- Buster Olney, Senior Writer, ESPN Insider
BOSTON -- Bobby Valentine was hired to be the Red Sox manager in the fall of 2012 largely because he is a big name, a big personality -- and the theory of the club's ownership was that fans would be familiar with him and energized by him. The Marlins used the same logic in hiring Ozzie Guillen in the same offseason.
Both were fired in less than a year, of course, and they will be among the last of a fading concept: The Manager as Franchise Savior, the Manager as Franchise Leader, the Manager as Face of the Franchise.
The days of John McGraw, Casey Stengel and Earl Weaver being bigger than anybody else in the organization are over.
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