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On the silence from Bobby Valentine

Oct 9, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

Bobby Valentine Reuters

Buster Olney makes the following observation about the post-firing Bobby Valentine:

Rival officials believe that Bobby Valentine’s relatively muted response to his firing may be tied to some kind of financial incentive, which is not uncommon in the sport. In other words, people are sometimes paid to not criticize.

Yes, non-disparagement clauses are common. Of course, given that Valentine is under contract through next year already, the Sox would have had to give him something else in exchange for a gag order. Unless of course the non-disparagement clause was in his original deal in the first place. Or maybe Valentine is just taking the high road here.

And, actually, given how most of the disparagement surrounding Boston managers in the past couple of years has been about them and from anonymous front office sources, one hopes that Valentine gets a little financial kicker whenever the inevitable Boston Globe story comes out this fall airing all of the dirty laundry from the 2012 season in a manner that reflects poorly on everyone except ownership.

  1. bigleagues - Oct 9, 2012 at 2:09 PM


  2. kevinbnyc - Oct 9, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    I like Bobby and I feel for him this year, but I’m fairly sure he has no idea a “high road” even exists unless its paved with golden cobblestones.

    • paperlions - Oct 9, 2012 at 2:17 PM

      Bobby knows there is a high road, he just doesn’t understand why anybody has a problem with low road.

      • pellypell - Oct 9, 2012 at 4:29 PM

        Bobby would take the low road just to prove the high road wrong and make a point.

  3. petey1999 - Oct 9, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    You’d think ol’ Buster (and you too, Craig) could find something more substantive to write about. You guys are really going to miss BV.

    • 18thstreet - Oct 9, 2012 at 3:53 PM

      Is there anything stupider than people complaining that X is a stupid topic and a waste of time to discuss? (Well, other than me complaining about those people.)

      It’s a big Internet. Go there.

  4. giantssb42champs - Oct 9, 2012 at 2:20 PM

    Historically, disparagement clauses can be tough to fight even if something’s said in print.

    • paperlions - Oct 9, 2012 at 2:45 PM

      Yes, but if Bobby EVER wants another job in any capacity with any team….he will keep him mouth shut….disparagement clause or no.

      • paperlions - Oct 9, 2012 at 3:23 PM

        No one is going to hire someone they know they will eventually fire that can’t keep his mouth shut.

      • sabatimus - Oct 9, 2012 at 3:24 PM

        The Florida Marlins appear to have done precisely that.

  5. icanspeel - Oct 9, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    Considering he had no problem airing stuff out before he was fired.. One would guess he isn’t taking the personal high road.

  6. willclarkgameface - Oct 9, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    The story will come out soon. Before you know it a man named Harry Loukeno will come forth and tell the whole truth…

  7. sabatimus - Oct 9, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    Why the silence? I for one am GLAD for the silence, because nothing but crap comes out of his mouth.

  8. xpensivewinos - Oct 9, 2012 at 3:36 PM

    Assuming he wants to get back in to broadcasting, it’s probably in his best interests to make nice. He’s already getting paid for next season, so he stands to gain nothing by chirping about what happened.

    • pellypell - Oct 9, 2012 at 4:31 PM

      Wow, lot’s of credit given to a guy that hasn’t once given thought to what he plans to say before he says it.

  9. drewsylvania - Oct 9, 2012 at 6:02 PM

    Two words: Book deal.

  10. deathmonkey41 - Oct 9, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    I think he’s just been getting his teeth whitened and the sandblasting process takes several days.

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