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Red Sox meticulous in hiring Valentine

11/30/2011
Bobby Valentine will offer the Red Sox thorough preparation and plenty of heart. AP Photo/J.Pat Carter

It looks like the Boston Red Sox finally have their man.

After the drama that surrounded the exit of former general manager Theo Epstein and field manager Terry Francona, the Red Sox chose Bobby Valentine as their next manager with decidedly less fanfare. Though the Red Sox left themselves in a lurch by seemingly having no plan in the wake of Epstein's and Francona’s departures, they got themselves together and methodically searched for their next manager. And I can tell you from experience, the process of hiring a manager is by no means easy.