ESPN has officially announced Booby Valentine’s return to ESPN.
Valentine, who previously worked for ESPN in 2003, will take on expanded duties in 2010. He will appear on “Baseball Tonight” and 1050 ESPN Radio in New York, and contribute to ESPNNewYork.com, the local ESPN sports site that launches next year.
Bob Raissman, of the NY Daily News, adds:
Clearly, Valentine is still interested in managing. That’s why it’s likely, as it did in 2003, ESPN put a “protection” clause in his contract. In 2003, as part of the three-year offer negotiated with Valentine, network executives insisted that Valentine pay a monetary penalty if he bolted for a manager’s job.
Hmm, does this end the Bobby V for Mets Manager movement or does it mean he’s just that much closer to replacing Jerry Manuel?