Bobby Valentine has a new job as a talk show host.
Valentine, who had a very difficult time communicating with players, coaches, and the media during his disastrous one year as Boston Red Sox manager in 2012, has been hired by NBC Sports Radio.
ESPN summarizes the new Bobby Valentine job:
“He will be the part-time co-host of a weekday talk show that debuts in April. Starting this month, he will also periodically provide analysis to NBC Sports Radio shows and affiliated stations.”
According to the Boston Globe, Valentine’s post-season interview with Bob Costas paved the way for the new radio commentating venture:
“The groundwork for Valentine to join NBC Sports Radio was laid less than three weeks after he was fired by the Red Sox. During an interview with Costas Tonight host Bob Costas that was recorded October 22 and aired the next day — an interview that generated more controversy when Valentine said injured designated hitter David Ortiz ‘decided not to play anymore’ after the Red Sox’ trade with the Dodgers in late August — Valentine was approached by a network executive with the idea of hosting his own show.”
Valentine, who had a contentious relationship with some members of the Boston media last season (including threatening perhaps as a joke to punch WEEI radio host Glenn Ordway in the mouth), was in the booth for ESPN‘s Sunday Night Baseball in 2011 before essentially switching jobs with Terry Francona after Francona was let go by Boston.
Do you think that Bobby Valentine will achieve success as a talk show host?