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SBD/August 15, 2012/Franchises
Red Sox Owners Hear Players' Gripes With Valentine In July Meeting
Published August 15, 2012
TIME TO GO? In Boston, Christopher Gasper writes the Red Sox "have to remove Bobby Valentine as manager, for his own dignity, as well as the team's." Gasper: "It's over. End the charade now. ... Mutiny on the Bobby is the last straw." The bottom-line evaluation of a manager is "whether he is capable of getting the most out of his players." Valentine "will never do that here, not as long as those players are empowered to go behind his back and complain about him to ownership, publicly challenge him in the media and have the general manger side with them, and otherwise belittle him with impunity." This "debacle is on ownership, upper management, and baseball operations." Previous votes of confidence in Valentine from Henry and Cherington "are meaningless now." Gasper: "How can you back Valentine publicly when you privately invited players to bad-mouth him?" (BOSTON GLOBE, 8/15). Also in Boston, John Tomase writes one of the "biggest gripes players have with Valentine is not just legitimate, but something that’s no one’s fault but his own. His mouth." Valentine "has consistently undermined his own clubhouse standing by making pointless public proclamations that have served only to alienate the players he was hired to lead" (BOSTON HERALD, 8/15). In N.Y., Roger Rubin writes, "Valentine's courtship and tenure with the Red Sox has been stormy" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 8/15). SPORTING NEWS' Anthony Witrado wrote, "This was never, ever going to work." The "only people who believed hiring Bobby Valentine to head the Boston Red Sox was a good idea was ownership" (SPORTINGNEWS.com, 8/14). In N.Y., Don Burke writes, "Call it an attempted mutiny by social media" (N.Y. POST, 8/15).
PAYING TRIBUTE: In Providence, Tim Britton notes the Red Sox for the rest of the season "will honor Johnny Pesky with a black armband on their gray road uniforms and a white '6' in a black circle on the sleeve of their other three jerseys" (PROVIDENCE JOURNAL, 8/15).