In what represents the worst kept secret in all of baseball, Bobby Valentine is OUT as Red Sox manager after overseeing the first 90 loss season in more than 45 years.
Bobby Valentine rode in on a white horse gorged on wraps but was unable to stem the tide of underperformance, clubhouse cancers and straight-up backwards thinking. Valentine battled with players and accused his coaches of undercutting him in his brief time as Sox manager.
His reputed in-game managing acumen took a back seat to all the off-field and/or tabloid exploits that, in a lost season, quickly became the focus in Boston. Did the time away from the game prove too long for Bobby V or was this Red Sox disaster too much for any one man to tame?
Sox GM Ben Cherington has his work cut out for him…again as he seeks a new field boss. After the way Bobby was treated and the associated junk floating around this team right now, is anybody going to want this job?
"...And I had an onion on my belt, which was the style at the time."
With pennant races getting more and more intense, it seems like baseball people are getting stingier with their quotes. It’s like they’re focusing on winning or something. What’s up with that?
That aside, this week we have terrifying things happening to Brandon McCarthy, sad things happening to Lance Berkman and hilarious things happening to Bobby Valentine because obviously.
What an embarrassing thing to say. If I were there right now, I’d punch you right in the mouth. Ha, ha. How’s that sound? Sound like I checked out? What an embarrassing thing. Why would somebody even, that’s stuff that a comic strip person would write. If someone’s here, watching me go out at 2 o’clock in the afternoon, working with the young players, watching me put in the right relief pitchers to get a win, putting on a hit-and-run when it was necessary, talking to the guys after the game in the food room – how could someone in real life say that?
How could someone in real life say that, Bobby? How could they? By the way, the headline to this article, on the front page of FOX Sports, was “Bobby V. Defends Threat To Punch Host,” which is just, really, it’s just the best thing. Headline aside, this is awesome. It’s just a fantastic quote (as disastrous as the Sox season has been, Valentine has been on point for quotes all season). It’s the “ha, ha” that really sells it for me. Just great stuff.
Craig Kimbrel is so much better at his job than we are at ours, we dedicate the beginning of our show to his amazingness. Then we discuss Bobby V’s antics, the scary Brandon McCarthy liner and Shelby Miller’s debut.
Then, somehow, we talk with Manny Machado of the Baltimore Oriole. He’s very young but very patient. Well, relatively.
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It’s been a rough first year in Boston for Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine. Every week seems to bring about a new controversy and a new item for which the Boston media can feign outrage so as to drive more web traffic and increase newspaper circulation.
The latest in the long line of unprofessional media provocation causing poorly handled reactions occurred today on WEEI Sports Radio in Boston when Mr. Valentine jokingly (but not really jokingly) suggested that if he were being interviewed face-to-face and not over the telephone, he’d punch host Glenn Ordway in the face.
How will you remember the 2012 Boston Red Sox? Will it be the incessant rumours of in-house fighting, the regression of several stars, the trade with the Dodgers, a plethora of injuries to key players, or will it be something else altogether? Until this weekend’s series with the Oakland Athletics, regardless of the outcome of today’s finale, I was prepared to remember this campaign as the Bobby Valentine era. Barring the emergence of 1986 Rogers Clemens to take the hill this afternoon and the resurrection of Ted Williams, the Red Sox could very well be outscored by 30 or more runs in this three game series. This is how I will remember.
Although they were roughed up 20-2 on Friday, last night’s 7-1 loss may actually stand as a more accurate season defining game. There was a heated exchange between Dustin Pedroia and the team’s unofficial symbol of fallibility, Alfredo Aceves. Before anything else, though, there was sloppy play in the field.
A few weeks ago, Baseball Prospectus published an article by Russell Carleton in which he equates difficult decisions that a Major League Baseball manager must make to unwelcome duties with which you and I might be more familiar. The point of the piece is to show that being a manager is far more difficult of a job than we often realize. I have no doubt that this is accurate.
Unfortunately, all of the new found empathy for managers that such a post might create in baseball fans is thrown by the wayside for instances like last night in Anaheim, where Bobby Valentine fed a struggling Alfredo Aceves to the wolves of the Los Angeles Angels, after making him pay his own way there.
Sometimes, the presentation of something is just as important as the actual content being presented. Sometimes, it’s even more important. For instance, Jeff Passan’s most recent piece for Yahoo! Sports in which he reveals through the use of unnamed sources that several players on the Boston Red Sox “blasted” manager Bobby Valentine to owners John Henry and Larry Lucchino in a closed-door meeting, is presented with a sense of importance I’m not sure it truly possesses.
Terms like “exclusive” and references to sources that have been “granted anonymity because they were not authorized to speak about internal matters” tend to prompt our curiosity, which in turn cause the revelation of information to carry more weight than it truly does. In this sense, Passan’s piece on turmoil between Red Sox players and their manager is a rousing success.