Originally posted on The Mark Graham Sports Blog  |  Last updated 10/4/12
The Boston Red Sox has announced that manager Bobby Valentine would not return for the 2013 season. This comes as no surprise as the Red Sox struggled mightily this season and Valentine clashed with veterans, coaches, and front office officials. The Red Sox finished last in the AL East and had the team's worst record since 1964. Red Sox team president Larry Lucchino said this season "begs for changes (and) more will come." The team also announced that executive vice president and general manager Ben Cherington will spearhead the search for Valentine's replacement. "Our 2012 season was disappointing for many reasons,” said Cherington, who made the announcement and who will lead the search. “No single issue is the reason, and no single individual is to blame. We've been making personnel changes since August, and we will continue to do so as we build a contending club. With an historic number of injuries, Bobby was dealt a difficult hand. He did the best he could under seriously adverse circumstances, and I am thankful to him." Bobby Valentine said, "I understand this decision. 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. I’m sure next year will be a turnaround year."
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