Latest On Boston’s Managerial Search

The Red Sox interviewed Bobby Valentine for their managerial opening earlier in the week and Tigers third base coach Gene Lamont and Blue Jays first base coach Torey Lovullo remain in the mix for the position. Here's the latest on Boston's search:

  • The team won't settle anything today or over the weekend, according to Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe. Abraham reports that Lamont met with ownership earlier this week. Meanwhile, Valentine is "really excited" about the idea of managing in Boston, but hasn't communicated with the team since Monday, according to Abraham.
  • The Red Sox don't have plans to conduct further interviews with Lovullo or other candidates, according to Alex Speier of It appears that Lamont and Valentine are the finalists for the position.
  •'s Buster Olney suggests Red Sox president Larry Lucchino has more sway with GM Ben Cherington than he did with Theo Epstein. Lucchino is Valentine's "patron saint" in the Red Sox organization, Olney writes.
  • More than 70% of respondents expect Valentine to manage in Boston, according to a recent MLBTR poll.

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  1. rzepczynski 4 years ago

    stopped caring once farrell was out of the running

    • yabud 4 years ago

      He’s not out of the running… very much in the running if Bosox send the Jays Buccholz haha. Oh AA, you’re the man.

      • chico65 4 years ago

        I’ve never seen so many “z”s in a pair of posts as yours and the other one.  Duszczyszyn responding to rzepczynski.  Wow.

        I need to go find my screen cleaner now.

        • bglaszcz 4 years ago

          Allow me to add to the “z’s”. Gotta love Polish last names!

    • The_BiRDS 4 years ago

      This is such a fascinating article..

  2. chico65 4 years ago

    “Olney suggests Red Sox president Larry Lucchino has more sway with GM Ben Cherington than he did with Theo Epstein.”

    In other news breaking news: the sky is blue, Scott Boras likes money, and my feet stink

    • sox2727 4 years ago

      next thing you’re going to tell me is the earth is flat…

    • cyberboo 4 years ago

      So, only Valentine and Lamont are in the running.  I still say the Red Sox could have avoided the whole situation, because it is useless from the beginning.  Luccino names himself general manager and field manager, since he wants to run everything anyways.  Why have a couple of ‘yes’ men in place, when he would call the shots regardless of anything they do?  lol.

  3. You guys can have Mattingly, take him…..Please!

  4. Slopeboy 4 years ago

    I’m betting a dollar it’s Valentine. He has all the qualifications, best one being that he knows the media game from both sides, which is a huge up-side in Boston.

    • MaineSox 4 years ago

      Valentine has shown that he is absolutely terrible at the “media game.”  Both sides of it.

      • johnsilver 4 years ago

        “Valentine has shown that he is absolutely terrible at the “media game.”  Both sides of it”

        Who better then to deal with a terrible local NE media itself?

        • 0bsessions 4 years ago

          Honestly, I’m not sure I’d mind Valentine terrible just for the circus that would ensue between him and the media. 

          • chico65 4 years ago

            I honestly cannot wait for him to break out the groucho marx glasses after an ejection.

            Theo snuck out in a gorilla suit…imagine what someone like Valentine might have in store for us.

          • MaineSox 4 years ago

            If Bobby V tells off CHB I’ll take back every bad thing I’ve ever said about him.

          • 0bsessions 4 years ago

            I’m just waiting for the point where he and Mazz get into a physical altercation.

            Seriously, people, how can you not be on board with Valentine as manager? We could be looking at the best thing to happen to Boston Sports Media since Jurassic Carl.

          • RedSx799 4 years ago

            If he kicks Dan Shaugnessy (sp) in the nutsack the first time he sees him (as Sox manager) I’ll consider his tenure a successful one. he is the most hated media member in boston and a curly haired dink

            EDIT: I just realized that CHB is “Curly-Haired Boyfriend”. #DUH.

            good to know I’m not the only one sickened by him

          • johnsilver 4 years ago

            can see some local writers digging up everything negative as soon as he is hired, if indeed he is and a few getting set down if they have the guts to stand up to him face to face. Shaughnesy being one of the 1st suspect will start the negatives, as is his usual way, though doubt he will show up around any press conference shortly afterward with Bobby V around.

            It will be interesting however, as you wrote the back and forth. The local NE media, for the most part used to sniping from a safe distance, or getting away with it if they do show up and a manager that will not stand for it *if* Bobby is hired.

          • 0bsessions 4 years ago

            “Shaughnesy being one of the 1st suspect will start the negatives”

            Amusingly enough, Shank was one of the first guys to write an article saying Valentine would be a good choice.

            Of course, this was probably motivated by the smear stories he could write.

      • Slopeboy 4 years ago

        Not certain what you mean. I’m talking about when he was Mets manager, he had a weekly spot on the radio and handled himself well. Answering the tough questions that he wanted to and deflecting them when he didn’t.He was the writers darling and used the media to call out his players when he felt he needed to do so. When he lost the battle of wills against Phillips, he was deemed the victim by the media, though he clearly was not.

        Working for ESPN these couple of years has given him the other side of the coin to look at, and he’ll use it to his advantage. You may not care for him, but you have to admit , he’s been an improvement over Morgan & Miller.

        • Infield Fly 4 years ago

          …He’s been an improvement over Morgan & Miller

          True, but even two empty chairs would be an improvement over those two.

          • Slopeboy 4 years ago

            You’re a baaaad man!

          • Infield Fly 4 years ago

            Well you know…I do what I can :p

            Still, I tell you listening to Joe Morgan was enough to put me into a rage. So throwing Jon Miller on top of that made me practically homicidal. Those two are the epitome of why the MUTE button was invented (…and then there’s Joe Buck…).

          • sox2727 4 years ago

            I think in Guantanamo Bay they played cuts of Joe Morgan, Joe Buck, and Tim “his comments are so stupid I question whether he played baseball” McCarver to torture al-Qaeda.

        • MaineSox 4 years ago

          “…and used the media to call out his players when he felt he needed to do so.”

          This is just another terrible thing that he does.

  5. mattingly wasnt the reason the dodgers didnt make the playoffs. id gladly take mattingly.

  6. JacksTigers 4 years ago

    If they hire Lamont, would that require compensation since he is under contract?

    • commenter3346 4 years ago

      No because he’d be getting a promotion.

    • FunkyTime 4 years ago

      The Tigers should give Boston compensation if they take Lamont of their hands.

  7. Dbeard 4 years ago

    I absolutely hate Valentine. It’s already bad enough I click on ESPN and see him. I don’t want to have to see him over and over watching the Sox.

  8. Minorityfanbasewannabe 4 years ago

    I don’t get all the hate for Valentine. True I don’t watch ESPN so maybe i don’t know the pain but the guy seems to be good at handling himself in general (except for the thing with his GM in New York.) 

  9. bosox21 4 years ago

    I don’t know which story is more tiresome, the never ending managerial search, or the Eptstein compensation talks… Good God hire a manager and move on. 

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