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Bobby Valentine interested in managing Cubs
By Bruce Miles | Daily Herald Staff
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Published: 7/26/2010 8:24 AM | Updated: 7/26/2010 2:51 PM

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Bobby Valentine looked like he was dressed for a job interview on Sunday night.

But while Valentine was in town with ESPN to broadcast Sunday night's Cubs-Cardinals game, he's definitely interested in succeeding Lou Piniella as Cubs manager.

Valentine told a reporter he won't leave ESPN "unless something very special came up," and the Cubs job "falls in the category of very special."

Valentine, who managed the Texas Rangers, New York Mets and in Japan, told The Associated Press that the Cubs' managerial job is "one of the most coveted positions in all of sports" and said "anybody who thinks of himself as a manager would love to be considered as one of the people who might take (Piniella's) place."

Here's something else to remember: Valentine is a protege of former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda, and Jim Hendry holds Lasorda in high regard. Any recommendation from Lasorda about Valentine surely would carry weight with Hendry.

Valentine spent some time in the Cubs clubhouse on Sunday, saying hello to players and media members as part of his pregame preparation.