Found October 04, 2012 on
The Sports Rocker:
Much has been made about the demise of the Boston Red Sox this year. It probably started when ownership fired Terry Francona. But that's another story for another day. In comes Bobby Valentine to restore order and discipline to the clubhouse. And out go any playoff aspirations in late August when they send Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, and pitcher Josh Beckett to the Dodgers for spare parts.
So how bad was the Red Sox collapse in the 2nd half?
At the All-Star break:
43-43 record. 22-24 at home, 21-19 away.
Not what they had in mind..268 team average. 5th in MLB.
409 RBI. 3rd.
99 home runs. 8th.
432 runs. 2nd.
803 hits. 3rd.
Post All-Star break:
26-50 record: 13-22 at home, 14-27 away.
.252 team average. 18th in MLB.
286 RBI. 23rd.
66 home runs. 19th.
302 runs. 23rd.
656 hits. 18th.
The Red Sox fell all the way to the bottom of the AL East. The .426 winning percentage is the worst since 1965, if you need a historical perspective. And that leads to what will probably dominate Boston sports headlines for the foreseeable future: When will Bobby Valentine get fired? Not if, but when. You don't oversee the worst season in almost 50 years and live to tell about it.
BEST OF MAXIM
As everyone probably knows by now, Bobby Valentine is out as manager of the Red Sox. If this is news to you, welcome back to Earth. With Valentine's departure, Boston now needs to begin its search to find a new skipper. Following a 100-year Fenway Park celebration that yielded very little to celebrate about in terms of this year's team, the Sox are headed in another direction...
It’s been a long first season with the Red Sox for Bobby Valentine. He has encountered issue after issue almost from the day he took over in Boston. So it’s fitting that his final days of his first season included him ending up in a ditch after falling off his bicycle in a texting and cycling accident.
Valentine was busy reading a text message from Red Sox second baseman Dustin...
Shortly after claiming the coaching staff undermined him, Bobby Valentine didn't back down from his stance. He reiterated that he felt the staff wasn't on the same page. Although Valentine declined to provide names, all indications point to underlying friction with bench coach Tim Bogar, bullpen coach Gary Tuck and former pitching coach Bob McClure. From the get-go, Valentine...
BOSTON -- Bobby Valentine was the king of passive, aggressive remarks. On one hand, Valentine contended that he -- not the front office -- selected his coaching staff. Later on, he described the process of choosing coaches "as fine, but difficult" and cited communication issues with his staff. "I just think there's an information flow that's needed in any organizational...
One could reasonably argue that Bobby Valentine’s brief tenure as the manager of the Boston Red Sox has been an unmitigated disaster. And that might be putting it mildly. The Red Sox essentially have been irrelevant for the entirety of the season and that’s only half of the story of Valentine’s sublimely craptastic odyssey he has endured [...]
One year later, the Red Sox have fired another manager –– yet again. While Bobby Valentine deserves to share his brunt of the blame, he isn't entirely responsible for the team's failure. When he was hired last December, the Red Sox wanted to change the culture. After the Red Sox had taken advantage of Terry Francona's laissez-faire attitude, Valentine was tapped as...
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...
Editor's note: NESN.com is going to tell the story of the 2012 Red Sox in Bobby Valentine's words. Each game day, we will select a Valentine quote that sums up the day for the Red Sox. The torture has ended. With a 14-2 loss to the Yankees on Wednesday, the Red Sox finished the 2012 regular season with a record of 69-93 and the franchise's worst winning percentage (.425...
After a looooooooooong season in Boston, the Red Sox announced that they have fired manager Bobby Valentine. Valentine went 69-93 in his only season in Boston which was plagued by poor decisions and comments he made both on and off the field
Red Sox President/CEO Larry Lucchino said in a press release, “This year’s won-loss record reflects a season of agony.” From Spring Training...
Bobby Valentine had a tumultuous first season in Boston, a season that could end up being his only season as Red Sox manager. He confirmed Wednesday what many had suspected -- that he had problems with his coaching staff, thus making his job even more difficult than it already was. Valentine was asked on WEEI on Wednesday afternoon whether or not he felt his coaching staff was loyal...
BOSTON, MA - The Boston Red Sox today announced, following a meeting among team leaders and Manager Bobby Valentine, that Bobby will not return in 2013. A search for a new manager will begin immediately."Our 2012 season was disappointing for many reasons," said Executive Vice-President/General Manager Ben Cherington, who made the announcement and who will lead the search...
For Red Sox fans, this season cannot end soon enough. Decimated by injuries, plagued by constant turmoil and negative news stories, declines by formerly good pitchers and a manager controversy that never ended all mark a season that started off on the wrong foot and ended without any legs at all. Every bad situation needs a scapegoat. There has to be a villain in a story like this...