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Alfredo Aceves’ suspension is over, but he can’t fly on the Red Sox’s team plane

Aug 27, 2012, 4:46 PM EST

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As part of Alfredo Aceves‘ three-game suspension for “conduct detrimental to the team” the Red Sox reliever is not being allowed to fly on the team plane from Kansas City to Anaheim today.

Seriously. His suspension came to an end today, but manager Bobby Valentine told Evan Drellich of MLB.com that Aceves won’t be allowed “on the same plane” and is expected to find his own way to the West Coast before meeting up with the team on their road trip.

Valentine also hasn’t decided whether Aceves will get a chance to reclaim his closer job upon returning from the suspension, which all stemmed from his angry reaction to Andrew Bailey getting the nod in a save situation Friday.

  1. rhowe360 - Aug 27, 2012 at 4:48 PM

    Let’s get Aceves’ some cheese to go with his whine.

  2. anotheryx - Aug 27, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    WTF??! Flying coach is certainly considered cruel and unusual punishment.

  3. lew24 - Aug 27, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    After hearing about the drama in Boston, I’m sure free agents are so excited to sign there!

  4. notsofast10 - Aug 27, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    Boston should keep firing all their players and roll with Valentine for many years!

  5. drewsylvania - Aug 27, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    Fire Bobby and FAs will return.

    • pftcensorssuck - Aug 27, 2012 at 10:31 PM

      It was the “FA’s” that got this team below .500 in the first place!

  6. daisycutter1 - Aug 27, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    Seems to me that a player has to be batshit crazy or downright scary to be told by team mgmt that he has to find his own way to the West Coast from, presumably, Boston.

    • petey1999 - Aug 27, 2012 at 6:42 PM

      Batshit crazy in this case.

  7. baseballbum - Aug 27, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    Before this whole episode happened it would have been prudent for Bobby V. to sit Aceves down and say “We’re going to make an adjustment, you are still a vital cog in the wheel” and make Aceves the 8th inning guy (where he was key and a lifesaver last year), make Bailey the closer (which is what he was brought here to be) and make Breslow, Padilla, Tazawa, the 6 to 7 inning guys (for games that the Sox are ahead or close in). But nooooooooooo, he let the episode play out in the press (as he has now come to do without fail). Either that or he just does not know how to do things without disrupting the team. Aceves had not been doing the job as the closer recently, I’m sure he realizes it. Sit him down and talk to him and do whats best for the team. Everybody wins.

    • petey1999 - Aug 27, 2012 at 6:50 PM

      “Aceves had not been doing the job as the closer recently, I’m sure he realizes it.”

      Yeah, I’d say 39 pitches / 5 runs the day before qualifies. And yet, he still behaved like a 2 year old. Is it possible he’s one (more) of those guys who needs help making the connection between actions and consequences?

  8. paperlions - Aug 27, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    Petty.

    • bigharold - Aug 27, 2012 at 5:55 PM

      Past petty straight to vindictive.

      As a Yankee I don’t remember a thing negative that was ever written about Aceves. One season with Valentine and he becomes unhinged?? There is more to it than they took the closer role way from him.

      Considering recent history and the way the treated Francona on his way out the door, .. the RS FO inability to keep the beer and chicken thing internal, .. or at least kill the story off last fall thus allowing it to drag oN, ..the way things went SSoooo well with Youkilis this Spring, .. Valentine’s gracious comments recently to his pitching coaches “vacation, .. Crawford and Gonzalez you have to start wondering how much of a premium will the RS have to pay top FA players to sign with them. It’s not so much hat there are differences between players and management, I swould imagine that goes on all the time. It’s that it seems to be strategically leaked to the media.

      Carry on RS, .. the rest of the AL is loving it.

    • sabatimus - Aug 27, 2012 at 5:58 PM

      Very. Aceves throws a tantrum, gets suspended, comes back from suspension and is told he can’t be on the team plane back to Boston. Why? Pettiness can be the only reason. If not, and he did something else, suspend him again. The soon Valentine is out on his ass, the better.

    • elmo - Aug 27, 2012 at 7:19 PM

      Silly and childish were the words that popped into my mind. Maybe next Bobby V will have him sit in the corner and write “I will not rip my jersey off” 100x. That’ll learn him.

  9. kevinleaptrot - Aug 27, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    This seems exceptionally petty for the team (Bobby V) to do this to Acevedes, regardless of what was said. But hey, Valentine has really turned the Red Sox around this year with his methods, hasn’t he?

  10. geoknows - Aug 27, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    Didn’t the Sox play the Royals in Boston, not KC?

    • uyf1950 - Aug 27, 2012 at 5:57 PM

      Yes they did. But the charter plane for the Red Sox is making a stop over in KC to pick up paying customers.

      • drewzducks - Aug 27, 2012 at 10:01 PM

        Paying customers? Jeez wasn’t it enough that they just saved $260M this weekend but now they’re taking on passengers to help pay for the fare…oh how the once mighty have fallen.

  11. tfbuckfutter - Aug 27, 2012 at 6:29 PM

    It’s not all bad.

    They are at least leaving a ticket for him at Will Call.

  12. jmmsr1 - Aug 27, 2012 at 6:47 PM

    Welcome to Bobby V land. The true village idiot.

    • pisano - Aug 28, 2012 at 1:09 AM

      Manny Ramirez will argue that point, He has always worn that crown.

  13. vallewho - Aug 27, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    How long until he is released??? Take a swing @ Bobby first?

  14. xpensivewinos - Aug 27, 2012 at 7:27 PM

    Both of these idiots will be gone as soon as the season is over.

    Valentine is not part of the solution and Cherington not only knows it…………Cherington KNEW IT, because he didn’t want that passive aggressive douche bag in the first place.

  15. manchestermiracle - Aug 28, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    Ah, nice to see that after unloading a train-load of salary/bad attitudes/clubhouse cancers the RS are boldly going forward with moves that enhance the cohesiveness of the team. How many times do you have to flush the toilet before you realize the turd that won’t go away is holding the handle?

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