Bobby Valentine: Mets 'Seem Like A Three-Ring Circus'

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June 25, 2019 - 4:58 pm
Manager Bobby Valentine of the New York Mets argues with home plate umpire Larry Vanover #27 during the MLB game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on August 10, 2002 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Cardinals won 5-4.

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It would be an understatement to say that it has been a dysfunctional week for the New York Mets.

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Manager Mickey Callaway and pitcher Jason Vargas were fined by the team after they went after a reporter in the clubhouse, Brodie Van Wagenen apparently told Callaway to pull Jacob de Grom from a recent game, and the team is struggling once again despite what the expectations were before the season began.

Former manager Bobby Valentine has certainly been around for some Mets’ craziness. He joined Mike Francesa on WFAN on Tuesday afternoon to talk about all the drama, past and present, that goes on in Queens.

“I try to put myself in the manager’s seat … I think it probably would’ve gotten under my skin too. Now what happened after all that, it seems a little like a three ring circus, but I’ve experienced those also.”

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Valentine managed the Mets from 1996-2002 in a tenure that was filled with similarly bizarre incidents. In June of 1999, he was ejected from a Mets game in Toronto for arguing against a catcher's interference call. Valentine later re-entered the team’s dugout wearing a mustache as a disguise.

Despite that, Valentine knows that things are different in baseball since he was managing in the big leagues. He thinks that’s part of the reason Callaway and Vargas’ actions in the clubhouse seemed like such a big deal.

“It’s a different time. As you mentioned earlier in your show, we had a couple of little discussions in my office with the door closed. A lot of topics being discussed, and it was almost two or three languages that we were speaking.”

Francesa agreed with Valentine's assessment of the situation.

“They’re talking about two guys passing in the hall, heck, one day Bobby and I went nose-to-nose for an hour!”

Valentine also touched on the Mets’ struggles on the diamond. Robinson Cano has had a rough season since he was traded to New York in December. The 69-year-old former manager thinks there may just be something unlucky about second basemen signing with the Mets.

“I think it’s something about the second base thing. You’ve got to understand, Carlos Baerga was spectacular until he got to second base for the Mets. How about Robbie Alomar? … When I watch him (Cano) I get the willies, thinking about Baerga and then Robbie. We got Robbie and I thought he was kidding when Steve (Phillips) said ‘ we got Robbie Alomar.’ I said ‘you have to be kidding.’ When I saw him I realized why he wasn’t kidding.”

Click on the audio player above to listen to Mike Francesa's full interview with Bobby Valentine.