Bobby Valentine Hiring Reactions

Bobby Valentine will be the next Red Sox manager and baseball is buzzing about the consequences for the front office, Boston's players and the 61-year-old skipper himself. Here’s the latest reaction to the move:

  • Peter Gammons of MLB.com says GM Ben Cherington and Valentine, two smart baseball people, have what it takes to work well together and turn the 2012 Red Sox into a team worth watching. "They are both so smart and so very different and need to win," Gammons writes.
  • ESPN.com's Buster Olney believes Valentine and the Red Sox players have an opportunity to bury the past and succeed in spite of what has been said about them. Olney reports that some Red Sox players started grumbling to each other as Valentine emerged as a serious candidate for the position.
  • Joel Sherman of the New York Post says the Red Sox have put in place a formula for greatness or disaster. Valentine is "a combustible manager as likely to throw the organization into further chaos as he is to bring championship glory," Sherman writes. 
  • Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that the other finalist, Tigers third base coach Gene Lamont, reminded some in the Red Sox organization of Terry Francona. Valentine hadn't agreed to the specifics of a deal as of last night, but the sides are expected to reach one without difficulty, Abraham writes.
  • Yahoo's Jeff Passan isn't sure how the balance of power will shift in Boston, but he knows Valentine, Cherington and CEO Larry Lucchino can't all have the final say on the team.
  • Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports points out that Cherington has lots of on-field matters to attend to and hopes that Lucchino lets him conduct the rest of the offseason as he sees fit. 


18 Responses to Bobby Valentine Hiring Reactions Leave a Reply

  1. Slopeboy 4 years ago

    Managers are overrated… says the fan of the team that wouldn’t let it’s manager interview with the Sox. 

    • Lunchbox45 4 years ago

       I don’t really get your point.. So because I’m a jays fan, everything that happens in the front office becomes my view point??

      solid deducting skills

      • Slopeboy 4 years ago

        correct me if I’m wrong, but were you not one of the Jays fans that was against Farrell interviewing with the Red Sox a while back. If I’ve confused you with some of your fellow birds I do apologize.

        • Lunchbox45 4 years ago

          I am against it only for the principle. You go through an extensive interview process to hire someone only to let them walk away??

          If the red sox gave something valuable back to the jays I would pack Farrell’s bag myself.  

          • Slopeboy 4 years ago

            And you don’t see just a little irony, huh?

          • Lunchbox45 4 years ago

            No. They shouldnt have to give up value because he makes their team that much better, they should have to give up value for him because he’s under contract with another team. Again, principle..

            Jays can plug in Sal Fasano and win in or around the same as they would with Farrell.. No one believes otherwise, but you don’t let a rival team poach your staff for the same position, sets a really bad precedent and makes the organization look second class.

          • Slopeboy 4 years ago

            Fair enough.

          • Slopeboy 4 years ago

            Fair enough.

          • Slopeboy 4 years ago

            Fair enough.

          • Lunchbox45 4 years ago

            No. They shouldnt have to give up value because he makes their team that much better, they should have to give up value for him because he’s under contract with another team. Again, principle..

            Jays can plug in Sal Fasano and win in or around the same as they would with Farrell.. No one believes otherwise, but you don’t let a rival team poach your staff for the same position, sets a really bad precedent and makes the organization look second class.

  2. 0bsessions 4 years ago

    No GM has complete autonomy. Just last year your team’s GM publicly came out admitting that he was outright against the Soriano signing and that Levine basically handled that one. Cherington’s no more or less of a “puppet” than any other MLB GM.

  3. 0bsessions 4 years ago

    No GM has complete autonomy. Just last year your team’s GM publicly came out admitting that he was outright against the Soriano signing and that Levine basically handled that one. Cherington’s no more or less of a “puppet” than any other MLB GM.

  4. 0bsessions 4 years ago

    Actually, Francona generally wasn’t particularly shy about going out there and arguing a bad call. Heck, we quite probably wouldn’t have made it to the ’04 WS if not for Francona coming out to argue the game 6 slap call in the ’04 ALCS.

  5. Mike Henry 4 years ago

    It’s not the manager’s job to develop young pitchers.  That’s what the farm system and player development is for, and to a limited extent, the pitching coach.

  6. Mike Henry 4 years ago

    It’s not the manager’s job to develop young pitchers.  That’s what the farm system and player development is for, and to a limited extent, the pitching coach.

  7. MetsMagic 4 years ago

    I’m excited to see how Bobby can work with a team as talented as the Red Sox. There’s only so much mileage you can get out of Bobby Jones and Benny Agbayani. 

  8. BoSoXaddict 4 years ago

    I would say most Red Sox fans DIDN’T want either of those guys gone.

  9. 0bsessions 4 years ago

    Actually, Cherington and Hoyer were the ones who pulled the trigger on the Hanley for Beckett/Lowell trade. A trade that won us a World Series.

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