STAMFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– Sacred Heart University Athletic Director and former Major League Baseball manager Bobby Valentine has just announced he is running for mayor of Stamford.

Legendary baseball manager and current Athletic Director at Sacred Heart University Bobby Valentine throws his hat into a new arena – politics! He’s running for mayor of Stamford.

A slick campaign ad was posted to his Twitter and Instagram feeds mid-day Friday.

“I’m Bobby Valentine and I’m running to be your mayor!”

He granted an exclusive interview to News 8 Chief Political Correspondent Jodi Latina.

The two spoke inside Valentine’s Stamford Baseball Academy. Where he couldn’t help but coach from the sidelines. “I like when you stay inside of it like that!”

Valentine has to collect signatures to get on the ballot. He’s running as an unaffiliated candidate.

“I think I can a form a great team which will be a priority because team building is what I’m all about,” added Valentine.

Democratic incumbent mayor David Martin is running for re-election. Martin says it’s not a popularity contest where candidates make unattainable promises. “I’ve got rainbows and unicorns available for you. This is about – can you really make it happen?”

Mayor Martin says he’s proud of his record. “We’ve done better over the time I’ve been mayor, dealing with our unfunded liabilities. My tax increases are actually lower than both of my two predecessors.”

State Representative Caroline Simmons is challenging Martin for the party endorsement. The city committee chose a candidate in July.

State Representative Caroline Simmons, “I want to make our city better for the people of Stamford. We’re in a moment of crisis facing unprecedented challenges. Mold in eleven of our schools, our streets and our train station are falling apart.”

If a primary is forced that would take place in September.

Latina asked Valentine, “Politics is a game. It can get nasty at times. There are going to be a lot of people who will jump in and want this position. Can you handle that?”

“When someone is going to give up their greatest commodity that they have and that is their time – as I am willing to do – as the other candidates are willing to do, I don’t know that there needs to be any nastiness,” responded Valentine.

“If it can get any nastier than the press in Japan, in New York, Texas, or Boston for that matter. I think I can handle the nastiness.”

It’s unclear who else will enter this field. The Republican City Committee chooses which candidate they will endorse in July too.