September 17, 2012; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine (25) reacts in the dugout against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE
While Boston Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington offered skipper Bobby Valentine a vote of confidence in early August, no one in baseball sees him returning with the club for a second season, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com:
Valentine was only a split decision to start, and now no one in baseball sees him returning for a second season. GM Ben Cherington, who wanted Dale Sveum (or maybe anyone else), said in early August that Valentine would remain the manager in what seemed like a typical vote of confidence, but when team owner John Henry and club president Larry Lucchino – the original Valentine supporters – changed the verbiage ever so slightly a couple weeks later, saying only that Valentine would manager through this season, that appeared to be a fairly clear signal he'd be fired at year's end.
Heyman notes that Valentine never seemed to have the "full support of upper management," and says "everyone in baseball seems sure" he is a goner.
Despite winning two games in a row, the Red Sox entered the day with an overall record of 68-81, putting them in fourth place in the American League East and 16.5 games behind the division-leading New York Yankees.
Will Valentine be back for a second season with the Red Sox?