Will Bobby V last 24 hours after the season ends?


Will Bobby V last 24 hours after the season ends?

The Boston Globe's Bob Ryan and Dan Shaughnessy join Lou Merloni on "Sports Sunday" to discuss how soon after the season ends do the Red Sox pull the trigger on letting Bobby Valentine go?

Shaughnessy says he's clearly "in the Thursday camp," which would be the day after the season ends.

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"Thursday should be the day," Shaughnessy said. "Then everybody get on with their lives." The Red Sox should waste little time in finding their next manager, he added.

Ryan, too, is thinking it will happen soon after the season ends. He had endorsed the Valentine hire back in December but said he's the first to admit that it didn't work out.

"I thought it had a chance," Ryan said. "It didn't work out. Just say, 'Thank you for your service and goodbye.'"

As far as what role ex-Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek will play as a special assistant to general manager Ben Cherington, Shaughnessy says Varitek should be given time to grow into a role. And it shouldn't be as a replacement for Valentine.

"There's a learning curve," Shaughnessy said. "He's not ready to go right into the dugout."

Red Sox exec Amiel Sawdaye follows Hazen to Arizona


Red Sox exec Amiel Sawdaye follows Hazen to Arizona

The Red Sox lost another key member of their front office Monday, when vice-president of amateur and international scouting Amiel Sawdaye followed former general manager Mike Hazen to Arizona.

Sawdaye will be the Diamondbacks' assistant GM. As stated by Rotoworld, he had been instrumental in building up the Red Sox' young big league talent and farm system.

The Boston Globe reported today that the Red Sox may not fill the GM vacancy created when Hazen left, instead using "other staffers to take on Hazen’s administrative duties". President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski handles many of the duties traditionally associated with the general manager's position, leaving the actual GM's job in Boston as "essentially an assistant [position] with a lofty title but little power".

The Red Sox have also lost two other front-office members this offseason: Senior baseball analyst Tom Tippett, who had been with the organization for eight years, and director of sports medicine services Dan Dyrek, who had been with the Sox for five years.