If there were a perfect time for the Boston Red Sox to fire beleaguered manager Bobby Valentine, now would be it.
UPDATE: Monday, Sept. 3 at 10:00 a.m. ET
It seems that Bobby Valentine’s job is safe—for now.
Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston reported that team owner John Henry would not be firing his manager during the trip to Seattle. The news came via a direct e-mail from Henry.
A source close to the team once again confirmed that Valentine’s job status wouldn’t be a topic of discussion until the merciful end of the 2012 season.
When GM Ben Cherington was asked why he had flown out to the state of Washington, he e-mailed back, “Nothing going on other than a bad losing streak.”
We’ll keep you updated with what the Red Sox brass actually have planned during their time in Seattle when more information is available.
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The Red Sox are in the midst of being demoralized up and down the West Coast, losing 10 of their past 13 games on the trip and dropping to 62-73 overall as of Monday morning.
It’s clear that Bobby V has lost this team and simply doesn’t have what it takes to manage the BoSox on a daily basis. The club’s brass may feel the same way, according to Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald.
Owner John Henry and general manager Ben Cherington have reportedly headed out to Seattle to meet the struggling squad, where they begin the first of a three-game series versus the Mariners at 4:10 p.m. ET on Monday.
Fans hoping that this is the end of Valentine’s tumultuous tenure are going to have to wait a bit longer to find out exactly what Red Sox management has planned for this westward trip.
Silverman writes, “Anything is possible now, from the dismissal of manager Bobby Valentine down to something as simple as just wanting to show support to Valentine and a team that is crumbling before everyone’s eyes.”
It’s doubtful that Henry and Cherington would fly the 3,000-plus miles from Boston to Seattle in order to “show support” for their team, and it would greatly behoove the franchise to get rid of the manager that has been nothing but a lightning rod for controversy and proven time and time again unfit to run the ballclub.
Bleacher Report will keep you updated with the latest news, information, updates, opinions and analysis on Valentine’s fate with the Red Sox leading up to and after the meeting in Seattle.