In the video above, ESPN's Buster Olney said Red Sox ownership really had no choice but to fire Bobby Valentine.
"I don't think you can understate what a complete disaster Bobby's tenure with the Red Sox was. ... It was a derailment right from the beginning in the relationship between Bobby and the players, and that's why the Red Sox had to get rid of him. I think if ownership had decided to keep Bobby, you would have had players in that organization basically say, 'If he's gonna stay, I want out.' That's how bad it was."
Olney said that the team's next manager is likely to be "welcomed with open arms."
"As one person said to me, it's a great opportunity for the Red Sox's next manager," he said.