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Bobby Valentine back on SNY?

Bobby Valentine throws out the first pitch during

Bobby Valentine throws out the first pitch during the World Baseball Classic First Round Group A game between Japan and China at Fukuoka Yahoo! Japan Dome. (March 3, 2013) (Credit: Getty Koji Watanabe)

Bobby Valentine is close to finalizing a deal with SNY to work 10-15 games as a Mets studio analyst this season, probably including the April 1 opener, said a person familiar with the talks.

Valentine was named athletic director at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., last month but evidently would like to keep his hand in sports broadcasting.

NBC Sports Radio announced Tuesday that the former ESPN analyst and most recently Red Sox manager will be the weekly Thursday guest host on "Voices of the Game with Newy Scruggs,'' a midday show premiering the first week of April.

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