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Red Sox suspend closer Alfredo Aceves three games for “conduct detrimental to the team”

Aug 25, 2012, 9:14 PM EDT

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That nine-player blockbuster trade is official, but the drama continues in the Boston clubhouse.

According to beat reporter Tim Britton of the Providence Journal, the Red Sox have suspended right-hander Alfredo Aceves for three games because of “conduct detrimental to the team.”

Britton has more details on the Projo’s website:

Aceves was visibly angry in the clubhouse after Friday night’s win, which was closed out by Andrew Bailey. Aceves slammed the door on his way in and out of manager Bobby Valentine’s office after the game.

Aceves will begin serving the suspension tonight. It will run through Monday’s afternoon tilt with the Royals.

He faced 10 batters and threw 39 pitches in Thursday’s marathon loss to Anaheim, so his anger towards Bobby V is hard to justify. The 29-year-old has a 4.60 ERA and 25 saves in 32 opportunities this season.

  1. aceshigh11 - Aug 25, 2012 at 9:20 PM

    Jesus, who’d they put in charge of the Red Sox all of a sudden?

    Lee Marvin and Clint Eastwood??

    It’s about time they started kicking these over-privileged d-bags asses.

    • Old Gator - Aug 25, 2012 at 9:57 PM

      No kidding. Things had gotten so toxic in that clubhouse that this big trade was more like an intervention by the EPA into a Superfund site, like the cleanup of Love Canal. Of course, the problem is that the Beanbags’ turf is still contaminated, and will probably remain that way for quite some time.

      • bigharold - Aug 25, 2012 at 10:09 PM

        ” … the problem is that the Beanbags’ turf is still contaminated, and will probably remain that way for quite some time.”

        Perhaps but if they throw Valentine overboard, … which they will almost certainly do, .. the gets them half way to clean. Or maybe not, .. we are talking about the RS after all.

      • Old Gator - Aug 25, 2012 at 10:15 PM

        Throwing Valentine overboard will certainly help decontaminate the turf, but think about what it will do to the water….I mean, this is the Charles we’re talking about….

    • pjmarn6 - Aug 27, 2012 at 2:22 AM

      There is no sense to preparing the team for next year if the Red Sox are going to keep the same problems on the coaching and managerial staff. Clean house and start from the top down.

  2. xpensivewinos - Aug 25, 2012 at 9:20 PM

    Guess who’s next?

    Seriously, just release this piece of sh**.

    • bigleagues - Aug 26, 2012 at 4:48 AM


      Aceves is a gamer. I WANT a guy like him on my team.

      He channeled his anger the wrong way after a stretch of bad outings and essentially lost the Closers job to the guy who was supposed to be the Closer anyway.

      Big F’in deal.

      He’ll get over it. The Red Sox will get over it and everyone will move on.

      Besides, Aceves wants to be a Starter anyway . . . and unlike a certain other reliever turned SP (not named Morales), Aceves has shown he can be effective in the starting role.

      • theawesomersfranchise - Aug 26, 2012 at 12:09 PM

        Couldn’t care less about a gamer or his attitude if he can’t get outs, and Aceves doesn’t pitch well enough consistently for me to WANT him because his has the heart.

        I love me some heart but I’d rather have talent

        “Besides, Aceves wants to be a starter” wtf is that supposed to mean? He isn’t getting it his way to his tantrum should be excused?

        Also keep thinking that anger somehow helps and should be channelled rather than calming down and focusing.

        This post of beyond foolish yet people bought into the concept and I find that funny as hell

      • bigleagues - Aug 26, 2012 at 5:35 PM

        Uh huh.

        First of all, I’m not sure why I’m responding to someone with the handle “theawesomersfranchise” – but I suppose I’m doing it as a form of giving back to the youth. That is, allow me to share and impart some knowledge in you, young Luke.

        Aceves made several spot starts for the Red Sox last season and he was effective enough to have the Red Sox allow him to come into Spring Training this year as a SP. He pitched well enough in Spring Training to make the rotation, but roster politics and fate conspired to force Aceves into the Closers role.

        So back in February – of all the roles Aceves thought he’d end up with – being the team’s Closer likely never entered his mind.

        After Bailey’s injury, Valentine surveyed who he had and determined that Aceves would be his best bet. And Valentine’s judgement has largely been spot on – until Aceves’ recent troubles.

        When he ripped his shirt off, Aceves wasn’t angry at anything other than the fact that he blew another save – and the realization that Bailey had likely gotten the Closers job back. I agree with the Sox that ripping your game jersey in anger shouldn’t be tolerated, but the fact that Aceves is mad because he blew another game and lost the Closers job is exactly the kind of guy that ANY TEAM WOULD WANT.

        As for your suggestion that Aceves lacks talent . . . well, I’ll let you own that comment – cuz it’s just a silly statement that reveals more about what you do or don’t know than anything else.

        I will say this, how many pitchers do you know that could have been shifted from long relief to the rotation and then to Closer and had very effective performances for the vast majority of appearances in each of those roles?

        Allow me to assert the correct answer – NOT MANY.

        Aceves is, in many ways, invaluable.

  3. exibitsman - Aug 25, 2012 at 9:29 PM

    This hot temperature Latino needs to go take his 4.62 era. And. Shitty attitude elsewhere. Trade or release this over paid Lil punk.

    • pisano - Aug 26, 2012 at 1:04 AM

      Gee, he was a perfect team player with the Yankees, you don’t drinking out of the same trough with the rest of that team soured him do ya? I’ll bet the Yankees will take him back if he’s free this winter.

      • pisano - Aug 26, 2012 at 1:06 AM

        typo, “you don’t think drinking out of the same trough”

  4. shanabartels - Aug 25, 2012 at 9:33 PM

    Oh Ace. This stuff just keeps getting more hilarious.

  5. keithbangedyermom - Aug 25, 2012 at 9:34 PM

    Most loathsome group of douchebags going.

    Eff all of them.

    • bigleagues - Aug 26, 2012 at 4:49 AM

      weak contribution.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 26, 2012 at 9:00 AM

      It makes little sense for fans of another team to kick an opponent when they are down. After all, your team is next and is due for some rough years.

  6. keithbangedyermom - Aug 25, 2012 at 9:36 PM

    God… I would love for Valentine to just erupt on all of these a-holes. They certainly deserve it.

  7. proudlycanadian - Aug 25, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    While the Red Sox have made several changes to the roster, I am certain that management plans more changes.

    Bailey was brought in to be the closer, but lost the job due to injury. Aceves was given the job only because there was no other option. Bailey is clearly the better pitcher and should be given the opportunity to show what he can do.

    • Glenn - Aug 25, 2012 at 10:11 PM

      …especially after a 39 pitch stinker the night before.

      • Old Gator - Aug 25, 2012 at 10:17 PM

        Now he can sit home and play with his shitshit. The little feller has been locked up in his terrarium for days now. Just be careful not to let it bite your hand, Alfredo.

    • pisano - Aug 26, 2012 at 1:13 AM

      proudly…. you got it right, Aceves isn’t any kind of closer, he’s best suited for the seventh or eighth inning. I know the Sox didn’t have a closer so he got the nod, but in reality he was just filling in.

  8. legacybroken - Aug 25, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    This is the opportunity Pedroia’s been waiting for to show Bobby V the inmates are still running amok.

  9. randygnyc - Aug 25, 2012 at 9:46 PM

    Could’ve used him tonight.

  10. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Aug 25, 2012 at 9:55 PM

    You don’t see these types of suspensions very often. I do wonder, is there an appeal process in place similar to league suspensions? Who would judge such an appeal? A 3rd party arbitrator, or perhaps the commissioner? Or would the player have to file a grievance via the players union? If so, why might not a player follow that process? I assume this is a suspension without pay. What is the limit a team may suspend a player?

    • raysfan1 - Aug 25, 2012 at 11:15 PM

      He could file a grievance under the current labor agreement. There is no limit; a player could theoretically be terminated for cause.

    • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Aug 26, 2012 at 2:41 PM

      Wow, that’s a lot of down votes for a few simple questions. Geez. Tough room.

  11. mickeylolich1968 - Aug 25, 2012 at 10:08 PM

    The story was the yankees (who still suck, by the way) let him go because he injured himself on a bicycle in the off season. He got hurt on a bike because he is crazy, immature, and undiciplined. The yankees (suck they do but stupid they are not) let him go because he is crazy, immature, and undiciplined. He fit right in with the sox because of the whole immature, undiciplined thing. Now, being crazy, he thinks one unsuccessful season as sox closer entitles him to a lifetime appointment to the job.
    Perhaps he can blame the media for the soap opera as well.

    • deathmonkey41 - Aug 25, 2012 at 10:46 PM

      I couldn’t figure out why the Yankees would let this guy walk to Japan for nothing- then when he backed out of that and went to the Red Sox, I was really pissed, but apparently the Yankees knew what they were doing with him and with Melky.

  12. Glenn - Aug 25, 2012 at 10:16 PM

    A league-average run-of-the-mill reliever would have about the same save percentage.
    Aceves is no closer.

  13. manchestermiracle - Aug 25, 2012 at 10:34 PM

    So all the comments on here about how “toxic” those three players (that went to the Dodgers) were for the Red Sox turns out to not be the problem in Boston. No wonder those guys flying to L.A. had huge smiles on their faces. They escaped the insane asylum and get to play on a pennant contender while leaving what is obviously STILL a toxic clubhouse. And after AG homered in his first plate appearance for the Dodgers I’m feeling better about the Guggenheim group’s baseball acumen.

    • tfbuckfutter - Aug 25, 2012 at 10:55 PM

      I would say that jettisoning a bunch of big name players, and then immediately suspending the first player to act out would be an example of trying to take control of the clubhouse.

      • manchestermiracle - Aug 26, 2012 at 7:19 PM

        A little late to be trying to set some sort of example, though, wouldn’t you say? I could think of half a dozen previous “incidents” that could have been addressed, but weren’t.

    • Francisco (FC) - Aug 26, 2012 at 10:02 AM

      They escaped the insane asylum and get to play on a pennant contender while leaving what is obviously STILL a toxic clubhouse.

      I hear Rocksteady is considering their next sequel Batman game, Batman : Boston Red Sox

  14. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Aug 25, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    He’s the Mexican Gangsta. Gangsta’s can’t just shut a door gently. Gangsta’s gotta gang, baby.

  15. tfbuckfutter - Aug 25, 2012 at 10:41 PM

    If being effing terrible at the sport of baseball qualifies as “conduct detrimental to the team” the Sox would have had to forfeit half the season for lack of players.

  16. joelaw43 - Aug 25, 2012 at 11:18 PM

    Can you imagine if Showtime would’ve put these guys on “The Franchise” instead of the Marlins? Talk about soap opera entertainment, absolute craziness!

  17. throughthewickets - Aug 26, 2012 at 12:38 AM

    I’m not saying that Bobby V. is a saint, but Sweet Jesus! There are enough children in the clubhouse to get Jerry Sandusky’s attention…

    • tfbuckfutter - Aug 26, 2012 at 12:41 AM

      I think a child molestation scandal is all that’s really missing from this season.

      Too bad Dustin’s brother couldn’t have waiting just a couple more years.

  18. thatyankeedude - Aug 26, 2012 at 12:54 AM

    I think he went wrong when he stepped out on the mound to save a game for them. THAT is conduct detrimental to the team.

  19. muir6 - Aug 26, 2012 at 1:08 AM

    Total and complete disaster and It’s fantastic to watch. Another 86 years please the curse of Youk

  20. bw1980 - Aug 26, 2012 at 1:49 AM

    Suspended for conduct detrimental to the team?

    Shit, why stop with Aceves? Lucchino, Cherington, John Henry, every player, every member of the coaching staff plus, in absentia, Epstein, Youk, Beckett, Gonzalez, Crawford and Punto ought to be suspended for the remainder of the year!

  21. spudatx - Aug 26, 2012 at 2:13 AM

    I can’t imagine he made any text messages using A-Gone’s cell, so what’d he do exactly? Fried chicken? Doubt it. Brewskis? Nah. …?

    • bw1980 - Aug 26, 2012 at 2:23 AM

      The story is that he griped about Bailey being brought in for a save situation–a role which he believes to be his. What’s lost on him is that Bailey was brought in to be the closer and would were it not for an injury would be the closer.

      However, I think this is going too far. Boston is already a tough enough place to play, now the management team wants to turn into strict disciplinarians–nobody is going to want to play in Boston. I can only imagine that Jacoby Ellsbury is counting every second until the end of the 2013 season–he’ll be gone. Buchholz, Lester, Ortiz….they all can’t wait to be out, or so I would assume.

      Throw on top of it the fact that the Sox seem to want to get away from signing players to high priced, long term contracts and it suddenly seems like the worst place in baseball to play (one of the reasons the Sox/Yankees pay so much for free agents is that you have to pay players a premium to put up with all the b.s. in the two cities). Moreover the Sox are now going to try to be cost conscious but keep or convince good players to put up with over-the-top fan expectations, a media group that will print any story–related or unrelated to baseball–about these players (very personal stories), an asshole manager and a hard-assed ownership group. I can just see the guys lining up now–to leave town.

      The worst thing Esptein ever did was dismantle the “idiots” in order to bring a more professional, subdued group of players. I don’t think that he realizes that you need to be a light hearted type who doesn’t take anything too seriously to succeed in Boston.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Aug 26, 2012 at 10:28 AM

        “The worst thing Esptein ever did was dismantle the “idiots” in order to bring a more professional, subdued group of players. I don’t think that he realizes that you need to be a light hearted type who doesn’t take anything too seriously to succeed in Boston.”

        They managed to do OK in 2007…

      • bw1980 - Aug 26, 2012 at 2:32 PM

        Well they still had Manny, Ortiz, Timlin, Schilling, Varitek and I think that Pedroia would have fit in with that 2004 team and the coaching staff was in tact.

  22. bw1980 - Aug 26, 2012 at 2:42 AM

    I also have to laugh–as a life long Red Sox fan–at the notion of this suspension. It’s starting to remind me of Major League:

    “Maybe a series of fines for good play. Maybe a $30,000 fine for the guy voted Least Valuable Player”.

    What do you think the discussion with Aceves was like? Given the context of this recent purge of apathetic players (Beckett), guys who couldn’t handle the bright lights (Gonzalez) and overpriced healthy or not players (Crawford) and the complaints from the fanbase about the professional (see heartless/unemotional/apathetic) players that Epstein worked so hard to bring in it seems like a tough conversation.

    What did Cherington say to him:
    “Oh, you want to play? You want to be out on the field and not sitting on your ass cashing checks and drinking beer or shrinking from the moment? You, sir, have no idea what this team is about. You’re suspended!”; or maybe
    “Don’t give me this “I actually care” bullshit. You don’t care. I don’t care. Nobody cares. I’m sick of your rah rah attitude–take a few days and think about whether you can come back to this team and give us the blank stare and detached demeanor we want. When this suspension is over and you’re reinstated I fully expect that the next time you’re called on to pitch that you attempt to make an excuse for why you cannot do it and, if you do pitch, I expect you to give up a minimum of two runs and then tell the media afterwards, with the affectation of a robot, that you “are trying your best”.

  23. doctorfootball - Aug 26, 2012 at 2:53 AM

    Jesus! Valentines’ got problems with almost every player on the team. Bobby should consider going back to Japan to coach. It’s where he’s had his greatest success.

  24. ditto65 - Aug 26, 2012 at 8:54 AM

    I heard he was upset that he wasn’t included in the trade to the Dodgers.

  25. pisano - Aug 26, 2012 at 7:09 PM

    How could anyone’s conduct be detrimental to THAT team? that team should be renamed ” Boston Ship of Fools” with Capt. runt of the litter (pedroia) in command.

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