From today's NY Post:
Bobby Valentine isn't holding his breath that he'll be the next manager of the Mets.
Valentine's name has surfaced in recent weeks as Jerry Manuel's
potential successor, a person close to Valentine yesterday said there
are lingering wounds between the Mets and the former manager that likely
won't heal anytime soon.
Valentine has solid relationships with
several members of the Mets' hierarchy, but remains at odds with
principal owner Fred Wilpon, who fired him following the 2002 season.
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Valentine thought at the time that Wilpon lied to him. Valentine
was made to believe his fate and that of general manager Steve Phillips
were intertwined. But Phillips remained as the GM after Valentine was
It also is known that Valentine -- with his colorful,
outspoken personality -- deplored the Mets' paranoia when dealing with
the media. Valentine regularly was told what to say by team officials,
and had a difficult time complying.
Omar Minaya's departure as GM
probably will further minimize Valentine's candidacy. The two are close
friends, dating to the 1980s with the Rangers.
remains the favorite to vault from Single-A to manage the Mets next
season, but that decision won't be made until after Minaya's replacement