The Red Sox have announced that they have fired manager Bobby Valentine. Valentine led the team to a 69-93 record. The Red Sox were horrible and Valentine’s dismissal was not a surprise. The manager had been talked about for the better part of the second half of the season.
Executive Vice-President/General Manager Ben Cherington made the announcement and will be the one to lead the search for Valentine’s replacement. He said, “Our 2012 season was disappointing for many reasons. No single issue is the reason, and no single individual is to blame. We’ve been making personnel changes since August, and we will coninue to do so as we build a contending club. With a 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.”
Valentine was a late hire, joining the Red Sox in November. Speculation had it at the time that Valentine was not Cherington’s first choice. The team will now move on to its third manager in three years.
“This year’s won-loss record reflects a season of agony,” said Red Sox President/CEO Larry Lucchino.”It begs for changes, some of which have already transpired. More will come. We are determined to fix that which is broken and return the Red Sox to the level of success we have experienced over the past decade. Difficult as it is to judge a manager amid a season that had an epidemic of injuries, we feel we need to make changes. Bobby leaves the Red Sox’ manager’s office with our respect, gratitude, and affection. I have no doubt that he will continue to contribute to the game he loves so much and knows so well.”
Valentine has one year left on a two-year contract with the Red Sox and will reportedly receive $2.5 million.
“I understand this decision,” said Valentine. “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.”