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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 CBSSports.com. And Alex Speier of WEEI.com 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 ESPNBoston.com'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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Comments

Since: Aug 3, 2008
Posted on: November 30, 2011 12:57 am
 

Red Sox to name Bobby Valentine manager

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

He'll be more entertaining as a manager than he was with his endless know-it-all spiels during games on ESPN.  At some point in the season, the pressure will drive BV to act like a nut.  He could easily end up pissing off Red Sox players for no good reason, and eventually piss off the fans too.  Should be fun.



Since: Jan 28, 2009
Posted on: November 30, 2011 12:20 am
 

Red Sox to name Bobby Valentine manager

Wade Phillips is crying in a corner...



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: November 30, 2011 12:18 am
 

Red Sox to name Bobby Valentine manager

AS A YANKEE FAN, HAHAHAHAHAHA  NICE HIRE!!!
As a fan of any team beside the Red sox, I agree nice hire!!



Since: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: November 30, 2011 12:08 am
 

Red Sox to name Bobby Valentine manager

You're the Boston Red Sox for God's sake. You have one of the best hitting teams in all of baseball, your pitching only needs a couple of arms. Not number 1's or number 2's. And a closer. So intead of getting a manager that could relate to the players, you go out and find a manager that is barely, .5oo as a manger. That is without mentioning that the last time he managed in the Major's was 9 years ago. Lets say that again. 9 years. If he is suppose to be all that as a manager, don't you think that some other team would have wanted him to manage before now? This is a veteran team, they don't need some has been trying to rah, rah this team to the playoffs.



Since: Oct 23, 2009
Posted on: November 29, 2011 11:44 pm
 

Red Sox to name Bobby Valentine manager

In 15 seasons as a major league manager, Valentine won 51% of his games.  I was living in Dallas when he managed the Rangers to 581 wins and 605 losses.  They did finish as high as 2nd place in the division one year.  I never thought of him as a good manager, but he was very entertaining in media interviews.




Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2011 11:38 pm
 

Red Sox to name Bobby Valentine manager

OH YES! This is going to be so much fun watching the Red Sox crash and burn in 2012Cool. Worst-hiring-ever! HAHA!



Since: Nov 13, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2011 11:34 pm
 

Red Sox to name Bobby Valentine manager

I'd like to offer my congratulations to the Boston Red Sox and their fans.  I don't think you're aware of just how good a manager you now have. As a Met fan for 42 years, I personally put Bobby Valentine. at No. 2 as far as the greatest managers the Mets had (right behind Davey Johnson, right above Gil Hodges), and if the Mets fans had their way, back in 2002, Steve Phillips would have been fired, not Bobby Valentine.  Will he grate on your nerves sometimes? Absolutely!  But if you like a guy who tells it like it is, can spot talent, grow talent, manage big names (figure the Mets had Robin Ventura, Mike Piazza, Al Leiter, Edgardo Alfonzo, John Franco, et. al. on the team and the players would go through brick walls for the guy), and normally I'd say "outmanage" the other guy, but you're in the American League, so that doesn't much matter, but in Interleague play it will, then your team has signed the right manager.  You guys have a real winner and a guy just about NO Met fan ever wanted fired (we wanted Phillips canned).  I'm sad he isn't back with the Mets, but I look forward to seeing him drive you guys past the Yankees.



Since: Dec 14, 2010
Posted on: November 29, 2011 11:29 pm
 

Red Sox to name Bobby Valentine manager

AS A YANKEE FAN, HAHAHAHAHAHA  NICE HIRE!!!



Since: Aug 6, 2008
Posted on: November 29, 2011 10:40 pm
 

Reports: Red Sox to name Valentine manager

" team that was the best team in baseball for much of last season" Right, starting in April no doubt



Since: Jun 24, 2008
Posted on: November 29, 2011 10:19 pm
 

Reports: Red Sox to name Valentine manager

Bobby Valentine is an excellent choice to manage this particular team at this time.  It's a very talented veteran team that was the best team in baseball for much of last season before it self-destructed in September.  The vets stopped listening to their nice-guy manager and they need someone to come in and kick their asses, and insist on people being in top shape and playing the game with complete focus.  Valentine is that guy.  I see him managing this team for three years or so and then the Sox getting a John Farrell or a Torey Lovullo to be a more long-term guy when the vets are Ellsbury, Pedroia, Bard, Lester and Buchholz. With Valentine, as good a game manager as there is, this team is now in great shape to bring a championship to Boston in the next year or two.  Now, about that pitching.


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