November 29, 2011
Looks we can finally — and thankfully — tie a bow on this one, folks. After a search that seemed like it would never end, numerous outlets are reporting that the Boston Red Sox have settled on Bobby Valentine as the team's next manager. It's Valentine's third top gig in the major leagues, but first since he was fired by the New York Mets in 2002.
I'll be square with you here. I don't have much confidence that GM Ben Cherington's first major move will work out. The 61-year-old Valentine is a divisive personality — you either love him or you hate him — and I'm not sure how an already controversial clubhouse is going to come together with his cult of personality being thrown into the mix.
Then again, perhaps that's exactly what this Red Sox team will need next spring as Valentine's presence and personality can drag a decent amount of attention away from the fried chicken 'n video game collapse of 2011. He'll be leading a team that will presumably be healthier than the one Terry Francona had last season and he's not taking over a huge rebuilding job as the team still won 90 games last season.
So will this end in triumph or tears? I honestly have no idea. But as both a baseball blogger and someone who didn't want to hear Valentine talk about himself on ESPN "Sunday Night Baseball" any longer, I'm glad the Red Sox are opting for a headline maker —rather than a faceless steward.
What do you think? Do you, uh, heart this move?