Report: Bobby Valentine being considered as ambassador to Japan under Donald Trump

Former MLB player and manager Bobby Valentine is reportedly being considered to be the United States ambassador to Japan under president-elect Donald Trump.

This news comes by way of WEEI Radio’s Rob Bradford.

“According to multiple sources, Valentine is on a short-list of candidates for the job of United States Ambassador to Japan. The 66-year-old, who currently serves as Sacred Heart University’s athletics director, has engaged in preliminary discussions with President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team regarding the position.”

Valentine most recently managed the Boston Red Sox in 2012 — a season marred by controversy. He coached the Chiba Lotte Marines in Japan for six years between 2004-09, so he does have connections in Japan.

Per the report, Valentine has a long relationship with Trump, going all the way back to early 1980s. He isn’t the only notable sports figure that is reportedly being considered as an ambassador, with New York Jets owner Woody Johnson being pegged as a potential UK ambassador for the new administration.