Bobby Valentine confirmed on Tuesday night that he is no longer a candidate for the vacant Florida Marlins’ managing position.
Asked about a report that the Marlins had informed interim manager Edwin Rodriguez that he would be maintained through the remainder of this season, Valentine, reached at ESPN’s studios, where he is an analyst, said, “That’s right. I just talked to them. I wish them the best and hope everything works out perfectly.
Valentine declined further comment.
Thus ended a roller-coaster ride between the Stamford native and the Marlins that started last Wednesday, when Florida fired its manager, Fredi Gonzalez, and Valentine emerged as the leading candidate for the opening.
Valentine was supposed to fly to Florida to interview for the job on Friday, but postponed a scheduled trip. He told The Advocate at the time, “The process is going to take longer than expected, and I expect that the first interview will take place over the phone.”
Earlier that day, Valentine denied reports by several news organizations that he had reached a tentative four-year deal to take over the Marlins.
Valentine denied reports on Sunday that he was no longer a candidate for the job, both to The Advocate and later on ESPN’s Baseball Tonight.
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