Is former New York Mets’ skipper Bobby Valentine considering running for office?

Andres Chavez
New York Mets
Dec 7, 2015; Nashville, TN, USA; New York Mets sign and logo during the MLB winter meetings at Gaylord Opryland Resort. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

Former New York Mets manager Bobby Valentine recently said, on Baseball Night in New York: Living Room Edition, that he is considering a run for public office, as SNY reported on its site.

Yes, we were shocked when we found out, but in reality, it appears to be more of an idea than a concrete plan. The show’s host Doug Williams was talking about the former skipper successful time as an athletic director at Sacred Heart University and asked him if he’d consider running for a public office.

Valentine was somewhat surprised by the question. “That’s interesting,” he responded. “My neighbor actually knocked on my door and requested me to think about that. So I am thinking about it.”

Valentine, who managed the New York Mets from 1996 to 2002, has always had the willingness to help the community. For instance, he was among the leaders in the Mets’ response to the infamous 9/11 attacks in 2001, and he has also been active in the battle against COVID-19.

The Mets manager from 1996 to 2002 is toying with the idea

The former baseball player and manager expanded on the subject. “These next two years are going to take some real leadership,” he said. “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.”

But after that, he smiled and pulled back a little bit.

“I’m not running for office,” Valentine said afterward. “It’s just a thought.”

It would really make an interesting story if Valentine, who compiled a 536 – 467 record with the Mets and made it to the 2000 World Series, entered that concrete scenario. However, it is unclear if it will ever happen. For now, let’s remember him as one of the most influential managers in the team’s recent history.