Bobby Valentine – Valentine is back with MLB and this time he’ll be managing the Boston Red Sox.
He previously managed Texas Rangers, New York Mets and the Chiba Lotte Marines in Japan.
The Boston Red Sox picked Valentine to be their manager and the sides were working to complete a contract, a person familiar with the decision told the Associated Press on Tuesday night.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no announcement had been made. Several media outlets in Boston, citing anonymous sources, reported earlier in the evening that Bobby would be the team’s manager.
“He’s got it. I just spoke to him a little while ago,” Hall of Fame member Tom Lasorda, who managed him in the minors with the Dodgers, said in a telephone interview with the AP.
The Red Sox had no comment, spokeswoman Pam Ganley said. Valentine would succeed Terry Francona, who left after eight seasons following Boston’s record collapse in September.
Bobby was in Japan this week, where he managed from 2004 to 2009, and said he was about to take off on a flight when he sent the AP a text message at 9:48 p.m. Tuesday saying he had no comment on “the Red Sox situation.”