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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: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: November 30, 2011 12:53 pm

Red Sox to name Bobby Valentine manager

brian8ball, Jealous?  Where ijn the world do you get that.  I saw first hand how pathetic Gene Lamont was as a manager and offered my opninion.  Where you get 'jealous', I have no clue.  I guess you are just another moron on these boards that is looking for arguments. 

Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: November 30, 2011 12:52 pm

Red Sox to name Bobby Valentine manager

There is some poor guy looking for work who sees that Valentine managed over 2200 baseball games and only won 45 more than he lost.  Oh how we wish our mediocrity could provide us the rewards it has Bobby!

Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: November 30, 2011 12:49 pm

Red Sox to name Bobby Valentine manager

Bobby wore out his welcome in TEXAS.  However, Tom Grieve was one of the worst GM's in baseball history.  Maybe 10 years "in the booth" made him more knowledgeable but Red Sox fans may be better off having less expectations in light of the two World Series titles with Francona.  Bobby may well buy the beer for the boys in the locker room.

Since: Apr 11, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2011 12:42 pm

Red Sox to name Bobby Valentine manager

Valentine in as manager?  This story makes me want to sit back, point, and laugh in the faces of Red Sox nation... but then I remember Im an Orioles fan, the same Orioles BV turned down a job from not too long ago...

Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2011 12:07 pm

Red Sox to name Bobby Valentine manager

The Red Sox appear to be in total disarry with the botched manager search and the botched "release" of Epstein.  The starters will drink to that (during the game).

Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2011 11:52 am

Red Sox to name Bobby Valentine manager

Thank You Lord! The Red Sox are now redundant.
I'll take that over irrelevant and un-watchable. A.K.A. the Angels.

Since: Aug 8, 2009
Posted on: November 30, 2011 11:38 am

Red Sox to name Bobby Valentine manager

Last season's end was like a jumbo jet crashing into a chemical plant to start an uncontrolled fire. Hiring Valentine is like a freight train coming north on the tracks and crashing into that fire, while at the same moment, a pasenger train coming south on the tracks crashes into the same fire. Thank you Red Sox! The implosion continues...

Since: Nov 7, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2011 11:30 am

Red Sox to name Bobby Valentine manager

The best part about this whole thing is that we won't have to listen to him do ESPN broadcasts anymore. 

Since: Nov 30, 2011
Posted on: November 30, 2011 10:31 am
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Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2011 10:26 am

Red Sox to name Bobby Valentine manager

I don't remember the last time I was this unexcited for the next baseball season to start. We already have players like Beckett and Lackey who are polarizing. Now they bring in Bobby Valentine to manage. What's next? Perhaps they'll sign Barry Bonds. Undecided

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