Red Sox Hire Bobby Valentine as Manager

(AP) –   A person familiar with the decision says the Boston Red Sox have picked Bobby Valentine to be their next manager and were working to complete a contract.

No announcement had been made. Several media outlets in Boston reported earlier in the evening that Valentine would be the team’s new manager. The Red Sox declined comment. But the word was out around baseball. As Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda, who managed Valentine in the minors, told the AP: “He’s got it. I just spoke to him a little while ago.”

Valentine was in Japan this week, where he managed from 2004-09. He previously managed the New York Mets and Texas Rangers. He had been working as a baseball analyst for ESPN.

Source: Associated Press