Bobby Valentine Fired; Do You Agree With the Call?

The Boston Red Sox fired Valentine after an unsuccessful year at Fenway Park.

The Boston Red Sox have fired manager Bobby Valentine after the team experienced the worst season in decades.

In fact, the 69-93 record was the team’s worst since 1965 and the first time the team has finished last in the American League East in more than a decade.

Valentine’s one season at Fenway Park was full of losses and run-ins with players. Valentine, who led the New York Mets to the World Series in 2000, followed Terry Francona, a fan favorite who was dismissed a year ago after taking the team to two World Series titles.

We want to hear from you: Do you agree with the call? Was Valentine to blame for this year's horrible record? Who or what kind of manager would you like to see at Fenway Park? 

Chris L. October 04, 2012 at 05:16 PM
As a team, the Sox weren't headed in the direction we wanted them to be, and the man who came in with so much promise in regards to turning things around, didn't work out.
Dan B. October 04, 2012 at 05:31 PM
I guess Elizabeth Warren's wishes weren't granted. If you were on the fence about voting for her in the first place, her saying Bobby V. deserved another year after he ran the team into the ground should give anyone reason enough to vote for Scott Brown!
Joe Kane October 04, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Yup!! Never should have brought him in in the first place!! Bring in John Farrell.
Mike October 04, 2012 at 06:58 PM
It's sad how much of the blame Bobby V will take on his way out when realistically he was doomed from the start. I'd like to see anyone try to succeed when you're put on a team with a bunch of overpaid prima donnas, a coaching staff you didn't choose, a manager that didn't even want you there (remember, Cherington was overruled when he wanted to take Dale Sveum), pressure from management to go against his wishes on certain players (Daniel Bard as a starter), and then a crazy number of injuries. The thing people won't realize before blaming Bobby is Bobby was right on just about everything he predicted: Bard wouldn't be a good started, Doubront would become and extremely good starter, Youk was a bum, and Beckett is a bum. Sure, at the end of the day, it's a manger's job to manage, and he didn't do that to the level Boston expects, but it's tough to be brought into a situation that's already crumbling and save it in a year.
TBH October 04, 2012 at 07:03 PM
Yes, yes, yes...everyone should definitely base their voting preference on an inane question about a local sports team. Perfectly logical.
marlborough man October 04, 2012 at 07:20 PM
They are twins very mentally out in left field.
Kaitlin Maud October 04, 2012 at 07:21 PM
YES. Agreed.
pokerboy October 04, 2012 at 08:58 PM
Brady and Manning are facing off (sorry NHL) this Sunday. Why are we even talking Red Sox ??
Madasahaddock October 04, 2012 at 09:33 PM
who cares? Losers!
Caitlin K. October 05, 2012 at 02:48 AM
Should Bobby V. have been fired? He never should have been hired in the first place! He was never the right fit for the team that was already assembled and the media frenzy that exists in Boston. Going forward another year would not have been much better--even though some of the players who were the biggest problem are gone, there's no way to undo the damage from this season and get a clean slate. That said, a big part of the problem with this season was definitely the attitude of the some of the big name players on the team--Tito had a problem with them, too, if we all remember. Maybe between the combination of the Dodgers trade and Bobby V's departure, we can get some of the clubhouse chemistry back to where it should be. Seeing the 2004 team return to Fenway reminded me how guys are supposed to interact with each other--they had fun, but they also really worked as a group to get through the grind of the season. In 2013, the Sox need a veteran who will be able to speak up if a someone's attitude is not in line, and a manager who is respected by at least most of the players. In 2012, the Sox didn't have either, and coupled with injuries and underperforming starters, were doomed for 162 games.
Wiff Peterson October 05, 2012 at 02:19 PM
I think Cherington and the owners share more responsibility than Bobbie V. On the other hand I don't think our manager did a great job. This year was such a train wreck it's clear the organization itself needs a real housecleaning and complete revamp of management practices. Firing the manager will have little to no effect given the scope of their problems.
Ray Fellows October 05, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Valentine was the wrong man for the job from the beginning. Ownership wanted a company man at the helm. He's lost everywhere he has coached. Valentine might have held onto his job if he had not got beaten so badly by the Yankees. Ownership should just admit their mistakes and should be begging Tito to come back.
George Bergstrom October 05, 2012 at 07:06 PM
He was set up to fail from the beginning. Some in upper mgt.didn't want him there. The coaches didn't like or respect him. Then you have all the Diva ,over paid players that didn't respect him. You don't have to like someone in his position,but you have to respect him.The players aren't setting the right example for thr kids.The attituse of the Red Sox needs to implode,thus changing the tainted chemistry that exists.
JPC October 06, 2012 at 05:03 AM
Have never been a Valentine fan and didn't like the choice when they brought him here. Good riddence!


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