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Red Sox make it official, fire Bobby Valentine

Oct 4, 2012, 12:55 PM EST

Boston Red Sox general manager Cherington introduces Valentine as the new Boston Red Sox manager at Fenway Park in Boston Reuters

Making official what was reported as a done deal yesterday afternoon, the Red Sox just announced that Bobby Valentine has been fired as manager.

Signed to a two-year, $5 million deal to replace Terry Francona, Valentine spent the year making headlines for all the wrong reasons and seemingly rubbed key players the wrong way almost immediately.

It also didn’t help that the team was terrible on the field, showing Red Sox fans that things could get significantly worse than what was viewed as a pretty miserable situation during Francona’s final season at the helm.

Boston went 69-93 under Valentine for the franchise’s worst winning percentage since 1965. General manager Ben Cherington will now begin his second manager search in one year on the job, the first of which resulted in paying Valentine $5 million for six months of work (of course, who exactly made the final decision to hire Valentine is in question).

In a press release, Cherington noted that “with an historic number of injuries, Bobby was dealt a difficult hand” and added that “he did the best he could under seriously adverse circumstances, and I am thankful to him.”

Meanwhile, team president Larry Lucchino called it “a season of agony” and promised “more [changes] will come” because “we are determined to fix that which is broken and return the Red Sox to the level of success we have experienced over the past decade.”

As for Cherington’s status, owner John Henry said: “We have confidence in Ben Cherington and the kind of baseball organization he is determined to build.”

  1. poprox13 - Oct 4, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    Yay!!!!!!!!

  2. cur68 - Oct 4, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    $5 Million for six months? I don’t feel sorry for Valentine any more. See ya BV. Look out for zee French.

  3. mordecofe - Oct 4, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    Seems silly to castigate Cherington for the 2nd managerial search, etc. when it was Lucchino and co. that foisted Valentine upon the Red Sox.

  4. rollinghighwayblues - Oct 4, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    Welp, that was fun. Thanks a lot, Bobby. If there is one thing you did while being manager of the Red Sox for 162 games it was making everyone realize what a great thing they had in Terry Francona. I am sure everyone in the Red Sox brass is cooking up a big heaping of crow today.

    • EK Ohio - Oct 4, 2012 at 1:10 PM

      Thinking that Francona could have saved this ship is a little silly.

      • rollinghighwayblues - Oct 4, 2012 at 1:15 PM

        Are you saying I think Tito could’ve saved the team from being ultra-underperforming athletes that looked like they didn’t give a rats ass most of the time? Maybe a little. But Francona sure as hell wouldn’t have made an ass of himself time and time again and constantly throw kerosene on the fire.

  5. icanspeel - Oct 4, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    Not shocking, but Red Sox will need a lot more than just a new manager to turn things around.

  6. 18thstreet - Oct 4, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    I wish there were a statue of Bobby Valentine somewhere so I could get on a plane, tear it down, and hit it with my shoes.

    • badintent - Oct 4, 2012 at 7:31 PM

      Wow ! You are in need of Tequila, valium, prozac, and strawberries in a blender with ice. Couple of liters should calm you down.

  7. newpairofsox - Oct 4, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    Wow, surprising news! He seemed like he was getting the hang of it there at the end…
    (sarcasm)

  8. historiophiliac - Oct 4, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    I was off by twelve hours in my post yesterday.

  9. jayscarpa - Oct 4, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    More good news for Sox fans:
    “The Red Sox hired Eddie Bane as a special assistant, player personnel. Bane spent the last two seasons as a scout for the Detroit Tigers. He was director of scouting for the Angels from 2004-10. Among the players picked under his direction: Jered Weaver, Kendrys Morales, Mark Trumbo and Mike Trout.”

    • cur68 - Oct 4, 2012 at 1:13 PM

      Bane? BANE???! My Dog man, but that’s a bad idea! Know what Bane did? Broke The Bat over his knee is what. CRACK! I mean, he’s a hell of a motivator and all BUT he KILLS peop…what? Eddie? His first name’s Eddie? I’m sure you have that wrong. Eddie’s in the Time Space Continuum. I read that somewhere. I’m sure you…Eddie Bane the former Twins pitcher? THAT Eddie Bane? Oh. That’s ok then. Carry on.

    • townballblog - Oct 4, 2012 at 1:14 PM

      haha… I thought you were kidding until I googled it.

  10. thebadguyswon - Oct 4, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    LOL….whose your 2013 scapegoat Red Sox Nation!?

  11. andyoursistertoo - Oct 4, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    I totally agree with this descion , but I think the players are equally to blame for this mess too. The cream puffs players Tito cultured couldn’t handle a manager yelling at you , well you got more problems than a idiotic manager. Play freaking baseball how hard is it?? These jerks stole good money from the fans and laid down because they didn’t like there boss ?? Anyone else in America would be fired

    • teaspoon1731 - Oct 4, 2012 at 3:02 PM

      keeping in mind that they won 90 games last year with tito and almost exactly the same team….

      also, did valentine yell? cus i remember him making snide remarks through the press

      • andyoursistertoo - Oct 4, 2012 at 3:09 PM

        So your ok with last years results ?? 90 wins and biggest regular season collapse in MLB history ? ( notice I said regular season , post season choke is fully reserved for the Yankees )

      • raysfan1 - Oct 4, 2012 at 10:21 PM

        Let’s see, 2 teams imploded last September and thus missed the playoffs when they should have been in. One fired their manager, turned into a circus, hired a new manager that few thought was a good fit, and then spiraled into complete panic mode, ultimately being a punch line all year. The other stayed the course and is in the playoffs this year (the Braves of course).

        Yeah, a lot of people, especially Red Sox owners and management really ought to have been more okay with a 90 win season.

    • teaspoon1731 - Oct 4, 2012 at 3:35 PM

      without the rain delay on the last game of the season, they would have been in the post season. yeah, september blew. horrible collapse. totally understand that. but I’m not really gonna complain much with 90 wins especially when my team is in the AL east. that’s a solid season.

      • bozosforall - Oct 4, 2012 at 11:55 PM

        Woulda, shoulda, coulda…STHU, lame New England crybaby excuse maker.

  12. randygnyc - Oct 4, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    Too bad. He went down in flames, much like President Obama did in last night’s debate.

    • 18thstreet - Oct 4, 2012 at 1:21 PM

      I reweighed the Red Sox record at Unskewedpolls.com, and they actually finished 81-81.

      • APBA Guy - Oct 4, 2012 at 1:53 PM

        Now that’s funny, and better suited to the HBT style of response to Randy than what most of us were thinking.

    • kiwicricket - Oct 4, 2012 at 1:26 PM

      Did the little electronic heart monitor type thingy on the screen indicate that to you, Randy?

  13. deathmonkey41 - Oct 4, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    Leave Bobby alone!!!

  14. openseason51 - Oct 4, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    The curse is back!!!! Boz Socks are finished! Yay!!! Not your fault Valentine. Best you move on and watch the curse take it’s toll. 100 more years of no World Series wins for the Red Socks!!!

  15. steve7921 - Oct 4, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    As a Rays fan…this is very disappointing news!

    • psuravens19 - Oct 4, 2012 at 1:35 PM

      O’s fan seconds that….

  16. kiwicricket - Oct 4, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    Well Bob, it’s been fun. Not for the players or Boston fans, they hate you, but for the onlookers who genuinely enjoyed this utter face-palm season you delivered us.

  17. sidelineshot - Oct 4, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    Good !
    Everyone except the Sox brass knew that Valentine was not a fit in Boston.

    Get on the phone and call Tony La Russa. Hire the guy, and ask him to get a bench coach who will be ready to take over after he gets the team on track.

  18. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Oct 4, 2012 at 1:22 PM

    It is a bit odd. Anyone familiar with Bobby’s past work would have expected to see exactly what they saw in Boston. They hired Bobby to be Bobby, and they are firing him for being Bobby.

  19. kiwicricket - Oct 4, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    Just think of the lovely tan you would be able to muster working in Florida, Bobby….
    South Beach encourages pensioner aged men to bleach their teeth and dye their hair…..
    DO it Bobby….

  20. willclarkgameface - Oct 4, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    Bobby is done. It wasn’t ever a matter of “if” but “when”.

    It’s okay. I will not miss him. I did feel bad for him during the season because he was really hired to either lead a team filled with high-priced talent to the World Series or fall on the sword of a really shitty team. The team sucked and especially after the trade.

    Whatever Bobby. You were annoying on TV, always looking like you knew you were on camera. You didn’t have to do the NY radio nonsense every week. You didn’t have to be such a know-it-all prick.

    It’s over. Take your 2013 money and run dude.

  21. tfbuckfutter - Oct 4, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    The bad news for him is that he has to leave through the outfield fence to Ben Affleck and his friends can paddle him.

  22. uyf1950 - Oct 4, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    Color me surprised, NOT.

  23. xmatt0926x - Oct 4, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    I guess I don’t get the “major story” part of this. Didn’t the red Sox announce last week that they would be conducting a managerial search after the season? I thought that was a pretty good clue that this was going to happen. The best part of all this is that Bobby V will surely be a quick hire for Baseball Tonight or MLB Tonight. Then we get to see his insane facial expressions as the guy next to him is giving analysis of a game. It’s the best. It’s impossible to take your eyes away from it.

    • willclarkgameface - Oct 4, 2012 at 2:00 PM

      No. No announcement was made. Ben let it slip that he wanted to conduct the search himself and not spend the ridiculous amount of time on it that they did last year.

      We all knew he was going to be canned in July even when the team said no.

      I just hope Bobby’s agent was on the phones this summer with all the major carriers of baseball programming trying to get him a job.

    • kiwicricket - Oct 4, 2012 at 2:07 PM

      I am going to curse you next year.

  24. belichickrulz - Oct 4, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    They never should have hired him in the first place, but firing him won’t make a huge difference either. They need to get rid of Lucchino, then you’ll start seeing the ship right itself.

    Oh yeah, and NOT resign Ortiz for even one year, never mind two. A 37 yr.old DH with a bad Achilles is not the player to build your team of the future on.

  25. JustMeMike - Oct 4, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    Ok – so Bobby V was given his walking papers. What’s next? Tough job for the next manager and are they lining up to apply.

    Face it – maybe they don’t re-up Big Papi and instead they give big bucks to Nick Swisher
    Maybe Cody Ross will take the Yankees money and replace Swisher in RF.

    Can you count on Lackey – probably not.

    The Red Sawx will lots of money to throw around but maybe free agents would prefer to place elsewhere.

    Here’s a thought – Ozzie the Mouth Guillen replaces Bobby V Sorry I was just dreaming out-loud.

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