So just to recap wrapping up yesterday’s post I said the following, “Bottom line, I don’t like Valentine (who’ll likely be named tomorrow since I wrote it). I think he’s smug, and really isn’t the right guy for this job.”
And wouldn’t you know I get home and there it is on ESPN.com that the Sox are set to name Bobby Valentine as the new Sox skipper. It quickly prompted my Facebook post of the following:
I had friends liking the post and commenting almost immediately. Back to my point in a moment but I had to share 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Jon Wallach’s take:
So first to my point.
The team has basically and without questions just lopped off Cherington’s legs. There’s no way Valentine has to go to Ben for anything. He answers to Uncle Larry and only Uncle Larry. Which means not only is Cherington there as Uncle Larry’s puppet he has no true authority.
So from here on out we shall refer to him as Puppet Ben. And so it is written so shall it be.
To Wallach’s point. Why on Earth did they play games for two months? Valentine wasn’t managing anywhere. He was sitting over at ESPN. It’s not like if the team wanted to get John Farrel or Joe Madden and they’re negotiating with the other club behind closed doors in secret. They should have saved all the charades of interviewing all the other guys (Sveum, Alomar, etc) and just hired Valentine when the season ended.
Bottom line on the whole thing, I’m not excited. This team is so very lost right now. Almost as if all the work that Henry’s group had done over the last decade was for not. It’s like they’ve reverted back to the pre-Henry Red Sox. The team may do alright year one with Valentine but there’s zero chance that he keeps the team playing for him/buying in for another four years after that.
Fourth place is a distinct possibility. Be ready for it. Go Diamondbacks.