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Varitek's future with the Red Sox as a retiree looks bright
It's sad but true.
At 69-90, the 2012 Boston Red Sox are ensured to at least tie the worst record in the franchise's history since the 1966 team went 72-90.
The good news is that the next year in 1967 the Sox rediscovered their winning ways to post a 92-70 record and proceed to 14 straight winning seasons.
No doubt the Bobby V experience was a disaster. Clubhouse drama, countless injuries, and a lack of team chemistry did not help, yet ultimately, Valentine just could not handle the job.
Few managers could have.
But let's get one thing straight - Bobby V and his media-hungry persona was no fit for Boston.
Another credence to note is that 2013 would absolutely, definitely, in no way, shape or form be the right time to bring in Varitek to manage the Red Sox.
Some fans may disagree, but let me tell you now: you are wrong.
A man as beloved in Red Sox Nation as Jason Varitek is is not someone the organization should throw into the turmoil of a dejected and dysfunctional clubhouse. Nor should he be someone expected to take the team and turn them around 180 degrees.
He does not yet have the managerial skill set to approach such a daunting task.
Take the facts from Ben Shapiro's article on Masslive.com - the great Joe Torre, who compiled a .605 winning percentage managing the New York Yankees, claiming six pennants and four World Series titles, managed for 14 previous seasons without much success.
He managed the New York Mets for five years, losing 420 games on his way to a .405 winning percentage, the Atlanta Braves for three mediocre seasons (.529 winning percentage) and the St. Louis Cardinals for six years (.498 winning percentage).
Successful managing does not come with the flick of a pen.
It takes hard work, years of experience and many self-reflecting moments.
Soon enough, Varitek may have those additional qualities in his resumé.