October 4, 2012 |
Bobby Valentine was fired by the Boston Red Sox on Thursday after going 69-93 in his only season as the team's manager. Valentine, who led the New York Mets to the National League pennant in 2000, was brought in during the off-season after former manager Terry Francona lost control of the clubhouse as the Red Sox fell out of the playoff race down the stretch last season. But the 62-year-old baseball veteran wasn't able to right the ship. “Our 2012 season was disappointing for many reasons,” General Manager Ben Cherington said.
September 6, 2012 |
Bobby Valentine, the embattled Boston Red Sox manager, has had to reiterate he was joking when he told hosts of a radio show that he would punch them for asking whether he had "checked out" for the season. Although if you listen to the volatile interview , you could sense the threat wasn't said in jest. Since Valentine is probably out as manager after a less-than-spectacular first season with the club, one that he actually called "lousy," he's gone into damage-control mode. The incident with WEEI hosts Glenn Ordway and Michael Holley began Tuesday when Ordway asked the manager whether he had checked out because he showed up late to the game in Seattle.
August 18, 2012 |
It was a volatile mix to begin with, opinionated and outspoken Bobby Valentine managing a club coming off a highly disappointing and turbulent 2011 season in a city with a rabid media and fan base. And now it has blown up in the face of the Boston Red Sox with the gory details of a July 26 player mutiny exposed by Yahoo Sports. Several players, including Adrian Gonzalez and Dustin Pedroia, reportedly blasted Valentine to owners John Henry and Larry Lucchino and lobbied for a change, the last straw coming when Valentine left popular left-hander Jon Lester in to give up 11 runs in a July 22 loss to Toronto.
August 15, 2012
The Boston Red Sox in are the midst of a disastrous 57-60 season, sparking rumors of a rift between the players and first-year Manager Bobby Valentine. Writers from around the Tribune Co.will discuss how long Valentine keeps his job with the team. Check back throughout the day for their responses and join the conversation by voting in the poll and leaving a comment of your own. Phil Rogers, Chicago Tribune Dustin Pedroia is having his worst year in the last six. Adrian Gonzalez has been better than Pedroia, but by his high standards this is the worst season in the last seven.
April 17, 2012
Bobby Valentine has already created a stir less than two weeks into his first season as manager of the Boston Red Sox, calling out popular third baseman Kevin Youkilis then apologizing to the player for his remarks . Writers from around Tribune Co. discuss whether the veteran manager is the right fit for the Red Sox. Check back throughout the day for their responses and join the conversation by voting in the poll and leaving a comment of...
April 16, 2012 |
Bobby Valentine has apologized to Kevin Youkilis after publicly questioning the Boston third baseman's commitment to the game, the Red Sox manager said Monday. “I don't know if he accepted my apology,” Valentine said. “It was sincere.” During an interview that aired Sunday night, Valentine was asked about Youkilis' early-season struggles at the plate. Valentine responded, “I don't think he's as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason.” Youkilis had a poor spring training and is batting .200 (6 for 30)