It is widely assumed that we should expect to see the Boston Red Sox fire Bobby Valentine as the team’s manager after one extremely disappointing season. The Red Sox just completed their second last-place finish in the last 80 years, which does not bode well for the outspoken manager who seemingly lost the faith and respect of his players months ago.
Some never had any to begin with even prior to the start of the 2012 regular season. Many Red Sox were never on board with the decision to hire Valentine. As the season progressed, it clearly showed.
The Red Sox may be the most dysfunctional franchise in all of baseball right now. They lack the respect necessary to put together a winning season, and it goes far beyond the manager. It starts with the ownership and front office and trickles down to the players and the fans. While Valentine may not be the solution, he is only one of many problems.
Either way, the Red Sox have been cryptic about the future of Valentine over the past couple of months, but nobody expects him to manage the team in 2013. His firing could very well become official as soon as the next couple of days.
At this point, even Valentine has to see what is coming.
“I’m waiting to hear,” Valentine said. “It’s bothered me the last six weeks that I’ve been asked that question without [having] an answer.”
Boston GM Ben Cherington has hinted for weeks now that he wants this offseason’s managerial search to take less time than it did last year. That is an odd thing to say if you had no intention to fire your current manager and conduct a new search. It would appear that Valentine is as good as gone, much to the relief of many players and fans.
Of course, Valentine figured if he is going down and close to being ousted, why not go down swinging.
Before the regular season finale, in which the Red Sox lost to the New York Yankees, 14-2, Valentine accused some of his coaches of not showing him any loyalty this season. When asked about if he felt his coaches were loyal, Valentine said “No,” and whether he felt undermined by the same people, Valentine answered “Yes.”
“I had just a feeling, I don’t have any facts, just a feeling once in a while that we weren’t all on the same page,” Valentine said.
The coaches did not respond too much to valentine’s comments, although when asked about what he said, one anonymous coach replied, “Typical.”
One happy family in Red Sox Nation, is it not?
That family appears close to excommunicating on of their members, and it could happen as soon as today or this weekend.