Henry: We'll get a great manager

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Henry: We'll get a great manager

He speaks!

Red Soxowner John Henry -- invisible during the recent goings-on at FenwayPark -- took to Twitter on Tuesday night and assured the public the RedSox would "secure a great manager" to replace TerryFrancona.

Henry wasslightly injured in a fall on his boat last Friday, and thus missed theevening press conference in which fellow owner Tom Werner and CEO LarryLucchino discussed the team's parting of the ways with Francona. ("Ijust ended up in the hospital trying to get to a press conference. I'vealways preferred talking with fans," he joked on Twitter in response toan inquiry.) Tuesday's Tweets were his first public comments sinceFrancona's departure.

He said he, Werner andLucchino are being kept up to date by general manager Theo Epstein andassistant GM Ben Cherington, and expressed confidence the search wouldbe as successful as the one that landed Francona eight yearsago:

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JohnW.HenryAnother productive day this week at Fenway. Tom, Larry and I werebriefed by Theo and Ben on the managerial search. Due diligence thisweek.
Oct05 via webFavoriteRetweetReply

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JohnW.HenryCalls and maybe interviews next week. Excited to once again bring insmart, creative, hands-on leadership. We have the right peoplelooking.
Oct05 via webFavoriteRetweetReply

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JohnW.HenryWe got the managers search right eight years ago with Tito and Maddonas finalists. Well secure a great manager this time aswell.
Oct05 via webFavoriteRetweetReply

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.