"And you want to be my latex salesman."
Bobby Valentine had his formal interview with the Indians and his sitdown with the local media today.
Watching from afar here in Anaheim, I am scratching my head at the quotes he gave reporters. (The full story is here.)
On his interest in managing a rebuilding ballclub:
“I’m not sure that’s what I want to do. But again, I haven’t been offered a job, so I don’t have to decide whether or not I definitely want to do this.”
On his knowledge of the American League, the Central and the Tribe:
“I can tell you I don’t know about the American League, I don’t know about the (AL) Central, and I don’t know about the Indians, but I sure as hell am willing to learn and spend about 28 hours a day, if necessary, to know everything I could possibly know.”
The Indians are likely to lose as much as, if not more, than they win next season, and Valentine admitted he’s a “lousy loser.” He said he was in Cleveland because he’s a baseball manager, and that’s what the position is.
All righty then.
Look, I’m not privy to the interview process, and I only know Shapiro’s general sketch of what the Indians are looking for with this hire. There is, obviously, much more to Valentine than what is being presented here. He’s a proven winner who commands respect.
But these arranged meetings with the media are the Indians’ effort to see how their candidates present themselves in public and how the public reacts to them. If the formal interview was anything like the public one, then you’d have to imagine Manny Acta is the clubhouse leader right now, wouldn’t you?
Torey Lovullo, you’re up.
Note: Thanks to MLB.com contributor Steve Herrick for the above quotes.