As a media dork, it's hard not to like former Texas Rangers manager Bobby Valentine. He is affable, decent, approachable, professional, and good copy.
He is also a horrid fit for Boston, Mass.
The Red Sox are 57-59, and 11.5 games back of first place New York in the AL East. God knows it can't be the players' fault.
The Red Sox were ripe for a slide, and a guy like Bobby V was not the right fit. He wasn't the right fit for that clubhouse, and certainly not that market. In his defense, there may not be a manager alive right now who could survive that team in its present state. The Red Sox may be a harder job than the Yankees.
He is yet another manager being scapegoated by underachieving players. Bobby V can be charming, but with that charm comes a caustic tongue and a serious sharp wit that can be cutting.
These qualities don't make Bobby V a bad guy or a bad manager. He is a bad fit.
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