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Reports: Red Sox hire Bobby Valentine

Ken Rosenthal discusses the Red Sox naming Bobby Valentine as manager.
Ken Rosenthal discusses the Red Sox naming Bobby Valentine as manager.
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Ken Rosenthal

Ken Rosenthal has been the FOXSports.com's Senior MLB Writer since August 2005. He appears weekly on MLB on FOX, FOX Sports Radio and MLB Network. He's a member of the Baseball Writers Association of America. Follow him on Twitter.

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Nearly two months after parting with Terry Francona, the Red Sox finally have settled on a manager.

Bobby Valentine is the team’s choice, according to several reports.

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Valentine, the clear favorite of ownership, beat out the other finalist, Tigers third base coach Gene Lamont.

The Red Sox also considered a host of other candidates, but none had the experience of Valentine, who previously managed the Rangers, Mets and Chiba Lotte Marines in Japan.

The AL East will now feature a number of high-powered managers. Valentine joins the Yankees’ Joe Girardi, Rays’ Joe Maddon, Orioles’ Buck Showalter and Blue Jays’ John Farrell in the division.

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