Terry Francona was the proper choice at the time in 2004 because he’d work cheap; he wasn’t Grady Little; he’d do what he was told by the front office; and he was agreeable to Curt Schilling, whom they were trying to convince to accept a trade from the Diamondbacks to the Red Sox.
The “middle-manager” worked.
If you examine some of the big name, splashy hirings of established managers, their appropriateness is based on circumstances.
Lou Piniella was a failure for the Devil Rays because they didn’t have any players. The last thing a rebuilding team needs is a cranky old man who wants to win immediately.
Buck Showalter is adept at building and teaching, making him a good fit for the Orioles.
The Marlins are intent on contending and drawing interest with big personalities—hence, Ozzie Guillen.
The Red Sox current roster dynamic is static so the only thing they could do was to bring in the opposite to Francona and keep the same group together. That means Valentine.
“Sources” saying that Red Sox players are sending each other text messages with complaints about Bobby Valentine sounds like something from a teenage girl’s Facebook page complete with the frowny face.
It’s a non-story for webhits and attention.
If it’s true, who cares what Josh Beckett and the rest of them think?
They had a manager who was hands off and left them alone and they somehow found a way to blow a playoff spot and get the manager fired.
Now they have to deal with Valentine.
What are they going to do? Not play?
They made this mess and now they have to deal with the fallout.
And that fallout is Valentine.