Monday, November 3, 2003
Former MLB skipper Valentine agrees to manage in Japan
TOKYO - Bobby Valentine, who spent 15 seasons managing
in the major leagues, has decided to return to Japan and will
manage the Lotte Marines of the Pacific League, the team
Valentine managed the Marines to a 69-58 record in 1995
but joined the New York Mets in 1996. During a turbulent
tenure with the Mets, Valentine guided the squad to playoff
appearances in 1999-2000.
According to media reports, the deal is for three years and
ends Valentine's association with ESPN. Dismissed by the
Mets after the 2002 season - just two years after leading
New York to the World Series - Valentine spent the 2003
campaign as a studio analyst for the sports network.
Valentine, 53, also managed the Texas Rangers from 1985-92.