Texas Rangers: Bobby V arrives
The bravado and optimism of the late '80s was best exemplified by cocky manager Bobby Valentine, who was just 35 when he took over the reins midway through the '85 season.
Bobby V was different. He was new school. He had long hair. He used computers. Pitching coach Tom House had his pitchers throw footballs, but maybe that was just a ploy to get a football-crazed state to pay attention. Valentine never could get the Rangers over the hump. Edwin Correa and Jose Guzman got hurt. Bobby Witt never developed into a star. Oddibe McDowell just wasn't that good. Pete Incaviglia struck out too much.
Valentine lasted seven seasons as Texas' manager. When he was finally fired in midseason 1992, he had managed more games with a single team without making the playoffs than any manager ever.
On the other hand, at least he never tried this with the Rangers.
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