NBC Sports and Dial Global announced today that former Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine will join the NBC Sports Radio lineup as a Major League Baseball commentator, effective this month.
Commentary is not completely new territory for Valentine. In addition to managing baseball teams, he has also provided analysis for ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball.
Valentine will call in weekly to NBC Sports Radio affiliates and speak with hosts about baseball topics. He'll also become a part-time co-host of a daily (Monday - Friday) talk show that will debut in April. This show has yet to be named.
"I can't wait to get started on NBC Sports Radio," said Valentine. "I'm looking forward to talking to our affiliates and network shows, and to being a major contributor to the network. I always state my honest opinion and I can't wait to share it with NBC Sports Radio listeners."
“We all known that Bobby V. will bring a passionate and opinionated voice to NBC Sports Radio and we can’t wait to light that fire," said Chris Corcoran, Executive Vice President, General Manager, Dial Global. "Along with Stan Van Gundy, NBC Sports Radio offers two of the most opinionated former major league coaches, each of whom will bring our affiliates and advertisers excellent and compelling content every time they speak”.
Rob Simmelkjaer, SVP, NBC Sports Ventures and International, added, “Bobby Valentine has always possessed one of the greatest minds and sharpest tongues in all of baseball. This will be must-hear radio.”
Valentine was dismissed from his position as manager of the Sox after just a single season with the team.