It's been nine years since Bobby Valentine last managed the New York Mets. In the time since, he served as manager for the Chiba Lotte Marines in Japan and, in 2009, became a baseball analyst for ESPN, and he's overseeing public safety for the city of Stamford.
Now, according to reports, Valentine is interested in returning to New York to buy a partial stake in the Mets.
"I've talked to a number of people interested in purchasing part of the New York Mets, but I'm not formally with any group that is actively pursuing this venture," Valentine told ESPN on Sunday night.
In managerial stints with the Texas Rangers and the Mets spanning parts of 15 seasons, Valentine compiled a 581-605 record. He was also the last manager to take the Mets to the World Series, where they lost to the Yankees in 2000.
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