The Boston Red Sox have reached out to Bobby Valentine to discuss the team’s managerial vacancy, according to ESPN Boston.
With today’s news that the Chicago Cubs have hired Dale Sveum to be their new skipper, the Red Sox are the last team to have a vacancy at the manager position in the majors. While the team has already interviewed several candidates, Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington reportedly reached out Valentine about the position just this week.
"We're not dissatisfied with the candidates we have,'' Cherington said to ESPN on Thursday. "We feel like these are unique circumstances here. ... We're very happy with the candidates. Our next manager could very well come from among those candidates, but we're not ruling out adding candidates."
Valentine, now a baseball analyst for ESPN, has not managed in the Major Leagues since 2002 when he was the skipper for the New York Mets. He is best known for leading New York to the World Series in 2000 where they ultimately fell to crosstown rivals, the New York Yankees. Throughout his career he has posted a 581-605 record in 15 seasons between the Mets and the Texas Rangers.
From 2004-2009 Valentine managed Chiba Lotte in Japan. In in seven seasons overseas he posted a 494-450 record.
The 61-year-old Skipper is well known for the enthusiasm he generates into his teams. The Boston Red Sox are coming off of one of the biggest collapses in franchise history after the team failed to make the playoffs when leading in the standings by nine games entering the final month of the season. Many believe the veteran-laden team tuned out previous skipper Terry Francona, and as a result some believe that Valentine might be the perfect fit to bring the Red Sox back to competition.