Once upon a time, Bobby Valentine was one of the top managers in all of Major League Baseball leading the New York Mets to great success, including a World Series appearance against the New York Yankees in 2000.
Now Valentine is back and he is going to be in even closer contention with the Yankees as he will be the manager of the Boston Red Sox.
At 61, there are high expectations for Valentine in Boston. Even though he has not managed in two years (he managed in Japan for the Chiba Lotte Marines after he parted ways with the Mets) Valentine has remained close to the sport as an analyst for ESPN.
He is expected to come to Boston tomorrow and a news conference is expected by the end of the week.
After such a historic collapse at the end of the season that saw Boston go from arguably the best team in the league to out of the playoffs, the Red Sox are in desperate need of a managerial overhaul. That started with the parting of ways with Terry Francona and it is now complete with the arrival of Bobby Valentine.