Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine throws T-shirts out to fans at the conclusion of the ninth inning of American League MLB baseball action against the Tampa Bay Rays and the last home game of the season at Fenway Park, one that may have been his last. (REUTERS)
If Bobby Valentine gets fired Thursday, he won't have gone out quietly.
There were reports Wednesday the Boston Red Sox intended to fire their embattled manager after a miserable season that saw the team finish in last place in the AL East.
Valentine could be dumped as early as Thursday, CBSSports.com reported. Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington declined to comment.
Earlier Wednesday, Valentine told reporters he "had every opportunity to succeed and didn't."
But in the morning he complained to Boston radio station WEEI that he was undermined at times by some of his coaches.
Asked whether the staff and the people around him have been loyal, Valentine said "No." He answered "Yes" when asked if he felt undermined by members of his coaching staff.
"I had to work through it all," Valentine said. "That's my job to make it all better, make it all functional."
Valentine has one more season on his contract.
SURGERY FOR KEMP?
Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp might undergo shoulder surgery during the off-season, the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday. The slugger will undergo a physical, likely Thursday, and the team will decide how to treat the lingering injury.
Surgery would sideline Kemp, 28, for four months. He was hitting .304 with 23 homers and 69 RBI entering the season finale.
Ace left-hander Clayton Kershaw won't need surgery on his sore right hip, the Times reported.
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