Blog Entry

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.

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @EyeOnBaseball on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.


Since: Apr 14, 2011
Posted on: November 29, 2011 9:53 pm

Report: Red Sox to name Valentine manager

Hmmm... According to the Boston Globe the Sox have already chosen Bobby V as manager, but both sides have yet to agree on a contract.  So, does he have the position or not?  If he doesn't have a contract, how can V have the job?  Is he going to work pro bono?  Are the Sox going to offer V a blank check?  How did this become a story about something that is not confirmed or worse, not even closed?  In other news, I have agreed to buy the Jax Jags, but we have yet to agree on a price.

Since: Jun 16, 2011
Posted on: November 29, 2011 9:42 pm

Report: Red Sox to name Valentine manager

It's like Boston is casting the next 'Major League' movie hahahaha!!

Since: Aug 6, 2008
Posted on: November 29, 2011 9:39 pm

Report: Red Sox to name Valentine manager

The Yankees are dancing in the streets!

The race to second (and wild card) breaks out amongst the Rays, Jays and Orioles.

The second Boston Ice Age continues....

Since: Oct 2, 2007
Posted on: November 29, 2011 9:23 pm

Report: Red Sox to name Valentine manager

I think Valentine is a good choice for the Red Sox.  He is a team leader and he has coached his previouse teams to winning records will turning those franchises around albeit for only a short time. I dont think he will be the Sox manager for a long period of time but he should make a good manager now while the Sox have the on field personel to win a world series for the next few years. There is bonus for Yankee fans, this seams to be making the Red Sox nation angry and that always makes the Yankee Empire happy!

Since: Dec 12, 2010
Posted on: November 29, 2011 9:21 pm

Report: Red Sox to name Valentine manager

good luck ...need all they can get!!!

Since: Jun 10, 2011
Posted on: November 29, 2011 9:12 pm

Report: Red Sox to name Valentine manager

Good Luck Boston - Bobby V is a PED  - if the right raw capabilities are there & things click, then the Red Sox will be a real force for 3-4..maybe 5 years ... but then the Bobby V buzz crash will hit - followed by the Bobby V hangover.
Basically, if you feel that you have a classic "The Future is NOW" type of team, then this is a very viable choice.... is on the other hand, you feel that you are in the process of assembling a collection of progressively improving "gems" who, together will have the potential to be a long term dynasty if properly guided and cared for .... well then Bobby V might be a real mistake.

Since: Oct 25, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2011 9:00 pm

Report: Red Sox to name Valentine manager

Hey Ben ... You waited all this time to get the opportunity to let Larry embaress you? Don't forget to pick up Larry's dry cleaning on the way to the press conference. Herman Cain is having a better week than you !

Since: Nov 28, 2011
Posted on: November 29, 2011 8:53 pm
This comment has been removed.

Post Deleted by Administrator

Since: Feb 27, 2008
Posted on: November 29, 2011 8:49 pm

Report: Red Sox to name Valentine manager

It's too bad I can't stand the guy, because it is a pretty good hire.

Since: Oct 25, 2007
Posted on: November 29, 2011 8:46 pm

Report: Red Sox to name Valentine manager

I am a huge fan of baseball and follow the game closely, but I just don't understand this hire.  Now that I think about it, I don't understand much of anything the Red Sox have done as of late.  They are clearly a top tier organization, but lately they have really had me scratching my head.

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or