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Bobby Valentine's one of a kind

Red Sox's new manager will make them better ... and won't be boring

Originally Published: November 29, 2011
By Tim Kurkjian | ESPN.com

On the final day of the 1985 season, a young writer covering the Texas Rangers was raving about the ability of the team's rookie center fielder, Oddibe McDowell, predicting great things for him. Bobby Valentine, the Rangers manager, shook his head and said privately and without pretense, "He will never be better than this. This will be his best year.''

And Valentine was right. McDowell never had a better year, and was essentially done as a big leaguer at age 28. Valentine had seen ...

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