Bobby Valentine, the former Major League Baseball manager and ESPN analyst, will headline the Fresno Grizzlies’ Hot Stove Gala.
The 55th annual event is Feb. 11 at the Fresno Convention Center.
Bobby Valentine managed in the majors for 16 seasons, guiding the New York Mets to the 2000 World Series.
Best known as “Bobby V,” Valentine spent 16 years managing in the big leagues before becoming a regular face for baseball coverage while working as an analyst with ESPN for three seasons.
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Valentine guided the New York Mets to the World Series in 2000 and most recently managed the Boston Red Sox in 2012 before he was fired after one season. He also managed the Texas Rangers and won a championship in Japan with the Chiba Lotte Marines of Nippon Professional Baseball.
Prior to his managerial career, Valentine played 10 seasons in the majors. He was the fifth overall pick by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1968 amateur draft.
“We are both excited and honored to have the one and only Bobby Valentine join us,” Grizzlies general manager Derek Franks said in a news release. “Our fans are going to be in for a real treat when they experience the rich history of Bobby Valentine.”
Our fans are going to be in for a real treat when they experience the rich history of Bobby Valentine.
Fresno Grizzlies general manager Derek Franks
Valentine will join fellow guest speaker Tony DeFrancesco, the manager of the Grizzlies, and Grizzlies catcher Tyler Heineman and pitcher James Hoyt.
Fresno is coming off its first Pacific Coast League and Triple-A national championships, achieved during the Grizzlies’ first season as a Houston Astros affiliate.
Proceeds from the Hot Stove Gala go to the Fresno Grizzlies Community Fund, a nonprofit organization that manages community programs including Wild About Reading, Farm Grown and Junior Grizzlies.
Tickets are $75, or $35 for those 12 and younger. An All-Star Table of 10 tickets is $700. To purchase tickets, contact Community Fund director Whitney Campbell at
559-320-2547 or visit FresnoGrizzlies.com.
Fresno Grizzlies Hot Stove Gala
- Feb. 11: 5 p.m. at Fresno Convention Center
- Featured guests: Bobby Valentine (16-year major league manager, ex-big league player), Tony DeFrancesco (Fresno Grizzlies manager), Tyler Heineman (Grizzlies catcher), James Hoyt (Grizzlies closer)
- Tickets: $75, or $35 for those 12 and younger; All-Star table of 10 tickets for $700
- Information: Whitney Campbell 559-320-2547; FresnoGrizzlies.com