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The Red Sox offered Bobby Valentine their managing job Tuesday while the 61-year-old was in Japan on personal business. Valentine immediately accepted, becoming the 45th manager in team history, according to ESPN’s Gordon Edes.
Valentine is expected to be in Boston Wednesday afternoon, when the team will likely introduce him to the media.
He previously managed the Rangers (1985-1992), Mets (1996-2002), and in Japan with the Chiba Lotte Marines (1995, and 2004-2009).
Two months after the Red Sox and Terry Francona parted ways, the Red Sox have finally decided on a new manager, electing to go with Bobby Valentine.
The Red Sox previously interviewed Torey Luvullo, Pete Mackanin, Dale Sveum, Sandy Alomar Jr., and Gene Lamont. In my opinion, these five candidates were handpicked by new GM Ben Cherington (especially given the similarity to Theo Epstein’s list with the Cubs), but Larry Lucchino did not feel comfortable with said list. As a result, he invited Valentine to interview, and then over the last couple weeks, ownership and Cherington struggled over making the final decision.
The team will portray that the consensus was to hire Valentine, when in reality Cherington likely preferred Sveum, Lamont, or any of his other choices all along.
Though, I will admit if I had to choose between Lamont or Valentine, the two supposed finalists, I’d absolutely choose Bobby V. Lamont is turning 65 and is an old-time baseball man, which would absolutely clash with the team’s statistic-based philosophy. He just wouldn’t make sense as a choice.
With all that said, let us all welcome the “inventor” of the wrap sandwich: Bobby V.