Red Sox choose Valentine as manager

The Boston Red Sox have their man.

Bobby Valentine will be announced as the new manager of the Red Sox in a press conference on Thursday at 5:30 (et), landing his third major league managerial job and first in almost a decade.

Valentine's hiring will be the first big move made by new Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington, who took over when Theo Epstein left to be president of the Cubs.

Valentine will replace Terry Francona, who left after eight seasons, two World Series titles and a September collapse that started in motion the upheaval in team leadership.

It will be Valentine's first MLB job since he was fired in 2002 after six-plus seasons managing the New York Mets. Valentine also managed the Texas Rangers for parts of eight seasons and owns a 1,117-1,072 regular season record in the majors.

He managed in Japan and was a TV analyst since being fired by the Mets.