Valentine Is Not Cheap

By / July 15, 2009 / Uncategorized

With all of the talk of Bobby Valentine possibly leaving Japan to manage here in the States, you have to wonder if he really would go to the Washington Nationals.

The whole reason Bobby V might be leaving Japan in the first place is because they cannot afford to pay him anymore.

So here is my question:

How can the Washington Nationals?

They do not exactly have a strong fanbase, if they even have one. So where would the Nats get the money to pay the man who is very demanding? It has been reported on various sports sites that Bobby V was making $4 million in Japan.

While the Nationals are not as cheap as the Florida Marlins, I do not see them paying that much. I also do not see Bobby V taking a pay cut. He wants to manage in the States again, but I highly doubt it will be at a discount. The man has his pride.

Would Bobby V’s very boisterous personality work on a team with so many young and laid back players? It is no secret how demanding he is on his players. Some do not take too kindly to that.

Maybe this is not a match made in baseball heaven.

The Washington Post stated that the Nats would consider retaining interim manager Jim Riggleman as the manager for the team next year.

Here’s a thought. At the end of the year, cut Jerry Manuel and put in Bobby V on the New York Mets. Let Manuel go to the Washington Nationals.

No matter what, there are a lot of options for the Nats including former Arizona Diamondbacks manager, Bob Melvin who is currently the special assistant for the San Diego Padres.

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the shame of it is that Bobby V might actually be able to build a fan base in Washington. He could do a lot to mend fences in Queens also.

Frank Abbott

The following is an excerpt from the 7/15/09 ASIA TIMES publication. Note the description of Valentine’s methods. As for Efrain’s statement, it is not the driving force for Bobby.

“In the long-running debate on convergence, the last 20 years have seen Japan slide every closer to the West and its executives-and-shareholders-first dogma. However, nuclear plants, railroads, hospitals, and other providers of public goods cannot be allowed to sacrifice quality to efficiency and profit. Yamazaki’s indictment could serve as a cautionary tale for other executives whose arsenal of management strategies consists solely of the unimpeded exercise of authority.

This may be why, despite enthusiastic fan support, Japanese executives seem keen to get rid of Bobby Valentine, the American manager of the Lotte Chiba Marines professional baseball team. Valentine has shown that he can achieve stellar results without abusing his player-employees. But because his methods – never using anger or humiliation, teaching players how to study the causes of their errors rather than punishing them for mistakes, employing abundant public praise to raise players’ self-esteem -are alien to the majority of Japanese baseball managers and business executives, his widely known example threatens to undermine their authority. Workers gush about how they would love to have a boss like Bobby to validate and encourage them. His example enables a comparative perspective from which workers can question the quality of the authority that they labor under. That is precisely the sort of foreign influence the Nippon Keidanren-led business community in Japan would like to banish.”

The entire article can be found at:

Japanese trial puts a culture in dock


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