Ex-baseball players go on to all sorts of careers. Some go into coaching or managing, some go into the business world, and others take up a career in broadcasting. And yet a few others do something different, like go into politics.
Bobby Valentine might be entering into that last category. The 66-year-old former player and manager of the New York Mets and Boston Red Sox is reportedly on the short list to be the Ambassador to Japan, according to WEEI.com. Valentine is currently serving as Sacred Heart University’s athletic director.
This isn’t completely out of the blue. Valentine managed the Chiba Lotte Marines of the Japan Pacific League in 1995 (after which he was fired), and then returned to manage them in 2004 for five years after he was fired as the Mets manager in 2002. Valentine led the Marines to their first championship in 31 years in 2005, sweeping the Hanshin Tigers in the JapanRead More »from Bobby Valentine reportedly being considered for U.S. Ambassador to Japan