Is Cherington the next Red Sox GM?

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Is Cherington the next Red Sox GM?

As Theo Epstein eyes Chicago, all eyes locally turn to Ben Cherington, the heir apparent to the Red Sox' GM job.

"Go back to Larry Lucchino's and Tom Werner's Friday press conference about the departure of Terry Francona," said the Boston Herald's Steve Buckley. "They kept bringing up Cherington's name over, and over, and over, and over,and over. There's a reason for that. They were posturing; they weregetting his name out there. They might as well just made theannouncement last week."

Michael Felger worries that appointing Cherington, Epstein's long-time assistant, will mean more of the same.

"You'll have a different person making the same calls," Felger said on 'Mohegan Sun Sports Tonight'. "This is nothing against Ben Cherington, nothing against him personally, but if he's just going to take directives from everybody else and do what Theo was doing, then what's the diff?"

But Buckley said that would be the case with any newcomer taking the job.

"I bristle at the notion that he's going to be a puppet GM, because I don't think any first-year rookie GM is completely autonomous, any more than Theo was in 2003," he said. "You think he was just pressing buttons, willy-nilly, doing whatever he wanted, without ownership coming in and asserting their authority? Absolutely not. Any rookie first-time GM is going to be, to some degree, a puppet."

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.