Tomorrow marks the two-month anniversary of Terry Francona’s last day on the job and still the Red Sox are without a manager.Unless you're name's Clarence Thomas, you would agree. Or is this a classic non sequitur?
The Clarence Thomas hearings were swifter and tidier than this.
The world champion St. Louis Cardinals needed 12 days to find a manager after Tony La Russa resigned.Look what kind of a manager that will get you. Due diligence is, like, so last century!
That, and a few other points from his November 20th column, are rehashed and folded into a few current updates to get a new column. Is this a new thing, partial recycling?
This was pretty funny:
I reached Lucchino briefly in his office yesterday morning. He said he couldn't talk to me. He said there would be no announcement yesterday.In conclusion, here's some fun stuff on Bobby V, Shank's preferred candidate. It would be interesting to have Valentine around if only for the following dynamic:
I followed that up with, “Do you have any comment on how indecisive this makes you guys look?’’
“Goodbye, Dan,’’ he answered. “Nice to talk to you.’’
His reputation also includes the way he deals with reporters. A reporter who covered him in Texas told me a long time ago that Valentine has a divide-and-conquer strategy by which he pits the writers against each other and divides them into two groups: those who will do his bidding and those who won’t. Guess which group gets Bobby’s leaks?Any guess as to where Shank would end up in this food chain?
They are Bobby’s Boys, and they will write anything to make Valentine happy because he makes them happy by leaking stories to them. Valentine’s interview with the Red Sox provided Bobby’s Boys with their latest opportunity to extol his virtues.
Dirty Laundry II, coming to a Shank column in 2012!
UPDATE AT 8:55PM - It's official!
Logically, as one man accused of presiding over a boozy clubhouse leaves town, one accused of presiding over a gang of loafing potheads enters.
He's been out of MLB for a while. Valentine was shitcanned after the stonery 2002 Mets finished 75-86, and he managed Japan's Chiba Lotte Marines from 2004-2009. He then left Japan and returned to Connecticut, where he opened a sports bar and took a low-level municipal government position. This year, he replaced Joe Morgan on Sunday Night Baseball and turned up all over ESPN.
And now he's the manager of the Sox, per ESPN's Gordon Edes. This is gonna be a fun year in Boston.