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1. Bobby Valentine

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The train wreck began in spring training (see: Mike Aviles) and got uglier from there. Valentine lost his clubhouse the day he questioned Kevin Youkilis' commitment and he continued to dig a hole with his postgame comments, questionable actions and communication issues with players and coaches. The Sox -- who started the season with a payroll of $173,186,617 -- finished at 69-93, their worst record since 1965. Valentine dominated the sports headlines in Boston for months, and a fed-up Red Sox Nation was happy to see him go.

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