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Christopher L. Gasper

It’s time to fire Bobby Valentine

After report of mutiny, manager is in no-win situation

It’s over. End the charade now. The Red Sox have to remove Bobby Valentine as manager, for his own dignity, as well as the team’s. Mutiny on the Bobby is the last straw.

Valentine doesn’t deserve to be fired. He has done an admirable job in the face of impossible circumstances and myriad injuries. But the bottom-line evaluation of a manager is whether he is capable of getting the most out of his players. Valentine will never do that here, not as long as those players are empowered to go behind his back and complain about him to ownership, publicly challenge him in the media and have the general manager side with them, and otherwise belittle him with impunity.

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