Bobby Valentine got the boot on Thursday, being fired as the manager of the Boston Red Sox after one season. Valentine guided the Red Sox to a 69-93 record and a fifth-place finish in the AL East, 26.0 games out of first in the division and 24.0 games out of a playoff spot.
Valentine spoke on being let go, saying that he understood why he is being fired and saying that it was a privilege be the manager in Boston.
"I understand this decision," said Valentine. "This year in Boston has been an incredible experience for me, but I am as disappointed in the results as are ownership and the great fans of Red Sox Nation.
"It was a privilege to be part of the 100 year anniversary of Fenway Park and an honor to be in uniform with such great players and coaches. My best to the organization. I'm sure next year will be a turnaround year." (via @PeteAbe on Twitter)
Valentine has managed 16 major league seasons, amassing a 1,186-1,165 record.