Latest On Boston’s Managerial Search

The Red Sox's search for Terry Francona's replacement is drawing to a close, though yesterday we heard that the team won't make a final decision over the weekend. They don't plan on conducting any further interviews. Here's the latest on Boston's managerial search…

  • The team is expected to announce Valentine or Lamont as its next manager within the next week, a major league source told Jon Paul Morosi of
  • The search is down to two finalists according to John Tomase of The Boston Herald: Bobby Valentine and Tigers' third base coach Gene Lamont. Blue Jays' first base coach Torey Lovullo is out of the running.

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  1. Leonard Washington 4 years ago

    JUST PICK SOMEONE!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. LiveFastCyYoung 4 years ago

    Please, for the love of god, take Lamont! As compensation, we’ll give you Brandon Inge too.

    • The_BiRDS 4 years ago


    • wrestlingcritic 4 years ago

      why does everyone hate on geno?

      • Brendan, have you not watched the past 5 years? Lamont has cost us at least 30 games during that span (probably even more) with his 3rd base coaching. 2 playoff apperances and possibly a WS appearance. Not to mention that him and Leyland combine to be one of the worst descsion making duo in the league.

        • wrestlingcritic 4 years ago

          quick question…who’s brendan? cuz it aint me. secondly, i just enjoy laughing at him coaching third and jumping around. i know hes a terrible coach, but damn is he entertaining. 

          • crap my bad, lol forgot to take that part out. Was just arguing with some tool named Brendan an our ago about Lamont. 

  3. $17857693 4 years ago

    Lucchino and Cherington are retarded, GET DAVE MARTINEZ ON THE PHONE

    • Chiburgh 4 years ago

      I’m surprised Martinez didn’t get more opportunity this off-season.

  4. The_BiRDS 4 years ago

    So flip a coin and end this boring, ongoing, poor excuse for publicity. Cardinals and the Cubs have both found a manager in a fraction of the time.  

    • Lunchbox45 4 years ago


      • MaineSox 4 years ago


      • The_BiRDS 4 years ago

        So.. I feel like we are waiting to see who is going to become the next president of the US. It will be nice when its all over and they hire someone. Im sure ESPN will stop reporting whatever they are reporting to show a press conference and talk on this for the entire week too.

        • MaineSox 4 years ago

          The only reason people are even talking about it is because there’s nothing else going on to talk about right now.  If this stretches into the winter meetings you wont hear a word about it until they hire someone.

          • Rabbitov 4 years ago

            It just happened with the Orioles too, but the big news is the awful new CBA.

          • The_BiRDS 4 years ago

            Minor league moves are more entertaining than this right now..

          • MaineSox 4 years ago

            I agree, but those really aren’t even happening right now.

          • The_BiRDS 4 years ago

            I was reading this article and half way through I found myself looking out my window watching my neighbors dog taking a crap.. thats how entertaining this is.

            ok Im done now.

          • johnsilver 4 years ago

            Did Lamont throw up a stop sign?

    • This is interesting… Given that I’m an avid Sox fan who follows the team religiously and I find this a boring sad and poor excuse for publicity, just think of what your average sports-conscious person out there thinks. I agree. Get this done and sign Mo Vaughn

      • speaking of which… how the hell did Vaughn steal 11 bases in 1995 haha? Was Johnny Damon catching or something?

  5. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    Just get this over with and send Buchholz to the jays :)

    • Hawkguy 4 years ago

      Yeah, when they have problems figuring out compensation for Epstein? You know they still gotta do that.

  6. If Lucchino wants a “yes” man, it’s Lamont. If he’ll tolerate someone with “stones,” it’ll be Valentine. After seeing what happened to this team in Sept and the lack of discipline shown by some of the players, I’m going with Valentine.

    • JacksTigers 4 years ago

      I’m not sure how a yes man plays into the equation of a manager.

      • commenter3346 4 years ago

        If they want someone to listen to management & baseball operations (i.e., line up cards & such), then they want a yes man (which Francona was). 

        • JacksTigers 4 years ago

          As opposed to all of their managers with guts, Francona won not one, but two world series. Maybe the yes man managers fit in better with the Red Sox.

  7. gradylittle 4 years ago

    Well, just look at that. In the beginning of all this, these two guys (Lamont and Valentine) were probably my least favorite of all the candidates and, to me, the least likely to get hired. Now, they’re the final two and they’re both, still, my least favorite.

  8. mmwatkin 4 years ago

    Anything to get Lamont away from being the Tigers 3rd base coach. He would hold guys up and they would run through the stop sign and score without a slide. Then he would send Victor Martinez hobbling home to be thrown out by 5 steps.

    • JacksTigers 4 years ago

      But Victor got creative. He learned to dance past Kurt Suzuki.

  9. The_BiRDS 4 years ago

    Looks like this website has changed their thread format.

  10. wrestlingcritic 4 years ago

    I wonder if Lamont gets the job, would Leyland at least offer a spot on his staff to La Russa like the rumors said

    • JacksTigers 4 years ago

      La Russa as a bench coach would be kind of awesome but if he had any plans of even contemplating being on a coaching staff, it would be as manager.

      • wrestlingcritic 4 years ago

        Didn’t say hed take it but i wonder if the offer would be on the table

    • The_BiRDS 4 years ago

      Wait a minute.. LaRussa is the 3rd most winning-est manager in history, coaches in the Bigs for 33 seasons, wins 3 World Series (including last year) and retires just to come back out of retirement to be a bench coach in Detroit? Do you understand how crazy that sounds?

      • wrestlingcritic 4 years ago

        Almost as crazy as someone reading what the hell I wrote. I wrote that I wonder if Leyland would OFFER him the job, I didn’t say a damn thing about him taking it or coming out of retirement. People, READ BEFORE YOU TYPE!!!

        • Kitfisto007 4 years ago

          You’re crazy. La Russa would never agree to be a Red Lobster busboy.

          • wrestlingcritic 4 years ago

            Does anyone on here know how to read? I said I was curious to see if he would OFFER him the job! READ BEFORE YOU TYPE PEOPLE!

          • Kitfisto007 4 years ago

            Hmmm. Maybe you too should read before you type.

          • wrestlingcritic 4 years ago

            I wouldn’t have to type if people would READ BEFORE THEY TYPE!

          • CaseyBlakeDeWitt 4 years ago

            I believe that lat one was a joke….

  11. Shawn from New Hampshire 4 years ago

    Maybe Belichick wants a summer job

  12. dc21892 4 years ago

    Guess we have to start getting used to Bobby V. for the next couple years. It’s inevitable.

  13. When Bobby V. was first mentioned, my reaction was totally negative. As in NOOOOOO! Then there was the parade of candidates, all of whom were far less known than Valentine. Now, with Valentine and Lamont the only survivors of the sluggish interview process, and after all that’s be written about “yes” men and non-yes men, and with all that we have witnessed about Lucchino’s penchant for meddling (Henry, too), I’m beginning to think that Valentine may just be the man for the job, compared to Lamont. Valentine’s ego and arrogance could very well be what the Red Sox and the owners need for a few years of re-establishing “Law & Order” in the clubhouse and bull pen and on the team.
    But, my over-all wish is for a decision to be made quickly and then let’s get on with all the tasks on Cherington’s “List of things to do.” That is providing the three new owners leave Cherington alone to accomplish said tasks. Right!

    • MaineSox 4 years ago

      New owners?  They’ve been here for a decade.

  14. Take Bobby V so I don’t have to listen to his rage and nonsense on Sunday Night Baseball.

    Bring back Jon Miller while you’re at it…

    • johnsilver 4 years ago

      “Take Bobby V so I don’t have to listen to his rage and nonsense on Sunday Night Baseball.”

      LOL. If there was a king of nonsense, it was Joe Morgan and his constant harping about his one time ‘Big dead machine” memories. Thank goodness the good folks at ESPN finally canned him a few years too late however.

      The worst announcer, even worse than Morgan? “Humble” Howard Cosell.. Now THERE was an atrocious announcer for the major networks.

      • I hated Joe Morgan too and was happy to see him go, but sad to see Miller go with him.

        Can’t stand Tim McCarver either.

        I’ve only heard Cosell’s recordings, mainly of the “Bronx is Burning” from the 70′ something world series. I think he passed away a few years after I was born

        • johnsilver 4 years ago

          Think it was at the old Rangers Arlington stadium where Cosell got his most famous rebuke from fans one time. it might be on Internet somewhere when ABC left an open Mic on somewhere, A fan found it and millions of fans heard” Howard? Howard? Are you there? All of Texas hates you!”

          It was glorious and one of the few times Cosell was at a loss for words in his long career. The guy who would cling to, say boxers like Ali, spin them every way they could, then discard them like the rubbish.

          This is not a boxing board, but When Kenny Norton tore Ali to pieces, broke his jaw in early ’73, you would have thought Ali had that fight in the bank the entire way from listening to Cosell.

  15. Valentine didn’t run the Mets into the ground. You can blame the demise on their GM. Some of his trades in the last two seasons Valentine served the Mets were atrocious. Worst GM of that NL era. The worst AL GM of that era was the Tigers Randy Smith.

  16. wrestlingcritic 4 years ago

    My guess is Lamont just because hes been in the dugout for the last few years while Valentine’s been behind a desk.

  17. bostiguy 4 years ago

    Clearly the Sox would prefer to have Farrell. Think they’ll sign the new manager to just a two year deal to coincide with the terms of Farrell’s contract?

  18. bostiguy 4 years ago

    Clearly the Sox would prefer to have Farrell. Think they’ll sign the new manager to just a two year deal to coincide with the terms of Farrell’s contract?

  19. Lamont is the lesser of 2 evils here.  It’s clear whoever is hired this wave is only going to be holding this job until a better candidate becomes available.  The managerial options this offseason have been underwhelming at best.

  20. Cyyoung 4 years ago

    I guess nobody here listened to Bobby V on radio in the WS. Sox make a big mistake not getting this guy. He was ahead of every move LaRussa did, and questioned the bad ones that he made, 2nd game of WS, when he pulled out the closer. This guy knows his Baseball.

    • MaineSox 4 years ago

      Jerry Remy does that every day during Sox games, maybe they should just make him manager. (I’d prefer it over Valentine actually)

      • notsureifsrs 4 years ago

        if that means more eckersley in the booth, i accept

  21. Cyyoung 4 years ago

    I guess nobody here listened to Bobby V on radio in the WS. Sox make a big mistake not getting this guy. He was ahead of every move LaRussa did, and questioned the bad ones that he made, 2nd game of WS, when he pulled out the closer. This guy knows his Baseball.

  22. Morley C 4 years ago

    So you’re going with Lamont?

  23. MaineSox 4 years ago

    Francona had a losing record when he came to the Sox.

  24. MaineSox 4 years ago

    At least in Lamont’s case it can be blamed on the team he was managing (I mean c’mon, it was the Pirates), Bobby had a team that was in contention and managed them into the ground.

  25. vilifyingforce 4 years ago


  26. MetsMagic 4 years ago

    What team did he manage into the ground? I’m interested to hear your response. 

  27. MaineSox 4 years ago

    Being a Mets fan I’m surprised you don’t know the answer.  The Mets were a last place team by the time he was fired (just like he’s been fired from every singe other manager’s job he’s ever had).

  28. MetsMagic 4 years ago

    Look at the 2002 Mets roster compared to that of the one for the previous five or so years. The GM decided (after firing Valentine’s entire coaching staff) to reshuffle the roster and add just enough key pieces to put the team right in last. 

    Steve Phillips was trying to get rid of him since they were in the World Series. 

  29. MaineSox 4 years ago

    The coaching staff was let go in ’99, so I don’t know what affect that has on their ’02 season.  And of the players on the team in ’99 (their best season under Valentine) who were better then league average (3.0 WAR or better) only Ventura and Olerud had left by ’02.  They also brought in Alomar (who had averaged 6.4 WAR over the three previous seasons) and Mo Vaughn (who was still putting up 30+ HRs and 100+ RBI at that point); those don’t really sound like things that a team trying to lose would do.

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