Bye, Bye, Bobby Valentine

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Well that was fast. Red Sox Manager Bobby Valentine has been fired, the team announced Thursday. It looks like the Red Sox did not waste a moment after ending the abysmal season last night with an abysmal 14-2 loss to the Yankees that solidified their last place standing. The Globe quotes General Manager Ben Cherrington’s statement:

Our 2012 season was disappointing for many reasons. 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.

Valentine sounds similarly gracious in the team’s press release:

I understand this decision. 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.

Let’s hope so. But if it is, it won’t be Valentine’s doing.