David Lennon, in Newsday:
But if negotiations do fall through, one of the names that could surface again is Bobby Valentine. The club's chilly relationship with Valentine has thawed during the past year, and the Mets' job is one of the few that might prompt him to leave Japan. Having him return to open Citi Field next April would be like the franchise welcoming home a prodigal son.I think Manuel will be back, but if he's not, I think Valentine is the next best option. He's a fan favorite, and is in that same calm, cool, collected vein of coaching that Manuel also subscribes to.
I'd do anything to see him don that fake mustache and glasses one more time in the Mets dugout.