The Boston Red Sox have reportedly named former New York Mets manager Bobby Valentine as their replacement for departed manager Terry Francona.
That bit of news means that Detroit Tigers third base coach Gene Lamont, who was one of the finalists for the much-coveted and much-scrutinized position as Red Sox manager, will not be leaving the Tigers for the Red Sox.
Valentine worked as an analyst for ESPN last season and previously managed the Texas Rangers and in Japan in addition to the Mets.
Lamont had been invited back for a second interview with team ownership last week but ESPN's Karl Ravech cited sources saying that he was no longer in the running.
The 64 year-old Lamont has been with the Tigers for the past six seasons, prior to which he managed the Chicago White Sox from 1992-1995 and the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1997-2000. Lamont was named AL Manager of the Year in 1993 and holds a career record of 553-562.