But the ’69 Sox were a solid team, winning 87 games during a season when the Baltimore Orioles ran away from the division with 109 wins.
These Sox aren’t remotely that competitive. They have lost six straight, 10 of 11, and are a ghastly 16-40 since Aug. 1. They are assured of finishing no higher than last place.
Valentine was asked before the game whether he was concerned about his status as manager.
“I’ll be at the hotel tonight and here tomorrow I think,” he said with a smile.
But that clock is ticking as this season winds down.
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