Valentine: 'Let's not get crazy here'
Former Mets manager downplays speculation that he may succeed Manuel
ST. LOUIS -- ESPN baseball analyst Bobby Valentine addressed growing speculation that he could be a candidate to succeed Jerry Manuel as Mets manager during an appearance Friday with Chris Russo on SIRIUS XM's Mad Dog Radio Channel.
Looking for more information on the Mets? ESPNNewYork.com has you covered. Blog
"You know, the Mets are 3-6. It's nine games," Valentine said. "I mean, let's not get crazy here. I think Jerry, I talked to him a few times during spring training, Jerry Manuel is up for the task. I think that he has a tough road to hoe, there's no doubt about it, and he's got to keep his head above water until his center fielder comes back, and obviously has to get that pitching staff in shape.
"But I don't see that as being part of my future as we're speaking here. ... I'm a member of ESPN Baseball Tonight. I'm happy to be there and I'm gonna enjoy talking about that situation, not being talked about within that situation."
Still, Valentine acknowledged he may want to manage again.
"Well, I think I have it in my blood," he said. " I've done it for over 3,000 games and 20-something years so, you know, it's there. But I'm trying to get into this new life of mine and, you know, it's a tough situation being pulled out of it every time someone has an 0-3 stint."
- Jumping 4 Joy!
- The Knicks captured their fourth straight win with a victory over the Sixers.
- Rap Diss
- Brooklyn brushed aside first-place Toronto in a hard-fought Atlantic battle.
- Phil Like A Winner?
- All signs point to Phil Jackson accepting the Knicks' offer.
- Later, Holmes
- The Jets released often-injured wide receiver Santonio Holmes on Monday.
- Sorry, Mai!
- We sat down with Masahiro Tanaka for a Q&A. Did we upset his wife?
- Antigua Men's New York Mets Executive Royal Crew Neck Sweater
MORE MLB HEADLINES