Lamont reportedly passed over for Valentine
Reports out of Boston suggest that the Red Sox have decided on Bobby Valentine as their next manager over Tigers third-base coach Gene Lamont. Reached by phone Tuesday evening, Lamont said he hasn’t heard from the Red Sox about any decision. But that delay could just be to keep their options open if negotiations are ongoing and somehow hit a snag.
For now, the Red Sox have the last managerial opening left in the Majors, though the Astros organization could be in for changes this winter with a new owner, team president and general manager.
Lamont and Valentine were reportedly the two finalists for the Red Sox job, which has been open ever since the team and Terry Francona parted ways last month. Lamont was one of a handful who interviewed earlier this month, but among just a few to get a second interview.