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Alfredo Aceves’ role is up in the air

Aug 27, 2012, 4:02 PM EDT

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Alfredo Aceves got suspended for three days for “conduct detrimental to the team” ends after tonight’s game. Bobby Valentine said today, however, that it’s unclear what role he’ll play in the Sox bullpen once he’s back.  He did explain what lesson he’s trying to communicate here, however:

“It just deals with being responsible for your actions and understanding that all actions have consequence. It’s just a simple rule. Remember, I don’t have a lot of rules, but one of the rules I stated early on is that you don’t do anything to embarrass yourself, your teammates or your organization.”

Thing is, Aceves was no great shakes as closer, so him acting out was probably a blessing in disguise. He blew seven saves in 32 opportunities with a 4.60 ERA.  Given that the competitive portion of the Red Sox season is over, it’s probably best to see what else they have in the pen as the season winds down than to give the job back to the guy that emoted his way out of it just a few days ago.

  1. annaalamode - Aug 27, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    Is there anything in Red Soxville that is clear?

    • sabatimus - Aug 27, 2012 at 6:03 PM

      Yes: Bobby is certifiably insane.

  2. shaggylocks - Aug 27, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    Minor, nitpicky point of clarification: Sox played an afternoon game, so his three game suspension is already up.

  3. bradybbgoat - Aug 27, 2012 at 4:46 PM

    Personally, I’d prefer Aceves as a set-up guy anyways. Craig’s right — he’s just not a great closer.

  4. hushbrother - Aug 27, 2012 at 4:48 PM

    How about a bullpen by committee instead of anointing any one pitcher as the Closer? *eyeroll*

    • bradybbgoat - Aug 27, 2012 at 5:01 PM

      Can you name the last closer by committee situation that’s worked? Ask the Brewers about that idea…

  5. Glenn - Aug 27, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    The closer by committee concept may be the most misunderstood idea in baseball. Go back to Bill James and read it. All he said is that even if you have Mariano Rivera in his prime, it is better to use him in the 8th inning with some runners on base that save him to start the 9th with a three run lead and no one on. Lockstep roles by innings do not seem like an optimal use of bullpen talent.

  6. sabatimus - Aug 27, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    At this point, if I were Aceves, I’d tell the Sox brass to fuck off straight to their faces and pull a Bartolo Colon…no, not the roids thing—the “leaving the team because you’re unhappy” thing.

    • pftcensorssuck - Aug 27, 2012 at 10:41 PM

      Really? They’re paying this moron millions of dollars to suck, and you think he should tell them to f— off because they wouldn’t tolerate his little hissy fit?

  7. bigharold - Aug 27, 2012 at 6:05 PM

    “I stated early on is that you don’t do anything to embarrass yourself, your teammates or your organization,” said Valentine. ”

    REALLY?? I guess Valentine calling out Youkilis, (of all people), for lack of desire in Sping training no less, .. or his characterizing his pitching coach leave of absence to attend to his sick child a vacation is not “..embarrass yourself, your teammates or your organization,”?

  8. petey1999 - Aug 27, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    The inmates are no longer in charge of the asylum.

  9. wgward - Aug 27, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    And, to think that all this unraveling started with dumping Youkilis…

  10. revansrevenant - Aug 27, 2012 at 9:22 PM

    Apparently Bobby V didn’t get his own memo.

  11. pisano - Aug 28, 2012 at 1:12 AM

    If Aceves has any say so, he should get the hell away from that so-called team asap, talk about a ship of fools, Bobby V. is the Capt.

  12. mickeylolich1968 - Aug 28, 2012 at 4:30 AM

    How about the role of “biggest a**hole on the pitching staff”? That role seems to be currently accepting applications.
    These guys are unbelievable. They all want to be pampered like Pedro Martinez. What they don’t get is that Pedro received special treatment because he really was the greatest thing since Sandy Koufax.

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