Red Sox fire Valentine after woeful season
BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox thought Bobby Valentine would restore order to a coddled clubhouse that disintegrated during the 2011 pennant race.
Instead, he only caused more problems.
The brash and supremely confident manager was fired Thursday, the day after the finale of a season beset with internal sniping and far too many losses. Valentine went 69-93 in his only year in Boston, the ballclub's worst in almost 50 years.
“I understand this decision,” Valentine said in a statement released by the team. “This year in Boston has been an incredible experience for me, but I am as disappointed in the results as are ownership and the great fans of Red Sox Nation. ... I'm sure next year will be a turnaround year.”
A baseball savant who won the NL pennant with the New York Mets and won it all in Japan, Valentine was brought in after two-time World Series champion Terry Francona lost control of the clubhouse during an unprecedented September collapse.
But the players who took advantage of Francona's hands-off approach to gorge on fried chicken and beer during games bristled at Valentine's abrasive style.
The team's top target is current Toronto manager and former Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell.
Giants uncertain about rotation
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Phillies add Sandberg to coaching staff
The Philadelphia Phillies promoted Hall of Fame second baseman Ryne Sandberg to their coaching staff as third-base coach and infield instructor. Sandberg had spent the past two seasons managing Philadelphia's Triple-A affiliate, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
Gonzalez wins Warren Spahn Award
Washington Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez won the Warren Spahn Award in a tiebreaker over Tampa Bay's David Price.
The award is given to the top left-handed pitcher in the major leagues using a formula based on wins, strikeouts and ERA.
Minn. lawmakers seek Gehrig's records
Some Minnesota lawmakers are looking to force the release of Lou Gehrig's medical records, saying they might provide insight into whether the Yankees star died of the disease that now bears his name or from repetitive head trauma.
Their effort comes despite opposition from Mayo Clinic, which holds the records, and skepticism from experts that the records would prove anything.
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