Bobby Valentine

Robert John Valentine (born May 13, 1950), nicknamed "Bobby V", is a former American professional baseball player and manager. He is currently the athletic director at Sacred Heart University. Valentine played for the Los Angeles Dodgers (1969, 1971–72), California Angels (1973–75), New York Mets (1977–78), and Seattle Mariners (1979) in MLB. He managed the Texas Rangers (1985–92), the New York Mets (1996–2002), and the Boston Red Sox (2012) of MLB, as well as the Chiba Lotte Marines of Nippon Professional Baseball (1995, 2004–09).

Valentine has also served as the Director of Public Safety & Health for the city of Stamford, Connecticut and an analyst for ESPN Sunday Night Baseball.[1] In February 2013, CBSSports.com hired Valentine to represent its Fantasy Sports business,[2] including running a viral marketing campaign in which he made fun of the many times he was fired in his career and gave fans a chance to "Hire or Fire Bobby V" one more time.[3]

Bobby Valentine
Bobby Valentine on January 28, 2017
Valentine in 2017
Utility player / Manager
Born: May 13, 1950 (age 69)
Stamford, Connecticut
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 2, 1969, for the Los Angeles Dodgers
Last MLB appearance
September 30, 1979, for the Seattle Mariners
MLB statistics
Batting average.260
Home runs12
Runs batted in157
Managerial record1,186–1,165
Winning %.504
NPB statistics
Managerial record493–450
Winning %.523
Teams
As player

As manager

Career highlights and awards

Early years

Valentine was born in Stamford, Connecticut, to Joseph and Grace Valentine. He attended Rippowam High School in Stamford, Connecticut and is still considered by many the greatest all-around athlete in Connecticut history. He was an All-State player in football, baseball and track and field at Rippowam, and is the only three-time All-State football player in Connecticut history. He set state records for career touchdowns (53), career interceptions for TD (5) and 60-yard dash. The career interception for TD record remains, having later been tied by 2 other players. As a sophomore in 1965, he averaged 5.6 yards a carry, scored 21 touchdowns and led Rippowam to a 9-0 record and a state championship. He was also a champion ballroom dancer as a teenager, winning a regional competition with his partner at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York and took part in the opening ceremonies of the 1964 New York World's Fair. He was president of the student council.[4][5]

He was recruited by the University of Nebraska, the University of Notre Dame and the University of Southern California as a star in football and baseball. He chose USC but shortly thereafter, the Los Angeles Dodgers drafted him number five overall in the 1968 Major League Baseball draft and he signed with the Dodgers, receiving a $65,000 signing bonus. He attended both USC and Arizona State University while in the Dodgers organization and was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. His roommate at USC was Bill Buckner who was the Dodgers second round pick in 1968.[4][6]

Playing career

Minor league MVP

After winning the Pioneer League's MVP award with the Ogden Dodgers in 1968, Valentine debuted with the Dodgers as a September call-up in 1969 at 19 years old. Though he never recorded a major league at-bat that season, he did score three runs as a pinch runner.

Back in the Pacific Coast League for 1970, Valentine was again his league's MVP after batting .340 with fourteen home runs for the Spokane Indians. Led by Valentine and manager Tommy Lasorda, Spokane won the league championship over the Hawaii Islanders.

Los Angeles Dodgers

Valentine made the Dodgers out of spring training in 1971, and batted .249 with one home run and 25 runs batted in. The following season, he managed to play in 119 games by playing many different positions—including shortstop, second base, third and all three outfield positions. His batting average improved to .274 in 1972, but he was not showing his early promise as a major leaguer, and following the season, he was packaged in a trade along with Frank Robinson, Billy Grabarkewitz, Bill Singer and Mike Strahler to the California Angels for Andy Messersmith and Ken McMullen.

California Angels

As a regular starter for the Angels, Valentine was batting .302 when he suffered a multiple compound leg fracture at Anaheim Stadium after his spikes got caught in the outfield's chain link fence while attempting to catch a home run ball hit by Dick Green. He missed the remainder of the 1973 season and never regained his speed. In 1974, Valentine made 414 plate appearances in the utility role, the second most of his career, and batted .261 with three home runs. At the end of the 1975 season, he was traded to the San Diego Padres.

"Midnight Massacre"

Valentine only appeared in 66 games for the Padres when he was part of New York's infamous "Midnight Massacre." On Wednesday, June 15, 1977, the New York Mets traded Dave Kingman to the San Diego Padres for minor league pitcher Paul Siebert and Valentine, sent Tom Seaver to the Cincinnati Reds for Pat Zachry, Doug Flynn, Steve Henderson, and Dan Norman, and Mike Phillips to the St. Louis Cardinals for Joel Youngblood.

Seattle Mariners

Valentine's role with the Mets became even more limited, and he was released in spring training, 1979. He signed with the Seattle Mariners shortly afterwards, and made his debut as a catcher that season. Following the season, he retired from baseball at 29 years of age.

Managerial career

Texas Rangers

Valentine was serving as a member of the Mets coaching staff when he was tapped by the Texas Rangers to take over managing duties from Doug Rader 32 games into the 1985 season. He was not able to turn the team's fortunes around right away and the Rangers went 53–76 the rest of the way, finishing with an overall record of 62–99. The following season the Rangers finished second in the American League West with a record of 87–75.[7] Valentine also finished second for AL Manager of the Year that year. Hopes were high in Arlington after the 1986 season, but his Rangers fell back into sixth place the following two seasons. Unable to replicate his early success, Valentine was fired by managing partner George W. Bush[8] halfway through the 1992 season with a record of 45–41.[7] Toby Harrah took over as manager, and led the Rangers to a 77–85 record and a fourth-place finish. He finished his Rangers' managerial career with a record of 581 wins and 605 losses with no post–season appearances.[7]

In 1989, while still manager of the Rangers, Valentine worked as an on-the-field analyst for NBC's 1989 ALCS coverage[9] alongside Bob Costas and Tony Kubek.

Norfolk Tides

In 1994, Valentine managed the Mets' Triple-A affiliate, the Norfolk Tides. Bobby led the Tides to a 67-75 record, which was good for fourth in the five-team West Division of the International League.

Chiba Lotte Marines

In 1995, Valentine began his first stint as manager of the Chiba Lotte Marines in the Japanese Pacific League. That season, the team surprised most Japanese baseball fans by finishing in second place (69–58–3), a remarkable feat for the Marines who had not won the Japanese Pacific league pennant since 1974. However, he was fired abruptly due to the personal conflict with general manager Tatsuro Hirooka,[10] despite having a two-year contract.

New York Mets

Bobby returned to the U.S. and the Norfolk Tides in 1996, managing them to an 82–59 record and second place in the International League's West Division. He then was promoted to manager of the Mets with 31 games left in the 1996 season, and led them to a 12–19 record the rest of the way.

Over the next two seasons, with Valentine at the helm, the Mets began a resurgence, finishing 14 games over .500 (88–74) both years. Valentine's most memorable game as a manager occurred on June 9, 1999. In the 12th inning of a 14 inning marathon with the Toronto Blue Jays, Mike Piazza was called for catcher's interference on Craig Grebeck. Valentine was ejected by home plate umpire Randy Marsh for arguing the call, and returned to the dugout an inning later in a disguise (a fake moustache). Unamused, Major League Baseball fined Valentine $5,000 and suspended him for two games. The Mets went on to win the game 4–3.[11]

Valentine led the Mets to a record of 97–66 and a wild card playoff berth that season. The Mets beat the Arizona Diamondbacks in four games (3–1) en route to the National League Championship Series, where they eventually lost to their division rival the Atlanta Braves in six games (4–2).

In early 2000, Valentine was at the center of what would be called "The Whartongate Affair", in which he allegedly mentioned to students at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business somewhat cynical, insider comments regarding a handful of Mets players and the organization as a whole.[12]

The Mets returned him as manager the following season, finishing the year with a 94–68 record and another wild card playoff berth. This time, the Mets would not be denied the pennant, winning the 2000 National League Championship Series by defeating the St. Louis Cardinals in five games (4–1). The Mets run would end during the 2000 World Series as they were beaten by their crosstown rival New York Yankees in five games (4–1).

Valentine won the 2002 Branch Rickey Award for his donations and personal work with survivors of the September 11 attacks.[13] Valentine had an uneasy, if not volatile relationship with general manager Steve Phillips, who fired three of Valentine's coaches[14] and selected the replacements himself during the 1999 season (in a move many observers felt was an attempt to get Valentine to quit) and eventually fired him after the 2002 season. Valentine was hired by the network soon afterwards. He finished his Mets managerial career with a record of 536 wins and 467 losses.[7]

Bobby Valentine
Valentine was popular with the Marines' fans

Second stint with the Chiba Lotte Marines

In 2004, Valentine began his second stint as manager of the Chiba Lotte Marines. On October 17, 2005, he led the Marines to their first Pacific League pennant in 31 years after emerging victorious in a close playoff with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks. Nine days later on October 26, the Marines won the Japan Series in a four-game sweep of the Hanshin Tigers for the first time since 1974. On October 27, 2005, Valentine issued a challenge to the World Series champion Chicago White Sox on behalf of the Chiba Lotte Marines. Valentine called for a seven-game World Series to be played between the American and Japanese championship teams. Unlike the World Baseball Classic, a competition featuring sixteen national all-star teams, a World Series-styled tournament between the winners of both the American and Japanese championships has never been played.

Following their Japan Series championship, the Marines won the inaugural Asia Series by defeating the Samsung Lions of the Korea Baseball Organization in November 2005. Valentine was also involved in bringing innovative promotional efforts to Japan, which doubled Marine attendance during his tenure. Some of these gimmicks, like allowing children to run the bases after games or dedicated autograph sessions, are common in America but were unseen in Japan; others, such as Valentine hosting dance classes for female fans, played on the manager's personal appeal (and his history—Valentine was a competition ballroom dancer in his youth). In 2008, Valentine was the subject of the ESPN Films documentary "The Zen of Bobby V." The film followed Valentine and his 2007 Chiba Lotte Marines team. "The Zen of Bobby V." was an official selection at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival. The Marines decided to let Valentine go after the 2009 season after an extensive smear campaign led by club president Ryuzo Setoyama, which ironically backfired and resulted in an overflow of support for Valentine by local fans. In the end, Valentine was fired, even though a petition to extend his contract was presented to the organization with 112,000 signatures.[15]

ESPN

Valentine accepted a position as a baseball analyst for ESPN. He had previously appeared on the cable network's Baseball Tonight show in 2003. He made his broadcasting debut for the 2009 American and National League Championship Series and World Series.[16]

In late 2009, Valentine was a candidate to replace Eric Wedge as manager of the Cleveland Indians, however the job went to Manny Acta.[17]

Bobby continued working with ESPN for the 2010 MLB season. He was interviewed for the Baltimore Orioles managerial position after manager Dave Trembley was fired in early June; Valentine later withdrew his name from consideration. Valentine was considered a front runner for the Florida Marlins managerial position that opened after Manager Fredi González was fired in late June. However, Valentine confirmed he was no longer a candidate for the position after the Florida Marlins owner, Jeffrey Loria stated that Edwin Rodriguez, the interim manager they summoned to replace Gonzalez, will manage the team through the 2010 season.[18] With the firing of the New York Mets Manager Jerry Manuel at the end of the 2010 season, Valentine had been speculated by the local New York sports media of returning to the team. It was also reported that the Toronto Blue Jays and Seattle Mariners had interviewed Valentine for their open managerial job.

Valentine was interviewed by the Milwaukee Brewers for their managerial opening in October 2010. He was believed to be a finalist along with Bob Melvin, Joey Cora, and Ron Roenicke.[19] The position eventually went to Angels bench coach Roenicke.

On December 1, 2010, Valentine, Orel Hershiser and Dan Shulman were named as ESPN's new Sunday Night Baseball crew for the 2011 MLB season. As recently as June 19, 2011, news outlets reported that Valentine was once again a candidate for the Florida Marlins managerial position after the ballclub free fell in the standings.[20] That did not come to fruition, however, as the Marlins hired former White Sox manager Ozzie Guillén.

Boston Red Sox

Bobby Valentine on May 22, 2012
Valentine as the Red Sox skipper in 2012

On November 21, 2011, Bobby met with the Boston Red Sox for a formal interview for the open manager's position, and on November 29, it was reported that he would be the new Red Sox manager and the successor to Terry Francona.[21] Valentine was introduced by Red Sox General Manager Ben Cherington on December 2, 2011, and chose to wear number 25 in honor of the late Tony Conigliaro, with whom he briefly roomed during spring training 1976 with the San Diego Padres.[22][23]

Valentine's first and only season with Boston was marred by injuries, in-fighting, clubhouse drama, public disagreements with players, and a tumultuous relationship with his coaches.[24] Under Valentine's management, the 2012 Red Sox finished last in the AL East at 69–93, their worst record in 47 years.[7][25] Valentine was fired by the Red Sox on October 4, 2012, just one day after the conclusion of the regular season.

Managerial record

As of November 21, 2014
Team From To Regular season record Post–season record
W L Win % W L Win %
Texas Rangers 1985 1992 581 605 .490 0 0
New York Mets 1996 2002 536 467 .534 13 11 .542
Boston Red Sox 2012 2012 69 93 .426 0 0
Total 1186 1165 .504 13 11 .542
Reference:[7]

Sacred Heart University

On February 22, 2013, Valentine was named athletic director at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut. Valentine officially began his new career as athletic director on July 1, 2013.

Valentine has helped to raise the visibility of Pioneer athletics over his tenure, with appearances on ESPN, SNY and other national and regional media outlets. In 24 months, he has spearheaded numerous projects to better Pioneer Athletics, the construction of a brand new Student-Athlete Enhancement Center and the addition of women's rugby to varsity status. In support of the new strength and conditioning coach, Valentine directed a $150,000 renovation of the weight room with state-of-the-art Hammer Strength equipment for use by varsity athletes and the general student population.

Under his watch, Valentine has overseen the replacement of the playing surface on Campus Field, as well as its surrounding track. The lobby of the Pitt Center boasts a brand new look, with a trophy case containing the numerous trophies the Pioneers have won over the years, and new athletic branding. The basketball court, named in Dave Bike's honor in February 2014, as well as the Pioneer tennis courts and Pitt Center lobby have been rebranded as well. The football team received a locker room renovation preceding the 2014 campaign, and this summer both the men's and women's lacrosse locker rooms are getting a facelift. Sacred Heart University is investing $21.8 million in construction of the Bobby Valentine Health and Recreation Center, a 57,400-square foot, three-story, state-of-the-art fitness facility for the whole student population. The facility will include an indoor track, a bowling center, an 18-bike spin center, a 45-foot climbing wall and exercise and weight-training rooms. The anticipated opening is August 2019.[26]

In addition, the Pioneers have seen success in the athletic realm during Valentine's tenure. SHU won its NEC-best eighth Joan Martin Commissioner's Cup for excellence in women's athletics in 2015. The Pioneers have captured 13 conference championships since he has taken the helm. Programs have garnered national acclaim in that time, with the football team finishing the 2014 season nationally ranked, and the fencing squad finishing 11th in the NCAA at the 2014 championship.[27] In September, 2016 Valentine was named the ECAC Division I Administrator of the Year.[28]

Awards and honors

Beyond baseball

Since 1980, Valentine has owned and operated Bobby V’s Restaurant & Sports Bar,[29] a sports bar that is located in his hometown of Stamford, with franchises slated to open in Norwalk, Connecticut, Arlington, Texas, and Middletown, Rhode Island.

In 2010, Valentine started the production company, Makuhari Media, with producing partner Andrew J. Muscato. The company produces sports themed documentaries.[30]

In 2011, Mayor Michael Pavia named Valentine Director of Public Safety for the city of Stamford, Connecticut. Valentine was paid a token $10,000 salary for this position, which he pledged to donate to city charities.[31] Valentine left the position 11 months later to manage the Red Sox.

In 2013, on the twelfth anniversary of the September 11 attacks, Valentine made comments that accused the New York Yankees of not contributing support to the New York community in the wake of the attacks. He was widely criticized for the inaccuracy of his comments, as many media sources documented several occasions on which the Yankees visited victims and workers after the attacks, and for the untimeliness of trying to take credit for helping.[32] TBS had originally planned to feature Valentine as a studio analyst during its MLB on TBS coverage for the 2013 postseason, but reportedly declined to do so after the negative publicity his comments attracted.[33]

On December 9, 2016, WEEI reported that, on the recommendation of New Jersey governor Chris Christie, Valentine was being considered by Donald Trump's presidential transition team for appointment as the United States Ambassador to Japan.[34]

Personal life

Valentine is married to Mary Branca, the daughter of former Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Ralph Branca, and together they have a son Bobby Jr. (born April 25, 1983).[35]

See also

References

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  2. ^ "Bobby Valentine Pokes Fun At History Of Getting Fired In New Video". cbslocal.com. March 8, 2013.
  3. ^ http://cbssports.com/bobbyv
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  8. ^ Brooks, David (August 2, 2000). "George W. Bush should be president – David Brooks". Salon.com. Retrieved December 5, 2011.
  9. ^ Ringolsby, Tracy (October 10, 1989). "A's charges anger Valentine; wants apology from La Russa". Dallas Morning News.
  10. ^ "Be Our Valentine: Fans Back Manager". Retrieved May 22, 2009.
  11. ^ "The 10 Most Bizarre Ejections in Sports". Retrieved September 2, 2009.
  12. ^ "The Whartongate Affair". Citypaper.net. Archived from the original on May 7, 2010. Retrieved 2011-12-05.
  13. ^ Singer, Tom (November 14, 2002). "Valentine recipient of Rickey Award". MLB.com. Mlb.mlb.com. Retrieved August 13, 2012.
  14. ^ "Authors". weei.com.
  15. ^ "Japan Times Article". Search.japantimes.co.jp. January 17, 2010. Retrieved December 5, 2011.
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  17. ^ Castrovince, Anthony. Tribe tabs Acta to be new manager. MLB.com. Retrieved August 21, 2012.
  18. ^ Reynolds, Tim (June 30, 2010). "Marlins: Rodriguez will remain manager all season". Associated Press. Archived from the original on July 3, 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-30.
  19. ^ "Bobby Valentine the "front runner" for the Brewers' job | HardballTalk". Hardballtalk.nbcsports.com. October 31, 2010. Retrieved December 5, 2011.
  20. ^ "Ozzie, Bobby V atop Marlins' wish list – MLB – Baseball – Rumors". FanNation. Retrieved December 5, 2011.
  21. ^ Edes, Gordon (November 30, 2011). "Source: Valentine gets Red Sox job". ESPN.com. Retrieved November 30, 2011.
  22. ^ Flannery, Paul. "Full Count » Mike Lowell: 'Everybody is borrowing Tony Conigliaro's number anyway'". Fullcount.weei.com. Retrieved December 5, 2011.
  23. ^ "Bobby Valentine fired as Red Sox manager". CNN. October 4, 2012.
  24. ^ "Bobby Valentine will be fired by Red Sox, report says". sportingnews.com. October 3, 2012.
  25. ^ The Boston Globe https://web.archive.org/web/20121006220506/http://www.boston.com/sports/2012/10/04/bobby-valentine-fired-red-sox/Ofo9kWOqKj5QUV6qqor4EI/story.html. Archived from the original on October 6, 2012. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  26. ^ https://www.sacredheart.edu/aboutshu/news/newsstories/2018/april/sacred-heart-builds-state-of-the-art-recreation-center.html
  27. ^ Sacred Heart Athletics
  28. ^ https://www.ctpost.com/sports/article/SHU-AD-Valentine-named-ECAC-D1-administrator-of-9240353.php
  29. ^ "Bobby V's Restaurant & Sports Bar - Stamford & Windsor Locks, CT". Bobby V's Restaurant & Sports Bar - Stamford & Windsor Locks, CT. Retrieved April 5, 2019.
  30. ^ "Bobby Valentine exec producer of 'Pelotero' documentary". USA Today. May 1, 2012.
  31. ^ "Pavia names Bobby Valentine Stamford's public safety director".
  32. ^ Petchesky, Barry (September 11, 2013). "Bobby Valentine Says The Yankees Didn't Help Out After 9/11. Really?". Deadspin. Retrieved September 26, 2013.
  33. ^ Ley, Tom (September 26, 2013). "Report: Bobby Valentine Loses TBS Gig Over Dumb 9/11 Comments". Deadspin. Retrieved September 26, 2013.
  34. ^ Bradford, Rob (December 9, 2016). "Sources: Former Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine being considered for United States Ambassador to Japan". Full Count. WEEI. Retrieved December 10, 2016.
  35. ^ Cavanaugh, John (July 17, 1977). "A Homecoming for Valentine". The New York Times. p. Long Island Opinion: 355.

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1975 California Angels season

The 1975 California Angels season involved the Angels finishing sixth in the American League West with a record of 72 wins and 89 losses.

California hit 55 home runs for the entire season. This caused Boston Red Sox pitcher Bill Lee to say about the team- "could take batting practice in a hotel lobby without damaging a chandelier."

1977 San Diego Padres season

The 1977 San Diego Padres season was the 9th season in franchise history.

1996 New York Mets season

The New York Mets' 1996 season was the 35th regular season for the Mets. They went 71-91 and finished 4th in the NL East. They were managed by Dallas Green and Bobby Valentine. They played home games at Shea Stadium.

1997 New York Mets season

The New York Mets' 1997 season was the 36th regular season for the Mets. They went 88-74 and finished 3rd in the NL East. They were managed by Bobby Valentine. They played home games at Shea Stadium.

1998 New York Mets season

The New York Mets' 1998 season was the 37th regular season for the Mets. Like the previous season, they finished the season with a record of 88–74. Despite placing 2nd in the National League East, the Mets fell one game short of playoff contention following a catastrophic collapse during the final week of the season. They were managed by Bobby Valentine. They played home games at Shea Stadium.

1999 New York Mets season

The New York Mets' 1999 season was the 38th regular season for the Mets. They went 97-66 and finished 2nd in the NL East but won the NL Wild Card by beating the Cincinnati Reds in a one game playoff. The Mets advanced to the National League Championship Series, where they were defeated by the Atlanta Braves in 6 games.

The Mets were managed by Bobby Valentine, who entered his fourth year as skipper. They played home games at Shea Stadium.

2000 New York Mets season

The New York Mets' 2000 season was the 39th regular season for the Mets. They went 94-68 and finished 2nd in the NL East, but earned the NL Wild Card. They made it to the World Series where they were defeated by their crosstown rival the New York Yankees. They were managed by Bobby Valentine. They played home games at Shea Stadium.

2001 New York Mets season

The New York Mets' 2001 season was the 40th regular season for the Mets. They went 82-80 and finished 3rd in the NL East. They were managed by Bobby Valentine. They played home games at Shea Stadium.

2002 New York Mets season

The New York Mets' 2002 season was the 41st regular season for the Mets. They went 75-86 and finished 5th in the NL East. They were managed by Bobby Valentine. They played home games at Shea Stadium.

2012 Boston Red Sox season

The 2012 Boston Red Sox season was the 112th season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The Red Sox finished last in the five-team American League East with a record of 69 wins and 93 losses, 26 games behind the first-place New York Yankees. It was the first time the Red Sox finished last in their division since 1992. Under manager Bobby Valentine, the Red Sox finished with the third-lowest win percentage in the American League.

On the heels of a 2011 season that ended with the team losing 20 of 27 games during September, resulting in their elimination from playoff contention and the departure of manager Terry Francona, the Red Sox struggled throughout their 2012 campaign under new manager Bobby Valentine. At the All-Star break the team was 43–43, and at the end of August they had fallen to 62–71. At 66–81 on September 16, the Red Sox were mathematically eliminated from the playoff race. On September 19, the team lost their 82nd regular season game, thus clinching their first losing season since 1997. On September 30, the Red Sox reached the 90-loss mark, assuring them of their first season with 90 or more losses since 1966. The next day, the team suffered their 91st loss of the season to the arch-rival Yankees, the most defeats since their 100-loss season in 1965. On October 4, a day after their final game of the season, Valentine was fired, with one year and two option years still remaining on his contract.

Branch Rickey Award

The Branch Rickey Award was given annually to an individual in Major League Baseball (MLB) in recognition of his exceptional community service from 1992 to 2014. The award was named in honor of former player and executive Branch Rickey, who broke the major league color barrier by signing Jackie Robinson, while president and general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Rickey also created the Knothole Gang, a charity that allowed children to attend MLB games.The award, created by the Rotary Club of Denver in 1991, was first awarded to Dave Winfield in 1992 at their annual banquet. Each MLB team nominates one individual who best exemplifies the Rotary Club motto: "Service Above Self". A vote is then conducted by the national selection committee, which consists of members of the sports media, previous winners of the award, and Rotary district governors in major league cities. Proceeds of the banquet benefit Denver Kids, Inc., a charity for at-risk students who attend Denver Public Schools. Each winner receives a bronze sculpture of a baseball player measuring 24 inches (610 mm), named "The Player", designed by sculptor George Lundeen. A larger version of "The Player", standing 13 feet (4.0 m) tall, was erected at Coors Field in Denver.Winners of the Branch Rickey Award have undertaken different causes. Many winners, including Todd Stottlemyre, Jamie Moyer, John Smoltz, Torii Hunter, Vernon Wells, and Shane Victorino, worked with children in need. Stottlemyre visited and raised money for a nine-year-old girl who suffered from aplastic anemia and required a bone marrow transplant, while Moyer's foundation raised US$6 million to support underprivileged children. Other winners devoted their work to aiding individuals who had a specific illness, such as Curt Schilling, who raised money for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and Trevor Hoffman, who lost a kidney as an infant and devoted himself to working with individuals with nephropathy. Also, some winners devoted themselves to work with major disasters and tragedies. Bobby Valentine donated money to charities benefiting victims of the September 11 attacks, while Luis Gonzalez worked with survivors of Hurricane Katrina.

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List of Major League Baseball on ESPN Radio broadcasters

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List of New York Mets managers

The New York Mets are a Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise based in New York City, New York in the borough of Queens. They play in the National League East division. In the history of the Mets there has been 21 managers. The duties of the team manager include team strategy and leadership on and off the field. Of those managers, only Joe Torre who was a player-manager (a manager who also plays for the team); Yogi Berra did however play four games while he was a coach in 1965.The Mets posted their franchise record for losses in their inaugural season in the league, with 120 losses in 160 games in 1962. This was the first of seven consecutive losing seasons, a season in which the winning percentage was below .500, and the most losses by a post-1900 MLB team. During this stretch from 1962 to 1968, the Mets employed four managers. Five managers have taken the Mets to the postseason; Davey Johnson, Bobby Valentine and Terry Collins have led the team to two playoff appearances each. Johnson and Gil Hodges are the only Mets managers to win a World Series: Hodges in 1969 against the Baltimore Orioles; and Johnson in 1986 against the Boston Red Sox. Terry Collins is the longest-tenured manager in franchise history, with 1,134 games of service over 7 seasons.The manager with the most wins and highest winning percentage over a full season or more is Johnson; his 595–417 record gives him a .588 winning percentage. Conversely, the worst winning percentage over a full season or more in franchise history is .302 by inaugural manager Casey Stengel, who posted a 175–404 record from 1962 to 1965.

List of Texas Rangers managers

The Texas Rangers are an American baseball franchise based in Arlington, Texas. They are members of the American League West division. The Rangers franchise was formed in 1961, then called the Washington Senators, as a member of the American League. In its 58-year history, the Texas Rangers baseball franchise of Major League Baseball's American League has employed 27 managers. The duties of the team manager include team strategy and leadership on and off the field.Mickey Vernon became the first manager of the Texas Rangers in 1961, serving for just over two seasons. Ron Washington has managed more games and seasons than any other manager in Rangers history. Before 2010, the only Rangers manager to have led the team to the playoffs was Johnny Oates, who also won the 1996 Manager of the Year Award with the Rangers. Ted Williams is the only Rangers manager to have been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame as a player; Whitey Herzog, who was inducted in the Hall in 2010, is only Rangers manager to earn induction as a manager.

In 1963, manager Mickey Vernon was fired and replaced by interim manager Eddie Yost. One game later, Yost was replaced by Gil Hodges. In 1973, Whitey Herzog was replaced by Del Wilber. One game later, Billy Martin took over the role of manager. In 1975, Frank Lucchesi took over for Martin in midseason, who in turn was replaced by Eddie Stanky. After six games, Connie Ryan could not finish the season, so Billy Hunter took over the role of manager, only to be fired with one game to go in the 1978 season and replaced by Pat Corrales. In 1982, Don Zimmer was fired as Rangers manager but continued to run the team for three more games before being replaced by Darrell Johnson. Rangers owner Eddie Chiles said the poor play of the Rangers had nothing to do with Zimmer's firing but was instead 'something personal'. In 1985, after Doug Rader led the Rangers to (exact number of seasons) losing seasons, he was replaced by Bobby Valentine, who in turn was replaced by Toby Harrah during midseason. In 2001, Johnny Oates's poor performance forced the Rangers to hire Jerry Narron as his replacement during midseason.

Buck Showalter was hired as manager of the Texas Rangers on October 11, 2002, following a last-place season under manager Jerry Narron. Showalter managed the Rangers through the 2006 season, before being fired as manager on October 4, 2006. In November 2006, Ron Washington was hired as manager of the Rangers. He managed the team from 2007 to 2014, longer than any other person in the franchise's history, when he announced his resignation on September 5, 2014. Tim Bogar managed the rest of the season on an interim basis. Jeff Banister was hired to lead the team from 2015 to September 21, 2018, when he was fired. Don Wakamatsu replaced him as interim manager. Chris Woodward was later hired as the new manager for 2019.

NBC Sports Radio

NBC Sports Radio is a sports radio network that debuted on September 4, 2012. The network content is produced by NBC Sports Group and distributed by Westwood One, which is the corporate successor to the remains of the original NBC Radio Network that was dissolved in the 1980s. NBC Sports Radio is available through over 300 affiliates throughout the United States as of September 2013, as well as through live streaming on NBCSportsRadio.com, NBCSports.com, WestwoodOneSports.com, and the affiliates' websites. Its launch made NBC the last major broadcast network with a sports radio network to complement its sports division. On January 1, 2019, NBC Sports Radio switched from a 24/7 full-time network feed to a service featuring sports newsfeeds and syndicated offerings.

Norifumi Nishimura

Norifumi Nishimura (西村 徳文, Nishimura Norifumi, born January 9, 1960 in Kushima, Miyazaki) is a former Nippon Professional Baseball player and current manager. Nishimura spent the entirety of his 16-year playing career with the Chiba Lotte Marines. After retiring, he coached for the team until being named the successor to former Marines-manager Bobby Valentine in late 2009.

Robert Valentine

Robert Valentine may refer to:

Bob Valentine (referee) (born 1939), football referee

Bob Valentine (footballer), rugby league and football (soccer) player

Bob Valentine (baseball), baseball player

Bobby Valentine (born 1950), baseball player and manager

Rob Valentine (born 1950), mayor

Rob Valentine (rugby) (born 1941), rugby union and rugby league footballer

Robert Valentine (composer) (c. 1671 – 1747), Anglo-Italian composer

Sacred Heart Pioneers

The Sacred Heart Pioneers are the 32 sports teams (14 men, 18 women) representing Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut in intercollegiate athletics. The Pioneers compete in the NCAA Division I and are members of the Northeast Conference, Atlantic Hockey, Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association and Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. Sacred Heart is now aligned with many prestigious institutions.

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Bud Harrelson
New York Mets First Base Coach
1983
Succeeded by
Jim Frey
Preceded by
Frank Howard
New York Mets Third Base Coach
1983–1985
Succeeded by
Bud Harrelson
Preceded by
Clint Hurdle
Norfolk Tides Manager
1993
Succeeded by
Toby Harrah
Preceded by
Toby Harrah
Norfolk Tides Manager
1996
Succeeded by
Bruce Benedict

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