Let the Circus Begin?

The Red Sox have reportedly selected and agreed to terms with Bobby Valentine as the next manager and already, player grumblings are being reported by ESPN. Let the circus commence. Lucky Larry, I hope you are ready for this.

By all accounts, Valetine is a smart baseball man, just ask him, and he does have a decent enough track record when you include his Japanese League performance. But, also by all accounts, he tends to be the story rather than just a participant. I’m not sure that is a good thing, in fact I know that isn’t a good thing. I’m hoping time has calmed him and he has found a way to tone things down.

As for Red Sox players being unhappy, who cares and too bad. They get what they deserve given how they handled themselves in 2011 and if they are unhappy, that’s fine by me. Player complaints mean nothing to me, especially when they are generally so petty and out of touch.

Buckle-up I guess.

Now on to things such as players and a coaching staff. I expect the staff will fall into place shortly and the player/roster situation will crystalize during the owners meetings Dec 5-8 in Dallas. Speaking of important dates, straight from the MLB site, here they are:

Dec. 1, 2011
Last day to request outright waivers to assign player prior to Rule 5 Draft

Dec. 5, 2011
5 p.m. ET is last time to outright a player prior to the Rule 5 Draft

Dec. 7, 2011
Last date for player who declared free agency to accept an arbitration offer from former club. Deadline is midnight ET

Dec. 5-8, 2011
Baseball Winter Meetings, Dallas

Dec. 8, 2011
Major League Rule 5 Draft, Dallas

Dec. 12, 2011
Last date to tender contracts is midnight ET