Hall of Fame sportswriter Murray Chass was a guest of the Dennis and Callahan show on Tuesday. On Monday, Chass wrote a column that was critical of Bobby Valentine, who is believed to be one of two finalists for the Red Sox vacant managerial position. Chass -- who covered Valentine while writing for the New York Times -- was asked what hiring Valentine might mean for the Sox organization.
"His history is such that he would create more problems than he would solve," said Chass. "As a manager, he has never finished first with a team. He's won two wild cards, won a playoff with the Mets, but he never finished in first place. And there's only one day in his career where his team has been in first place in September. That came in 2000 -- September 1. If he's so good, if he's so brilliant, if his tactics and strategy is so good, why hasn't he fared better managing a team?"
Valentine's ego and history of trying to interfere with front-office decisions could also turn out to be a problem for the Red Sox, according to Chass.
"Valentine is a good game manager, but you wouldn't want him to run your baseball team," Chass said. "I think it would be a big mistake, there are several potential problems. One is, they would have to sit on him and make sure he did not try to interfere with front office. If it were just Ben Cherington I think that would be a problem, because Ben is obviously new to the job. But with Larry Lucchino around, my guess is that Valentine wouldn't get too far with things he tried in his previous jobs, as far as trying to run things off the field as well as on the field."
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