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.