In May: Manager of the Year? Despite all the scuffling, there was actually some early talk that Valentine was doing a good enough job to merit consideration for manager of the year. By May 30 the Red Sox were 26-24 and had taken three straight games from the Tigers. The team looked to be turning a corner despite early-season injuries. The Sox have spun their wheels since, though the injury situation has worsened, and Valentine has gotten credit for getting the most out of his bullpen.