BASEBALL PREVIEW 2012 Love him or hate him, Bobby Valentine is in charge He’s brash. Maybe even arrogant. He’s charismatic. And combative. He’s convinced he can win in Boston, and dares you to prove him wrong. ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Jim Davis/Globe Staff Bobby Valentine has brought a new energy to the Red Sox this year after replacing Terry Francona. Jim Davis/Globe Staff Valentine shagged balls himself in the outfield during a spring batting practice. Jim Davis/Globe Staff Valentine smiled as he prepared to talk to reporters early in camp. Jim Davis/Globe Staff Before pitchers and catchers took the field for their first workout, Valentine gathered everyone together. Jim Davis/Globe Staff Valentine moves quickly even at age 61. "Whatever you do, don't get in front of me," he says. Jim Davis/Globe Staff Valentine tossed a stray baseball into a basket as he walked briskly off the field. Jim Davis/Globe Staff Valentine, whose management style is hands-on, pushed shortstop Mike Aviles into position during a drill. Jim Davis/Globe Staff Valentine and general manager Ben Cherington are both in their first season at their current positions. Jim Davis/Globe Staff The umpires were late to a spring training bout with the Twins, so Valentine relaxed in the dugout. Jim Davis/Globe Staff Valentine has been frank in public comments, even about established stars such as Ortiz. Jim Davis/Globe Staff Valentine pedaled to work on a foggy morning in Fort Myers. Jim Davis/Globe Staff Valentine visited a Fort Myers after-school program that provides reading and tutoring services. Jim Davis/Globe Staff Now Valentine is tasked with recharging a club that failed poorly to end last season.