Merloni: It's time for Theo to move on

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Merloni: It's time for Theo to move on

With the Theo Epstein-to-Chicago rumors swirling, Lou Merloni has a simple, three-word solution:

Let him go.

"Yeah, I think it's just time. I do," the ex-Sox infielder told Michael Felger on 'Sports Sunday'.

"Listen, I like Theo. I think he's done a good job, for the most part . . . But I think every place has its time. And his time here is over."

Merloni also dismisses the notion of giving Epstein a contract extension, or promoting him to a higher position.

"You let him walk, I think, because I think he might be interested in the Cubs job," said Merloni, later adding: "I think he's sick and tired of butting heads with some people in the Red Sox organization, he wants total control . . . So I say, let him leave . . . I just say move on. They got assistant GM Ben Cherington sliding right in to the GM position . . . Just a new voice. Same kind of attitude . . . but a new leader, a new way to look at things, maybe."

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.