Originally posted on Ted's Army  |  Last updated 11/21/11



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Let the Bobby V. show begin?

General manager Ben Cherington will interview the colorful and often controversial Bobby Valentine for the Red Sox managerial opening today, according to a source, as the team expands its search beyond the five initial candidates who already have interviewed.

The 61-year-old Valentine appeals to an ownership group that would like to see experienced candidates considered, especially in light of September’s ugly collapse. He has managed for parts of 15 seasons with the Texas Rangers and New York Mets, leading the former to a 25-win improvement between 1985 and ’86, and the latter to two playoff berths, including a spot in the 2000 World Series.

Valentine already has spoken to Cherington about the job informally, but today will have a more rigorous interview, which should end with a period of media availability. He is a favorite of the team’s ownership and widely respected across the game as a brilliant baseball mind.

He’s also very much his own man and has clashed with his bosses in the past, most notably former Mets general manager Steve Phillips, who ultimately fired Valentine in 2002.

In a 2010 interview with the Palm Beach Post, former Rangers reliever Mitch Williams likened Valentine to ex-Patriots coach Bill Parcells.

“They’re going to do things their way,” Williams said. “If ownership wants a guy they can put their thumb on and control what they do, Bobby’s not one of those guys. He thinks he knows more than anybody, and rightfully so. But he has to understand that somebody else owns the club. If he rubs his owner the wrong way — well, that’s the guy who’s going to decide his employment status.”

Herald:Sox to interview Bobby V today

Both Aaron and Nick took swings at the ownership over the weekend and now it's my turn. It's clear that the triumvirate over at 1 Yawkey Way have taken full control from Cherington and are making the decision. Afetr seeing the "final list" of managers the owners were saying the same things we were: "Pete Mackanin & Dale Sveum... that's the best we can do?" Let's be honest, that group wasn't the greatest. Mike Maddux was the best out of all of them yet he didn't even interview because of family reasons. If he was a finalist, things would be different. But no Dave Martinez or Dave Duncan? 

But now the ownership has stepped in to get better names.... but the problem is they're going for the biggest names they can. After all, this is the Boston Red Sox we're talking about... nothing but the best of the best. Which leads us to Bobby Valentine. A guy who will no doubt make things interesting, hold players accountable, etc. He did that with the Mets and you know where that led to? One pennant, many disappointments, and a meltdown similar to what we witnessed this past September but everyone was passing the bong around instead of the bucket of Popeye's. But he's a big name so the Sox MUST sign him. *sigh*

Is it too late to call Francona?

Rest of the Links: Globe:Cherington to meet with Valentine today|Herald:Sox to interview Bobby V today|Lucchino has always been in charge|Ellsbury finds out MVP fate today|CSNNE: Who's calling the shots?|WEEI:Ben Cherington has to make decision|

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