63 Facts About Bobby Valentine


Robert John Valentine was born on May 13,1950, and nicknamed "Bobby V", is an American former professional baseball player and manager.

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Bobby Valentine served as the athletic director at Sacred Heart University.

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Bobby Valentine managed the Texas Rangers, the New York Mets, and the Boston Red Sox of MLB, as well as the Chiba Lotte Marines of Nippon Professional Baseball.

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Bobby Valentine has been an analyst for ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball.

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

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Bobby Valentine attended Rippowam High School in Stamford, Connecticut, where he was an All-State player in football, baseball and track.

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

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

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Bobby Valentine was a champion ballroom dancer as a teenager, winning a regional competition with his partner at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York and took part in the opening ceremonies of the 1964 New York World's Fair.

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Bobby Valentine was recruited by the University of Nebraska, the University of Notre Dame and the University of Southern California as a star in football and baseball, but ultimately chose USC.

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Bobby Valentine attended both USC and Arizona State University while in the Dodgers organization and was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity.

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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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Bobby Valentine was one of only three players in the league to appear in every game.

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Bobby Valentine's roommate was Tom Paciorek and was teammates with Bill Buckner and Steve Garvey.

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Bobby Valentine suffered a fractured cheekbone when he was beaned in the PCL playoffs that season and had right knee surgery to repair a ruptured ligament in January 1971.

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

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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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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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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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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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Bobby Valentine signed with the Seattle Mariners shortly afterwards, and made his debut as a catcher that season.

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Bobby Valentine was serving as a member of the Mets coaching staff when he was selected by the Texas Rangers to take over managing duties from Doug Rader 32 games into the 1985 season.

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Bobby Valentine finished his Rangers' managerial career with a record of 581 wins and 605 losses with no post–season appearances.

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

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Bobby Valentine returned to the dugout an inning later disguised with sunglasses and a fake moustache made from eye black.

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In early 2000, Bobby Valentine allegedly mentioned to students at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business somewhat cynical, insider comments regarding a handful of Mets players and the organization as a whole.

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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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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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Bobby Valentine had an uneasy, if not volatile relationship with general manager Steve Phillips, who fired three of Bobby Valentine's coaches and selected the replacements himself during the 1999 season and eventually fired him after the 2002 season.

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Bobby Valentine finished his Mets managerial career with a record of 536 wins and 467 losses.

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In 2004, Bobby Valentine rejoined the Chiba Lotte Marines as manager, and in 2005 led the Marines to their first Pacific League pennant since 1974 following a close playoff with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks.

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The next day Bobby Valentine issued a challenge to the World Series champion Chicago White Sox on behalf of the Marines, calling for a series to be played between the American and Japanese championship teams.

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

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Some gimmicks, like allowing children to run the bases after games or dedicated autograph sessions, are common in America but were unseen in Japan; others, such as Bobby Valentine hosting dance classes for female fans, played on the manager's personal appeal.

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The Zen of Bobby V was an official selection at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival.

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

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Bobby Valentine had previously appeared on the cable network's Baseball Tonight show in 2003.

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Bobby Valentine made his broadcasting debut for the 2009 American and National League Championship Series and World Series.

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In late 2009, Bobby Valentine was a candidate to replace Eric Wedge as manager of the Cleveland Indians, however the job went to Manny Acta.

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

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However, Bobby Valentine confirmed he was no longer a candidate for the position after the Florida Marlins owner, Jeffrey Loria stated that Edwin Rodriguez, the interim manager they summoned to replace Gonzalez, would manage the team through the 2010 season.

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Bobby Valentine was interviewed by the Milwaukee Brewers for their managerial opening in October 2010.

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Bobby Valentine was believed to be a finalist along with Bob Melvin, Joey Cora, and Ron Roenicke.

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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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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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Bobby Valentine was introduced by Red Sox General Manager Ben Cherington on December 2,2011, and chose to wear number 25 in honor of the late Tony Conigliaro, with whom he briefly roomed during spring training 1976 with the San Diego Padres.

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Bobby Valentine was fired by the Red Sox on October 4,2012, just one day after the conclusion of the regular season.

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

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Bobby Valentine oversaw the replacement of the playing surface on Campus Field, as well as its surrounding track, in addition to renovations to William H Pitt Center.

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

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In 2010, Valentine started the production company, Makuhari Media, with producing partner Andrew J Muscato.

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Bobby Valentine was paid a token $10,000 salary for this position, which he pledged to donate to city charities.

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Bobby Valentine left the position 11 months later to manage the Red Sox.

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In 2013, on the twelfth anniversary of the September 11 attacks, Bobby Valentine made comments that accused the New York Yankees of not contributing support to the New York community in the wake of the attacks.

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Bobby Valentine was widely criticized for the inaccuracy of his comments, as many media sources documented several occasions on which the Yankees visited victims and workers after the attacks, and for the untimeliness of trying to take credit for helping.

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

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Bobby Valentine was challenged by Democratic state representative Caroline Simmons in the Stamford mayoral election that took place on Tuesday November 2,2021.

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Bobby Valentine was married to Mary Branca, the daughter of former Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Ralph Branca and together they have a son.

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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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