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Friday, February 22, 2013

Berg: Bobby Valentine to be named Sacred Heart University A.D.

While not as big a deal as Rob Parker moving to The Shadow League or Posnanski going to NBC…Ted Berg is now at USA Today! (I’m running out of space)

Former Major League manager Bobby Valentine will continue to diversify his resume when he becomes Sacred Heart University’s new athletic director. According to a report in the Connecticut Post, Valentine will be named successor to retiring A.D. Don Cook on Tuesday.

Baseball fans may best know Valentine from his stints managing the Rangers, Mets and Red Sox in the majors and the Chiba Lotte Marines of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball League, or from his work as a baseball analyst for ESPN from 2009-2010.

But Valentine’s interests have never been limited to baseball. Since 1980, he has owned and operated an eponymous sports bar in his hometown of Stamford, Conn., where he maintains he invented the wrap sandwich even though reports of meats being wrapped in flatbread date back to Hillel the Elder over 2000 years ago.

In 2011, Valentine took a job as Stamford’s director of public safety, a role in which he was seen directing traffic near a crowded interstate but decidedly not seen when Hurricane Irene hit the city in December.

...The school’s board of trustees includes politician and professional wrestling executive (and occasional professional wrestler) Linda McMahon, meaning Valentine’s newest foray is practically begging to end in a steel-cage match at a forthcoming Wrestlemania.

Repoz Posted: February 22, 2013 at 10:39 AM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. dirk Posted: February 22, 2013 at 11:01 AM (#4373842)
In 2011, Valentine took a job as Stamford’s director of public safety, a role in which he was seen directing traffic near a crowded interstate but decidedly not seen when Hurricane Irene hit the city in December.


southern connecticut will never forgive bobby v for his tepid response to the hurricane that cancelled christmas in 2011.
   2. Tripon Posted: February 22, 2013 at 11:09 AM (#4373852)
I honestly thought this was some sort of Scrubs revival that Valentine was pushing for a second.
   3. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: February 22, 2013 at 11:13 AM (#4373859)
Baseball fans may best know Valentine from his stints managing the Rangers, Mets and then never managing again in the majors. Nope, not once. Never did it.

Better.
   4. Ray (RDP) Posted: February 22, 2013 at 11:38 AM (#4373894)
I was skiing with some friends over the weekend in Vermont and Bobby V & co. ended up at the next table during the apres skiing. I have handheld video of Bobby V, hands raised, clapping to the Boys II Men hit "End of the road" as he sings along with the lead singer of the event (who later confessed he had no clue who Bobby V is).

TMZ might pay me anywhere from eight to ten dollars for this video, but I will not sell and infringe on the man's privacy.
   5. Dan Lee prefers good shortstops to great paintings Posted: February 22, 2013 at 12:08 PM (#4373931)
I'm fine with this as long as it doesn't portend doom for the coaching career of Dave Bike. I've been married for 15 years, have twin ten-year-olds, and Dave Bike has been the head men's basketball coach at SHU since I was two years old.

He's been there so long that Mike Morgan was an 18-year-old who'd only played for one MLB team when Bike started.
   6. I am going to be Frank Posted: February 22, 2013 at 12:21 PM (#4373950)
It was so surreal watching local news during a snow storm and seeing a reporter interviewing him. I honestly said aloud to myself, "wait... that is him."
   7. Mirabelli Dictu (Chris McClinch) Posted: February 23, 2013 at 11:36 AM (#4374587)
I honestly thought this was some sort of Scrubs revival that Valentine was pushing for a second.


Assuming that The Todd is the team medical director actually explains a lot.
   8. bobm Posted: February 26, 2013 at 09:51 PM (#4376733)
From the online version of the NY Post:

Bobby Valentine got fired after one ugly season in Boston but according to him, it didn't matter who the manager was.

"I thought I did a hell of a job in Boston," Valentine said. "I thought what had to be done there was done, except for winning a pennant- but Connie Mack wasn't gonna win with that team."

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