In what is no surprise to anyone, the Baltimore Sun is reporting that the Baltimore Orioles will be conducting an interview with Bobby Valentine on Friday. It’s been rumored since Dave Trembley was fired that Valentine was the favorite for the position, so an interview was only a matter of time.
Per team policy thou, the team’s president Andy MacPhail won’t comment on interviews. With the amount of young talent on this team one has to assume the team will be targeting a manager with big league experience, hence the interview with Valentine. The Sun also reports that former Cleveland Indians manager Eric Wedge will also be interviewed.
Personally, I think this is Valentine’s job to lose, that’s if he wants to coach this season. He just started his job with ESPN’s Baseball Tonight during the 2009 post season and has actually done a great job in his role. Valentine is 60 years of age and might be more interested in starting the next phase of his life (i.e. broadcasting). Is he ready to leave the studio for another coaching gig?
I don’t know but if he is the Orioles would be a perfect challenge for the veteran. He’s coached three teams and completely turned around two of them. He led the New York Mets to back-to-back National League Championship Series making the World Series once. While in Japan he led the Chiba Lotte Marines in 2005 to their first title since 1974.
The Orioles have just enough talent that its one more reclamation project he can put on his resume and possibly earn him a spot in Cooperstown. What better thrill would it give him to make the Orioles competitive in the super division known as the American League East. Even bigger then that, what if he can overcome the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees.
That would be the perfect stamp to end his career. Will he take it? I’d say it’s his choice and the rest of the interviews are “just in case”.