Is there any hope left for the Red Sox this year?
The mediocrity really started last September, when they finished the season on an 7-20 slide.
It still hasn't stopped. They just lost 3 of 4 to the Minnesota Twins, and are sitting at 54-55. They're 5th in the race for the 2nd wild card, and they're 4.5 games out of a playoff spot with no signs of improvement on the horizon.
Is there an answer? No one truly knows, but John Tomase says there's one thing that's important: Bobby Valentine must go.
Last year, manager Tito Francona was one of the victims following the Red Sox meltdown. This year, Valentine must be the same.
He has done some things right, without a doubt. Valentine manages the bullpen pretty well. Much better than Francona, in fact. And the way he has seamlessly inserted young players into the lineup is remarkable as well.
The biggest problem with Valentine: Communication.
Every day, it seems like there's another player upset about something stupid that Valentine says.
Whether it's claiming that Kevin Youkilis wasn't giving his full effort, or offering a sarcastic "Nice inning, Will" to rookie Will Middlebrooks after he committed two errors, Valentine has done quite a job of alienating his players.
While it's hard to say whether or not the Sox would improve under a new manager, it's pretty clear: Valentine definitely isn't the guy for the job, and there's nothing to lose by firing him.
It's time for the Red Sox to make a move, and Valentine needs to go.