What's going to make this more interesting going forward is that the Red Sox, even coming off disappointing back-to-back seasons, are probably the most-talented team Valentine has ever been handed. They've made the playoffs six of the last nine seasons. If they fail to do so again, thinking about another job on a big-league bench is an option he won't have to worry about.
Jim Litke is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at jlitke(at)ap.or and follow him at Twitter.com/JimLitke.
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