Red Sox Fire Bobby Valentine

Manager Bobby Valentine will not return to the Red Sox next season, the team announced (on Twitter). GM Ben Cherington will lead the search for his replacement.

“This year’s won-loss record reflects a season of agony,” said Red Sox President/CEO Larry Lucchino in a release. “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."

Valentine led the Sox to a 69-93 record and a last place finish in his only season at the helm. His dismissal is not much of a surprise, especially in light of some of Cherington's recent comments. Valentine was under contract for next season at $2.5MM, which the team is still obligated to pay him.


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Let_My_Cameron_Go
2 years 9 months ago

Well, I didn’t see this coming…

Karkat
2 years 9 months ago

And there was much rejoicing.

EarlyMorningBoxscore
2 years 9 months ago

I hope Larry and Co. actually allow Ben to choose his replacement.

Karkat
2 years 9 months ago

I’ve been waiting for this story for over 10 months.

Tko11
2 years 9 months ago

So does that mean they fired him?

Let_My_Cameron_Go
2 years 9 months ago

No more like in Office Space, and they just went ahead and fixed the glitch. Bobby just won’t be receiving any pay checks anymore…

Karkat
2 years 9 months ago

“If you could just go ahead and not manage our team anymore, that would be great”

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start_wearing_purple
2 years 9 months ago

Thanks, I just thought of the fax machine scene… feel free to figure out the visualization.

Karkat
2 years 9 months ago

Why have you done this to me

Rabbitov
2 years 9 months ago

Whaaaat,

Whosyourdolly
2 years 9 months ago

i feel faint

Amorak
2 years 9 months ago

Bobby V may never manage again. MLB players will see to that!

2 years 9 months ago

Via twitter?!?! Talk about “disloyal.” Fitting, perhaps. But you’d think they’d at least give him more than 140 characters…

Tko11
2 years 9 months ago

Now we just need to wait and see what Bobby’s response will be, maybe he will blame Joe Maddon?

johnsilver
2 years 9 months ago

Nah.. Whoever ends up with BJ Upton on a multi year deal, only to find out they didn’t get his ‘keeper” when he flies off his rocker will do that..

Blanketsburg
2 years 9 months ago

They announced to the public via Twitter. You act as if they didn’t meet with him in person.

2 years 9 months ago

They also finally released a press release. Obviously they met with him in person, but we’re talking about professionals here. I think the announcement to the public should not have been by twitter. It’s not very professional in my opinion. And I’m a Sox fan and not much of a Bobby V fan. I think it would have been more appropriate to just do the press release and perhaps tweet the release so the fans could at least see more than just Bobby V won’t be back and Cherington (who everyone knows wouldn’t have hired him in the first place) is going to find his replacement.

Karkat
2 years 9 months ago

Twitter is a Legitimate News Medium now.

BobSmith77
2 years 9 months ago

No, no it’s not but that doesn’t really matter.

Karkat
2 years 9 months ago

Welcome to the world of social media. #itsathing #forreal #news

johnsilver
2 years 9 months ago

Some of us old fogies disagree with ya karkat :-)

Karkat
2 years 9 months ago

To each his own, but my secret life off of this website is all about the tweets :p

BobSmith77
2 years 9 months ago

It can serve as a source of intelligence but just because someone posts it doesn’t make it news. If anything, the amount of disinformation or sheer nonsense has increased dramatically with social media.

Karkat
2 years 9 months ago

It’s a drastically efficient and dynamic medium for news sources to get news out quickly and efficiently, though. I’m not saying it itself is a news SOURCE (although it can be, and has been in emergency situations), but it’s a wonderful delivery method.

johnsilver
2 years 9 months ago

He (Valentine) announced in his post game news conference that a meeting was going to occur between himself and ownership in boston today..

I fully understand some (many) not knowing that there would be a face to face meeting, but please.. Everyone hammering them for not having one without the facts is yet again comical and normal here of ‘fans” not having a clue, yet acting like they know what is going on…

2 years 9 months ago

Normally I’d agree, but the manner of termination was probably more effort than the manner of managing he did this season.

redsox4434
2 years 9 months ago

He’s worth less than 140.

jondogg2010
2 years 9 months ago

Dollars.

2 years 9 months ago

It’s gonna be funny when the Red Sox are still terrible next year and the fans realize that it wasn’t 110% Bobby’s fault.

Blanketsburg
2 years 9 months ago

It definitely was not 110% his fault, but he still deserves plenty of the blame for both his on-field management (outside of his bullpen management, overall) and off-field media/personnel issues.

withpower
2 years 9 months ago

Hmm.. I dunno. He was right about Bard having no business in the rotation. He was right about Middlebrooks being a better option than Youkilis. He wasn’t the one who traded Josh Reddick for Andrew Bailey. He wasn’t the one who traded away Scutaro and Lowrie.

He can’t get in the box and hit more homers for Adrian Gonzalez. It wasn’t his fault Clay Bucholz was absolutely horrific to start the year.

I guess you can blame him for Dustin Pedroia getting butt hurt, but I don’t take Pedey too seriously at all after the stunts he pulled this season.

Phillies_Aces35
2 years 9 months ago

He didnt earn the respect of the players he’s supposed to be managing and made a bad situation worse by not being able to keep his mouth shut. (Calling out Youkilis, “Nice Inning Kid,” etc).

For the Red Sox to improve, Bobby Valentine can’t be at the helm.

alphakira
2 years 9 months ago

Wait, now managers aren’t allow to call out underachieving players? When did this become a thing?

Phillies_Aces35
2 years 9 months ago

I didn’t say they can’t call them out I said keep it behind closed doors. Attacking your players in the media is the easiest way to lose the respect of your clubhouse.

Chris_RG
2 years 9 months ago

Middlebrooks will sure look good when his horrid K/BB rate and .335 BABIP catches up to him.

redsox927
2 years 9 months ago

If you pick and choose your stats you can make Barry Bonds in his 40’s look league average… but looking at the entire picture i think it is safe to say that:
He was not 100% ready for the big leagues (maybe 75 to 85% ready) but was forced into action as the team was in the thick of things at the time and helped keep the team “in the race” while he was there… He was hurt by a hit by pitch and at that time played approx 45% of a full MLB season.
So lets play a little game of cat and mouse and say that he was on pace (based on a full season) to:
-hit more than 30 HR
-have more than 120RBI
-4.5 WAR
-.835 ops
-the kid slugged .510 as a rookie (yes mike trout was better, but mike trout is probably the best rookie in baseball history) but that’s 30 points or so better than bryce harper and 60 points higher than jason heywards rookie season and a touch higher than Buster Posey’s rookie year.
-had many clutch hits.
take the pitch that broke his wrist out of the eqaution, (and Mel Ott, errr Mike Trout) and he’s the rookie of the year in the AL and probably a top 10 mvp candidate.

Chris_RG
2 years 9 months ago

I’m willing to be wrong, but we’ll see who’s right. I see Kevin Kouzmanoff 2.0.

withpower
2 years 9 months ago

Well, let’s say you’re right. Let’s say he’s Kevin Kouzmanoff 2.0.

Kouzmanoff’s 4 years as an every day player netted him a line of .259/.303/.426/.728 with a OPS+ of 98 and an average of 19 HR while being an exceptional defensive 3B.

In 2012 Youkilis put up a .235/.336/.409/.745, 19 HR and an OPS+ of 99 while being a not particularly good defensive 3B.

Chris_RG
2 years 9 months ago

Never said that Youkilis was better, but that Middlebrooks is probably not the future superstar 3B that Red Sox fans (and the media) think he is.

johnsilver
2 years 9 months ago

Exactly where in the media has middlebrooks been labeled as a future “superstar”? Not familiar with any media that has labeled him as such, even the biased NE Media.

As for Youk being mentioned in another above post?? Youk NEVER was more than an average 1b, even in his 20’s and at the age of **33** with various injuries, he certainly isn’t.. He IS still a GG caliber 1b and even held the MLB all time record for consecutive games without an error record for awhile.

Robert Gaito
2 years 9 months ago

That’s a lot of ‘Ifs’. Seeing as we’ll never know what a whole rookie season of a healthy Middlebrooks would be, IF Mike Trout is out of the picture, you’ll probably be looking into the Oakland A’s for the ROY. Cespedes and Parker both turned in very very good rookie years, with much less protection around them.

zolttt
2 years 9 months ago

they should not have expected off the field media and odd things when they hired bobby v ? why the hell would they think anything different would happen

fenway rules
2 years 9 months ago

thankyou

Colin
1 year 9 months ago

They aren’t too terrible….

hawkny1
2 years 9 months ago

If Bobby quit, he would lose his $2.5M for 2013. They had to have mutually agreed that he be terminated. Too bad, as Bobby never really got a chance to do his job the way he could have…. Oh well, this isn’t the last head to roll, we hope… There is much blame to go around…for this dismal performance…day old Fenway beer at champagne prices…..ugh!

thomstitute
2 years 9 months ago

No, they fired him

jondogg2010
2 years 9 months ago

Didn’t get a chance? How about a $180 Million Dollar payroll… A team loaded with stars that ended up getting hurt or sucking. So…

hawkny1
2 years 9 months ago

$180M down the tubes, as they say….69-93……and it may get worse in 2013…with BC at the helm.

Whosyourdolly
2 years 9 months ago

he [personally] didn’t actually throttle them onto the DL did he? and if they suck then he does WHAT….nicely suggest [in private] that they try a little harder?

dc21892
2 years 9 months ago

Feel better that its finally confirmed.

crashcameron
2 years 9 months ago

party at Dave Magadan’s !!

biscuitbound
2 years 9 months ago

Twitter? really? either way I’m glad he is gone. Go manage a New York team or something

Trout Almonte
2 years 9 months ago

Really is funny how everyone including Bobby tries to cover it up before this even though it’s probably the worst kept secret in baseball.

jondogg2010
2 years 9 months ago

Barry True.

John Finn Jr
2 years 9 months ago

yAHOOOOOOO !!! God has answered my prayers !
I wish we could do musical chairs with Tito, but he has shown that he does not want to return.

Whosyourdolly
2 years 9 months ago

musical chairs? not the image Tito needs ya think?…what music exactly??

2 years 9 months ago

“His dismal is not much of a surprise”

Does anyone at the Globe do any proof reading. Should read dismissal not dismal !!

Slopeboy
2 years 9 months ago

Freudian slip.

Karkat
2 years 9 months ago

Very appropriate one, however. His (being) dismal didn’t come as much of a surprise to me!

Karkat
2 years 9 months ago

This is MLBTR, not the Boston Globe?

greggofboken
2 years 9 months ago

I think they got it exactly right.

jed_hoyer
2 years 9 months ago

nobody can manag this bunch of whiny slackers.next years they’ll be drinking beer in the on deck circle and running a KFC in the dugout.

2 years 9 months ago

Shocked!!! Never saw this coming. I would like to see Dave Martinez given a strong look but only if he grows his Osama Bin Laden beard back. Another name I would be happy to see Ben consider is Bob Brenly.

philpbarnes
2 years 9 months ago

Woohoo!!!!

disqus_7hetMpLRHk
2 years 9 months ago

The fish rots from the head down and Valentine is not the head. He is just this years scape goat for top management and ownership’s errors and short comings.

Whosyourdolly
2 years 9 months ago

the…fish…?