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08:19 AM ET 11.18 | According to a team source, Bobby Valentine has reportedly been a candidate for the Red Sox manager job since early in the search process. Valentine was one of the first people interviewed by general manager Ben Cherington, has met with team president and CEO Larry Lucchino, and is one of a handful of remaining candidates, according to the source, who stressed Cherington and the owners are on the same page in the search. There is still at least one other serious candidate for the job whose identity is unknown, the source said. Blue Jays first base coach Torey Lovullo, Indians bench coach Sandy Alomar Jr. and Tigers third base coach Gene Lamont all are expected to receive second interviews, according to the source.

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November 18, 2011  08:21 AM ET

I believe he eventually will manage again, not with the Redsox but eventually with someone.

November 18, 2011  08:24 AM ET

Makes you wonder if the Red Sox pursuit of Sveum was a ploy to increase the compensation due from the Cub's hire of Epstein; now that Epstein has gone and hired their "first choice" for manager.

November 18, 2011  08:34 AM ET

All those years of managing in Japan will pay off now.

November 18, 2011  08:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

All those years of managing in Japan will pay off now.

He's going to resurrect Dice-K?

November 18, 2011  08:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

He's going to resurrect Dice-K?

It's amuzing how once Dice-K was considered a pitching savant.

November 18, 2011  08:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Makes you wonder if the Red Sox pursuit of Sveum was a ploy to increase the compensation due from the Cub's hire of Epstein; now that Epstein has gone and hired their "first choice" for manager.

Word is Cherington wanted Svuem, but Lucchino didn't. Larry wants Valentine, so my guess is, if Bobby wants the job he'll get it.

November 18, 2011  09:00 AM ET

....bobby v = all hat, no cattle....should go back to japan....

November 18, 2011  09:16 AM ET

Morning peeps....Is Barkeep around....I know its early but after last night Jets game I need a Beam and a beer early today....

November 18, 2011  09:21 AM ET

How 'bout those Jets? What an offense!

<snicker>

November 18, 2011  09:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

It's amuzing how once Dice-K was considered a pitching savant.

Dice-K was something special in Japan. And like most such pitchers, he came over here and delivered 2 solid years. He was awesome in 2007, and part of the reason Boston got their second ring in the 21st century.

The only hype involved was the gyroball. While it's a unique pitch, it's not what you call devastating. Furthermore... Dice-K didn't throw it. But that didn't stop the hype.

November 18, 2011  09:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I believe he eventually will manage again, not with the Redsox but eventually with someone.

I think you're right.

Nothing wrong with interviewing more candidates. You don't want to short-change your due diligence.

November 18, 2011  09:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Dice-K was something special in Japan. And like most such pitchers, he came over here and delivered 2 solid years. He was awesome in 2007, and part of the reason Boston got their second ring in the 21st century.The only hype involved was the gyroball. While it's a unique pitch, it's not what you call devastating. Furthermore... Dice-K didn't throw it. But that didn't stop the hype.

I agree that he was good. His ability to get in lots of trouble by loading the bases and getting right out of it was very entertaining. The "3rd year wall" for Japanese pitchers is invisible but definitely exsists.

November 18, 2011  09:40 AM ET

Sure to be very entertaining and virtually guaranteed to end terribly..... I'm all for it.

November 18, 2011  09:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Word is Cherington wanted Svuem, but Lucchino didn't. Larry wants Valentine, so my guess is, if Bobby wants the job he'll get it.

I think you are correct and not a surprise to anyone.

November 18, 2011  09:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

I think you're right.Nothing wrong with interviewing more candidates. You don't want to short-change your due diligence.

True and one writer raised the point on Thursday that Francona wasn't hired until December and that worked out pretty well. Best to make the right decision, not neccesarily the quickest decision.

November 18, 2011  09:43 AM ET

Big Papi just signed with Toronto.

November 18, 2011  09:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Big Papi just signed with Toronto.

No way...

November 18, 2011  10:02 AM ET

Go with Alomar.

November 18, 2011  10:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Big Papi just signed with Toronto.

I don't see it on any sports sites.

 
November 18, 2011  10:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Makes you wonder if the Red Sox pursuit of Sveum was a ploy to increase the compensation due from the Cub's hire of Epstein; now that Epstein has gone and hired their "first choice" for manager.

I think they were trying to stick it to Theo and raise the price for Sveum. Personally, I would have been disappointed if they would have hired the guy. He was an inept 3rd base coach who would send guys in and be out by 10 feet.

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