The Valentine effect
November 21, 2011 Leave a comment
Bobby Valentine is a bit of an enigma. He has both strong supporters and detractors among all of the baseball men. To some Valentine is an over officious loud mouth whose time in baseball has passed. To others, such as the Globe’s Nick Cafardo, he truly is their favorite Valentine.
I’ve been going back and forth for the past few days since Valentine has emerged as the main candidate but I keep coming back to the skeptic’s side. At 61 years old I am having a hard time believing that Valentine can re-invent himself. He’s would have a big challenge coming into Boston and erasing the memories of the September past and he’s been out of the game for a long time.
One thing that jumps out at you when you look at Bobby Valentine’s history is that his teams have been incredibly mediocre. For a guy with a reputation such as Valentine’s you would think that he would have more than just 2 career playoff appearances as a manager. He was with Texas from 1985 to 1992 without making the postseason. When he returned to the majors in 1996 with the Mets he managed 2 postseason appearances in 7 seasons, including a World Series appearance in 2000. I do realize that Valentine’s Mets were not the same overpaid, underachieving Mets of the present day. I also realize that if Valentine took over the Red Sox that they would instantly be the most talented team that he has ever managed. By far.
Valentine did have a great deal of success over in Japan but what does that mean? I’m not too sure. There’s a big difference between the Chiba Lottes and the Red Sox. Is Valentine the right guy for the job? Maybe he is, maybe he isn’t. Right now odds are good that we’ll soon find out.