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Former manager Bobby Valentine enters the Stamford, Connecticut mayoral race

STAMFORD, Conn. – Former major league player and manager Bobby Valentine is taking a turn for politics and announced Friday that he will run for mayor of his hometown of Connecticut.

Valentine, 70, who is currently serving as the athletic director at Sacred Heart University, posted a video on social media and said he will run as an independent candidate in Stamford.

“The greatest asset I have is my time, and I want to return my time, my energy and my means to the city that has given me so much throughout my life,” he said.

Valentine, a native of Stamford, was a star of the city’s three-sport high school.

He was selected in 1968 by the Los Angeles Dodgers and played in the majors, where he was a .260 hitter for life, from 1969 to 1979.

He became a manager for the Texas Rangers in 1985 and also managed the New York Mets and Boston Red Sox as well as spending time in Japan, winning a Japanese Series title in 2005 with the Chiba Lotte Marines.

Valentine, a sports bar owner in Stamford, served as the city’s director of public health and safety in 2011 before being hired by the Red Sox.

She is joining a race that includes two Democrats: incumbent David Martin and state representative Caroline Simmons.

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