Report: Bobby Valentine pitched as Japan ambassador

  • Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine, left, greets catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia after the team beat the Seattle Mariners in a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012, in Seattle. The Red Sox won 4-3. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) Photo: Elaine Thompson / ASSOCIATED PRESS / AP2012

Bobby Valentine as U.S. ambassador to Japan? reports that multiple sources are telling the Boston station that 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.

When contacted Thursday night, Valentine refused comment.

Valentine was born and raised in Stamford, where he was a standout three-sport athlete at Rippowam High School. He attended the University of Southern California, where he was a standout in…