Could it be true? If so, bring it on! Everyone knows what a HUGE Bobby Valentine fan, I am. Never understood why he was no longer with the New York Mets. He was top notch. He was Joe Torre with an attitude.
It has never been a secret that Bobby V wants to come back to the States. He has even mentioned that he would welcome a return to the Mets.
Well the Boston Globe is reporting speculations about him coming back to the United States from Japan where he is currently the manager of the Chiba Lotte Marines. He could have at the manager position should Jerry Manuel fail to deliver the team to the Promised Land known as the playoffs.
I would be the first one to throw Bobby V a welcome home party should the transition happen. Bobby V has the fiestiness and never lets anyone tell him how to run his team, which is why he is no longer the manager.
He knows what needs to be done and makes it happen. He can take a bunch of nobody’s and turn them into somebody’s. Bobby V takes crap from nobody.
Manuel once did have that same fire Bobby V had. He has lost it and because of this, I believe, is beginning to lose the respect of the team and the fans. If he does not get his passion back, he will lose his job. It will be Bobby v’s for the taking.
There were some rumors circulating last year that Bobby V was being considered for the Mets manager position before they gave it to Manuel.
Since Manuel is currently the manager, it is being rumored Bobby V could be replacing the currently troubled Manny Acta over in the Washington Nationals section of the States. Can you imagine what would happen if Bobby V got to that team? Welcome our new rivals.
The problem with the Nationals is not their hitting. I think they just lack the drive. They are so used to being at the bottom of the barrel, they expect nothing more from themselves. They need a manager who can instill passion and drive into them. Bobby V would do that.
The New York Mets or the Washington Nationals?
Only the Mets can determine what would happen with Bobby V. If they miss the playoffs, then they could initiate talks. Should they make the playoffs, I expect Manuel to remain at the helm.
Note to the Mets: Bobby V wants to come back. His heart is in New York. If Manuel fails to get the job done, bring aboard the one man who can handle the New York media, the players, and ownership.
If you know what is good for you, the players, and this city, you will make it happen or suffer the consequences.