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Can Cherington work with Valentine?

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08:13 AM ET 11.22 | After the Cubs and Cards have made their hires, the question remains in Boston for Ben Cherington. Can he work with Bobby Valentine? If the answer is yes, the Red Sox have their next manager. Valentine's baseball acumen is undeniable, his passion for the game unassailable. In 1986, he steered a Texas Rangers team that lost 99 games one season earlier to an 87-win season. In seven years at the helm of the New York Mets, he oversaw six winning seasons, two playoff appearances and one National League pennant. ... But if the answer is no, Cherington has a decision to make. He repeatedly has referred to the importance of the GM-manager relationship, something he said he "talked a fair amount about" with Valentine.

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November 22, 2011  08:32 AM ET

He will if Larry tells him to.

November 22, 2011  09:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

He will if Larry tells him to.

I hope Ben doesn't have to look over his shoulder the whole time he's "running" the club. I'd like to see him make a major transaction at some point. Re-sign someone, fire someone, make a trade, sign a free-agent, hire a coach...etc, just do something! This winter's hot stove is rather cold at the moment.

November 22, 2011  09:32 AM ET

He may not have a choice.

November 22, 2011  09:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

He will if Larry tells him to.

I agree Lucchino will make the final decisions on most matters like the George Steinbrenner used to.

November 22, 2011  09:48 AM ET

Lucchino and Valentine are good buddies. Cherington appearsd to be a tough spot already, and he's only had the joba few months.

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November 22, 2011  10:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Lucchino and Valentine are good buddies. Cherington appearsd to be a tough spot already, and he's only had the joba few months.

Yeah, he certainly is in a tough spot. I hope they get something worthwhile for Epstein. Cherington just doesn't ooze confidence at the moment.

November 22, 2011  10:08 AM ET

Can anyone work with the Bosox front office ????

November 22, 2011  10:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Can anyone work with the Bosox front office ????

Boston has a front office. I thought it was always Theo, Henry and a Rolodex.

November 22, 2011  10:12 AM ET

Come on Bobby V. Rebuild that team.

November 22, 2011  10:23 AM ET

IMO, the only man for the job would be Joe Torre.

November 22, 2011  10:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Boston has a front office. I thought it was always Theo, Henry and a Rolodex.

Rolodex's still exist....???

November 22, 2011  10:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Rolodex's still exist....???

I have one on my desk that is completely blank. What a waste of company money when Outlook does the same thing in a much neater way.

November 22, 2011  11:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Lucchino and Valentine are good buddies. Cherington appearsd to be a tough spot already, and he's only had the joba few months.

While he won't have much power, it is a great oppurtunity for this kid. If he can hang around for 5 or 6 years, maybe win a World Series he will then be able to peddle him self off to the next desperate team like Theo's done. Could be a big payday waiting for him down the road.

November 22, 2011  11:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Yeah, he certainly is in a tough spot. I hope they get something worthwhile for Epstein. Cherington just doesn't ooze confidence at the moment.

They won't get any thing of real worth for Theo. Probably a low level prospect or two.

November 22, 2011  11:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

They won't get any thing of real worth for Theo. Probably a low level prospect or two.

Or a gift certificate for 5 to Mike Ditka's.

November 22, 2011  11:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

They won't get any thing of real worth for Theo. Probably a low level prospect or two.

The deal the Cubs had with the Sox was "significant compensation." I would interpret that as something better than low-level prospects.

November 22, 2011  11:26 AM ET

valentine will be a stone in boston way!!

November 22, 2011  11:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Lucchino and Valentine are good buddies. Cherington appearsd to be a tough spot already, and he's only had the joba few months.

Actually, 28 days.

 
November 22, 2011  12:16 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I agree Lucchino will make the final decisions on most matters like the George Steinbrenner used to.

Funny thing is, George's suspension kind of paved the way for the Yankees' revival.

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