The general consensus among those close to the Red Sox is that Bobby Valentine won't survive in Boston long enough to see the second year of his contract. One person, however, thinks there's a chance that Valentine may be back in 2013.
NESN analyst Jerry Remy made his weekly WEEI radio appearance Wednesday morning joining The Dennis and Callahan Morning Show, and he said that there may actually be a chance that Valentine returns for another season.
"I wouldn't be surprised if he's back," Remy said. "It's just a hunch. I have no insight at all. I have no idea what the front office is thinking. I just have a hunch that maybe they're going to say, 'Let's give this guy a clean slate, let's give him a full deck to work with and let's see what happens.' Because the guy is a very good on-the field manager, there's no quesetion about that. And I think that as time has gone on through this disaster, he has built some relationships with players in that clubhouse.
"I'm not a hundred percent certain he's going to be fired at the end of the season. I know that's going to make a lot of people upset. But that's just my opinion. That's based on no inside information at all. It's just that it's possible he could be back."
Valentine's first season in Boston has been an absolute train wreck. The club enters play on Wednesday at 64-78, 15 1/2 games behind and in last place in the AL East. Valentine has reportedly had problems with players over the course of the season as well. However, the thinking that he may be back might not be totally crazy if the Sox continue the overhaul that peaked with the August trade that sent Josh Beckett, Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Nick Punto to the Dodgers.