Bobby Valentine is the New Boston Red Sox Manager: Bobby V’s Lifetime Managing Record (U.S. and Japan)
Bobby Valentine has been named the new Boston Red Sox manager and will be announced as so on Thursday. He is the 44th different manager in the team’s history. It’s going to be an interesting 2012 in the A.L. East, to say the least.
Bobby V. is known for both his baseball acumen, wacky behavior and polarizing nature. Love him or hate him, he brings a lot to the table. The Red Sox will be in the mix.
The Marines play out of Chiba City. The NPB is Japan’s equivalent of MLB. One notable difference is that Japanese baseball allows ties. During the regular season, if the game is still tied after the 12th inning, it’s a tie.
Valentine went to the playoffs twice with the Marines, and won it all – the Nippon Series – in 2005.
His MLB lifetime regular season managing record is 1,117-1,072 (.510). For NPB, he is 494-450-23 (.523).
|1995||Chiba Lotte Marines||NPB||69||58||3||.543||2|
|1996||New York Mets||NL||12||19||.387||4|
|1997||New York Mets||NL||88||74||.543||3|
|1998||New York Mets||NL||88||74||.543||2|
|1999||New York Mets||NL||97||66||.595||2||NLCS – L|
|2000||New York Mets||NL||94||68||.580||2||WS – L|
|2001||New York Mets||NL||82||80||.506||3|
|2002||New York Mets||NL||75||86||.466||5|
|2004||Chiba Lotte Marines||NPB||65||65||3||.500||4|
|2005||Chiba Lotte Marines||NPB||84||49||3||.632||2||NS – W|
|2006||Chiba Lotte Marines||NPB||65||70||1||.481||4||Stage 2|
|2007||Chiba Lotte Marines||NPB||76||61||7||.555||2|
|2008||Chiba Lotte Marines||NPB||73||70||1||.510||3|
|2009||Chiba Lotte Marines||NPB||62||77||5||.446||5|
Francona was arguably the best Red Sox manager of all time, winning two World Series, breaking the Curse of the Babe, managing the only baseball team to come back from a 3-0 deficit in the playoffs and posting a 5th-best won-lost percentage amongst all 43 Boston skippers. His term – 8 years – was the second longest at the helm behind Joe Cronin’s years.
Here’s a list of all the Red Sox managers. Note that before 1969, there were no additional playoff rounds ahead of the World Series. Also, between 1901 and 1907, the Boston Red Sox were called the Boston Americans.
Twenty-seven of the Sox’ 43 managers had W-L percentages .500 or greater. Even Cy Young, who went 3-3 in his six games as manager.
|MANAGER||YEARS||PERIOD||W-L||W-L PCT||POSTSEASONS & NOTES|
|43.||Terry Francona||2004-2011||8 Years||744-552||.574||Won 2004, 2007 World Series; 2 Pennants; 5 Playoff App.|
|42.||Grady Little||2002-2003||2 Years||188-136||.580||1 Playoff App.|
|41.||Joe Kerrigan||2001||43 Games||17-26||.395|
|40.||Jimy Williams||1997-2001||4 Years, 118 Games||414-352||.540||2 Playoff App.|
|39.||Kevin Kennedy||1995-1996||2 Years||171-135||.559||1 Playoff App.|
|38.||Butch Hobson||1992-1994||3 Years||207-232||.472|
|37.||Joe Morgan||1988-1991||3 Years and 77 Games||301-262||.535||2 Playoff App.|
|36.||John McNamara||1985-1988||3 Years and 85 Games||297-273||.521||1 Pennant; 1 Playoff App.|
|35.||Ralph Houk||1981-1984||4 Years||312-282||.525|
|Johnny Pesky||1980||5 Games||1-4||.200|
|34.||Don Zimmer||1976-1980||4 Years and 76 Games||411-304||.575||In 1980, Zimmer managed 155 games, counted as a full year here|
|33.||Darrell Johnson||1974-1976||2 Years and 86 Games||220-188||.539||1 Pennant; 1 Playoff App.|
|Eddie Popowski||1973||1 Game||1-0||1.000|
|32.||Eddie Kasko||1970-1973||4 Years||345-295||.539||In 1973, Kasko managed 161 games, counted as a full year here|
|31.||Eddie Popowski||1969||9 Games||5-4||.556|
|30.||Dick Williams||1967-1969||3 Years||260-217||.545||In 1969, Williams managed 153 games, counted as a full year here|
|1 Pennant; 1 Playoff App.|
|29.||Pete Runnels||1966||16 Games||8-8||.500|
|28.||Billy Herman||1964-1966||2 Years and 2 Games||128-182||.413||In 1966, Herman managed 146 games, counted as a full year here|
|27.||Johnny Pesky||1963-1964||2 Years||146-175||.455||In 1964, Pesky managed 160 games, counted as a full year here|
|Pinky Higgins||1960-1962||2 Years and 105 Games||200-227||.468|
|26.||Del Baker||1960||7 Games||2-5||.286|
|25.||Billy Jurges||1959-1960||122 Games||59-63||.484|
|24.||Pinky Higgins||1955-1959||4 Years and 73 Games||360-329||.522|
|23.||Lou Boudreau||1952-1954||3 Years||229-232||.497|
|22.||Steve O’Neill||1950-1951||1 Year and 95 Games||150-99||.602|
|21.||Joe McCarthy||1948-1950||2 Years and 59 Games||223-145||.606|
|20.||Joe Cronin||1935-1947||13 Years||1071-916||.539||1 Pennant; 1 Playoff App.|
|19.||Bucky Harris||1934||1 Year||76-76||.500|
|18.||Marty McManus||1932-1933||1 Year and 99 Games||95-153||.383|
|17.||Shano Collins||1931-1932||1 Year and 55 Games||73-134||.353|
|16.||Heinie Wagner||1930||1 Year||52-102||.338|
|Bill Carrigan||1927-1929||3 Years||166-295||.360|
|15.||Lee Fohl||1924-1926||3 Years||160-299||.349|
|14.||Frank Chance||1923||1 Year||61-91||.401|
|13.||Hugh Duffy||1921-1922||2 Years||136-172||.442|
|12.||Ed Barrow||1918-1920||3 Years||213-203||.512||Won 1918 World Series; 1 Playoff App.|
|11.||Jack Barry||1917||1 Year||90-62||.592|
|10.||Bill Carrigan||1913-1916||3 Years and 70 Games||323-205||.612||Won 1915, 1916 World Series; 2 Playoff App.|
|9.||Jake Stahl||1912-1913||1 Year and 81 Games||144-88||.621||Won 1913 World Series; 1 Playoff App.|
|8.||Patsy Donovan||1910-1911||2 Years||159-147||.520|
|7.||Fred Lake||1908-1909||1 Year and 39 Games||110-80||.579|
|6.||Deacon McGuire||1907-1908||227 Games||98-123||.443|
|5.||Bob Unglaub||1907||29 Games||9-20||.310|
|4.||George Huff||1907||8 Games||2-6||.250|
|3.||Cy Young||1907||6 Games||3-3||.500|
|2.||Chick Stahl||1906||40 Games||14-26||.350|
|1.||Jimmy Collins||1901-1906||5 Years and 115 Games||455-376||.548||Won 1903 World Series (The First World Series); Won American League in 1904, but there was no World Series|
ESPN.com had a nifty idea this summer: after an ESPN panel selected 20 finalists for each of the five cities below, fans voted for who they thought should be the inaugural class of each sports’ towns’ Hall of Fame. Here are the results…
New York is clearly a baseball town. Three of Boston’s inaugural members are cagers. Chicago and Dallas are football towns. And in L.A., the Lakers take the cake.
ESPN plans on inducting five new members every year. Click on each of the cities’ links below for more information on the selection process, a look at the finalists and debate.
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