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Red Sox to name Bobby Valentine manager

Posted on: November 29, 2011 6:44 pm
Edited on: November 30, 2011 6:41 pm
By Matt Snyder

Bobby Valentine will be named the next manager of the Boston Red Sox at a 5:30 p.m. news conference on Thursday, capping off one of the weirdest managerial searches in recent memory.

First, the Red Sox were going to hire someone from their first wave of interviews. Then the Cubs hired Dale Sveum and all of a sudden the Red Sox went back and started over, expanding their search. Then we heard reports that a manager would be named Tuesday, only to find out that would be delayed until later in the week. Tuesday, the saga took another turn.

Karl Ravech of ESPN -- the studio host of Baseball Tonight, not a reporter, mind you -- tweeted that Gene Lamont had been eliminated from contention for the manager job. That would leave only Valentine as a candidate, so the logical conclusion was that he would be hired. Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe then reported that Valentine is the choice over Lamont "but that could change."

Lamont hadn't been notified of anything, according to Danny Knobler of And Alex Speier of had a team source that says reports indicating Lamont is out were "not true." And Cafardo noted there hadn't been any contract negotiations between Valentine and the Red Sox.

Then came the report from's Gordon Edes that Valentine will be hired (later confirmed by Sports Illustrated's Jon Heyman and the Boston Globe's Peter Abraham, before the AP's report).

Valentine to Red Sox
The AP report says the two sides are working on finishing the deal, but Valentine is currently in Japan, though other reports note he's due back on Wednesday.

Valentine, 61, 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 -- a position he'll obviously leave to take the Red Sox job.

Valentine has a huge contingent of fans who seem to hate him while others love him. He once wore a "disguise" (a fake mustache) in the dugout after being ejected from a game and has always been rather boisterous. Now he'll be the head of one of the most polarizing teams in baseball that is coming off an epic collapse followed by a nightmare of an early offseason.

Basically, if nothing else, this is going to be entertaining.

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Since: Mar 14, 2011
Posted on: November 30, 2011 4:23 pm

Red Sox to name Bobby Valentine manager

I think it's funny that when Francona quit and the "chicken and beer" scandal came out, everyone said, "Oh we need a disciplinarian!  The Sox need someone that isn't going to cower to the rich spoiled players!  We need a in-game tactician, someone who also doesn't bow to the front office and let them call the shots!"  Well isn't this what the Sox are getting?  It amazes me as to how unsatisfied that many of the Sox fans are.  You really want Gene Lamont??  Really??  You want Dale Sveum, who when managing third base for the sox, would wave in the slowest player on the Sox even if the ball were popped up to the second baseman?  He has over a thousand wins, let's give him some props and an opportunity to manage.  And as for all of the Yankee fans, in their monosyllabic rants, who are chortling about how bad the Red Sox are going to be this year, you should probably be worrying about your own team. 

Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: November 30, 2011 3:29 pm

Red Sox to name Bobby Valentine manager

bobby v is only confrontational a) when people from the media ask him stupid questions well they get sarcastic answers and b) when a player doesnt play hard and he puts in the scrub who at least plays hard.  some fat lazy players won't like that they actually have to run to 1st on a ground ball so they might bolt.  you have to hit the cut off man or your done....

some reporters don't like it when he makes fun of the dumb question they just asked and answers with his own mocking question.  i say good for him. 

billy martin pulled reggie jackson off the field in the middle of an inning for not hustling.  we are missing that in sports these days....  thats what bobby v brings.  play hard or your out and i'll find someone who wants to play and don't ask me dumb questions.  

Since: Jan 1, 2009
Posted on: November 30, 2011 3:17 pm

Red Sox to name Bobby Valentine manager

You fans in Redsox nation are completely nuts. I was about to say how freakin lucky you guys are. You have no idea who your getting. Boston will love this guy. Mets fans love him and always will. This guy gets in the playoffs every year. Thats all he knows is playoffs. The Mets have the worst luck in the world and usually make the playoffs once every 10 years. Under Bobby V they made the playoffs 3 out of 4 years. Plus the World Series in one of those years and did it with their best OF being Benny Agbaniahi. The guy never got enough credit. You Redsox fans just got by far the best manager in the AL East and I couldn't be happier for you as a Yankee hater.

Since: Feb 4, 2009
Posted on: November 30, 2011 3:14 pm

Red Sox to name Bobby Valentine manager

Bobby Valentine the next manager of the Boston Red Soxs.He managed the Texas Rangers for 8 seasons and the Mets for 7 seasons.He won 2 NL wild card games and 1 NL pennant with NY Mets and has 1,117 wins vs 1,072 losses in his managerial career.He also served as a manager in Japan for several years and is with baseball analyst for ESPN before taking the Red Soxs Manager Job.Make the Boston Red Soxs fans proud Bobby.Cool

Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: November 30, 2011 2:15 pm

Red Sox to name Bobby Valentine manager

If I'm in Beantown I'm launching baked beans in the direction of BoSox management.  I can't believe that BV is the best manager to lead this team.  Besides Tsingtao and sushi, and the fact that he's irascible and downright confrontational, what can a retread possibly offer a veteran laced team?  He got this job on some sort of .500 winning percentage reputation and that he doesn't take any gump.  It's boggling to think that nowhere within the organization that there wasn't a better hire. 

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2011 2:03 pm

Red Sox to name Bobby Valentine manager

He will be out in 2 seasons. In the process half the Red Sox roster will bolt through free agency/opting out/trade.

Since: Jan 18, 2011
Posted on: November 30, 2011 2:00 pm

Red Sox to name Bobby Valentine manager

That's the best the ChokeSox could come up with?  I guess Bobby V is "Hollywood" enough for Boston.  Too bad he's just a popular face with a .500 record who can speak Japanese.  Is he gonna grow one of those caveman beards that all the other Boston players sport?  This Bud and Extra Tasty Crispy leg are for you Bobby!

Since: Mar 17, 2008
Posted on: November 30, 2011 1:55 pm

Red Sox to name Bobby Valentine manager

Don't like the Red Sox, but I do like Valentine....when he managed the Mets, their farm team at time was in Norfolk, Virginia and we saw a lot of him .. he's a good guy.   He's going to need everthing he has to manage Boston.  The egos .. both players and owners... are not going to be easy.  But they have a lot of talent and they are always dangerous in the division and post season.

Since: Aug 6, 2009
Posted on: November 30, 2011 1:47 pm

Red Sox to name Bobby Valentine manager

What respect I had for the Red Sox I just lost.  Bobby Valentine is kind of stupid.

Since: Sep 30, 2011
Posted on: November 30, 2011 12:59 pm

Red Sox to name Bobby Valentine manager

This seems like a bad move to me......Valentine is not a great manager and has not been in the dugout in quite some time.  Now the Red Sox expect him to clean up a messy locker room?  I wish him luck.  Baseball players have changed a lot in the last decade and unless Valentine has figured out a way to change his style to fit today's players there is going to be a huge clash of culture and personality that results in a complete failure.  I doubt anything the Sox do this season will overshadow the end of last year so at least Valentine does not have a high bar to reach.

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