The team has made it official: Bobby Valentine will not manage the Boston Red Sox in 2013.
Thus ends one of the more disastrous managerial sagas in team history.
The organization was nice about it, with it being sort of half-suggested it was a mutual decision and Ben Cherington saying that Bobby did the best he could with the hand he was dealt, but let's call this what it is:
Bobby Valentine has been fired, and he has been fired for his miserable performance during his one season with the team.
This season has been marked by many things. Injuries cost the team once again, stars have massively underperformed, offseason moves made to try and mitigate a lack of financial flexibility blew up in dramatic fashion.
But the real face of it, fair or not, has been Bobby Valentine. It's been Bobby Valentine throwing players and coaches alike under the bus. It's been Bobby Valentine making awful in-game decisions particularly with his bullpen. It's been Bobby Valentine snapping at media members for daring to ask who was pitching over the weekend and then going further when they dared to wonder if perhaps his dismissive public attitude meant he had given up.
As is his modus operandi, Bobby Valentine became the center of attention in Boston. And, as has happened in the past, that only served to highlight his numerous failings.
Now we are rid of him, and good riddance. Bobby Valentine was not what was wrong with this team. He was not the difference between 69 wins and 95 wins. But he was a drag on the team, one which had to go as much to clear the air in the clubhouse as to show players we might want to come to Boston that this is not what this franchise is about.
The first step has been taken.