by Tucker Hamlin on Friday, December 9th, 2011
Last week, Bobby Valentine was named the new manager of the Boston Red Sox. Two months after one of the most painful collapses in sports history, the Red Sox had finally filled the vacancy. The list steadily shrank as names like Dave Martinez, Sandy Alomar Jr., and Dave Sveum were considered, then eliminated from the running. Last Monday, the new Red Sox GM, Ben Cherington, confirmed that Valentine and Detroit Tigers third base coach Gene Lamont were the final candidates for the job. Tuesday night, ESPN formally announced Bobby Valentine was the man selected by the Red Sox front office. Valentine was officially introduced last Thursday in a press conference and discussed how excited he was to take on the managerial position.
Valentine, a former manager for the Texas Rangers and New York Mets, most recently was testing out the broadcasting business and worked on Baseball Tonight and Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN last season. Bobby’s career also included multiple managerial stints in Japan. At age 61, Valentine has managed for 13 years in the majors, but has not been a part of an organization since his departure from the New York Mets in 2002. He has managed a total of 2,189 games, with a record of 1,117-1,072.
In addition, Bobby has not been afraid to express his feelings to the media. In the past, Valentine has publicly lost his temper more than once, always open about his views on certain players. Sport media is a major part of the city of Boston and it will be interesting to see how he manages both the media and the players.
Sox fans across the country still have a bitter taste in their mouths about the events that occurred in September, but Valentine brings a new perspective that makes many excited to see how the season will turn out. Valentine signed a two-year contract with an option for two additional years. He will wear the number 25 in honor of Red Sox legend, Tony Conigliaro.
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