If there is one man who seems fit for the job of being the ambassador of the United States in Japan, could it be anyone but Bobby Valentine? No, seriously. Could it? According to one report, Valentine may end up being the face of the United States in Japan during Donald Trump’s presidency.
The report comes from WEEI, where multiple sources have told the outlet that Valentine has been discussing the possibility with Trump during this phase of transition. Considering Barry Switzer was just spotted at Trump Tower this week and Linda McMahon appears set to take on a role on the Cabinet, it almost makes too much sense for Valentine to be taking on this role in a country where he is a beloved baseball icon. Valentine spent seven seasons in Japan as a manager of the Chiba Lotte Marines (1995, 2004-2009), where he led the team to a Japan Series championship and an Asia Series championship in 2005.
Of course, the idea of a former baseball manager serving as the representative of the United States in Japan feels a bit odd for some in the US, and the jokes on Twitter cannot help but remember one of Valentine’s most famous moments as a manager of the New York Mets.
Japanese diplomat: Thank you, Bobby Valentine. I must now meet with my advisers.
Bobby: Of course.
Inside other room: pic.twitter.com/q6KowIgMJE
— Christian Lukens (@ChristianLukens) December 9, 2016
flash forward to 2019 after bobby valentine gets fired from his ambassador job pic.twitter.com/kmE1ZvLhnO
— Sung Min Kim (@sung_minkim) December 9, 2016
Housing and urban development? Urban… Urban? Ben Carson! Ambassador to Japan. Japan… Japan… Baseball? Bobby Valentine!
— Jimmy D (@dose17) December 9, 2016
If Trump makes Bobby Valentine our Ambassador to Japan, I sure hope he sends Dallas Green to be our man in Paris.
— Kenneth Baer (@KennethBaer) December 9, 2016
What’s next? Kobe Bryant to China or Italy? Wait, it may be best not to give Trump any ideas.