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Must-click link: How the Red Sox got to Bobby Valentine

Dec 1, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

Bobby Valentine AP

Things move fast and furious in real time. As we watched the Red Sox managerial search unfold, we were first confused about the shift away from the team’s early focus on Dale Sveum and guys like him and onto experienced candidates like Gene Lamont and Bobby Valentine.

But as Alex Speier writes in an in-depth and well-reported piece over at WEEI, there was a method — of sorts — to that madness. And once you read it you’ll get a sense of how the team’s thinking shifted over the course of November until the finally landed their Bobby V. yesterday.

An assist, of course, goes to the front office who, while it was not so simple and crass as a lot of us have been suggesting, did steer things toward an experienced manager. A less expected assist goes to Gene Lamont of people, who helped convince Ben Cherington that, yes, an experienced guy would be nice, even if it wasn’t Lamont himself.

A great read and some great background on how a big league managerial search goes.

  1. vanmorrissey - Dec 1, 2011 at 11:25 AM

    Nice behind the scenes look, don’t know how he got all that info but good job. Bobby V is a great fit and can handle it, should be fun to follow.

  2. marshmallowsnake - Dec 1, 2011 at 12:13 PM

    I can sum this up in one sentence… “When everyone else says no, or your owners do not like them…”

  3. Charles Gates - Dec 1, 2011 at 12:41 PM

    Will you be our Valentine? Circle yes or no.
    I hope you pick yes :-) <3 Ben Cherington

    • foreverchipper10 - Dec 1, 2011 at 2:45 PM

      I wish I could thumbs up this more than once.

  4. justthepeanutgallery - Dec 1, 2011 at 2:32 PM

    This is the right guy for the job and IMO he will succeed. When you have 4 people in on a decision you routinely get 4 answers. Doesn’t mean there’s a problem. Can’t wait to get started

  5. bozosforall - Dec 1, 2011 at 3:43 PM

    Can’t wait to see him flop. He won’t get the benefit of roided up players like Tito did in 2004 and 2007.

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