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It's official already: Red Sox fire Bobby V

BVFile this under the no-kidding category: The Red Sox just fired Bobby Valentine.  GM Ben Cherington will lead the search for a new manager, the team said. Maybe this time, John Henry, Larry Lucchino and Tom Werner will actually let the GM pick the manager.

Lucchino's hand-picked choice got plenty of pub -- for all the wrong reasons. Bobby V, as it turns out, is the first guy whacked after one year with the Sox since 1934 after leading them to their worst record since 1966.

Wonder if he can trade jobs with Terry Francona again and head back to the ESPN booth.

Talk about the postseason and the Bobby V firing in our live chat here at 2.

---Mike Harrington
Twitter: @BNHarrington 

AP Photo: A glum Valentine watches a 14-2 loss during Wednesday's finale in New York

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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