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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: Apr 19, 2009
Posted on: November 30, 2011 10:18 am

Red Sox to name Bobby Valentine manager

Why???? This ia a bad move.

Since: Oct 9, 2011
Posted on: November 30, 2011 10:10 am

Red Sox to name Bobby Valentine manager

Have no problem with it as a Sox fan. They weren't going to hire another quiet guy for this group. I don't Valentine will last 8yrs like Francona but short term, this should give this group a needed kick in the ass. Valentine by himself should energize the least for a couple of years.

Since: Aug 15, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2011 10:00 am

Red Sox to name Bobby Valentine manager

Congrats on this hire, Bosox.  You will LOVE Bobby V.  I was hoping the Mets would bring him back, but...

Since: Dec 10, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2011 9:36 am

Red Sox to name Bobby Valentine manager

I felt the same way when they first hired Francona in 2004. His only previous managerial experience was in Philly ... and they hated him. I shouldn't have used that as a bar because Philly fans hate everything.

He turned out to be a pretty good pick. So Lamont may end up redeeming himself somewhere down the line.

Since: Apr 28, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2011 9:30 am

Red Sox to name Bobby Valentine manager

Detroit fans would have paid part of Lamont's salary in Boston.  

Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: November 30, 2011 9:02 am
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Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: November 30, 2011 8:47 am

Red Sox to name Bobby Valentine manager

This is a good hire, but the fact that Gene Lamont was a finalist tells me that these guys may not know what they are doing. 

Since: Oct 23, 2011
Posted on: November 30, 2011 8:19 am

Red Sox to name Bobby Valentine manager

I guess they  ( the Red Sox )  know what they are doing.
Good luck BV. 

Since: Oct 13, 2011
Posted on: November 30, 2011 8:09 am

Red Sox to name Bobby Valentine manager

red sox nation----- don't be planning on october anytime soon.

Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: November 30, 2011 7:58 am

Red Sox to name Bobby Valentine manager

The right hire at the right time for the Bosox. Someone has to be stronger (including ego) than the players to stop the beer drinking culture in the clubhouse. The Valentine Era may only run a few years in Boston before fans and players grow tired of his act, but they need it now. For players who are acting like out of control children, provide a detail-oriented task master.

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