(NEW YORK) — It may not be much of a surprise, but it is official: the Boston Red Sox have fired manager Bobby Valentine after just one season.
Under Valentine, the team went just 69-93, which was the Red Sox worst record since 1965. Valentine was supposed to usher in a new era of Red Sox baseball after the team fired former manager Terry Francona after the team’s collapse in the final month of the 2011 season.
The turnaround never happened. The team started out 4-10 and didn’t reach .500 until after Memorial Day.
“Our 2012 season was disappointing for many reasons,” general manager Ben Cherrington said. “No single issue is the reason, and no single individual is to blame. …With an historic number of injuries, Bobby was dealt a difficult hand. He did the best he could under seriously adverse situations, and I am thankful to him.”
Valentine hadn’t managed in the Majors in 10 years, but did manage in Japan for seven years and even won the championship in 2005. Despite his managerial success, Valentine often clashed with Red Sox players, media, as well as fans.
ESPN is reporting that the Red Sox are targeting current Blue Jays manager John Farrell to be the team’s next manager.
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