The Bobby Valentine era ended quickly last night. After being crushed (and swept) by the rival New York Yankees, the Boston Red Sox’ front office did not hesitate to inform their manager that he would not be back in 2013.
It was a move that everybody saw coming. Valentine’s tenure was a disaster. The manager was riddled with some awful luck with injuries, never once getting to field the team he expected he would have when he was hired. Yet Valentine deserves his share of the blame as well: The supposedly media-savvy manager who supposedly ran a tight ship was neither of those things.
A truly media-savvy manager would have been better equipped to deal with Boston’s thirst for constant updates on their ballclub. This is, after all, a city that places a higher emotional investment in baseball than most.
A real disciplinarian would not have allowed so many anonymous sources to leak so much negative information throughout the regular season. Valentine never seemed in control in Boston.
So the real question concerns Valentine’s replacement. Many names have been mentioned, though Toronto Blue Jays manager John Ferrell seems to be the leader in the clubhouse. Here’s a look at a few outlier candidates that may turn out to be fantastic fits with Boston.