Here are a few nuggets to digest while we transition to the post-Bobby V era:
1. Bobby Valentine finishes with the worst career record for a Red Sox manager since Billy Herman, who went 128-182 from 1964-1966 (min. 130 games). It is also the worst record for a Red Sox manager in his first season since Shano Collins in 1931 (min. 130 decisions).
2. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Valentine is the fifth different manager in the expansion era to last one season or less in a managerial job, after managing 2,000 games prior to taking the job (Billy Martin did so twice).
3. Valentine’s teams have made only 2 playoff appearances in his 16 seasons. His 2,351 games managed are the 13th-most all-time by any manager that made 2 or fewer playoff appearances. But only one of the 12 managers ahead of him managed in the wild card era (Tom Kelly).
4. He has also led his teams to only one pennant. His 2,351 games managed are the 10th-most all-time by any manager that has won one or fewer pennants.
5. The Red Sox were Valentine’s third major league team. This season played out a lot like his first season in his previous two stops (Mets and Rangers). He turned those teams around quickly and then had sustained success with them.
6. One blemish on his record is that in 16 seasons, he has never led his team to a division title. Among the 48 managers that have managed at least 16 seasons, the only others to never finish first were Frank Robinson, Jack McKeon, Bob Ferguson and Jimmy Dykes.
7. The Red Sox have had a franchise-record 56 players appear in a game this year (previously 55 in 1996). There were 27 different players on the disabled list and the 34 DL stints were the most for any team since at least 1987.
8. Red Sox entered 2012 having endured arguably the worst September collapse in history last year. Things have not been any better this season, and their record since last September 1 is better than only one team in the AL.