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Report: Red Sox meet with Bobby Valentine

Posted on: November 17, 2011 4:31 pm
Edited on: November 18, 2011 6:05 am
 
By Matt Snyder

The Red Sox are now the lone team in Major League Baseball without a manager after the Cardinals replaced retired Tony La Russa with Mike Matheny and with the Cubs set to name Dale Sveum as their new skipper on Friday. Reports Wednesday evening indicated the Red Sox were expanding their search, and it appears ESPN analyst Bobby Valentine is a candidate.

Valentine has met with "at least one Red Sox owner" and will continue to meet with the front office about the opening, FoxSports.com is reporting.

This is sure to trigger strong reactions across the board because Valentine is a pretty polarizing figure. He feels like a big name that could get Red Sox fans excited, but there also seem to be legions of fans who dislike him.

The 61-year-old managed the Rangers for parts of eight seasons and then the Mets for parts of seven seasons. He won two NL wild cards and one NL pennant with the Mets and has 1,117 wins against 1,072 losses in his managerial career.

Valentine also served as a manager in Japan for several years and is currently a baseball analyst for ESPN.

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Comments

Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: November 18, 2011 2:12 pm
 

Report: Red Sox meet with Bobby Valentine

Is there a posting fee to speak with him?



Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: November 18, 2011 2:08 pm
 

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Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: November 18, 2011 2:07 pm
 

Report: Red Sox meet with Bobby Valentine

Cant the Red Sox find a manager willing to work for them? Maybe other managers took note of how they threw Terry under the bus??? HMMMMMM....Interesting! LOL! Fistpump!



Since: Oct 13, 2007
Posted on: November 18, 2011 2:05 pm
 

Report: Red Sox meet with Bobby Valentine

yes, he has won 1,117 games, but has lost 1,072. Not exactly stellar.
Still he is a great manager.  Go look at the rosters of some of those teams he had with Texas from 1985-1992.  Those teams were not exactly loaded and the pitching wasn't quite there, not entirely Bobby's fault as anyone who likes sports could even see. 
Even with guys like Ruben Sierra, a young Juan Gone, Steve Buchele, Raffy starting in 1989, Gary Pettis, Pete Incaviglia ... not a playoff roster but enough to win some games and lose a lot too.  even the best managers would have had similar to the 83-79 kind of years that Valentine had with those teams in that era. 

He was in Texas a long time and that's worth something.  Same goes for all his time with the Mets.



Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: November 18, 2011 1:16 pm
 

Report: Red Sox meet with Bobby Valentine

YES, Red Sox! Please hire Bobby Valentine. It will be great fun watching your team fall apart and miss the playoffs again.



Since: Nov 6, 2008
Posted on: November 18, 2011 12:24 pm
 

Report: Red Sox meet with Bobby Valentine

Would be a good fit for the Sox. Smart Baseball guy. Im surprised he's been in the booth as long as he have. 



Since: Dec 14, 2007
Posted on: November 18, 2011 12:23 pm
 

Report: Red Sox meet with Bobby Valentine

I guess now that Dale Sveum is not in the running the pickings are getting rather slim. I had hoped that Valentine would NOT be the last candidate left standing - but here we are. It will sure be a culture shock  for the players - he won't be putting up with half the cr@p Tito did...



Since: Aug 9, 2009
Posted on: November 18, 2011 10:16 am
 

Report: Red Sox meet with Bobby Valentine

Well they drink beer in the dugouts why not talk to Leyland and let him know he can smoke in the dugout



Since: Nov 20, 2006
Posted on: November 18, 2011 10:01 am
 

Report: Red Sox meet with Bobby Valentine

Rooting hard for the Sox to hire Bobby V. - to get him out of the ESPN booth! 




Since: Oct 25, 2010
Posted on: November 18, 2011 9:21 am
 

Report: Red Sox meet with Bobby Valentine

i love bobby v, he is polarizing but assertive and brash...a nice change from the laizze faire francona,whom i loved


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