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Red Sox make it official, fire Bobby Valentine

Oct 4, 2012, 12:55 PM EDT

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. randygnyc - Oct 4, 2012 at 2:05 PM

    Kiwi- the number of dead bodies on the newsroom floor at MSNBCLSD was what gave it away to me.

    • Old Gator - Oct 4, 2012 at 2:51 PM

      Hate to day it, but the way Obama debated last night kept reminding me of the way the Beanbags played in the second half.

      • pisano - Oct 4, 2012 at 3:14 PM

        Gator, I know you’re gonna hate me for this, but I’m hoping it’s over for both of them, the Beanbags and Obama.

      • Old Gator - Oct 4, 2012 at 4:54 PM

        A waste of psychokinesis, Pisano. The Beanbags will be back in February.

  2. albertmn - Oct 4, 2012 at 2:18 PM

    Is it possible that Valentine did what he was really hired for? Is it possible the team hired him only to anger some players enough to find out who needed to be shipped out and who should stay? After having an extreme players’ manager, the team may have wanted someone to come in, kick some butts, and maybe make a few players realize that their cushy jobs aren’t guaranteed. He did that, came off as a jerk, and now the team can hire someone that is still a disciplinarian, but will look like a players’ manager by comparison.

    This may be way too much credit to give to Red Sox management to have actually devised this as their plan. But, that may be the way it ends up working out in the long run.

    • marinersnate - Oct 4, 2012 at 2:47 PM

      “This may be way too much credit to give to Red Sox management to have actually devised this as their plan.”

      I was wondering the exact same thing yesterday, as I strolled across the Grassy Knoll, wondering about the “truth” of 9-11, and contemplating how many people it takes to actually fake a moon landing.

    • paperlions - Oct 4, 2012 at 3:08 PM

      If the RS did do such a thing….it would rank among the truly dumbest and most expensive ideas ever perpetrated on a franchise.

  3. nbjays - Oct 4, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    Bye-bye Bobby V! Now go out and hire Ozzie Guillen to turn this ship around… oh, wait…

  4. mungman69 - Oct 4, 2012 at 2:20 PM

    Fire the team too. It’s one thing to stink but quite another to lay down like a dog and still get paid. To many players just don’t give a shit.

    • Francisco (FC) - Oct 4, 2012 at 4:20 PM

      The only problem with firing the players is that they will LITERALLY get paid to lay down.

  5. florida727 - Oct 4, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    The way Valentine handled his entire season also ruined any chance he had of getting another gig with ESPN. Nice “severance” package though. He can now go away quietly and enjoy the game from a distance. Although I get the feeling he’ll do that in a similar manner to Pete Rose.

  6. alexb64 - Oct 4, 2012 at 3:13 PM

    The picture makes me wish teams also did a press conference for the firing where the manager had to hand back their team uniform.

  7. metitometin - Oct 4, 2012 at 3:50 PM

    Why are some many people making these crazy Obama analogies? Romney came off as an oafish bully and an arrogant, crazy, angry raving lunatic last night.

    • badintent - Oct 4, 2012 at 7:27 PM

      I fell asleep after 10 minutes of the “debate”, had a nightmare that Obama had lost the election and was named GM of the Yankees. Then I woke up and realize it was all a Red Sox Nation mind control conspiracy developed in Area 51.
      The only raving lunatic is you

  8. thereisaparty - Oct 4, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    That’s a wrap

  9. vallewho - Oct 4, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    Gone too soon. I was just beginning to like the show.

  10. mojosmagic - Oct 4, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    I said this was a bad mistake the Sox hired this sneaky little twerp and their fans buried me. I wasn’t hating just speaking the truth.

    • bozosforall - Oct 4, 2012 at 11:50 PM

      Those fans are the biggest crybabies in all of sport.

  11. mgflolox - Oct 4, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    They should have fired Bobby V. with 2 outs in the 9th inning last night.

  12. shoeflypie - Oct 4, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    The Red Sox have done something in October that most people only do in February – they put a Valentine in the mail. And they didn’t put a return address on the envelope!

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