Valentine, Cherington, Lucchino speak on Bobby's firing

The Boston Red Sox fired manager Bobby Valentine on a baseball off day before the postseason begins, presumably mindful of Commissioner Bud Selig's edict that big stories like this not interfere with postseason play.

It was not done via press conference; instead, a team press release was issued announcing Valentine's dismissal. Included were quotes from team officials and Valentine.

Team president and CEO Larry Lucchino:

"This year’s won-loss record reflects a season of agony. It begs for changes, some of which have already transpired. More will come. We are determined to fix that which is broken and return the Red Sox to the level of success we have experienced over the past decade.

"Difficult as it is to judge a manager amid a season that had an epidemic of injuries, we feel we need to make changes. Bobby leaves the Red Sox’ manager’s office with our respect, gratitude, and affection. I have no doubt that he will continue to contribute to the game he loves so much and knows so well."

General manager Ben Cherington:

"Our 2012 season was disappointing for many reasons. No single issue is the reason, and no single individual is to blame. We’ve been making personnel changes since August, and we will continue to do so as we build a contending club. With an historic number of injuries, Bobby was dealt a difficult hand. He did the best he could under seriously adverse circumstances, and I am thankful to him."

And, Valentine:

"I understand this decision. This year in Boston has been an incredible experience for me, but I am as disappointed in the results as are ownership and the great fans of Red Sox Nation.

"It was a privilege to be part of the 100 year anniversary of Fenway Park and an honor to be in uniform with such great players and coaches. My best to the organization. I’m sure next year will be a turnaround year."
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