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He managed the Texas Rangers (1985-92) and New York Mets (1996-02), finishing up his two major league stints 45 games above .500, and also managed in Japan from 2004-09, winning the Japan Series in '05 with the Chiba Lotte Marines.
But some of that was experience he would prefer to forget.
With the Mets, he was embroiled in a public personality clash with general manager Steve Phillips that played out almost daily with dueling pregame press gaggles. He was fired after finishing fifth in 2002 -- the first time he failed to top .500 in six full seasons in New York, and just two years after making his only appearance in the World Series.
"I hope I'll change for the better, because I never won a world championship," he said. "I've had bad experiences that I hope I've learned from, and I've had good experiences that I hope I learned from."
Cherington said Valentine, who has been working as an analyst for ESPN, needed to show that he had changed.
"He's had really good experiences. He's been to the top," Cherington said. "And he's had other experiences that haven't gone as well. But no one who's managed in the big leagues ... has had all good experiences. That's how the game works.
"Tito (Francona) hadn't had all good experiences before he got to Boston. He worked out really well," Cherington said.
Valentine said he talked to two of his mentors, New Jersey Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello and longtime Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda.
"They'd disown me if I didn't give this my best shot," Valentine said.
And, if he gets the job: "I would feel like it is Christmas."
"It's really kind of cool that I'm sitting here," he said.
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