It's not been a good year for Red Sox fans.
With the smoldering wreckage of Fenway 100 behind us and the sellout streak in tact, Ben Cherington is/will be/should be free to pick his own manager this time. There were at least 100 reasons why Valentine should not have been hired in the first place. But there's only reason why he should not come back - he has failed miserably with this chance and has done nothing to justify another year, even if the team is contractually obligated to pay him for it.
Looking ahead, there are many candidates who are equally as capable as Valentine who could fill his shoes - including you, me, the guy selling beer in Section 26 and Wally.