At the very beginning of the Red Sox managerial search, the name Bobby Valentine was raised . . . and shot down.
But now, six weeks and an underwhelming number of candidates later, Bobby V. apparently isn't looking so bad.
From our friends at Hardball Talk:
"Ken Rosenthal reports confirmedby Gordon Edes that Red Sox ownership has reached out to Bobby V. and that the interest is mutual. Rosenthal says that there has been a meeting between Valentine and one Red Soxowner and that he will meet with others soon.Pair this up with this mornings report that the Sox want someone with a lot of major league managing experience, and everything is explained."I can think of worse fits for Bobby Valentine. Hes a big personality and you probably have to be to wade into whats going on in Boston these days. Hes managed clubs with a lot of veterans on it. Hes interesting, so when he inevitably leaves hes the kind of guy were likely to hear all kinds of good leaked stories about."Its actually pretty perfect."