Boston Red Sox had a disappointing year during the 2011 Major League Baseball season. With a 90-72 record, the boys from Fenway Park failed to secure the last playoff berth for the playoffs. They lost on the final day of the regular season which eventually doomed their chance for a postseason spot. In the history of the league, no team has ever held a lead as large as Boston for a playoff spot and failed to qualify for the postseason. Baseball pundits see the 7-20 record of the Red Sox in September as the main reason why they weren’t able to hold on to the playoff spot. Owners of Boston Red Sox tickets for the 2012 season cannot wait for the season to start to support their team in their road to redemption.
After a rough season in 2011, the Red Sox is looking to improve themselves in MLB with the hiring of a new manager. According to sources, Bobby Valentine will be the team’s 45thmanager replacing Terry Francona whose two-year contract option was not exercised by the team. For eight seasons at the helm, Francona guided the team to two World Series titles in 2004 and 2007. The choices for the vacant spot were between Valentine and Gene Lamont, the current third-base coach of the Detroit Tigers.
Before Valentine was hired as Red Sox manager, he was currently working as an analyst for ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball Show. Valentine is a former player for the Los Angeles Dodgers, California Angels, San Diego Padres, New York Mets and Seattle Mariners. He had a 10-year playing career. He first became a protégé manager for Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda before becoming a manager for two MLB teams, the Texas Rangers and the New York Mets. In between the stints for the Rangers and Mets, he managed Chiba Lotte Marines, a Japanese baseball team. Two years after his tenure ended with the Mets, he returned to Japan to manage again Chiba Lotte.
The formal announcement of Valentine as the new manager would be on December 1 at 5:30 p.m. ET at Fenway Park.
Aside from the hiring of a new manager, the Red Sox front office has also been busy in making roster moves. Red Sox Executive Vice President/General Manager Ben Cherington has offered salary arbitration to designated hitter David Ortiz and right-handed pitcher Dan Wheeler. Both are key players in the rotation of Boston. Cherington also announced that it will not offer salary arbitration to left-handed pitchers Erik Bedard and Trever Miller, right-handed pitcher Tim Wakefield, outfielders J.D. Drew and Conor Jackson, and catcher Jason Varitek.
Boston will open their 2012 season on the road against the Detroit Tigers on April 5 then will be followed by another road game versus the Toronto Blue Jays on April 9. Holders of Boston Red Sox tickets would be able to see their team live when they go up against the Tampa Bay Blue Rays on April 13. This will be the first of nine straight home games for the Red Sox. They will also go up against World Series runner-up Texas Rangers and New York Yankees.
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