In response to georom4's comment:
The powers that be spouting the conventional wisdom that Valentine was a disaster from the start have decided that an essentially last-place manager who was part of the train-wreck culture that lingers til this day like a bad penny is the BEST CHOICE to manage the team in 2013....The Sox knew that Valentine would be a disaster...Really? I did hear that the guy was not a manager for many years, that he could be colorful, and that he was pretty smart with the x's and o's, but until recently I never heard he was going to be a disaster. I never realized that the guy who coached in Japan and learned to respect their Asian culture and their players was an egomaniac who didnt care about what other people thought. Maybe I am hypersentsitive but when I think a GM takes over 2 months to find a replacement for a totally discredited manager like Francona who made a mockery out of the team concept is maybe not exactly on the ball. Furthermore, I have never heard of any GM reassuring any player on any team that the new manager would NOT be someone they didnt approve of. I would think after quitting like the Sox team did in 2011, they would've been told to shut up and come to camp in shape but I guess I just dont understand the modern team dynamics that others seem to. The final thing that makes me wonder about our GM/leadership is hiring a guy to manage but telling him who his coaches are. My guess this was done to hedge their bets with those players who felt slighted that they could not rubberstamp their next manager (Yes pedey I'm looking at you). Speaking of malcontents, until this season, I has never heard of players calling out managers, demanding meetings with owners, and texting the GM to complain about the coaching....either valentine was a monster or the inmates were use to running the asylum. This morning I read that our old pitching coach is the top candidate for 2013 manager. He is more like Francona and that's what we need. This is the samer brainthrust that still thinks that not hiring the Cubbie manager who lost over a 100 games was the catch the got away becausehe says the right things....All this reaffirms to me that this organization is more about the $$$ and pr than winning. They didn't like losing bit what they really hated was being exposed for the incompetent frauds they are. The secrecy of injury reports, the senseless shuffling of players from pawtucket to Boston, the refusal to let rookies make a mark and instead rely on journeyman retreads because they brass doesnt want to admit they blew it (Bailey, melacon, punto) were all exposed by valentine by simply NOT towing the party line. In short Valentine hurt their brand, and that pains Henry, LL, and Ben more than anything. 2012 was all about the anniversary, not winning. Any chump with a bit of baseball knowledge (like me) could have told the team that our pitchers were lousy, our team heartless, and without depth -
So what is the solution? Hire someone who is a terrible manager (isnt that the argument against Valentine - His record???) but who can spout the party line and will make the whiny babies like Pedroia feel better. The conventional bootlicking wisdom? Resign Cody Ross and Papi...like these guys at this point will turn this franchise around....we are going to committ more money to a RF and DH who are essentially platoon./part time players. The only thing that makes me hopeful was the big trade - but I dont think this signals a new shift in priorities - not after hearing all this John Farrell nonsense...back to the future I guess. Wake me this hot stove when we let papi walk, make a trade for an ace (which we sorely need) get a real shortstop, and tell pedroia to grow up and shut up...
Good post. Right on target.