“I thought I did a hell of a job in Boston,” Valentine said. “I thought what had to be done there was done except for winning a pennant. But Connie Mack wasn’t going to win with that team.”
We wish to note Mack posted a .484 winning percentage in his 50 years managing the Philadelphia Athletics (source).
h/t Yahoo! Sports, quoting from WEEI.
The Red Sox announced this afternoon that manager Bobby Valentine will not return for the second year of his contract in 2013.
It is about goddamn time.
Valentine has said repeatedly over the last month that he thinks he is the best man for the job and that he thought he would be returning in 2013. It is hard to imagine that even he believed the words coming out of his mouth. The Red Sox suffered their worst season in 45 years in 2012 and were an outright embarrassment in August and September. How could any manager, even with the sparse tools at his disposal in the second half of the year, believe that he would keep his job after such poor results?
“If I was there I’d punch you right in the mouth.”
-Bobby V to Glen Ordway during an EEI interview this afternoon.
Related and also showing up this afternoon? This Sports Illustrated cover likely isn’t going to make anyone feel better around Red Sox Nation.
[Quote via WEEI, cover heads up via Sports Grid]