Could the next President of the United States be … Bobby Valentine?
The former MLB manager, who had managerial stints with the Texas Rangers, New York Mets and Boston Red Sox, indicated he was entertaining the idea of running for office during an interview with SportsNet New York’s “Baseball Night in New York: Living Room Edition” on Tuesday.
“That’s interesting,” Valentine said when asked. “My neighbor actually knocked on my door and requested me to think about that. So, I am thinking about it.”
Valentine, who is the current Executive Director of Athletics at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., sounded serious when he said it, although had a slight grin on his face.
“These next two years are going to take some real leadership,” he continued. “To win anything, as I’ve said often, you need trust and you need teamwork. I think I’m a pretty trustworthy guy and I think I can rally people around the flag so that we can get teamwork.”
Valentine then clarified, “I’m not running for office, it’s just a thought.”
But when prodded again if he would run for local or national office, Valentine responded, “Oh, I don’t know. They’re saying a few different scenarios out there.”
While Valentine has never worked in politics before, his name has surfaced in that field of work.
In 2016, newly elected President Donald Trump reportedly considered Valentine as US ambassador to Japan, where he also managed for seven seasons.
Of course, Valentine ultimately did not get the job.
The former MLB manager, who turns 70 next week, has been playing an active role in the community during the COVID-19 crisis. He has been all over the state of Connecticut, from Stamford to Hartford, helping distribute masks as part of the Masks for Heroes charity.