Bobby Valentine

Bobby is a native of Stamford, Connecticut where he complimented his high school baseball achievements by becoming the only three-time all state football player in Connecticut history. He was, in fact, voted by Sports Illustrated as one of the best athletes of the 20th century from Connecticut. After being selected in the first round by the L.A. Dodgers, Bobby went on to have successful stints with the Angels, Padres, Mets, and Mariners. When he retired as a player, Bobby was the third base coach for the New York Mets before being named the Manager of the Texas Rangers in 1985. As the Rangers’ manager he was named UPI American League Manager of the Year in 1986. In 1994 Bobby became the first American to accept a management position in the Pacific League of Japan for the Chiba Lotte Marines. In 1996 Bobby was hired as the manager of the New York Mets, where he led the team to the post season in consecutive years for the first time in team history and to the World Series in 2000. He is presently the manager of the Chiba Lotte team is Japan.