Red Sox fire Valentine after 1 tumultuous season

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In mid-September, with Boston’s Triple-A team in the playoffs and reinforcements scarce, Valentine called the Red Sox “the weakest roster we’ve ever had in September in the history of baseball.”

Again, he was forced to backtrack.

(But, again, he was probably right.)

Ultimately, Valentine will be judged on his record.

And it was dreadful.

“I don’t know how it could be more challenging than this season,” Valentine said after saying goodbye to his players following Wednesday night’s season-ending loss to the Yankees.

“As I told them, they’re not defined as people by their record or the season. They’re defined by who they are, not what they are. They were part of a really lousy season, but they gave a hell of an effort every day.”

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