Drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers with the fifth overall selection in 1968, only to have an injury-plagued 10-year Major League career with five different teams. Made his mark as a manager in both the U.S. and Japan, highlighted by a World Series appearance with the Mets in 2000 and a Japanese World Series title with the Chiba Lotte Marines in 2005, ending the team's 31-year title drought. The documentary The Zen of Bobby V (2008) was made shortly thereafter. Donned a sunglasses-and-fake-mustache disguise and returned to the Mets dugout after being ejected from a game in June of 1999, earning a three-game suspension. Joined ESPN as an analyst on Baseball Tonight in 2003 and returned in 2009. Named to the new Sunday Night Baseball broadcast crew for 2011. Claimed on a Food Network special to have invented the wrap sandwich (a filled tortilla) in the early 1980s at his Stamford, Conn., restaurant, Bobby Valentine's Sports Gallery Cafe. Named Director of Public Health and Safety for the city of Stamford in early 2011. Owns an extensive collection of baseball memorabilia, highlighted by programs from every World Series since 1912 except for the infamous 1919 "Black Sox" series.