The Boston Red Sox fired manager Bobby Valentine one day after he led the team to its worst record since 1960. The Red Sox finished with a record of 69-93 (.426). They were 26 games out of first, which went to the New York Yankees and had lost 8 straight and 9 of their last 10. But Red Sox performance is just one reason that Valentine deserved to be fired after just one year as the Boston skipper. Here are some other reasons for Valentine being shown the door.
His handling of the Kevin Youkilis affair was terrible. Valentine seemed to go out of his way to put the guy down before and after he was traded. It was just one of many incidents where the manager acted like a two-year old. Of course, then there were times when he acted like a psychopath. One really stands out.
Valentine was making his weekly appearance on WEEI’s Big Show, which is hosted by Glenn Ordway. The incident happened a few weeks ago. Ordway asked Valentine if reports were true that he had checked out for the season. Valentine responded a bit like Captain Queeg and a bit like Tony Soprano.
The soon-to-be former Red Sox manager said, “What an embarrassing thing to say. If I were there right now, I’d punch you right in the mouth.” Valentine added, “Ha. How’s that sound? Is that like I checked out? What an embarrassing thing.”
Yes, Valentine had one thing right—it was embarrassing. His answer was, that is.
In another interview prior to the start of a game, Valentine called his Red Sox players the “weakest in history.” It was a statement that made headlines and that Valentine tried to explain a day or so later. But it was too late. Bobby had done what he often did in most cases—blamed everyone but himself for the Red Sox disastrous 2012 season.
Last week, Red Sox GM Ben Cherington was on WEEI Radio and noted that next time the organization was looking for a manger, they would start their search much sooner than they did after letting Terry Francona go. Many, including myself, thought it was a not-too-veiled reference to the demise of Valentine. Although Cherington claimed it was not and Valentine continued to say he would be back next year, it seems as if everyone else knew better.
I had predicted this firing many weeks ago. I don’t think that makes me a bright person. I simply believe it makes me a realist. I’ll have more on Valentine, the Red Sox in 2012 and the 2013 edition of the team.