Sox looking at historic lowMORE: Putting the Super Bowl behind us

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Sox looking at historic lowMORE: Putting the Super Bowl behind us

The Sox are back at Fenway tonight, for the first time in 11 days, and on the heels of a road trip that saw as many wins as it did times the manager threatened to punch a radio host in the mouth.

And the standings reflect that.

Coming into tonight's tilt with Toronto, the Sox find themselves 14.5 games back in the AL East, 14 back in the Wild Card and, as far as this year goes, have nothing left to play for.

Well, except for pride. And while thats never been a major priority for this current crop of Sox, there has to be at least a little fight left in them, right?

If so, here's something to light a little fire under Boston's ass:

The 2012 Sox are on pace to finish this season with the worst record of any Red Sox team in nearly 50 years.

50 YEARS.

It breaks down like this: Over the last 30 games (a more than significant sample size), the Sox are 10-20. Thats a .333 winning percentage.

They also have 24 games left, and 63 total wins. So, at their current pace, theyll win 8 more games this season, and finish with 71 for the year.

The last time a Red Sox team to finish with fewer than 71? 1965, when manager Billy Herman and a 25-year-old Carl Yastzremski led the Sox to 62-100 campaign.

More recently, the 1992 team finished with 73 wins and the 1997 team finished with 78, so it wouldn't take much for this year's team to avoid this mark of futility. But, as you can see, this is getting serious. The Sox record has finally caught up to their integrity. And unless they can make something of these next few weeks, the least likable team in recent Red Sox history will deservedly be remembered as one of the worst.

Rich can be reached at rlevine@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrich_levine

Report: Bobby Valentine could be Trump’s US ambassador to Japan

Report: Bobby Valentine could be Trump’s US ambassador to Japan

Major league manager. Inventor of the wrap sandwich. Champion ballroom dancer.  And…

US ambassador to Japan?

Bobby Valentine is on the short list for that position in President Donald Trump’s administration, according to a WEEI.com report.

The former Red Sox manager (fired after a 69-93 season and last-place finish in 2012), and ex-New York Mets and Texas Rangers, skipper, also managed the Chiba Lotte Marines in Japan’s Pacific League for six seasons. 

When asked by the New York Daily News if he's being considered for the post, Valentine responded: "I haven't been contacted by anyone on Trump's team." 

Would he be interested?

"I don't like to deal in hypotheticals," Valentine told the Daily News.

Valentine, 66, has known the President-elect and Trump's brother Bob since the 1980s, is close to others on Trump’s transition team and has had preliminary discussions about the ambassador position, sources told WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford. 

Valentine, currently the athletic director of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., is also friendly with current Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who, like Valentine, attended the University of Southern California. 

 

Sandoval: I got lazy after signing big contract with Red Sox

Sandoval: I got lazy after signing big contract with Red Sox

The Pablo Sandoval redemption tour is underway as the former World Series MVP tries to revive his career after two disastrous seasons with the Red Sox organization.

In an interview with ESPN Deportes, he admits to being “complacent” during his first two seasons in Boston after signing a five-year, $95 million deal. 

"My career had fallen into an abyss because I was so complacent with things that I had already accomplished," Sandoval said. "I did not work hard in order to achieve more and to remain at the level of the player that I am and that I can be."

After dealing Travis Shaw to the Brewers, Sandoval is expected to be the Red Sox primary third baseman in 2017.

"I am not taking anything for granted," he said. "I am here to work hard. I'm not thinking about the position or not. I am starting from scratch, and I am here to show what I can do on the field."

The 30-year-old says he’s following a “really strict routine” this offseason, and it shows. In a recent photo, Sandoval appears noticeably thinner. Sandoval says his wife giving birth to “Baby Panda” has served as inspiration.

"Watching 'Baby Panda' grow up and that he gets the opportunity to see his father play in the majors for seven, eight more years, to get back to the success I had, that's my motivation every day," Sandoval said. "The people that I surround myself with now and my family, they are the key to my success. This has been a life lesson."