Bobby Valentine unexpectedly stuck around long enough to manage the Red Sox into October, but did not quite last until the Major League Baseball playoffs. Valentine, 62, was fired yesterday after just one season and will potentially be remembered as one of the worst managers in Boston’s storied MLB history. The last place Sox were a dismal 69-93 en route to their worst record since 1965.
This was the second straight year Boston failed to qualify for postseason baseball, and Valentine was hired to rebuild a 2011 Red Sox team that collapsed in the final month of their division race. However, it took the Sox just 162 games to realize Valentine was not the right guy for the job. “He was wrong from the very beginning,” said avid fan Brad Kosegarten. “He was Larry Lucchino’s choice, and I think it’s right that Lucchino will not have as much control over the team next year.”
Valentine commented to ESPN on his firing this morning. "I understand this decision," Valentine said. "This year in Boston has been an incredible experience for me, but I am as disappointed in the results as are ownership and the great fans of Red Sox Nation. It was a privilege to be part of the 100-year anniversary of Fenway Park and an honor to be in uniform with such great players and coaches. My best to the organization.”