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Bobby Valentine's appearance on Baseball Night in New York: Living Room Edition on Tuesday veered in an unexpected direction, when the former Mets, Rangers and Red Sox manager revealed that he was considering a run for public office.
Host Doug Williams noted Valentine's successful tenure as athletic director at Sacred Heart University, and asked if he would consider entering politics.
"That's interesting," Valentine responded. "My neighbor actually knocked on my door and requested me to think about that. So I am thinking about it."
Valentine has always been engaged in public service. He helped to lead the Mets' response to the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, and he is now distributing masks in Connecticut to help combat COVID-19.
Valentine went on to make the case for himself as a candidate.
"These next two years are going to take some real leadership," he said. "To win anything, as I've said often, you need trust and you need teamwork. I think I'm a pretty trustworthy guy and I think I can rally people around the flag so that we can get teamwork."
He then smiled and pulled back a bit.
"I'm not running for office," Valentine said. "It's just a thought."
But when I followed up by asking if he was considering running for local or national office, he gave an earnest answer.
"Oh, I don't know," said Valentine, who turns 70 next week. "They're saying a few different scenarios out there."