Beleaguered. Embattled. Lame-duck.
All of these terms could have been used to describe Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine. We can now add a new (and final) one to the list: “former.”
After a disaster of a season both on and off the field, the Boston Red Sox have mercifully fired Valentine and will now set about finding his replacement, according to the team's Twitter feed.
There is no shortage of candidates throughout MLB, as names from both within and outside the Sox organization will now be bandied about in an effort to identify the team’s 45th manager. They range from young and untested to old and experienced, and the Sox will likely not discriminate in trying to find the best fit.
GM Ben Cherington has already said that he wants to move quickly on a new manager, telling Boston radio station WEEI last week that he “would like to spend less time on [the manager search] this offseason” than last year.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at eight prime candidates for the job that Cherington will likely look to begin filling tomorrow.