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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: Oct 17, 2011
Posted on: November 30, 2011 7:35 am

Red Sox to name Bobby Valentine manager

 Bobby Valentine is a smart baseball man. Bobby Valentine will rarely ever be out coached. Bobby Valentine can be sarcastic. Bobby Valentine can answer a question with a question. He has a smirk on his face that could get under St. Peter's skin. I'm afraid that he will say something to the wrong person and soon ne in the doghouse. If he gets rid of that chip on his shoulder and if he stops being sarcastic and wins over the press and the team members he can win  and win big. What Bobby Valentine are we going to see. I hope he has learned humility and become a humble, articulate manager who has all the tools at his disposal.  

Since: Nov 15, 2008
Posted on: November 30, 2011 6:26 am

Red Sox to name Bobby Valentine manager

Just by continuing to say he got "out coached" tells me all I need to know about your baseball acumen. They are called Managers in baseball not coaches. People can say what ever they want about Bobby Valentine, but he rarely gets "out coached". He's a really smart guy, who knows the game as well or better then anyone in Baseball. If he fails it will be because of his personality possibly clashing with management. Players will be fine with him, he knows the way to handle stars, had success in NY with a far less talented team then the one he is inheriting. The sox wanted to go with a quiet newbie, to make sure the front office calls the shots, when that didn't work out they went in the complete opposite direction. IMO Valentine isca very good hire for a team expected to win.

Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2011 6:22 am

Red Sox to name Bobby Valentine manager

I hope he succeeds in Beantown, and proves to be a decent skipper, who BEATS the Spankees....

Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: November 30, 2011 5:53 am
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Since: Oct 25, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2011 5:08 am

Red Sox to name Bobby Valentine manager

Cherrington is a eunuch. Let's just replace "Sweet Caroline" with "I'm your puppet" !

Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2011 3:06 am

Red Sox to name Bobby Valentine manager

This is a great hire. Bobby V is an egotistical buffoon who should alienate that clubhouse in no time flat, and we've seen how well this group of Sox plays when they are dissing their manager.

Since: May 20, 2011
Posted on: November 30, 2011 2:55 am

Red Sox to name Bobby Valentine manager

Sorry Mackspane, but the Mets don't really have a great history of managers by any means and ranking Valentine second on the club means nothing.<br /><br />Total joke of a hire. So many good young talented minds out there and this is what the Red Sox settle for. Good for Tampa. Now we just need to Yanks to fire Girardi and hire some used up has been. 

Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: November 30, 2011 2:29 am

Red Sox to name Bobby Valentine manager

You truly have no clue about this clown.....he is a joke and will fail. He has a good team to coach but they could have done so much better by doing almost anything else. Why do you think he went to Japan and now an analyst ?? He is a personality....not a coach...was never good. Got outcoached all the time. Made stupid moves in games because he would get mad. What a joke if this happens.....tomorrow hopefully all will find he is not hired. Yankees and Rays must be smiling tonight.

Since: Jul 9, 2011
Posted on: November 30, 2011 1:57 am

Red Sox to name Bobby Valentine manager

It will be pretty nostalgic to finish third in the division for the next few years.

Since: Jan 2, 2008
Posted on: November 30, 2011 1:03 am

Red Sox to name Bobby Valentine manager

Uncle Jumbo why would Wade Phillips, the defensive coordinator of the Houston Texans, care that that Boston hired Bobby Valentine as manager?

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