Valentine retired after a year as manager of the Boston Red Sox in 2012. Prior to that, from 2009 to 2011, he was an ESPN baseball analyst.
Valentine also managed the Chiba Lotte Marines in the Japanese Pacific League (1995, 2004-2009), the New York Mets (1996-2002) and the Texas Rangers (1985 to 1992). He also played for five teams during his 10-year playing career in the Majors: the Los Angeles Dodgers, California Angels, San Diego Padres, New York Mets and Seattle Mariners.
Valentine is also the owner of a chain of restaurants and co-founded the Shin Taku Juko School in Japan. In 2010, Valentine started the production company, Makuhari Media, with producing partner Andrew J. Muscato. The company produces sports-themed documentaries. Recent productions include Schooled: The Price of College Sports, Branca’s Pitch and Ballplayer: Pelotero. He is the owner of the Bobby Valentine Sports Academy and helped to found the Mickey Lione, Jr., Scholarship Fund, which awards scholarships to Stamford sophomores who excel off the field and exemplify the values that Lione instilled in his athletes and students.
In 2015, Valentine was awarded the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association Lifetime Achievement Award for his on-field accomplishments and off-field contributions to communities across the nation.