Valentine, 61, is no stranger to managing in the major leagues as he previously manager the Texas Rangers from 1985-1992, and the New York Mets from 1996 through 2002. He twice lead the Mets to the post season and has a career coaching record in the majors of 1,117 wins against 1,072 losses. Included was an appearance in the 2000 World Series (The Subway Series) were the Mets lost to the Yankees.
In between managing stints in the United States, he also spent seven seasons managing the Chiba Lotte Marines of the Japanese Pacific League. Valentine is known by most casual baseball fans for his time spent working with ESPN, appearing in the booth and also on the show Baseball Tonight.
This will be a coming home of sorts for Valentine as he is a native of New England and currently serves in city management for his hometown of Stamford, Connecticut.
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