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Lasorda on Bobby Valentine: 'He's Got It'

By The Associated Press   |   Wednesday, November 30, 2011
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Nov. 30, 2011

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Bobby Valentine in Osaka in 2007. The Red Sox have reportedly chosen him to be the team's next manager. (U.S. Consulate/public domain)


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

Several media outlets in Boston reported late Nov. 29 that Valentine would be the team's new manager. The Red Sox declined comment, and as of Wednesday morning, no announcement had been made.

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.

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Papelbon To Leave The Sox

By The Associated Press   |   Friday, November 11, 2011
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Nov. 11, 2011

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Everyone's favorite closer with nerves of steel and a theatrical streak is off to entertain Phillies fans, a source says. (Paul Keleher/Wikimedia)

NEW YORK (AP) — A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that the Philadelphia Phillies and closer Jonathan Papelbon have agreed to a $50 million, four-year contract.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity Friday because the deal had not yet been announced.

Papelbon, who turns 30 on Nov. 23, had 219 saves over seven seasons with the Boston Red Sox, including 31 this year, when he made $12 million.

Ryan Madson's agent and Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. were close to a $44 million, four-year deal on Monday, but Amaro told Madson agent Scott Boras the following day that team president Dave Montgomery wouldn't approve the deal.

The agreement was first reported by CSNPhilly.com.
 
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Papelbon's famous dance after the Sox tied up the 2007 American League championship.

No 'I' In Team — But Plenty In Epstein's Farewell

By WGBH News   |   Tuesday, October 25, 2011
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Oct. 25, 2011
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Former Red Sox GM Theo Epstein waves at fans in the happier days of 2007. (Hardnfast/Wikipedia)

 

BOSTON — Does grammar tell the tale of former Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein’s self-interest?
 
Analyzing Epstein’s farewell letter to the fans that ran as a Boston Globe op-ed on October 25, media critic Dan Kennedy counted 66 uses of the words “I,” “me” and “my” — to only six uses of the word “team.”
 
(The figure rises to 25 when you add “our,” “ourselves,” “us” and “we.”)
 
Longtime sportscaster and regular WGBH commentator Bob Lobel thought it was a dead giveaway that Epstein’s departure was motivated by ego.
 
“That is not okay,” he said in an October 25 conversation with Jared Bowen, guest host of "The Emily Rooney Show." Lobel edits his own opinion columns if he feels he’s overused the first-person singular. The fact that Epstein didn’t edit all that “I” business out — “That’s a red flag,” Lobel said.

Then again, the sportscaster has never been a big Theo fan. Lobel believed Epstein's special treatment from Red Sox Nation was circumstantial. 

“Here’s a local kid, Brookline, great family background. You take that away, he’s just another guy. And if he’s just another guy he did not do a good job here and in no way should he be given credit for the two World Series,” Lobel said.
 
The first line of the op-ed is “I grew up in Brookline. . . .” 

But Lobel wished Epstein well in his new job — and was interested to see how he would fare: “Now he’s out in Chicago and this will be the real test. The one good thing he’s got working for him, he’s got a new owner that’s got almost as much money as his old owner.“
 
According to espn.com, the Red Sox team salary total was the third highest in Major League Baseball in 2011 at $160 million. The Cubs came in sixth of 30 teams at $126 million.

Meanwhile, new Sox executive vice president and general manager Ben Cherington said in an interview with radio station WEEI that his top priority is finding a manager to replace Terry Francona, who left two days after the Red Sox completed a September collapse that left them out of the playoffs.

He said he planned to start interviewing "serious candidates" as soon as possible, adding, "We’re close to an initial list of candidates and we’ll probably try to start setting up interviews very soon."

Cherington downplayed reports that some pitchers were drinking in the clubhouse during games. "I don’t believe that anybody should be judged by one moment, one action, one incident of behavior, especially when that behavior was perhaps drinking a beer," he said.

The Knuckler: Tim Wakefield Shares His Story

Thursday, May 5, 2011
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Best Sports Moments Of 2010

Monday, December 20, 2010
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In 2010, Bill Belichick traded Randy Moss and retooled the Patriot's offense.

It's truly is a golden era for Boston sports fans. Despite the lack of a championship in 2010, all four major sports teams are competing at the highest of levels. Here are a few of the most memorable sports moments of the year, both here in Boston and beyond.

Steve Safran, editor of Lost Remote

Red Sox Recovery: After a season full of injuries and exposed weaknesses, the Sox brass have made great pick-ups; Carl Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez, Bobby Jenks, Dan Wheeler among them, For the first time in memory, they've outfoxed the Yanks.
 

Bob Ryan and Greg Lee debate how much better the Red Sox are with Carl Crawford.
(By Alan Miller, Globe Staff)

 

Patriots Coach Bill Belichik: He let whiny Randy Moss leave and actually made the team better by changing its game. It's the equivalent of the Sox dumping Nomar in 2004. Randy wore out his welcome in Minneapolis in two games, and (as of this writing) still hasn't won a game with the Titans.

Boston Sports Fans Win: We've seen the start of espn.com/boston, the rise of 98.5 The Sport Hub radio, and the overhaul of WEEI.com into a sports reporting force all its own.

The Winter Classic: The Bruins hosted hockey at Fenway at the beginning of the year, and the game against the Flyers was great.

That Unbelievable Wimbeldon Match: At the 2010 Wimbleton Championships, John Isner beat the French qualifier Nicolas Mahut in the longest match in tennis history. The final final tiebreaker, 70-68, happened after 11 hours over the course of three days.

Shaq Comes To Boston: He instantly becomes fixture in the city by being so accessible.

Shaquille O'Neal, in tie and tails, makes his conducting debut leading
the Boston Pops Orchestra and Tanglewood Festival Chorus in "Sleigh Ride."


The Stolen No Hitter: Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga had a perfect game stolen from him on what should have been the final out, due to a bad call by umpire Jim Joyce. Galarraga took it in stride, and Joyce admitted he blew the call.

The Fighter: WCVB's Bob Halloran wrote the book upon which the movie The Fighter is based, giving boxer Micky Ward (and Boston) major national attention.

The Vancouver Olympics: Remember them? With the torch lighting fiasco? Name one winner apart from Lindsay Vonn... I dare you.

"The Decision": LeBron James's announcement show on ESPN that showed bad taste on just so many levels.

Brett Favre: Favre's time with the Minnesota Vikings is just sad. It's like seeing Babe Ruth in his Boston Braves uniform. Oh, and the sexting. The Minneapolis Dome Collapse is a perfect metaphor for Favre.

Bob Lobel, The Emily Rooney Show's Monday Morning Quaterback contributor

Tiger Woods: The one and only national story. After his transgressions, he goes winless in 2010

Lebron James and "The Decision" on ESPN


Ending weeks of silence and drama, LeBron James said that he decided to join the Miami Heat and leave the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Michael Vick returns to chants of MVP. This is the dilemma of the year. Forgive? Or not forgive.

George Steinbrenner dies. Yankees front office loses some direction including a clunky contract negotiation with face of the franchise Derek Jeter.

Pats Trade Randy Moss and re-tool offense. Oh by the way they get a 3rd round pick when they gave up a 4th rounder to get him.

Bruins Lose Game 7 at home after leading 3 games to none and leading 3 to nothing in that 7th game.

Celtics Lose Game 7 of the NBA Finals to the Lakers after leading in the 4th quarter.

Red Sox Spend Millions despite buying premier league soccer team in Liverpool.

Believe Again! Ken Burns revisits Baseball

Monday, September 20, 2010
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