MLB notes: Boston cans Valentine; Phils call up Sandberg

The Red Sox fired Manager Bobby Valentine Thursday, mere hours after Boston completed a 69-93 season with a 14-2 humiliation at Yankee Stadium. It was their worst record in 47 seasons.

"I understand this decision," Valentine said. "I am as disappointed in the results as are ownership and the great fans of Red Sox Nation."

Around the majors

Phillies: Philadelphia promoted Hall of Fame second baseman Ryne Sandberg to its coaching staff as third-base coach and infield instructor.

Sandberg spent the past two seasons managing Philadelphia's Triple-A affiliate. With Sandberg already in the dugout and Charlie Manuel entering the final season of his contract, the Phillies have already lined up their next manager, right? Wrong.

"The fact of the matter is he's not the heir apparent. We made no promises to Ryne Sandberg," General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Thursday.

Giants: Catcher Buster Posey won the National League batting title with a .336 average. The previous catcher to win the NL title was Ernie Lombardi of the Boston Braves, who hit .330 in 1942. The last catcher to win in the AL was Minnesota's Joe Maurer in 2009.

Astros: Houston will have a new radio broadcast team next season.

The Astros have begun a search for a successor to veteran broadcaster Milo Hamilton, who announced that 2012 would be his last season. The Astros also said that the contracts of radio broadcasters Brett Dolan and Dave Raymond would not be renewed.

Attendance: MLB's average attendance rose 1.8 percent this year to its highest level since 2008.

The 30 teams averaged 30,895 fans per game, the commissioner's office said Thursday, up from 30,362 last season. Philadelphia led MLB for the second straight year at 3.57 million, and the Yankees topped the AL at 3.54 million.

Memorabilia: Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling might have to sell the famed blood-stained sock he wore on the way to Boston's 2004 World Series title to cover millions of dollars in loans he guaranteed to his failed video game company. Schilling, whose 38 Studios filed for bankruptcy in June, listed the sock as collateral to Bank Rhode Island.