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Red Sox Fire Bobby Valentine

by Photo of Ross Bernhardt

In a move everyone saw coming a mile away, Bobby V and the Sox parted ways just a day after the season.

Red Sox Fire Bobby Valentine

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The Boston Red Sox had a tumultuous season this year.  They missed the playoffs for the second straight year, and team suffered its first losing season since 1997.  They also failed to win 70 games for the first time since 1965.  It was that bad.  After their collapse in 2011, management got rid of manager Terry Francona and replaced him with Bobby Valentine.  That marriage lasted only one season, as the Red Sox fired Valentine today, the day after the conclusion of the regular season.  

Here's some of the Red Sox official press release:

The Boston Red Sox today announced, following a meeting among team leaders and Manager Bobby Valentine, that Bobby will not return in 2013. A search for a new manager will begin immediately.

“Our 2012 season was disappointing for many reasons,” said Executive Vice-President/General Manager Ben Cherington, who made the announcement and who will lead the search. “No single issue is the reason, and no single individual is to blame. We’ve been making personnel changes since August, and we will continue to do so as we build a contending club. With an historic number of injuries, Bobby was dealt a difficult hand. He did the best he could under seriously adverse circumstances, and I am thankful to him.”

The Red Sox used 56 players in 2012, the most in club history. Their 9-player blockbuster trade August 25 with the Los Angeles Dodgers was their largest in 40 years.

“This year’s won-loss record reflects a season of agony,” said Red Sox President/CEO Larry Lucchino. “It begs for changes, some of which have already transpired. More will come. 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.

“Difficult as it is to judge a manager amid a season that had an epidemic of injuries, we feel we need to make changes. Bobby leaves the Red Sox’ manager’s office with our respect, gratitude, and affection. I have no doubt that he will continue to contribute to the game he loves so much and knows so well.”

From the start, I assumed that Valentine would not be a good fit in Boston.  His demeanor and style just don't mesh with those of the players in that clubhouse.  His antics with the media weren't going to fly in that city.  There were plenty of factors that contributed to the sub-par season in Boston that were beyond Valentine's control: injuries ravaged the roster and players underperformed.  But Valentine lost that clubhouse early in the season when he made comments about Youkilis and his commitment.  When you lose Youkilis and Pedroia, things won't end well.

So Boston fans are probably thrilled to have Bobby out, but disappointed at a wasted season.

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