Bobby Valentine to lead Sacred Heart athletics

02/22/2013 1:57 PM ET
By Joe Auriemma

Bobby Valentine spent 16 seasons as a big-league manager.(AP)
Former New York Mets and Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine has accepted a position as the athletics director at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn. The university will make a formal announcement on Tuesday

Valentine, a native of Stamford, Conn., was fired as manager of the Boston Red Sox after just one year on the bench. The Red Sox's 69 wins in 2012 was the lowest full-season win total for the franchise since the 1965 BoSox won just 62 games. Valentine's team was marred by injuries and poor play from major stars from the start, while the outspoken skipper created waves in a clubhouse divided early on in the 2012 season.

In seven seasons with the Mets, Valentine had a record of 536-467 and won the National League Pennant in 2000, only to lose to the New York Yankees in the first "Subway" World Series between the two organizations in five games. In 2,351 career games and 16 seasons as a Major League manager with the Texas Rangers, Mets and Red Sox, he is 1,186-1,165.

In addition to being the new athletic director at Sacred Heart, Valentine has also signed on to be a co-host of a talk show for NBC Sports Radio, which debuts in April.

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