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Will Red Sox players have say?

Given disconnect with Bobby Valentine, their input should matter in next hire

Updated: October 5, 2012, 8:45 AM ET
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- Almost exactly a year ago, some veteran players of the Boston Red Sox were told by management that the organization would not hire "Bobby Valentine or someone like him" after the decision was made to fire manager Terry Francona.

Ultimately, the Red Sox did hire Valentine and the 2012 season was a disaster on numerous levels. It ended when ownership and general manager Ben Cherington informed Valentine on Thursday morning that his services would not be retained for 2013. ...

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