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Red Sox players “blasted Bobby Valentine to owners”

Aug 14, 2012, 4:11 PM EDT

Bobby Valentine

In news that will surprise absolutely no one, Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports has some very juicy details about Red Sox players not loving their time with manager Bobby Valentine.

According to Passan players “blasted Valentine to owners John Henry and Larry Lucchino during a heated meeting called after a text message was sent by a group of frustrated players to the team and ownership in late July.”

Passan specifically cites Adrian Gonzalez and Dustin Pedroia as having spoken up on behalf of teammates upset over Valentine leaving Jon Lester in to allow 11 runs on July 22.

And during a meeting at a New York hotel called by ownership Passan says “some players stated flatly they no longer wanted to play for Valentine.” That was nearly three weeks ago and obviously nothing has happened since then, at least publicly. In fact, Henry gave Valentine a vote of confidence just last week, saying a change will not be made this season and scoffing at the idea that the manager was to blame for the team’s sub-.500 record.

However, at this point Valentine’s odds of returning in 2013 are very much in question. Passan details a whole bunch of other alleged incidents throughout the season that paint the clubhouse as anything but thrilled with Valentine. General manager Ben Cherington confirmed that the meeting took place, calling it “productive” and “a forum for people to express whatever frustration needed to be expressed.”

Boston is 57-59 under Valentine, who hadn’t managed in MLB since 2002 with the Mets and took the job after serving as an ESPN television analyst. And dating back to the second half of last season under Terry Francona the Red Sox are 75-87 in their last 162 games.

For a whole lot more, read Passan’s full report.

116 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. ndrocks2 - Aug 14, 2012 at 9:37 PM

    SHOCKING – Bobby V rubbing people the wrong way!!!

  2. vikesfansteve - Aug 14, 2012 at 9:55 PM

    The quit on Francona too. Bunch of Dwight Howard’s.

  3. sabatimus - Aug 14, 2012 at 10:16 PM


  4. hushbrother - Aug 14, 2012 at 10:41 PM

    One would think a team focused on winning would do better to hold their underachieving teammate accountable for giving up 11 runs, rather than getting incensed because the manager didn’t pull him sooner, but there you have it. Still, I’m skeptical when I read stuff like this. Makes for sensational headlines, but who knows how much of it resembles reality. In any case, SOMETHING infected the Red Sox late last year, something serious enough to cause them to go from playing like the best team in baseball to absolutely sucking, and it is clear that they have not cured themselves of it.

  5. tomgallagher76 - Aug 15, 2012 at 12:40 AM

    As a life-long Mets fan, I remember Bobby Valentine’s time with the Mets well. I’ve never understood his reputation as a “smart baseball guy”. He was, and I’m assuming still is, one of the worst strategic managers I’ve seen. That criticism aside, I’ve never understood this hiring. After firing Tito for running too loose a clubhouse, they brought in a guy who was famous for keeping a loose clubhouse (complete with veterans playing cards during important games and recent alegations based on Al Leiter comments of “porn rooms”). You could see this train reck coming from miles away.

  6. allbucdup - Aug 15, 2012 at 7:48 AM

    Grandstanding the failures of your team to the media is the sure fire way to get a team to play for you. People can what they want about “Tito losing the clubhouse” but I guarantee we’d be a 90 win team with him there instead of this idiot.

  7. dawglb - Aug 15, 2012 at 7:58 AM

    I love this story. Bobby V is and has always been a cocky douche bag.

    • myopinionisrighterthanyours - Aug 15, 2012 at 9:48 AM

      While this may (probably is) true, this is NOT Bobby V’s fault. Remember, these same players got Tito run last year. The sooner the players, and more importantly, the FANS realize this, the better. At least it seems ownership is wise to it. The Red Sox need to be blown up player wise. Of course, I realize this is easier said than done.

  8. veracityguy - Aug 18, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    Through hard core journalism and superior investigative reporting I have found out the cause of the Red Sox problems. Remember the chicken and beer incident in the clubhouse last season? Well it turns out that the Kentucky Fried Chicken franchisee is a huge Yankees fan. The chicken was loaded with female hormones! This explains all the cat fighting in the clubhouse. Most of the “injuries” this year are actually broken nails or bouts of acne. David Ortiz crying over his contract, Youkilis being disrespected by his manager, Lester feeling that the home plate umpires don’t like him, all the result of female hormones. Hell they even found a box of tampons in Pedey’s locker. The only solution – they must get a hold of Melky’s unused testosterone. Otherwise the red and white will be replaced by pink and white and Steel Magnolias will be playing in the clubhouse during rain delays.

    • razedeyebrow - Aug 19, 2012 at 3:47 PM

      You’re trying too hard, dude.

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