Red Sox Ben Cherington's Manager Comment and Bobby Valentine

By Paul Mroczka
"Ben Cherington Hints on Red Sox Valentine"

Boston Red Sox GM Ben Cherington seemed to be showing his hand in a comment possibly related to Bobby Valentine and his status with the team. I noted about a week ago that Valentine will most likely guide Boston to their worst record since they went 65 and 89 (.422) in 1960.

Their win/loss mark won’t be as bad as the 1960 Red Sox, but it will be close. Right now they stand at 68-87 (.442), have gone 3-7 in their last 10 and are on a two-game skid. The longest string of wins they’ve put together in August stands at two, and as the season winds down, it’s hard to believe that Red Sox Nation will stand for another season with Valentine at the helm.

Cherington may have been showing his cards a bit when he was on WEEI Radio this morning. Cherington was on the Dennis and Callahan program and made a comment regarding how a search would be conducted the next time the Red Sox are in need of a new manager.

Cherington said, “What we know we need to do is hit the ground running this offseason. One of the things as I look back on last offseason that didn’t go perfectly was simply the amount of time that we spent on the manager search and what that did to the rest of the offseason.”

He added, “I would like to spend less time on it this offseason, that’s for sure.”

Those comments sound a bit ominous for Valentine, but the hapless Red Sox skipper still maintains that he will be back next season.

It was just yesterday prior to the start of the Red Sox’ final home game for 2012 that Valentine said, “When I come back next year. I think I’ll be prepared to handle them and hopefully we’ll have better results.”

In another development, Cherington announced that the Red Sox will bring former team captain and catcher Jason Varitek onboard for next season. In what capacity is unclear because the Boston GM noted that they wanted Varitek to get his “feet wet” with the organization. It was about a week ago that former Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield noted that he felt that Varitek had the capacity to be a fine MLB manager.

Despite the fact that the Red Sox have been long out of the playoffs, there’s a lot happening on Yawkey Way these days and a whole lot of questions to be answered by Cherington and others in the next week or so regarding this team and who will manage it.

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