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The wheels on the bus ....

The Bobby Valentine Nuclear Clock just jumped a little bit closer to midnight.

It's widely accepted that he's going to get fired any day now by the Red Sox, and it's equally widely suspected he'll welcome the call when it comes. But throwing his coaching staff under the bus to facilitate the process was a low-class move and, if there's any justice in the world, should seal his fate as far as ever managing again.

To intimate that some of his coaches -- including ones he hired himself -- were in some way disloyal, without offering a shred of evidence to support that contention, is beyond contemptible. If Valentine had issues with his coaches, why didn't he sit down and hash them out? Isn't that what a manager is supposed to do?

Instead, he calls them out in the media. Nice. The only saving grace is his comments likely won't hurt the coaches involved in terms of future employment, because most reasonable MLB GMs will just consider the source and dismiss those comments out of hand.

I mean, it's Bobby Valentine. Every word he says comes with its own complimentary grain of salt.

Update: The Red Sox have officially fired Valentine. Not to pass on actual news or anything.

Ben Smith's blog.