Bobby Valentine near deal with ESPN to return to TV analysis
Bobby Valentine will join ESPN as a studio analyst for this year's playoffs (and beyond), a person with knowledge of the plans said Wednesday.
The network would not confirm that Valentine, a Stamford, Conn., native, is headed to Bristol but did say this through a spokesperson:
"We're having discussions with Bobby Valentine but there is nothing to announce yet."
Apparently "yet" is the operative word.
(The Daily News first reported the likelihood of Valentine joining ESPN.)
Valentine, 59, worked at ESPN for one season in 2003 after the Mets fired him. Since 2004 he has been leading the Chibe Lotte Marines in Japan. That team announced he will not be re-signed after this season.
Valentine's deal with ESPN will have an out clause that would allow him to pursue a major league managing job if the opportunity arises.
(Important insights on this matter from Davidoff here.)