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Red Sox fire Bobby Valentine

Updated: October 5, 2012, 7:06 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox thought Bobby Valentine would restore order to a coddled clubhouse that disintegrated during the 2011 pennant race.

Instead, he caused more problems.

The brash and supremely confident manager was fired Thursday, the day after the finale of a season beset with internal sniping and far too many losses. Valentine went 69-93 in his only year in Boston, the ballclub's worst season in almost 50 years.

"I understand this decision," Valentine said. "This ...

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