BASEBALL — 04 October 2012

Boston Red Sox Manager Bobby Valentine was fired on Thursday after one season with the organization.

Valentine finished the season with a record of 69-93 with a team that was stricken with injuries and traded away some of its best players, and also some of its largest salaries.

“Our 2012 season was disappointing for many reasons,” Boston Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said. “No single issue is the reason, and no single individual is to blame. We’ve been making personnel changes since August, and we will continue to do so as we build a contending club. With an historic number of injuries, Bobby was dealt a difficult hand. He did the best he could under seriously adverse circumstances, and I am thankful to him.”

Bobby Valentine is the fifth different manager since 1961 to last one season or less after managing 2,000+ games before taking the job.

“I understand this decision,” Bobby Valentine said.  “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.

“It was a privilege to be part of the 100 year anniversary of Fenway Park and an honor to be in uniform with such great players and coaches.  My best to the organization.  I’m sure next year will be a turnaround year.”

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