(The Star-Ledger, US Presswire)
BOSTON -- The firing of Bobby Valentine was not an if but a when.
The when is Thursday.
The Red Sox announced that Valentine, 69-93 in his first year with the Red Sox, has just been fired. He has one year left on a two-year contract and reportedly will receive $2.5 million.
The season started off rocky with the team losing and Valentine clashing with some of his players. It ended with the most losses by a Red Sox club since 1965, the club's last 100-loss season.
In Valentine's final day on the job, he said he felt a lack of support from his coaching staff, and that they undermined him.
Earlier this week, Valentine crashed while riding his bicycle in New York's Central Park. He was reading a text from infielder Dustin Pedroia at the time.
Valentine had been working at ESPN when he was hired. Previously, he had managed in Japan.
He took the New York Mets to the World Series in 2000 and also managed the Texas Rangers. He had a 581-605 record.
Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports that the Red Sox would like to hire current Toronto manager John Farrell. He is a former Red Sox pitching coach.