New York Mets manager (1996-2002)
Valentine returned to the U.S. in 1996, taking over the Mets' Triple-A affiliate. He was named manager of the New Yor Mets with 31 games left in the season. New York finished 88-74 each of the next two seasons, and in 1999 they finished 97-66 to win the NL wild card. In 2000, the Mets reached the World Series. Things went downhill from there. After quarreling with GM Steve Phillips for most of his time in New York, Valentine was fired after the 2002 season.