Bobby Valentine Will Not Be Back as Red Sox Manager for 2013

Paul Francis Sullivan@@sullybaseballChief Writer IOctober 4, 2012

BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 25:  Bobby Valentine #25 of the Boston Red Sox gestures toward the pitcher's mound in the seventh inning against the Kansas City Royals at Fenway Park on August 25, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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According to the Red Sox official Twitter feed, Bobby Valentine has been relieved of his duties as manager of the Boston Red Sox.

That is a polite way of saying he was fired.

The only question was why did it take this long? It was clear by midseason that this was a marriage that was not working. He lost control of the team right out of spring training and put the worst team on the field that the Red Sox have had since before the franchise revival in 1967.

If they were going to fire Bobby Valentine less than 12 hours after the season ended, why not fire him during the season when the team was playing meaningful games?

Perhaps not meaningful for themselves but for other clubs. The Red Sox lost 12 of their last 13 games. They won seven games in September. Their combined August, September and October record was 16-42. For those fans of run differential, they were -109 in that stretch.

The awful season was not all Bobby Valentine's fault, but he was a symptom. And when the Red Sox found a gullible trade partner with the Los Angeles Dodgers to dump their awful contracts, they should have completed the house cleaning.

That trade was an admission of mistakes. Bringing in an interim manager at that point would have sent a clear message to the fans that the page is indeed turning in Boston.

Instead baseball was treated to a lackluster and pathetic performance down the stretch, culminated in the Red Sox being swept by the Orioles and Yankees and not putting up much of a fight in the process.

The Red Sox' blowout losses on Monday and Wednesday by a combined score of 24-4 in games that had division title ramifications were a sad but appropriate ending to the worst Red Sox season in generations.

The Bobby Valentine experiment was a disaster. It was from the start. It is now over. There was no need for it to last this long.

Now Ben Cherington, Red Sox general manager, will conduct the search for a new skipper since Larry Lucchino's guy made fans pine for the days of Grady Little and Don Zimmer.

The new guy is actually coming into a wonderful situation.

Be better than Bobby Valentine. The bar is not that high.