26 Facts About Bobby Valentine

1. On November 2, 2021, Bobby Valentine lost the election to become mayor of his hometown of Stamford, Connecticut to Caroline Simmons, the first female elected mayor in Stamford.

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2. Bobby Valentine was born in Stamford, Connecticut, to Joseph and Grace Bobby Valentine.

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3. Bobby Valentine is the only three-time All-State football player in Connecticut history.

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4. Bobby Valentine set state records for career touchdowns, career interceptions for TD (5) and 60-yard dash.

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5. At age 18, Bobby Valentine made his professional debut playing with the Ogden Dodgers of the Rookie Pioneer League, winning the league's MVP Award, hitting.

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6. Back with the Spokane Indians for 1970, Bobby Valentine was again his league's MVP after batting.

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7. Bobby Valentine made the Dodgers out of Spring Training in 1971 and batted.

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8. Bobby Valentine missed the remainder of the 1973 season and never regained his speed as the bones did not heal properly.

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9. Two days prior to the injury, Bobby Valentine was playing center field when Nolan Ryan threw his first career No-hitter.

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10. In 1974, despite still recovering from his leg injury, Bobby Valentine made 414 plate appearances, the second most of his career, and batted.

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11. On June 15, 1977, after playing 44 games with the Padres, he was part of the New York Mets infamous "Midnight Massacre", when the Mets traded Dave Kingman to San Diego for minor league pitcher Paul Siebert and Bobby Valentine, sent Tom Seaver to the Cincinnati Reds for Pat Zachry, Doug Flynn, Steve Henderson, and Dan Norman, and Mike Phillips to the St Louis Cardinals for Joel Youngblood.

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12. In 1989, while still managing the Rangers, Bobby Valentine worked as an on-the-field analyst for NBC's 1989 ALCS coverage alongside Bob Costas and Tony Kubek.

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13. In 1995, Bobby Valentine began his first stint as manager of the Chiba Lotte Marines in the Japanese Pacific League.

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14. On July 14, 2001, Bobby Valentine won his 1,000th game as manager, doing so against the Boston Red Sox in his 1,958th game as manager.

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15. Bobby Valentine won the 2002 Branch Rickey Award for his donations and personal work with survivors of the September 11 attacks.

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16. Bobby Valentine aided in bringing innovative promotions to Japan, which doubled Marine attendance during his tenure.

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17. The Marines let Bobby Valentine go after the 2009 season after an extensive smear campaign led by club president Ryuzo Setoyama, which ironically backfired and resulted in an overflow of support for Bobby Valentine by local fans.

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18. Bobby Valentine accepted a position as a baseball analyst for ESPN.

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19. Bobby Valentine continued working with ESPN for the 2010 MLB season.

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20. In June 2011, news outlets reported that Bobby Valentine was a candidate for the Florida Marlins managerial position after the ballclub free fell in the standings.

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21. On November 21, 2011, Bobby Valentine met with the Boston Red Sox for a formal interview for the open manager's position, and on November 29, it was reported that he would be the new Red Sox manager and the successor to Terry Francona.

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22. Bobby Valentine took over as athletic director at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut on July 1, 2013.

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23. In September 2016 Bobby Valentine was named the ECAC Division I Administrator of the Year.

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24. On December 9, 2016, WEEI reported that, on the recommendation of New Jersey governor Chris Christie, Bobby Valentine was being considered by Donald Trump's presidential transition team for appointment as the United States Ambassador to Japan.

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25. On May 7, 2021, Bobby Valentine announced he was running for mayor of Stamford, Connecticut, in the 2021 election.

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26. Bobby Valentine is currently in a relationship with a Japanese woman named Junko Ogino who he met in 1995 and became romantically involved with in 2007 while still married to Mary Branca.

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