Bobby Valentine's 9/11 comments cost him TBS studio gig

Koji Watanabe

The studio is opting to use Pedro Martinez, Tom Verducci and Keith Olbermann in studio instead.

Bobby Valentine's comments to WFAN about the New York Yankees response to 9/11 cost him a potential studio gig with TBS during the playoffs, reports Neil Best of Newsday.

Valentine discussed the Yankees response with WFAN on the anniversary of the tragedy, telling the radio station:

"You couldn't find a Yankee on the streets of New York City. You couldn't find a Yankee down at Ground Zero, talking to the guys who were working 24/7."

Those comments, among others, reportedly cost Valentine a chance to work with the Turner Sports station during the postseason. TBS will use Pedro Martinez, Tom Verducci and Keith Olbermann in studio during the playoffs.

It likely didn't help Valentine's cause that Olbermann shredded Valentine the following day in a monologue during his show Olbermann:

A network spokesman discussed the decision with Best, telling the reporter:

"Bobby was one of a number of candidates being considered for the role, but we elected to go with the team of Keith, Pedro and Tom and we're very excited about that combination in-studio for us."

TBS' MLB postseason coverage begins on Tuesday, Oct. 1, with the NL Wild Card game.

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