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Stamford Would Welcome Back Fired Red Sox Manager Bobby Valentine

STAMFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork) - Bobby Valentine, following a 69-93 season, was fired as manager of the Boston Red Sox, but he might not be out of work for long.

WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau On The Story


When he heard that his pal Valentine had been fired, Stamford Mayor Michael Pavia sent him text.

"Come back to Stamford," the mayor told Valentine, "We can use you."

Valentine served as the city's public safety director before he was tapped by the Red Sox. Sometimes, he even stepped out to direct traffic when storms took out the stoplights.

Mayor Pavia says the doors of the city are wide open for this native son.

"I would love to have him back in some capacity. You know, he's got a great civic mind. He, in addition to a baseball strategist... his passion is Stamford. His passion is people," Pavia told WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau.

Was Valentine given a fair shake at Fenway Park?

"I don't think he was given enough time to prove his true capability. He was behind the 8-ball the day he started, with the injuries that the team experienced, with some of the turmoil that was created early on in the season," Pavia said.

Valentine is already committed to hosting a charity dinner later on this month.

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