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.