Stamford's Bobby Valentine To Manage Red Sox: Report [UPDATE]

WCVB-TV reports that a verbal agreement is in place.

Update 7:40 p.m.

According to Mike Lynch of WCVB-TV, Stamford native Bobby Valentine has reached a verbal agreement with the Boston Red Sox to become the next manager of the storied team.

Lynch's Tweet reads: "Red Sox and Bobby Valentine have reached a verbal agreement for him to be the next Sox manager."

Valentine is one of from Fairfield County, CT.

Original Story Nov. 22

Less than a year after , Bobby Valentine is making headlines as he makes a bid for the vacant manager position with the Boston Red Sox.

According to the Boston Globe, Valentine has support from Red Sox President Larry Lucchino and team owners, though other contenders include Tigers third base coach Gene Lamont and Blue Jays first base coach Torey Lovullo.

Valentine since January has served as Stamford's director of public safety, health and welfare.

The owner of a on Columbus Park in Stamford as well as an in the city, Valentine said his new job duties would include streamlining communications to the mayor's office from the , , Stamford Emergency Medical Services and the municipal Board of Health.

The Red Sox separated from longtime manager Terry Francona following an historic September collapse this season just past, when the team during a dramatic final series.

The Boston job is notoriously high-pressure, with the team's rabid fan base and vigilant press.

Here's a soundbite from Valentine's January press briefing in Stamford for the government job that may lend some insight into his qualifications for the Red Sox job: "Everyone knows that I am crazy. And I have been crazy in my way all of my life and I’ve done things my way all of my life and I have been criticized for it and sometimes things have worked out and sometimes they haven’t. I’ve been broke twice in my life and I don’t ever want to be broke again, and I don’t think I will be. I’ve been fired three times in my life and [Stamford Mayor] Mike [Pavia] said he’ll let me resign rather than fire me if he doesn’t like the job I’m doing."

Caitlin Mazzola (Editor) November 22, 2011 at 05:43 PM
Well Lackey's gone for the year (Tommy John surgery) -- so anyone could get the Red Sox to a World Series title for 2012.
Linda Dooley November 22, 2011 at 11:17 PM
No offense meant to Bobby Valentine, but the past few years his interest has spread to many ventures other than the business of baseball. Baseball has changed since he managed the big leagues. He said it himself, he "would like to learn more about it..." Is this a comment from a man the owners think is experienced? Does Boston just want a "front man" or do they want some one who can manage the Red Sox with a solid knowledge of the way the game is played now? Torey Lovullo is that guy...with a bonus of knowing the players, Boston Press, the fans and the Red Sox organization. Lack of major league experience is what I keep reading... HOGWASH ! Every major league manager had his first year. When does this guy get his? There isn't one candidate that better prepared than Lovullo. He's played for many "Hall of Fame" managers. He has sat on many benches observing managers styles. He's played in Japan and knows their work ethic. Not to mention, bringing minor leagues teams to playoffs. Gotten several "Manager of the Year"awards. He's ready, he's prepared. He maybe the dark horse, but is one horse you don't want to get away! Give him his chance to prove "he's got the goods!"
Christine November 23, 2011 at 01:07 PM
Go for it Bobby. Perhaps it wouldn't hurt to "go back to some of the 'old' basics that worked so well. Anyone can learn new rules, regulations, etc. The real talent is in managing, motivating and unfolding the players & team's talent(s), not molding 'new struture of baseball. of baseball'


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