Lasorda on Bobby Valentine: 'He's Got It'

By The Associated Press

Nov. 30, 2011

bobby valentine

Bobby Valentine in Osaka in 2007. The Red Sox have reportedly chosen him to be the team's next manager. (U.S. Consulate/public domain)

BOSTON (AP) — A person familiar with the decision says the Boston Red Sox have picked Bobby Valentine to be their next manager and are working to complete a contract. 

Several media outlets in Boston reported late Nov. 29 that Valentine would be the team's new manager. The Red Sox declined comment, and as of Wednesday morning, no announcement had been made.

But the word was out around baseball. As Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda, who managed Valentine in the minors, told the AP: "He's got it. I just spoke to him a little while ago."

Valentine was in Japan this week, where he managed from 2004–09. He previously managed the New York Mets and Texas Rangers. He had been working as a baseball analyst for ESPN.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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