Varitek not considered a managerial candidate for now

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Varitek not considered a managerial candidate for now

Jason Varitek won't be the next Red Sox manager. But he may well have a hand in helping to determine who will.
While there has been media speculation that Varitek, hired as a special assistant to the front office last week, could emerge as a darkhorse candidate to replace Bobby Valentine, baseball sources indicate that isn't the case.
Varitek has told people close to him that, recently re-married and father of a baby girl, that he's not ready to commit the time necessary.
Speculation surrounding Varitek comes at time when several other clubs have enjoyed success hiring players with no managerial experience. Robin Ventura (Chicago White Sox), Mike Matheny (St. Louis Cardinals) and Kirk Gibson (Arizona Diamondbacks) have all enjoyed winning seasons early in their major league managerial careers, with Gibson and Matheny both guiding teams to the playoffs in their first full seasons.
What's more, that trend hasn't gone unnoticed by the Red Sox. Both general manager Ben Cherington and CEO and president Larry Lucchino acknowledged that the success enjoyed by that trio -- and others -- has encouraged the Sox to take a more open mind in the hiring process.
But for now, Varitek won't be one of those candidates under consideration. Instead, Varitek will concentrate on learning more about scouting, player development and player evaluation. In time, Varitek has told some, managing could be an option he'd explore.
Both the Red Sox and Varitek are said to be aware that it would problematic for the ex-captain to be asked to manage players who were recent teammates -- just one more obstacle to Varitek managing so soon after the conclusion of his playing career.
As part of his role, Cherington said Varitek will sit in on some of the managerial interviews and evaluations and be asked for his input as a recently retired player.

Youkilis weighs in on Valentine possibly being Japan ambassador

Youkilis weighs in on Valentine possibly being Japan ambassador

Among the reactions to the news that Bobby Valentine was possibly being considered to be the US amassador to Japan in President Donald Trump’s administration was this beauty from Kevin Youkilis. 

Valentine famously called out Youkilis early in his stormy tenure as Red Sox manager in 2012. Remember? "I don't think he's as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason," Bobby V said of Youk at the time. 

The Red Sox traded Youkilis to the White Sox for two not-future Hall of Famers, outfielder Brent Lillibridge and right-hander Zach Stewart, later that season.

Youkilis, now Tom Brady’s brother-in-law by the way, had a 21-game stint playing in Japan in 2014 before retiring from baseball. 

 

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.