Mike Lynch of WCVB is reporting that the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a deal with former player and manager Bobby Valentine. No confirmation has been given on the contract yet, and at this point, the deal is said to solely be a verbal agreement.
Valentine will replace Terry Francona, who was fired after Boston’s historic September collapse in which they saw a 10-game lead in the Wild Card slip away to the Rays. The 61 year-old Valentine played from 1969-1979 for the Dodgers, Angels, Padres, Mets, and Mariners.
Following his career concluding, he moved to the bench, where he managed the Texas Rangers from 1985-1992. He would spend a year managing the Chiba Lotte Marines of Japan’s Pacific League in 1995, then came to New York to helm the Mets. Valentine led the Mets to the 2000 World Series against the Yankees, which they lost in five games. His stint with the Mets was his last in the majors, as he returned to Japan to manage the Marines once more from 2004-2009.
The Red Sox had intended to hire Dale Sveum as their manager several weeks ago, though he suddenly agreed to a contract with the Cubs prior to the Red Sox getting an opportunity to select him. Tigers coach Gene Lamont was also said to be involved with the job search.
In his major league managerial career, Valentine is 1,117-1,072. He also has two playoff appearances, one of them being the aforementioned World Series run.
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