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Robert Whiting: Valentine’s philosophy brought Marines glory, money

by on Jan.30, 2010 @ 2:49 pm, under NPB

I just realized that part two of Mr. Whiting's series on Bobby Valentine is now online (has been since the 24th).  This one is more about Valentine the man.

An excerpt, via Japan Times:

He had a knack for molding young players into winners and was generally regarded as one of the most intelligent, visionary and charismatic managers in MLB.

At the same time, however, he had an abrasive, condescending, sarcastic side that alienated some people and developed a history of conflict with certain players, front office executives, umpires and sportswriters.

It was a testament to his high-octane personality that in one 12-month span, the New York Press Photographers Association would give him its annual "Good Guy Award" and The Sporting News would run a cover story on him which asked the question, "Why Does Everyone Hate Bobby Valentine?"

Just like the first article, there's plenty of good stuff in this one as well.