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Stamford Mayor Applauds Valentine's Move to Boston

STAMFORD, Conn. — Mayor Michael Pavia has no problem with having to look for a new director for the Office of Public Safety, Health and Welfare — an overlooked outcome of Bobby Valentine becoming the new manager of the Boston Red Sox.

“Baseball has been in his head and his heart his whole life,” Pavia said of the Stamford native. Pavia added that it’s one of the top jobs in sports, and that he expects Valentine to heat up the Yankee-Red Sox rivalry.

“He can really make it fun," Pavia said.

Since taking the position with the city in January, Valentine worked tirelessly to learn the issues, Pavia said. “He handled issues head-to-head when others side-stepped them,” Pavia said of Valentine’s efforts.

The 61-year-old Rippowam High School graduate has been out of Major League Baseball since 2002, when he was fired by the New York Mets. Valentine managed five years with the Chiba Lotte Marines in Japan and was a baseball analyst for ESPN this past baseball season.

“I am honored, I’m humbled and I’m pretty damn excited,’’ he said during a news conference Thursday introducing him as the Red Sox manager.

Valentine’s temper, especially with his higher ups, has been one of the noted reasons he has not been able to get a job in Major League Baseball over the past nine years. Pavia said he doesn’t expect it to be a problem this time around and that Valentine has mellowed and matured since managing the Mets.

“I think he has entered the next stage of his life,” Pavia said.

Pavia has not yet begun looking for Valentine’s replacement but knows several people are interested.

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