Bobby Valentine was born May 13, 1950 in Stamford, Connecticut and is a former player and manager in MLB and the current manager of the Chiba Lotte Marines of Japan's Pacific League.
He has managed the Texas Rangers (1985-??1992) and the New York Mets (1996-??2002). Valentine's managing led to the late 1990s and early 2000s resurgence of the Mets, which culminated in 1999 with a wild card berth and a loss to the Atlanta Braves in the National League Championship Series, and a National League pennant in 2000. The Mets lost the 2000 World Series to the crosstown rival New York Yankees, four games to one. Valentine is also infamous for a dubious incident during a 1999 game in which he was discovered to have sneaked back into the team dugout after being ejected, by wearing a disguise consisting of a change of clothes, sunglasses, and a "moustache" painted on with eye black. In early 2000, Valentine was at the center of what would be called "Whartongate," in which he allegedly mentioned to students at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business somewhat cynical, insider comments regarding a handful of Mets players and the organization as a whole.
Valentine is currently in his second stint as manager of the Japanese Pacific League Chiba Lotte Marines (2003-??) for a 3-year $4,500,000 (US) contract. On October 17, 2005, he led the Marines to win the Pacific League pennant after thirty-one years in a close playoff with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks. On October 26, the team became Japan Series champions with a victory over the Hanshin Tigers, as well as the first Asia Series champions over Samsung Lions in finals. He served as manager for the same team in 1995, when the team surprised most Japanese baseball fans by finishing in second place (69-??58-??3), a remarkable feat for the Marines which had not won the Japanese Pacific league pennants since 1974. However, he was fired abruptly due to the personal conflict with general manager Tatsuro Hirooka, despite having a two-year contract.
On October 27, 2005, Valentine issued a challenge to the World Series champion Chicago White Sox, prior to the completion of the tournament, on behalf of the Chiba Lotte Marines. Valentine called for a seven-game World Series to be played between the American and Japanese championship teams. Unlike the World Baseball Classic, a competition featuring sixteen national all-star teams, a World Series-styled tournament between the winners of both the American and Japanese championships has never been played.