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Bobby Valentine heading to Boston.


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Interesting choice by the Sox. Valentine is a good manager, certainly more accomplished than Francona was when he got the job. Looks like they are looking for a more vocal, outspoken type this go through after what happened in their clubhouse last year.

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And while the Red Sox will be playing for the playofffs our Orioles will be in their 15th losing season, yea we really have a reason to laugh and look down our noses. :rolleyes:

Look down our noses? Ha. More like vigorously rooting for them to fail. It's my belief they hired the right guy for that job.

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The thing that stands out to me is how harsh the Boston media has been up until this point.

I wonder how much of a leash Valentine will get from the Beantown "faithful?"

http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/articles/2011/11/29/has_this_red_sox_situation_ever_been_mismanaged/

It’s Larry-Theo, the Next Generation.

I reached Lucchino briefly in his office yesterday morning. He said he couldn’t talk to me. He said there would be no announcement yesterday.

I followed that up with, “Do you have any comment on how indecisive this makes you guys look?’’

“Goodbye, Dan,’’ he answered. “Nice to talk to you.’’

Click.

Dial tone.

OK. Maybe today. Or Friday. Certainly it would be nice if the Sox had a manager when all major league teams start their winter meetings in Dallas Monday (Liverpool has a big game in London against Fulham that day).

It’s always nice to have a manager when you are trying to assemble a roster and avoid finishing in third place for a third straight season. Think a manager might have had an opinion on the wisdom of keeping Jonathan Papelbon? Having a manager in place might make it easier for David Ortiz to decide if he wants to accept salary arbitration.

We have reached the point at which this is beyond embarrassment. The Sox risk losing players now. Does Mark Buehrle want to sign with the Sox when he doesn’t know who the manager or pitching coach is going to be? Carlos Beltran?

We know that Dale Sveum was the manager Cherington wanted. Sveum was brought to ownership after four baseball operations executives interviewed five low-profile candidates. When the owners rejected Sveum, Valentine’s name emerged and we were told that Bobby V’s been in the running all along.

Lamont has emerged as the safe pick. But he’s not even a bench coach with the Tigers. He’s a 64-year-old third base coach. Can the Sox really bring in Lamont after telling us that Francona had to go?

When Francona left we were told the Sox needed more discipline. Supposedly the inmates were running the place in the final days of Tito. What happens if they bring in Lamont: Casino nights in the dugout?

Valentine is a loose cannon, but he’s not afraid to rip players. That’s why most of us in the media love the idea of Bobby V in the corner office.

If they underachieve in 2012, this will be the MOST entertaining thing since the Wizard of Oz.

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