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Bobby V the un-deserving scapegoat in Bo-Sox disaster

As everyone knows, [and in case you didn’t, you knew it was coming] Bobby Valentine is no longer the Red Sox manager. The team dismissed the 62-year old skipper after just one year at the helm, not even 24 hours after the Red Sox’ 93rd loss in their final game of the season.

From what the players and fans have said throughout this traumatic year for the Sox, you’d think Valentine’s firing was a huge step in moving forward and rebuilding a seemingly reborn franchise. Following 86 years of losing that ended in 2004, the Red Sox have won more World Series (2) than any team this century, and have appeared in the playoffs a total of 6 of the last 10 Octobers.

No, a dynasty to challenge their rival Yankees never happened, but right now, Boston has had the upper-hand in the first twelve years of the century where it counts most – the World Series.

Yet here we are, for the second straight year discussing the dismissal of the Red Sox manager and the dis-array the team lies in. Last time, it was well-respected and celebrated Terry Francona after a historic September collapse, that still left the Bo-Sox with a 90-72 record in 2011. Now, in 2012 it’s Bobby V, who miraculously survived all 162 games after the Red Sox’ worst season since he was fifteen – in 1965.

As the final result shows, Bobby V and the Red Sox fell well short of a “perfect match”, as some had predicted when he was hired by new GM Ben Cherington not even a calendar year ago. Tears streamed down his face as he first buttoned up the Red Sox jersey over his suit the day he was introduced to the Boston media.

Valentine was supposed to represent a change in the attitude of the defeated and disrespectful bunch of goons Fenway Park’s cramped dugout housed. People knew Bobby V was not a player’s manager, but at the same time was not as big a dictator as some perceived. So as spring training beckoned, it was hard to say that Boston couldn’t rebound this year and make the playoffs under the rule of Mr. Valentine.

Then came something so shocking to the Red Sox, that they immediately crumbled in Florida before they even played a game home in Boston – discipline.

I’m not trying to disrespect what Terry Francona did in his seven years as Red Sox skipper, but clearly he kept a very long leash on all of his players. Maybe it was because of how long he knew them, but then again, maybe that’s just who he is as a manager.

Bobby Valentine immediately tried to send a message that playtime was over and that it was time to start working hard towards returning to the playoffs. Yet amazingly, the Red Sox players completely tuned him out. Was he doing anything wrong? No. He was simply trying to assert himself and the changes that would happen under him, like every new manager should do.

But the players were so conceded and so used to being pampered by Francona for all those years that they just said “no”, and “that’s not how we do things” to nearly everything Bobby V brought to the table. Imagine a group of middle school children and how they act when a substitute teacher is in for the day. Now imagine a few of them with goatees, beards, and fried chicken. And viola! You have the 2012 Boston Red Sox.

The worst part of it all is somehow, someway, the Boston media too were in favor of the players and twisted Bobby Valentine’s actions into evil plots to make the players’ lives hell. If Mike Aviles did not cover his position properly, let it slide. If Kevin Youkilis is struggling, let it slide. If Dustin Pedroia hates you, let it slide.

Valentine didn’t let things slide, rightfully like a skipper should, and somehow he ended up being (to fans) the source of the Red Sox’ problems throughout the 2012 campaign.

Look here – the definition of a baseball manager is “someone in charge of training a team”. Spot the key phrase? In charge. That’s not what a baseball player is, and yet, that’s how the Red Sox carried themselves. They were the managers, and Valentine was the managed.

30 years ago, this would not have happened. Managers were specifically brought in because of spitefulness or disciplinary reasons, in an effort to focus the team more on winning than anything else that came with playing professional baseball. Now a days, it seems that a manager needs to “relate to the players” and needs to be lenient with them in order to be a good coach. And that is simply false. Had Bobby Valentine managed in the 60’s or 70’s, I’m sure he would have found more success and fame except for just one N.L. Wild Card and Pennant with the Mets in 2000.

Simply put – Bobby V is your classic old-school manager who the Red Sox dis-respected and mis-treated horribly. They didn’t want to accept change and didn’t want to man up to their childish actions, and therefore it showed on the field. With the team that was assembled this year, not many other managers could have done a significantly better job.

So before you go out and hang this embarrassment of a season for Boston on Bobby Valentine’s shoulders, it was the players themselves who started and deliberately continued a dramatic string of events that unjustly cost a great baseball mind another shot at managing.

May the Curse of Bobby V begin…and never end.

Yankees Postseason Notes: Who makes the roster, Rangers or Orioles and Bobby Valentine?

Good evening everyone. There’s no baseball at all tonight so we’re going to post some tidbits and notes that have been stirring around from Yankee Land. Here are some evening notes.

— The Yankees have yet to make the postseason roster but there are 3 definite players aside from the other starters for the roster: David Phelps, Eduardo Nunez and Brett Gardner (Brian Cashman confirmed Gardner today).

— The Yankees might either face the Orioles or Rangers on Sunday so the question is–who would you rather face?

Andruw Jones might get a roster spot for the postseason. I don’t think he should be on the roster considering he had a pretty bad 2012 regular season and there are hitters that could be of assistance on the bench. Players such as Chris Dickerson perhaps?

— A lot of writers believe that Andy Pettitte should start Game 2 of the play-offs instead of Hiroki Kuroda. Here I would have to agree. Kuroda has a better home record than an away record and since the Yankees are on the road to begin the play-offs, it would make the most sense to have  CC Sabathia and Pettitte for Games 1 & 2 and Kuroda and Hughes for Game 3 & 4. Sabathia would pitch Game 5 if it came down to that.

— In other news that has nothing to do with the Yankees but the Red Sox fired Bobby Valentine after 1 year with the Red Sox. Honestly, the Red Sox never should have fired Terry Francona to bring in Bobby Valentine. Francona won 2 championships and had one bad year. Bobby Valentine came in and made everything worse.

Morning Bits: Garcia, Pettitte, Valentine, All-Star Game

Good morning and a Happy Sunday to you all! Tonight (if they play) is an ESPN game at 8:05pm with CC Sabathia on the mound. Here are your morning links!

— After coming off another horrible start, what will the Yankees do with Freddy Garcia? Here’s a suggestion: Let David Phelps get a crack at the starting rotation for the time being.

— Andy Pettitte will pitch for Double A-Trenton on Wednesday. He’s slated to throw 80-85 pitches. Good. Hurry back Andy…soon.

— Two games vs. the Yankees and Bobby Valentine looks to be the face of failure for the Red Sox. Well, when your at a game and the Red Sox are chanting “We Want Tito” and the Red Sox players don’t like you then you are pretty much being set up for failure.

— Voting has commenced for the 2012 All-Star game, so vote for your favorite Yankees players to make it to Kansas City on July 10!

Morning Bits: Nova, Garcia, Valentine

Good morning everyone and a Happy Sunday to you all! Tonight’s Yankees game vs. the Orioles is a night game at 7:05, so if you are going to watch, it’s on MLB Network! Here are your morning links!

Ivan Nova is prepping up for his start tonight, but has anyone noticed how Nova is so calm and collected…with a smile?

— Everyone is overjoyed that Andy Pettitte has returned to the Yankees. Everyone but one pitcher who sees it as a threat: Freddy Garcia.

— Here we go again. Bobby Valentine can never seem to keep his mouth shut about the Yankees, so was there any surprise that he had some comments about Pettitte’s return?

And there as a change in the traveling schedule for today to Sarasota. Russell Martin has been scratched and was replaced by Curtis Granderson. Martin, Derek Jeter & Nick Swisher are now slated to play on Tuesday.

Spring Training Notes: 2/29/12

Andy pettite throwing batting practice

It’s the final day of Spring Training practice before the Yankees gear up for their first game on Friday (which unfortunately will not be televised). The Yankees will have an abbreviated workout since tomorrow they will go on a “field trip” that only Joe Girardi knows the location of. So let’s get to the links for today!

— Bobby Valentine had a lot to say about the Yankees commenting about A-Rod’s fight with Jason Varitek to Derek Jeter’s play in the 2001 ALDS. Derek Jeter responded the way he knows how; he practiced the flip play and then told reporters, “See, we do practice it.”

— I’m not sure if he was lost or something, but Terry Francona found his way to the Yankees clubhouse. He hugged Mariano Rivera and told Derek Jeter, “Great to see you…and I mean it this time.” We’ll were glad that your one of the announcers of ESPN…and we mean it this time.

— Mark Feinsand took some more videos of Yankees Batting practice and even caught a sight that no one thought would happen…Andy Pettite throwing pitches to Russell Martin during batting practice! Here are some of the videos:

Alex Rodriguez taking batting practice

Mark Teixeira takes batting practice

Yankees taking batting practice

Andy Pettite throwing batting practice to Russell Martin

— One Yankee that was missing from the team workouts was Robinson Cano. Cano is still in DR for his grandmother’s funeral. She passed away earlier this week.

— Russell Branyan (who was a long shot to make the team) experienced back spasms today.

— If you all watch YES Network, then the Yankees show that everyone loves ‘Yankees On Deck’ will return with new episodes on May 6, 2012. Some players such as David Robertson, Brett Gardner, Mark Teixeira, Joba Chamberlain & Russell Martin filmed segments for the show. Mark your calendars.

— Brett Gardner has been getting scrutiny from people on Twitter & Facebook for his comments last night on ‘Yankees Baseball Daily’ saying how the Yankees will win 100+ games and will get a parade in November. They compared Gardner to New York Jets coach Rex Ryan. Let me explain this: Gardner was asked if he thinks his team will go all the way. Rex Ryan just predicts it and fails at his predictions. Huge difference.

Use the comment section below to talk about whatever you’d like. Have a good night everyone! Hopefully we find out where the Yankees are going tomorrow for their field trip…tomorrow.

Was Bobby Valentine out of line for criticizing Yankees?

As we all know by now, Bobby Valentine just can’t seem to keep his thoughts to himself once he puts on the Boston Red Sox hat. News broke out last week that Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek was retiring, but while talking about Jason Varitek (as if he had managed him before) he took jabs at Alex Rodriguez & Derek Jeter. Here is an excerpt from the article from ESPN New York:

So Valentine dug in today, and, in praising the retiring Jason Varitek, he lauded him for beating up Alex, as in Al B. AlAlex Rodriguez:

“From afar, he was everything you want a guy who wears a ‘C’ to be,” Valentine said of Varitek, according to our teammateGordon Edes. “He was a man’s man, he was a big hitter when needed, he was the leader of the pitching staff. (Pause). He was able to beat up Alex, all that stuff. He was exactly what he was supposed to be.”

Now I may not be an expert at baseball, but I do know for a fact that beating up Alex Rodriguez is unsportsmanlike conduct, something that doesn’t exactly makes a player a “man’s man.”  Valentine also took a cheap shot at Derek Jeter about the tremendous play he made in the 2001 ALDS (An American League Division series that the Red Sox were not apart of.)  Here’s another excerpt from the article:

Earlier today, Valentine took a shot at Derek Jeter’s legendary cutoff in the 2001 ALDS against the A’s:

“We’ll never practice that,”’ Valentine said, again according to Gordon. “I think [Jeter] was out of position and the ball gets [Giambi] out if [Jeter] doesn’t touch it, personally.”

For one thing, none of the Red Sox players can even make the same play that Derek Jeter made, so I don’t understand the reason Bobby Valentine felt it was necessary to comment on Derek Jeter. Derek Jeter is baseball. Derek Jeter’s a legend. Don’t criticize a move that you could never make yourself.

Here’s some advice Bobby V: manage your team. You’re the manager of the Boston Red Sox, not the New York Yankees so why take shots at a team you don’t even manage? Yankees fans are already sick of the pre-season taunting which sounds as if it has all bark and no bite action. Also another thing Bobby; chicks dig the rings. Call us when you get 27 rings (or if you actually win a World Series) and then we’ll take your comments seriously.

To read the ESPN article Click Here

Morning Bits: Valentine, Hughes, Spring training, Cervelli

It’s the mid-week and I’m very excited today as I’m going with a couple friends to check out the Knicks and Linsanity tonight.  Yankees baseball is why you come to this site though so here are the links I bring to you every morning.  Enjoy!

* Valentine is already tweaking the Yankees and Boston.com has it all for you.

* The New York Post has Hughes as the chosen one in the rotation battle.

* Adam Warren is going to start the Yankees first spring training game.

* The New York Times has the latest with Cervelli and his concussions.

* MLB.com reports that new faces change the face of the Sox-Yanks rivalry.

* Lohud mentions that Joba is glad to be back at work after elbow surgery.

* Ivan Nova is dealing with pressure of expectations after superb rookie season says The Daily News.

* From The Star Ledger – Despite power numbers Curtis Granderson expects to stay at number two in the lineup.

Bobby Valentine Not Surprised By Jesus Montero Trade

Bobby Valentine Not Surprised By Jesus Montero Trade

By Delia E.

Bobby Valentine had more to say about the Yankees trade that sent Jesus Montero to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for Michael Pineda according to ESPN New York.

“I thought that it was kind of in their plans.” Valentine spoke to the press on Sunday while he was at Rippowam Middle School. “He helped their plans come to fruition by the way he played the last month of the season. I didn’t really ever think he was going to be their catcher in the future but maybe.”

Well Bobby Valentine, for a Red Sox manager you sure like to comment a lot about the Yankees.

Bobby V Says Yankees “Probably” Upgraded Rotation

Bobby V Says Yankees “Probably” Upgraded Rotation

By Delia E.

Yankees fans were thrilled to have 2 new arms to help them in their “Chase to 28” but one manager that isn’t ecstatic is Bobby V, the manager of the Boston Red Sox.

During a charity event earlier this morning, Bobby V mentioned that the Yankees “probably” upgraded their rotation while commenting on Michael Pineda & Hiroki Kuroda.

On Michael Pineda: “Pineda, when I saw him in the first half, he looked unhittable. Second half he looked OK. The Mariners saw a lot of him and they traded him.”

On Hiroki Kuroda: “Kuroda is a good pitcher–a year older than he was last year, pitching in the American League and not the National League, pitching in not a great pitcher’s ballpark from a great pitcher’s ballpark.”

Seems like Bobby V had a lot to say. Hey Bobby V. How are the Red Sox doing?

Morning Bits: Awards, Cashman, Bobby V, Jurrjens, Nunez

Good morning everyone. Here are today’s links…

Wally Matthews ponders how the Yankees may have been “robbed” in the awards this year.

— If you ever doubted Brian Cashman’s pure greatness, read this “article” of Matthews’ back-and-forth texts with the GM.

— I guess Matthews really needed a bunch of articles yesterday, so anyway, he warns Yankee fans about the idea of Bobby Valentine managing the Red Sox.

— Cashman ruled out the possibility of trading for Jurrjens because of concern about a serious knee injury. He also said they won’t be trading Nunez, but you never know if the right trade comes around.

— Some ex-Yankees praised the new labor deal, including the new HGH testing.