Thursday, March 28, 2013
The network said Thursday that Valentine will work Monday's opener against San Diego with Bob Ojeda and Chris Carlin. Valentine was an analyst for ESPN in 2011.
A former manager of Texas (1985-92), the Mets (1996-02), Boston (2012) and Japan's Chiba Lotte Marines (1995, 2004-09), Valentine also is the new athletic director of Sacred Heart in Connecticut and an analyst for NBC Sports Radio.
Friday, February 22, 2013
Jenrry Mejia is due to land Friday morning and be at camp by midday now that his visa issue is resolved. Dan Warthen and Wally Backman both project Mejia as a future reliever, but the right-hander will be a starting pitcher again this year …
The Mets announced their full 2013 promotional schedule, which includes five bobblehead giveaways: Ron Darling (April 21), John Franco (May 25), Wright (June 30), Dwight Gooden (July 21) and Tom Seaver (Aug. 25).
Bobby Valentine reportedly will be the next athletic director at Sacred Heart University in Connecticut.
Ex-Met Chris Young signed a minor league deal with the Washington Nationals.
Mets farmhand Francisco Pena will play for his father Tony Pena on the Dominican Republic team in the World Baseball Classic.
Frank Francisco will begin tossing a baseball Monday after suffering elbow inflammation early in camp, Collins confirmed.
On Sunday against the University of Michigan, Dillon Gee will pitch in his first game since undergoing emergency surgery at last year’s All-Star break to repair a damaged artery in his pitching shoulder. Gee did get on a bullpen mound in September at Citi Field to allay concerns.
“I accomplished what I wanted to last year, and that was to be able to come here with some peace of mind,” Gee told Andrew Keh in the Times. “Now I feel like I’m ready to compete again.”
Collins said left-hander Josh Edgin worked on a sinker during the offseason that should make him more effective against righty hitters. Lefties hit .164 and righties hit .263 against Edgin during his rookie season.
Lucas Duda will receive heavy playing time early in Grapefruit League play because he is working on a new stance, Collins said.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
First, the Red Sox were going to hire someone from their first wave of interviews. Then the Cubs hired Dale Sveum and all of a sudden the Red Sox went back and started over, expanding their search. Then we heard reports that a manager would be named Tuesday, only to find out that would be delayed until later in the week. Tuesday, the saga took another turn.
Karl Ravech of ESPN -- the studio host of Baseball Tonight, not a reporter, mind you -- tweeted that Gene Lamont has been eliminated from contention for the manager job. That would leave only Bobby Valentine as a candidate, meaning he would be hired. Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe has now reported that Valentine is the choice over Lamont "but that could change."
On the other hand ....
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
|Bobby Valentine in one of his finest moments as Mets manager|
The former Mets skipper met with Boston hierarchy as new general manager Ben Cherington continues the process of looking for a replacement for Terry Francona, who left after the epic Red Sox collapse at the end of last season along with GM Theo Epstein.
Valentine, 61, has not managed in the majors since leaving the Mets in 2002, and Cherington told reporters yesterday he still has more work to do before settling on a manager.
“This has always been a choice that I’m going to make with ownership,” Cherington said.
Valentine reportedly is the favorite among ownership, which values previous big league managerial experience. That could be why the Red Sox didn’t rush to hire Dale Sveum, who was interviewed but landed with Epstein and the Cubs last week.
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
All five were members of the 2001 Mets team that played in the first Major League game in New York City following the attacks, with Piazza hitting a dramatic go-ahead home run in the eighth inning.
The Mets also plan to commemorate Sept. 11 by visiting firehouses throughout the city for a 10th straight year, as well as continuing their partnership with Tuesday's Children, a non-profit organization providing an array of support programs and services to the Sept. 11 community, including the families of victims and first responders.
Monday, April 18, 2011
Two of the prospective buyers of the Mets, Stevie Cohen and Anthony Scaramucci, are known to be close to ex-Mets manager Bobby Valentine. The Wilpons are trying to sell a large minority stake in the team with the understanding they'd retain control of the operation of the team. But it would be interesting if a new partner wanted to bring Valentine in to manage.
Fred Wilpon has resisted hiring Valentine since firing him following his very successful run in Queens from 1996 to 2002, which included the first back-to-back postseason appearances in franchise history in 1999 and 2000.
But a vocal limited partner could bring Valentine's name back into play. Valentine, at the Yankees-Rangers game Sunday night for ESPN, was asked about the possibility of this happening, and he replied, "Why would I want to do that? I have a great job.'' Friends of Valentine's believe his managing career isn't over.
Terry Collins predicted his Mets would go 9-2 over an 11-game stretch but that isn't going to happen, since they lost the first three. But Collins helped the Mets to a win over the Braves on Sunday by employing starters Chris Capuano and R.A. Dickey in relief to break a seven-game losing streak.
The Mets have made several mental mistakes this year, and outfielder Angel Pagan inexplicably seems to have regressed.
Meanwhile, Brad Emaus, the Rule V pickup at second base, hasn't impressed many. "He looks like a Quadruple A player,'' one competing GM said.
Wednesday, March 02, 2011
One group including David Heller, co-chairman of Goldman Sachs, has met with Steve Greenberg twice. Greenberg is the managing director at Allen & Co. hired by the Mets to find a buyer.
Another group includes the co-founder of the global trading firm BTIG, Ken Dichter, the co-founder of Marquis Jet and other New York professionals.
A third group includes Bobby Valentine, which is being led by Anthony Scaramucci, the general manager of asset manager SkyBridge Capital.
Tampa Bay Rays majority owner and Brooklyn native, Stuart Sternberg has been speculated as being on the list but he refutes the claims stating that "the Wilpons have been great owners and I have no interest in buying the Mets."
The MLB will make sure the candidates have the financial resources to purchase the interest in the team and conduct background checks. Unlike employment background checks which take 1-3 days, these checks can take months. They also look at "intagibles," things that might be completely legal, such as ownership in a casino which would make a bad fit for baseball.
If an investor group passes the vetting process, the owners are then asked to meet with the owners of the Mets to discuss the terms of the deal.