From the AL East to the North East Conference, former mercurial baseball figure, Bobby Valentine, has been hired as the athletics director at Sacred Heart University. The university in Fairfield, Connecticut, said Friday that Valentine’s appointment will be formally announced next Tuesday, providing some much needed time for the students and faculty to come to grips with the pending dysfunction.
There is much for Bobby V to screw up as Sacred Heart fields 31 varsity teams – 17 for women and 14 for men. The Pioneers upgraded their varsity programs to NCAA Division I status in September 1999 and are a member of the Northeast Conference. The school’s baseball team, in fact, has made consecutive trips to the NCAA tournament. Hopefully Bobby won’t be poking his head too deeply into the baseball program preventing them from building on their recent success and stopping their momentum stone cold.
Valentine was fired in October after just one season in Boston, when the Red Sox went 69-93. He managed the Texas Rangers from 1985-92 and the Mets from 1996-02, leading New York to the 2000 World Series and had two separate successful stints managing the Chiba Lotte Marines in the Japanese Pacific League. After managing in Japan, he joined ESPN as an analyst. Last month Valentine signed on to be the part-time co-host of a weekday talk show for NBC Sports Radio that debuts in April.
Valentine is a native of Stamford, Connecticut, where he was a high school sports legend and worked as the director of public safety for the city before taking the job with the Red Sox. He’s now taken a second local job and has been employed all over the US and in Japan. The guy has had more jobs than Keith Olbermann. He’s all over the place…
The over / under on this new position is eight months. Shoot me a message if you want action…
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