// Bobby Valentine

Bobby Valentine is the Fourth Best Manager in Baseball. Wait…What?

If there was a list of the most polarizing figures in recent Boston sports, Bobby Valentine would have to be near the top of that list. Some people find him endearing and entertaining, other people find him annoyingly narcissistic. Some people praise him as a baseball strategist, while others believe him to be an oblivious […]

Daniel Bard Unhappy in Triple-A

Aside from the hiring of Bobby Valentine, perhaps the most debated topic in this 2012 season for the Boston Red Sox has been finding a place for Daniel Bard. The former reliever excelled in the bullpen as the Red Sox set up man in each of the last two seasons, pitching 147.2 innings while striking […]

Dustin Pedroia Injury Could Be Red Sox Last Straw

On Tuesday, Dustin Pedroia was diagnosed with a torn adductor muscle in his right thumb. Depending on who you ask, the significance of this injury may appear to be very different. If you ask the Red Sox and manager Bobby Valentine, they’ll tell you that Pedroia is too important to the team to risk losing […]

Josh Beckett Must Forgo Distractions (Like Golf), Pitch as Red Sox Ace

When it all comes down to it, Josh Beckett is a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox. He’s not supposed to collect attention off the field, he’s not supposed to create headline quotes, and he’s certainly not supposed to be golfing. He was acquired in the winter of 2005 to become the Red Sox ace […]

Ross Homers Twice in Red Sox Victory Over Twins

Cody Ross must be quite the social animal. Through his first four home runs this season, at least one teammate had always been on base, waiting at the plate to celebrate with him. But sometimes, even Ross has to go it alone. Ross homered twice – one two-run, one solo – tying and then giving […]

Red Sox Blow 9-Run Lead in Horrific Loss to Yankees

Bobby Valentine has had a rough week. First his sideshow debacle with Kevin Youkilis, and now another loss to the Yankees has the rage of the city of Boston at his office door. It looked like a brilliant day early on at Fenway Park late Saturday afternoon, with Felix Doubront quieting the high-powered Yankees offense […]

Bobby Valentine is the Red Sox Manager, So Let Him Manage!

Owner John Henry said this in October of 2011: “Larry Lucchino runs the Red Sox.’’ That was made clear when new general manager Ben Cherington was sent on a hunt for a new manager of the Red Sox soon after Terry Francona was fired. Cherington soon found out that Lucchino was making the decision on […]

Hey Bobby V, Why Such a Heavy Reliance on the Red Sox Bench?

Another season, another horrid start, and a lot of concerns surrounding this year’s Red Sox squad. Mark Melancon’s ERA is higher than Jamie Moyer’s age, the DL has a higher payroll than the San Diego Padres, and Jacoby Ellsbury won’t be throwing the javelin anytime soon (let alone play the outfield). One trend that hasn’t […]

Bobby Valentine Backtracks on Kevin Youkilis Comments

Bobby Valentine failed to use any tact when talking about Kevin Youkilis in an interview with Channel 7 that aired Sunday night. “I don’t think he’s as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason,” said Valentine. “But [on Saturday] it seemed, you know, he’s seeing the […]

Red Sox Finally Win! Aceves Nails Down Save in 9th

The Boston Red Sox finally earned their first win of the 2012 season on Monday night, defeating the Toronto Blue Jays, 4-2. Sox starter Felix Doubront pitched five innings, giving up two runs and striking out six, but received the no-decision. Fellow Venezuelan Henderson Alvarez was better, going six deep while giving up just one […]

What We Learned About the Red Sox this Week: Formulas for Failure

So 0-3 again. That sounds familiar.  Call me sadistic, but I’m starting to find the Red Sox total ineptitude to be kind of funny. Here are some thoughts as the season kicks off, yet again, with a losing streak: Ben Cherington did not do his job. No, moving pieces into holes to create more holes […]

Red Sox in the American League: On Outside Looking In?

Yesterday, we looked at the top three teams in the American League. Next, let’s take a deeper look at my power rankings and examine which of the top six teams will miss the playoffs in October: 4. Tampa Bay Rays The Tampa Bay Rays were the laughing stalk of the American League for 10 years. […]

2012 MLB Preview: Yankees Top American League Power Rankings

For the Boston Red Sox, the 2011 season was an homage to all of the disappointing Red Sox teams of the past. The Sox had a potent offense, mediocre pitching staff and even a historic collapse to cap it all off. The baseball season is an epic journey and usually teams with the most talent, […]

With Bailey Out, Aceves Named Sox Closer

In a surprising move, manager Bobby Valentine has named Alfredo Aceves the replacement closer for the Boston Red Sox. With expected closer Andrew Bailey out for 3-4 months after surgery on his injured thumb, Aceves takes over the closer role despite very little experience closing games. For his career, Aceves has just four saves under […]

Closer Andrew Bailey to Undergo Thumb Surgery

So much for starting the season off on a good note. The Boston Red Sox kick off their 2012 season on Thursday afternoon in Detroit, but they will have to do it without their new closer, Andrew Bailey. After receiving a second opinion in Cleveland, Bailey will undergo surgery Wednesday on his injured thumb. Dr. Thomas […]