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No surprise: Lasorda endorses Valentine for Sox job

Posted by Nick Cafardo, Globe Staff  November 21, 2011 03:38 PM

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Its no surprise that Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda endorses Bobby Valentine for the Red Sox job. After all, hes known Valentine since he was a hotshot 17-year-old centerfielder in rookie ball.

But the long-time Dodgers manager also thinks the Red Sox wont find a better candidate to manage their team.

Who are you going to find that has better qualifications than Bobby? Nobody. You need an experienced manager up there. You got guys eating chicken, drinking beer in the clubhouse and in the dugout? That wont happen with Bobby there. Hes one of the best managers Ive seen manage in big leagues. He game plans better than anyone Ive ever been around, Lasorda said.

He would go good up there with those Italians, kidded Lasorda.

And what hell also do is hell be out there in community talking about the Red Sox all the time. Its a perfect fit. I feel that John Henry and Larry Lucchino are two dear friends of mine, and they deserve to have someone like Bobby to manage their team, Lasorda said.

Lasorda said he always tried to get Valentine to manage the Dodgers but the one time we really had a chance, he was over there in Japan and he was very successful and we couldnt get to him.

Bobby is exciting, Lasorda. Hell never be dull. Hell speak his mind. And I think thats what the players and the fans need up there.

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