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Boston to choose between Valentine and Lamont?

Posted on: November 25, 2011 2:25 pm
Edited on: November 25, 2011 2:39 pm
 


By C. Trent Rosecrans


The Red Sox may be down to Bobby Valentine and Gene Lamont as their next manager with an announcement coming next week, according to multiple reports out of Boston.

Both Valentine and Lamont have met with the Red Sox ownership group, while Toronto first base coach Torey Lovullo has not. Alex Speier of WEEI.com reports the team will do no more interviews, so it appears the team is down to the two.

Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe cites sources as saying Valentine is "really excited" about the possibility of managing the Red Sox -- and certainly the Boston media is really excited about covering the outspoken Valentine, probably more than Lamont, who is perceived to be more milquetoast than Valentine.

Lamont, easily the underdog, does have eight years of managing under his belt. The 64-year-old managed the White Sox from 1992-95, winning a division title and the Manager of the Year award in 1993. Lamont's White Sox were in first place in 1994 when MLB went on strike. He also managed the Pirates from 1997-2000, leading the Pirates to their best record (79-83 in 1997) during the franchise's current streak of 19 consecutive losing seasons. He's been on Jim Leyland's staff in Detroit since 2006.

Valentine is currently an announcer on ESPN and last managed in the big leagues in 2002. In 15 seasons with the Rangers and Mets, valentine has a 1,117-1,072 record, leading the Mets to the World Series in 2000. He also done two stints as a manager in Japan, winning the 2005 Japan Series with the Chiba Lotte Marines.

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Comments

Since: Nov 25, 2008
Posted on: November 28, 2011 8:14 pm
 

Boston to choose between Valentine and Lamont?

Where is Grady Little when you need him?



Since: Oct 13, 2008
Posted on: November 28, 2011 3:04 pm
 

Boston to choose between Valentine and Lamont?

proven winners?  have you reviewed their career win-loss records lately?  BV had one good year with the Mets after how many seasons as a big league manager?  you are nuts buddy!



Since: Sep 11, 2007
Posted on: November 28, 2011 2:42 pm
 

Boston to choose between Valentine and Lamont?

Both of these guys are proven winners.  I'll be happy (to taunt the idiots out there doubting this choice--after the Red Sox win the World Series next year) with either one of them.



Since: Aug 3, 2008
Posted on: November 27, 2011 2:31 pm
 

Boston to choose between Valentine and Lamont?

Wow the Red Sox are scrapping the bottom of the barrel with these two guys!

Bobby Valentine will bring lots of headlines and controversy to Boston.&nb
sp; Where Francona put out fires, Bobby will start them.  Sometimes just because he can.  It should be entertaining, sometimes even for Red Sox fans.  I wouldn't want him managing my team though.



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Posted on: November 27, 2011 12:32 pm
 

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Since: Aug 17, 2007
Posted on: November 27, 2011 12:04 pm
 

Boston to choose between Valentine and Lamont?

Wow the Red Sox are scrapping the bottom of the barrel with these two guys! There has to be better out there than these clowns!



Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: November 27, 2011 2:33 am
 

Boston to choose between Valentine and Lamont?

Gene Lamont ? Yhe Montreal Expos Manager?



Since: Sep 1, 2011
Posted on: November 26, 2011 10:48 pm
 

Boston to choose between Valentine and Lamont?

The Mets never should have gotten rid of Bobby V. Look at the shambles they have as a team.
He is great knows his stuff and knows how to win.



Since: Mar 21, 2009
Posted on: November 26, 2011 10:10 pm
 

Boston to choose between Valentine and Lamont?

Lamont can't master the 3rd base coach role(needs huge H.Caray glasses!!) should be removed from his current role in Detroit but NOT promoted to a Skipper! Bench coach at best, at least Valentine has won in a big city and could easily handle the press.



Since: Nov 12, 2011
Posted on: November 26, 2011 9:00 pm
 

Boston to choose between Valentine and Lamont?

So Boston has narrowed it down to a couple of retreads.  Do they think they can hire anyone and automatically win with their hefty payroll/talent?  I thought Steinbrenner died but apparently his soul has possessed the Red Sox management.


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