Valentine on Mad Dog Radio
The “process” ran its course. Now, the Marlins have moved forward. Edwin Rodriguez is the new manager, but questions remain as to why negotiations with Bobby Valentine broke down.
A few days ago, Valentine made some critical remarks on ESPN’s Baseball Tonight.
“If this is a Major-League process, I hope I’m never in the process again. It’s very disturbing, confusing and it was insulting at times,” Valentine said on ESPN.
Valentine offered some more insight on SIRIUS XM’s Mad Dog Radio with host Chris Russo.
Here’s the conversation.
Chris Russo: “Those are some harsh words. Can you tell me what’s going on with the Marlins?”
Bobby Valentine: “I didn’t mean for them to be harsh. I just meant for them to be honest. It’s a tough process once you start getting down to a situation. We never negotiated anything and, you know, I just feel when you’re 60 years old – you know, I know Jeffrey [Loria], I’ve known him for 25 years – I just felt that being left in the dark isn’t quite the way to allow things to move forward.
But I think it’s a good situation. As I told them right from the start, someone from the outside moving in in mid-season I don’t believe is a good idea. I don’t think you can train coaches and train players to think and do what you’re expecting on the run. That’s what spring training is for. And Edwin Rodriguez has had these guys in the minor leagues. He knows the spring training process, what that organizational philosophy is. So, you know, that was a good move. If, in fact, they had to change Fredi [Gonzalez] I would think that’s probably the right way to go.”
Russo: “So in other words, Bobby, they talked to you and then left you in the dark? What do you mean ‘left you in the dark?’ They began a discussion? What happened?”
Valentine: “Yeah, basically. I mean, I don’t want to get into the details on it, Chris. You know, I mean, I was reading in the paper I wasn’t a candidate, you know? And I don’t really like that stuff. You know, we did have conversations and then the next thing I know their leaks have people writing things that I’m no longer a candidate and they’re going in another direction. Well, you know, if that’s the case tell me. I’m a big boy. It’s real easy.”
Russo: “Would you say you’re soured on this whole managerial search now for these jobs? Was the Baltimore thing decent?”
Valentine: “No. To tell you the truth, the in-season stuff where you have all the rules and regulations that are set forth – rightfully so, I guess – by the commissioner that you have to interview so many different types of people from in and outside your organization before you’re allowed to hire a person you want to, it’s a pretty tough process. I don’t know that it’s tough. It doesn’t seem like it’s the way most industries do it.”
— Joe Frisaro