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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  1. Let_My_Cameron_Go 3 years ago

    Well, I didn’t see this coming…

  2. Karkat 3 years ago

    And there was much rejoicing.

  3. EarlyMorningBoxscore 3 years ago

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

  4. Karkat 3 years ago

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

  5. Tko11 3 years ago

    So does that mean they fired him?

    • Let_My_Cameron_Go 3 years 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 3 years ago

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

      • start_wearing_purple 3 years ago

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

  6. Rabbitov 3 years ago

    Whaaaat,

  7. Amorak 3 years ago

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

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

    • Tko11 3 years ago

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

      • johnsilver 3 years 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 3 years ago

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

      • 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 3 years ago

          Twitter is a Legitimate News Medium now.

          • BobSmith77 3 years ago

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

          • Karkat 3 years ago

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

          • johnsilver 3 years ago

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

          • Karkat 3 years ago

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

          • BobSmith77 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years 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…

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

    • redsox4434 3 years ago

      He’s worth less than 140.

  9. 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 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years ago

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

          • Phillies_Aces35 3 years 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 3 years ago

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

          • redsox927 3 years 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 3 years ago

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

          • withpower 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years ago

      thankyou

    • Colin 2 years ago

      They aren’t too terrible….

  10. hawkny1 3 years 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 3 years ago

      No, they fired him

    • jondogg2010 3 years 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 3 years ago

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

      • nana marili 3 years 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?

  11. dc21892 3 years ago

    Feel better that its finally confirmed.

  12. crashcameron 3 years ago

    party at Dave Magadan’s !!

  13. biscuitbound 3 years ago

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

  14. Trout Almonte 3 years 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.

  15. John Finn Jr 3 years 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.

    • nana marili 3 years ago

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

  16. “His dismal is not much of a surprise”

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

  17. jed_hoyer 3 years 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.

  18. 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.

  19. philpbarnes 3 years ago

    Woohoo!!!!

  20. disqus_7hetMpLRHk 3 years 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.

  21. Shane McMahon 3 years ago

    Announced by Twitter….what a slap in the face….lol

    • JackParkman 3 years ago

      You think they didn’t meet with him before they announced it? Come on Shane-o Mac

      • Shane_McMahon 3 years ago

        I know….my point being whatever happened to a press conference?

        • JackParkman 3 years ago

          Did they have one for Tito? I don’t even remember if they did. Is it normal to hold a press conference for firing a manager?

        • fisk72 3 years ago

          technology.

  22. hawkny1 3 years ago

    Francona goes to Cleveland, Bobby V. goes back behind the mike at ESPN.. He stays for two years…goes back to Japan to manage…Tito gets fired in two years…goes back to the mike at ESPN….. Oh when will this game of musical chairs end?

    • notsureifsrs 3 years ago

      i thought valentine was staying and cherington was out? what happened there

      • hawkny1 3 years ago

        The brass didn’t listen to me. But that doesn’t change my mind at all. Bobby V. got a bum deal (I will concede of course that $5M is nothing to sneeze at for 8 months work). Cherington is way in over his head as a GM, IMHO. He has neither the baseball experience as a player nor the intellectual genius needed to serve as the Red Sox front line decision maker on team and player related matters. He is more responsible for the deterioration of the team’s chemistry than anyone with his poor selection of talent and his bureaucratic gamesmanship. He should be out the door but, perhaps, Lucchino, decided to keep the controversy as far down the food chain as he could. If Ben were to go, then he would be the next in line to be held accountable for the team’s abysmal performance. PYA is the name of the game everywhere.
        I don’t expect the media controversy to go away, nor do I expect the team’s fortunes to improve much in 2013. Everyone loves the duo of Lester and Buchholz and believes they will lead Red Sox Nation to the promised land but the won’t. Pedey is an untouchable, even though he hit .250 for most of the season. They have already paid $8M to a shortstop who will not hit his weight next season. The team has big, big holes in LF and 1st and a closer who cannot, it seems, go a month without injuring himself. Etc., etc., etc…. In short, if you think 2012 was bad, wait until next year.

  23. Gary 3 years ago

    As a Yankee fan, I missed the rivalry over the last 2 years. Going to
    Fenway twice a year to catch a 3 game series just didn’t hold the same
    level of competitiveness and excitement it once did over the last 10-12
    years. Even we miss Tito…a class act who was always humble in winning
    and losing. I still think the beer & chicken thing was blown out of
    proportion and then to make the claims of Tito being addicted to
    something was a low brow move…whether true or not, he deserved way
    better on his way out the door. The guy did deliver 2 WS Championships
    for God’s sake! It’s almost like a bad Karma thing for management & the press dissing him.

    Bobby
    V is not a very likable guy…and its not that he’s an AH, he’s just
    got this way about him that makes him appear condescending. He didn’t
    make it this far in his career being a total jerk without any baseball
    knowledge…the guy truly is a student of the game. When he criticized
    Youk, he was just trying to light a fire under him to jump start the
    team and the clubhouse and press crucified him for it and it was a slow
    spiral down from there.

    I hope you guys get the magic back soon
    so we can pick up where we left off 2 years ago with this rivalry! There
    were some bad apples in that clubhouse…I hope they eradicate them and
    get back to baseball.

    • ARod's Ring 3 years ago

      As a Yankees fan myself. You embarrass me.

      • Gary 3 years ago

        Your close minded comment embarrasses all of us Yankee fans in that it shows you’re obviously you’re not a fan of the game. The Yankees are at their best when they have a mirror image club to measure up to. The Red Sox were replaced by the Orioles this year.

        Stop hating and start paying attention Chiico!

      • nana marili 3 years ago

        you look good in red tho chico..so look at the upside..

  24. Bob 3 years ago

    nice going players. A year from now you’ll have your hat trick for getting managers fired.

  25. dc21892 3 years ago

    Dave Martinez, please.

    • hawkny1 3 years ago

      Naw….. the more I think about it, the Red sox have to hire one of their own. How about Nomar with Arnie as his bench coach?

  26. OrangeCards 3 years ago

    “That’s a shame.”

    – The AL East

  27. ugotrpk3113 3 years ago

    Terrible fit from the start, but not 100% his fault. It was best for both sides.

    Now, for God sake’s let Ben pick the coach… Go away Mr. Lucchino

  28. Bob Bunker 3 years ago

    They made the easy decision. Now comes the hard part. Getting a good manager and improving the team to have them contend ASAP. should be a fun offseason to follow the red sox. Every free agent, every trade target will be linked to them.

    • jondogg2010 3 years ago

      Bard for Farrell. I think the Blue Jays would be willing to break their rule to not only help Farrell feel more comfortable, but acquire what could be a very serviceable 8th inning guy who needs a change of scenery.

  29. If today isn’t the best day of Bobby’s life, it has to be in the top 10. What a nightmare job to have.

  30. Robb Logan 3 years ago

    This lies squarely on Bobby V despite so many saying it is not all his fault. No MLB (or minor league) manager can expect success when he wants the attention on him and not the team. From publicly running down players to the end (running down his own coaching staff publicly) he could never once take blame. He had to give it to others. The man cannot seriously look in a mirror and think this is not on him. This coming from an Angels fan who admittedly does not see many Sox games. But seeing all from here and other sites, reading what fans have said all season it just seems obvious Bobby V. is all about him and not his team.

    • jondogg2010 3 years ago

      I agree 100%. He’s a little cry baby who shouldn’t have ever left his ESPN gig (btw who the hell confirms what they are getting paid by the network)

    • nana marili 3 years ago

      oh pshaw…one word…SCAPEGOATTT

  31. jondogg2010 3 years ago

    What pisses me off is Ron Washington had (a confirmed not just rumored) addiction, and just bec he was in the same clubhouse as a Player who had, he gets off and everyone forgives him. Tito, had a Rumored addiction, and it was (a small) part of him getting run out of town. A manager I remind you, that guided the Red Sox to not one, but Two World Series wins.

    • nana marili 3 years ago

      red sox upper management has been on a rampage…but who are they fooling?? getting rid of Tito and Bobby …somebody’s got a power trip complex…or is that redundant?

  32. fenway rules 3 years ago

    it;s not all the managers fault, those guys should be ashammed of thier selves ,they make more money then god, especially this year ,the 100th year, just because they did not like,the manager , they should get all new young ones .who play for the love of the game and not the damm money, i have been a loyal sox fan since i was a baby, long time, it;s a shame all the old timers .the trully great guys like yaz ,pudge, dwight.pesky and all had to wittnes this ,grow up, start playing for the love of the game!

  33. Marinersforever71 3 years ago

    Jacoby Ellsbury, John Lester, and Big Papi Ortiz would be excellent option for Seattle Mariners by acquiring them for Chone Figgins who would be sent to New York Mets for Jason Bay, either pitcher James Paxton or Danny Farqhar who was acquired in a trade from the Yankees for Ichiro, Outfielder Casper Wells or Travon Robinson, and catcher Miguel Olivo if he is not a free agent.

  34. camerondatzker 3 years ago

    I think that The Boston Red Soxs didn’t give Bobby V a chance to succeed. I think that Boston Owners deserve many losing seasons for firing a great man.

  35. nana marili 3 years ago

    make Ryan Lavarnaway their first string catcher??? and trade salty…??? hmmm…AND LavarnAWAY??..hmmm

  36. Carl Albert 3 years ago

    Bobby Valentine is a horrible manager and it was a mistake to hire him. I’m glad he’s gone, unfortunately he’s left the destruction of a team in his wake.

  37. Karkat 3 years ago

    I don’t even know where to begin with this. o_o

  38. Baseball Lifer 3 years ago

    WOW – Are you sure you are not a actual GM?

  39. jlasovage 3 years ago

    Like the thought just not possible. To many moving parts and thats just a start.

  40. davbee 3 years ago

    There is no way, and I mean no way, the Red Sox have the players it would take to get David Wright, Justin Upton and Elvis Andrus. You might as well have posted a scenario where I end up married to Angelina Jolie–that’s how far-fetched this is.

  41. Slopeboy 3 years ago

    I hesitate to call your post sheer genius, only because you overlooked one little detail… Ozzie Guillen for Red Sox manager.

  42. LazerTown 3 years ago

    1. Stand Up
    2. Turn Off Computer
    3. Turn on TV
    4. Turn on Xbox
    5. Go back to playing MLB 2k12

  43. zolttt 3 years ago

    haha “they will get every good player available”, I would have sworn that this was a phillies post

  44. lol I love crack head schemes.

  45. dieharddodgerfan 3 years ago

    LOL in what universe do you live in? Because in this one there is NO WAY the Red Sox have the resources to acquire all the talent you mentioned. NO WAY!

    LOL, are you sure you are not a closet Red Sox fan?

  46. Did you just say that Jon Rauch pitched well when he was with the Blue Jays?

  47. SoxPopuli 3 years ago

    ” I think that they could trade John Lackey and Jarrod Saltalamacchia to the Mets for Jason Bay and Johan Santana.”

    Then you are the only person on the planet who thinks anything of the sort…

  48. LazerTown 3 years ago

    IK. I really don’t think it deserves a writeup.

  49. LazerTown 3 years ago

    She’s my woman.

  50. CowboyJames 3 years ago

    Lackey LoL

  51. strikethree 3 years ago

    I’m pretty sure it was a joke post. I think/hope.

  52. Karkat 3 years ago

    How on earth does Brad Pitt show up so much in the comments section of this website

  53. Phillies_Aces35 3 years ago

    Exactly. You have a problem with your players, you go up to them like a man and tell them how you feel and keep it behind closed doors. By airing out your dirty laundry in the public, regardless of whether it’s warranted or not, you’re going to lose the respect of your clubhouse.

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