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Bobby Valentine set to return to ESPN as analyst for Baseball Tonight

by on Sep.30, 2009 @ 2:18 am, under NPB
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Looks like Bobby Valentine will be returning to ESPN as an analyst.

Bobby Valentine, fresh off his six-year stint as manager of the Chiba Lotte Marines in Japan, is returning to ESPN as an analyst on "Baseball Tonight."

Valentine, who led the New York Mets to the World Series in 2000 and the Marines to the Japan Series title in 2005, will make his first on-air appearances during the League Championships Series and the World Series.

ESPN

The New York Daily News goes into a little more detail on what happens in 2010:

In 2010, his role will expand. He will appear on ESPN's "Baseball Tonight," contribute to ESPNNewYork.com, which is scheduled to launch next year, and be a regular contributor to ESPN-1050. Valentine will also be an analyst on ESPN Radio's coverage of the 2010 Division Series.

NY Daily News

From the sounds of the NY Daily News article, it sounds like Valentine won't be returning to Japan next season.

The NY Daily News article also mentioned this interesting little tidbit:

Clearly, Valentine is still interested in managing. That's why it's likely, as it did in 2003, ESPN put a "protection" clause in his contract. In 2003, as part of the three-year offer negotiated with Valentine, network executives insisted that Valentine pay a monetary penalty if he bolted for a manager's job.

I guess that means he's leaving his options open.  And I guess that means there's still a possibility he could return to Japan next season if the right situation presented itself.

Anyone else have anything else to add?

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Bobby Valentine to sign a multi-year deal with ESPN?

by on Sep.23, 2009 @ 10:35 pm, under NPB
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MLB.com is reporting that Bobby Valentine is on the verge of signing a multi-year deal with ESPN.

Former Rangers and Mets manager Bobby Valentine, on the verge of completing his final season with the Chiba Lotte Marines of Japan's Pacific League, is close to signing a multiyear deal to return to television with ESPN.

The article also mentions the NY Daily News as it's source.  So here's that article:

Television industry and baseball sources say Valentine, completing his final season as manager of the Chiba Lotte Marines of Japan's Pacific League, is on the verge of signing a lucrative multi-year deal with ESPN.

Valentine, no doubt carrying his bag of disguises, will likely make his debut at the network working in its "Baseball Tonight" studio during next month's playoffs.

"It's a done deal," one source said. "And it should be announced soon."

So, is there anyone from the peanut gallery that perhaps information that points to something different?