact that he actually stood up and hit the plate was 50-50. If he slid, I think he would have been more out for sure.”

Chavez also agreed with Bobby Valentine that he, too, didn't believe the Yankees actually practiced the play -- until he got here last spring. "I heard they didn't start practicing it until the year after it happened,'' he said. "When I heard it I thought there's no way you practice this. But we did it last year too and I was like, 'Oh God, they do practice this.' So I guess they do."

I'm with Johnette Howard

February, 29, 2012
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If you like the rivalry to have as much intensity as possible, then you have to like Bobby Valentine's involvement in it. It doesn't matter if you are a Red Sox fan or a Yankees fan. Valentine makes it more fun. He might annoy you, but that is what he is trying to do. And it is all entertainment, anyway.

Watch, each and every Yankees-Red Sox game will be more eagerly awaited. In her column today, Johnette Howard, argues essentially the same point.
Who will be next in Bobby V's crosshairs? Aaron (Bleeping) Boone and his epochal walkoff home run in Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS? Bucky Dent, you might want to keep the hallway light on at night -- Bobby V may be coming for you, too. Even Babe Ruth is suddenly in play again for the first time since Red Sox ace Pedro Martinez plunked a few Yankees, face-planted Yanks coach Don Zimmer and growled he'd drill the Babe in the ass, too, if he stepped in the batter's box against him.

To me, Joe Girardi should fire back a little, even if it is not Girardi's style. What do you think?

* Extra Base: Joba Chamberlain talks with Ruocco & Lundberg on ESPN New York 1050. Joba talks about his comeback and compares his 2007 to Linsanity.

Bobby V: I love Derek Jeter

February, 29, 2012
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No word if he said anything about A-Rod, but according to our ESPN Boston teammate, Joe McDonald, Valentine wanted to clarify his remarks about the Captain.

"I want it on record that I love Derek Jeter as a player," Valentine said. "It was not a slight towards him. I love him as a guy, too."

That is a lot of love. As we all know, it is OK to diss Al B. Al, but The Captain is off limits. So there you go.

Read the full story here.

Breaking news: Jeter, Yanks practice relays

February, 29, 2012
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As though in answer to Bobby Valentine's assertion, the Yankees practiced relays and overthrow plays on the field in Tampa today.

"See, we do work on it," Derek Jeter yelled out to reporters after flawlessly executing a play much like his famous flip.

More to come ...

Yankees bemused by Bobby

February, 29, 2012
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Derek Jeter said he was "indifferent'' to comments made by Bobby Valentine regarding the famous "flip'' play.

Alex Rodriguez chuckled when told he had gotten beaten up, in Valentine's view, by Jason Varitek. He "hadn't heard about it,'' and then recited an obviously prepared statement that passed the buck to Reggie Jackson (don't ask).

Plus, there was the surrealistic sight of Terry Francona being interviewed in the Yankees clubhouse on the man who replaced him in what was so far the most bizarre morning of a pretty quiet spring.

Full story on all the shenanigans coming soon on the website.

Missing Links: Bobby V, Martin & Williams

February, 29, 2012
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Let's do some Wednesday Missing Links:

1) Joba Chamberlain as the savior? That is what Wally wrote a column about. In some respects, it seems farfetched with Joba not returning until June and with Rafael Soriano, David Robertson and Mariano Rivera ahead of him on the depth chart. However, Wally makes a really good point about the length and preconceived notions during a baseball season.
By the time Joba is ready to return, the Yankees might be more than ready to welcome him back. They might very well need him.

Because as we often see over the course of a baseball season, things that seem carved out of granite in April sometimes turn to sand in August.

The Yankees bullpen, now so deep and stocked there would hardly seem to be a place for Joba if he were healthy, might be begging for him in a couple of months.

It could be fun to see if the situation, that Wally paints, plays itself out and the Yankees need Joba this summer in an important role.

2) The dynamic of Bobby Valentine into the Rivalry has already started and the teams have not even played their first exhibition game against each other. That comes March 13th at The Boss.

For right now and forever, Valentine just loves being the center of attention and, as a smart man, I think he knows it is good to divert everyone's eyes from the horrors of last season for the Red Sox. So Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter were on jab line yesterday in Bobby V's latest Boston Tweak Party.

At the Winter Meetings, when Valentine said he hates the Yankees, I thought he was putting those words out there on purpose. I said it was just the beginning. Harper from the News agrees.
What you have to remember about Bobby Valentine, especially on a day when he makes news taking jabs at the Yankees, is that he never says anything by accident. And he truly seems to enjoy being an agitator.


This stuff is just getting started. It won't end. Some Yankee fans are calling Bobby V the Rex Ryan of baseball -- a lot of talk and no rings. That is not inaccurate but I think Valentine is much smarter than Ryan. And Ryan, people seem to forget, has been pretty successful as the Jets coach despite not fully living up to his big talk.


3) We wrote yesterday about how the expected Yadier Molina five-year, $70-75M deal should help Russell Martin and hurt the Yankees chances of resigning or, at least, at the price they wanted. Martin agrees in this story by King & Sherman of the Post.

“Thanks, Yadi,’’ Martin said in the middle of the Yankees’ clubhouse yesterday.”That sets the tone right there. It helps me because teams understand how important [offense and defense] are for a catcher.’’
4) I've talked to a lot of people about Mason Williams. He is the guy who is going to replace Manny Banuelos and Jesus Montero as the prospect you are going to hear about incessantly. He has not hit for power yet, but the Yankees think that will come. Everything else -- at least at A-ball -- is already there. He is a kid to watch. McCarron from the News profiled him.

Sure, it’s only drills during a pre-spring training workout for a kid who’s only 20, who has all of 73 games of professional experience, mostly at low-Class A. But Williams has gotten so good so quickly that it’s not only the wags around the batting cage talking about him.

Opposing teams are asking for him when they talk trade with the Yankees. “His name is on the tip of all of their tongues,” says Mark Newman, he Yankees’ senior VP of baseball operations. “All the time.”

The A’s wanted Williams when the Yankees spoke to Oakland about possibly dealing for Gio Gonzalez over the winter.

And Williams was recently named on several lists ranking the top 100 prospects in baseball, reaching No. 34 on the list compiled by ESPN’s Keith Law, a former baseball executive. Williams was the player of the year in the New York-Penn League last year after batting .349 with a .395 on-base percentage and .468 slugging percentage and 28 steals for the league champ Staten Island Yankees.

“He deserves what buzz he’s gotten because he went out and dominated a league of mostly college players when he was 19-20,” says Damon Oppenheimer, the Yankees’ director of amateur scouting. Oppenheimer chose Williams out of high school in the fourth round of the 2010 draft. “Now it’s a case of continuing to earn it. It’s baseball - he’s going to have to prove it at every level. But with his ability, his tools and his makeup, he should continue to get better and perform.”
5) Last spring, Mariano Rivera told me that Manny Banuelos was the best pitching prospect he has ever seen. In this Q&A with Carig from the Ledger, Banulos says he is learning from Rivera.
Who in here has taught you a lot? Who do you listen to?
Mariano (Rivera), of course. Always baseball. He taught me about pitching, how I can learn the hitters’ swings with my pitches, especially with my fastball. Just looking at hitters and how they’re swinging at my pitches. And after that, what can I throw. Just watching their reaction.

Banuelos has a better chance of reaching the majors this season, but it won't happen for awhile, if at all. The Yankees want him to refine his fastball and next year at this time he could be in competition for the No. 5 spot. If he gets called up this year, it could possibly be late as a lefty reliever, if the Yankees have a need there.

Bobby V. already has players "frowning"

February, 16, 2012
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The beauty of Bobby Valentine is the word "frowning" is his word. He was describing his spring training program.
"When I look at the program we devised, I don't think of it as tough. But it seems it's different because a lot of people are frowning. I just asked them to give (it) a few days," Valentine said, according to The Boston Globe.

"We all know that nobody likes change except for those who are making other people change to do what they want them to do. I happen to be one of those guys who likes change because guys are doing what I want them to do," Valentine said. "I would bet there will be 100 guys who won't really like it because it's change for them. But they'll get used to it."

The Yanks meet Bobby V's Red Sox on March 13 in Tampa. I love Bobby V bringing juice to the rivalry. Do you?

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