While it doesn’t come as much of a surprise, it is being reported that the Boston Red Sox plan on firing manager Bobby Valentine immediately following the conclusion of the season. Many close to the situation believe that Valentine will be removed from his duties as soon as Thursday or Friday.
Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington was reached out to for comment on the situation but he simply replied with a “no comment.”
The Red Sox have followed up last year’s disappointing 7-20 run in September with an equally awful run this season. Boston is 7-21 during September this season and is being outscored 147-83. Valentine has never gelled with the team and their performance on the diamond demonstrates that.
Valentine has one year remaining on the two-year deal he signed entering the season but he will not see that contract play out.
As for potential replacements for the Red Sox, many believe Toronto Blue Jays manager John Farrell is very high on the team’s wish list. Farrell is a former Red Sox pitching coach and has the Blue Jays sitting three games ahead of the Red Sox in the AL East.
Valentine had a tough task in following Terry Francona in Boston but he did himself no favors and managed to put together as horrendous of a season as you could imagine. It is best for both sides to move on now.