ESPN The Boston Red Sox fired manager Bobby Valentine on Thursday, one day after completing the franchise’s worst season in nearly five decades. “Our 2012 season was disappointing for many reasons,” Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said in a written statement. “No single issue is the reason, and no single individual is to blame.” The Red Sox went 69-93 this season under Valentine, finishing last in the American League East.
No surprise here, the Red Sox had their most disappointing season in recent memory, and are in the process of rebuilding around their youthful core. They traded star players Josh Beckett, Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Kevin Youkilis, it is time for a fresh start and Bobby V had to go.
The good news for Bobby V? Former Red Sox manager Terry Francona is openly campaigning for the Cleveland Indians job on national television, maybe ESPN will take Valentine back in the “Baseball Tonight” studio.
However, maybe Bobby V should take the time to let his emotional scars and Bike Accident Injuries heal after a rough end to the 2012 season in New York City.