Baseball Legend Bobby Valentine to Speak


 Baseball legend Bobby Valentine in conversation with Dr. Keith Strudler
7 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013
Room 3102, Marist College Student Center (across from Nelly Goletti Theatre)
Free and open to the public


 Valentine is perhaps best known for his six years managing the New York Mets, which included leading the team against their cross-town rivals, the Yankees, in the 2000 World Series. He also managed the Texas Rangers for seven season and spent one year atop the Boston Red Sox. Valentine’s managerial successes also came overseas in Japan, where he led the Chiba Lotte Marines to a Japan Series title in 2005, the team’s first title in 31 years. His accomplishments made him the subject of an award winning documentary film titled “The Zen of Bobby V.”

Valentine also enjoyed a productive career as a player in the major leagues, playing for four teams over ten years. He enjoyed early success as both a star baseball and football player at Rippowam High School in Stamford, Conn., before attending the University of Southern California. Valentine was drafted fifth overall by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1968 baseball draft.
Beyond his work on the field, Valentine has worked as a sports analyst with various media organizations, most notably with ESPN for their Sunday Night Baseball program. He currently works with the MLB Network as an analyst. In 2013, Valentine was named the executive athletic director for Sacred Heart University, a position he currently holds.

Dr. Keith Strudler, director for the Marist College Center for Sports Communication, will moderate the one-on-one discussion with Valentine, covering topics from the state of baseball to different challenges in each of his roles. The discussion will be followed by a question-and-answer session.

For more information about the event or the Marist College Center for Sports Communication, please visit its website.

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