Misery needs company right? This commonly used statement is one that best describes the current life that Bobby Valentine lives as manager of what will most likely be the worst Red Sox team record wise in the last 15 years. Many people have booed this poor soul throughout this past season, including myself when I was at that embarrassment of a 100 year celebration game when the Yanks wiped the floor with the hosts of the party, but to be honest the writing was on the wall.
Much like the majority of The U.S’s president’s in the last 20 years, Bobby Valentine has had to clean up somebody else’s mess that was bestowed upon him to the best of his ability. Last September’s mushroom cloud was very much visible this past April as the team entered spring training on their new “clean slate” with a new season about to begin under a new manager. 16 million injuries later, Bobby V was given an even harder task to deal with as his starting left and center fielders and closer were not going to be able to contribute for a substantial amount of time. Most people reading this article know the other drama that entailed since whether it was TPC Fenway, Bobby V’s discrediting of Kevin Youkilis, the Muddy chickens aggressive response to the Youk situation, etc. which I refuse to rehash for all intent and purposes because that would be beating a dead horse that’s already been bloodied enough. The fact of the matter is Bobby Valentine was never a good fit for this organization. The brain trust (Henry, Lucchino, Warner) was caught with their pants around there ankles after last season’s mess and they did not know how to properly fix it because they are businessmen, not baseball savvy. In their assessment Tito lost control of his team because he was too much of a player’s manager and was not enough of a dictator to their liking which I can agree with to a point. Their solution? Hiring a high profiled manager that has had a history of success, has a big ego and is not afraid to frequently wear his opinion on his sleeves, but not allowing him to have the freedom to do these things he has been accustomed to in his previous 15 years of managing baseball or have any jurisdiction whatsoever. If that’s not a recipe for failure then I don’t know what is. Valentine has been nothing but a puppet since he was hired last offseason. He was not allowed to assemble his own coaching staff or have any say in roster decisions which went over really well with moving Daniel Bard into the rotation in spring training only for him to completely implode losing any and all abilities he once had in dominant ways at the big league level (Valentine made it clear that he thought Bard was more valuable in the pen than as a starter before being shot down by the clowns that call themselves management.) Unfortunately for Valentine I don’t think he can possibly keep his job and be allowed to finish his contract out as manager of this team through 2013. Too much has gone wrong for that to happen. As much as he says he expects and willingly wants to be back with the team next season, the housecleaning that was begun when they shipped of 260 million dollars worth of bad attitudes and failed investments to L.A. needs to continue at season’s end with a search for a new manager. The one vital departure that needs to occur but will most likely not due to his allegiance with the rest of the powers of this franchise is that of CEO Larry Lucchino. John Henry has made it abundantly clear that Lucchino is in charge of all baseball operations and because of this its not allowing GM Ben Cherington to be able to do his job of managing this baseball team like Theo Epstein did in his tenure in Boston. Cherington has held almost every position one can possibly hold within a baseball organization including years as a scout searching for young talent; something this team needs an infusion of at the major league level to build upon. As far as who will coach this team come next April I’m not exactly sure who will be able to take this tall task on head first. Even if Jesus Christ himself came off the cross to manage this team in 2013 and beyond, the amount of work and headaches that will come with the job is endless for the unknown future. Giving up a prospect to get John Farrell back seems to be quite illogical because giving up talented or potentially talented players for a coach is a process that has happened only a hand full of times in professional sports over the years for the reason that quality players are hard to come by and coaches area much more risky investment to pan out. Finding the clear cut candidate to dawn the haloed title of manager of the Boston Red Sox is going to be easier said than done. It’s a great city to play in when you’re on top and a miserable one when you’re not. Bobby Valentine however only knows the latter part of that sentence. Because of that, I think this 62 year old man will be getting a pink slip in his final check of the 2012 season.
About the Author
Written by Jefferson Mills
I am a 22 year old aspiring sports journalist. I graduated from Hofstra University with a BA in Broadcast Journalism and was born and raised in Norwood, MA, twenty minutes south of the great city of Boston. Sports consume my life in every which way as I have been an athlete since the age of 8 playing organized football, baseball and basketball throughout high school and have been an avid die-hard Patriots, Bruins, Red Sox and Celtics fan. I Interned for the "Mecca of Sports Radio" WFAN 660 AM while in college and also interned for News 12 Long Island. Working as a member of the hardest working sports department in one of the most talented college radio stations 88.7 FM WRHU is the one thing I am most proud of when it comes to my work in the field. My passion and work ethic define who I am as a writer, person and friend which is why I hope to become successful in the sports Broadcasting spectrum in years to come.