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Reports: Bobby Valentine, Former Mets Skipper, To Be Boston Red Sox Manager

The Internet is aflame this evening with reports that former New York Mets manager Bobby Valentine has -- finally -- been named as the replacement for Terry Francona with the Boston Red Sox.

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ESPN New York reported that the other finalist, Gene Lamont, was not longer a candidate.

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Valentine, who has also managed the Rangers and in Japan, worked as an ESPN analyst last season. He has always been a somewhat divisive figure, and it appears that is the case even as he is apparently landing one of the premier jobs in all of baseball. It has been reported he is the choice of Red Sox ownership but not the prime candidate for new GM Ben Cherington.

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SBNation.com referred to Valentine as "a mixed bag" who is "known for his strong personality that can be a positive or a negative."

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The only certainty is that the rivalry between the New York Yankees and the Red Sox just got a little bit more entertaining.

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