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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 9, 2010
Posted on: November 29, 2011 8:24 pm
 

Report: Red Sox to name Valentine manager

You mean, like Ray Knight?



Since: Jun 18, 2011
Posted on: November 29, 2011 8:24 pm
 

Report: Red Sox to name Valentine manager

Agree Kitch that the voice was not tv or radio material, but he had the best insight into the game than anyone I've seen on ESPN, and during the game I appreciated his analysis. 



Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2011 8:22 pm
 

Report: Red Sox to name Valentine manager

This is great news. I hated him in the Sunday Night Baseball boradcast booth, let's just hope whoever replaces him on doesn't have a nails-on-a-chalkboard voice too.



Since: Jun 18, 2011
Posted on: November 29, 2011 8:21 pm
 

Report: Red Sox to name Valentine manager

I'm seeing some crazy comments on this one.  This is a great managerial hire.  He's got the payroll, the expertise, and definitely the ability to lead.  Just hope he can hold the Yankees down.  If I'm a Red Sox fan, (which I'm not) I'm more concerned with the back office and management than I am the on-field staff.  They have everything they need from their coaching staff, provided Valentine can get the respect from the team.  Now go get a closer like Madson and retain Papi, should be playoff bound in 2012.



Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: November 29, 2011 8:19 pm
 

Report: Red Sox to name Valentine manager

Don'y you just love early Christmas presents??? Hehe, its funny that the highlight of this guys career is the disquise.......



Since: Aug 18, 2008
Posted on: November 29, 2011 8:10 pm
 

Report: Red Sox to name Valentine manager

Wow the Red Sox shouldn't even bother to play next year.  This clown's a joke.  He will be their final demise.



Since: Jun 28, 2009
Posted on: November 29, 2011 8:05 pm
 

Report: Red Sox to name Valentine manager

This guy is not Red Sox Nation material! UFD! UGH F*%*% and DAMN!




Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2011 7:55 pm
 

Report: Red Sox to name Valentine manager

Hold the wire...

Jack Del Rio is available...



Since: Dec 24, 2010
Posted on: November 29, 2011 7:54 pm
 

Report: Red Sox to name Valentine manager

Thank You Lord!  The Red Sox are now redundant.



Since: Nov 24, 2010
Posted on: November 29, 2011 7:53 pm
 

Report: Red Sox to name Valentine manager

Sorry Tex.  I didn't scroll down.  Embarassed


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