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Source: Bobby Valentine not favored?

Updated: December 1, 2011, 11:50 AM ET
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com

A Boston Red Sox official told at least one player at the beginning of the managerial search that they "weren't going to hire Bobby Valentine or someone like that," a clubhouse source told ESPNBoston.com last week.

The conversation suggests that Valentine, known as a no-nonsense manager in stints with the Mets and Rangers during 15 years, was perceived by some as a darkhorse candidate who would not be popular with some players.

"They're going to have a mess on their hands," the source ...

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