// Bobby Valentine

Two Thumbs Down: Beckett, Bailey in Jeopardy for Opening Day?

With Opening Day almost upon the Boston Red Sox, it appears as if two of their key pitchers may be in jeopardy for the start of the season. Newly acquired closer Andrew Bailey and no. 2 starter Josh Beckett are both suffering from thumb injuries that could keep them off the mound to begin 2012. […]

The Case for Keeping Mike Aviles

The post-Nomar Garciaparra Boston Red Sox have been notorious for their revolving door at shortstop. Since the 2004 trading deadline, the Sox have employed Orlando Cabrera, Edgar Renteria, Alex Gonzalez, Julio Lugo, Jed Lowrie, Nick Green, Alex Gonzalez (again), and Marco Scutaro. That’s eight different starting shortstops in only seven-and-a-half years, and Scutaro was traded […]

Valentine-Management Power Struggle Already Defining Red Sox Season

In the middle of November, hopeful managerial candidate Dale Sveum met with Ben Cherington in Milwaukee. He was joined in the meeting by owners John Henry, Tom Werner, and President of Baseball Operations Larry Lucchino. Cherington had already met with Sveum once, and the second meeting undoubtedly served as a way for Cherington to present […]

What We Learned This Week: No More Beer, No More Varitek

What We Learned This Week: Week of 2/23-3/1 1. Jason Varitek retired. A good way to honor the Captain is to retire that hockey-style captain’s “C” that was on his jersey. Don’t give it out to anyone else, so that Jason Varitek will be the only Red Sox player in team history to ever wear […]

MLB to Add Two Teams to 2012 Playoffs

Boston Red Sox fans need no more painful reminders of how close they were to sneaking into the playoffs last season. One more strike on Robert Andino, six more inches on the left field wall at Tropicana Field, three more minutes on the clock. My left arm tingles just thinking about it. Well, sorry Red […]

Francona on Red Sox Beer Ban: “PR Move”

When ex-Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona joined ESPN as an analyst for the 2012 baseball season, it was inevitable that there would be some, let’s say, interesting exchanges when he was inevitably asked to comment on his former team. In the wake of his unceremonious exit following September’s collapse, Francona will be called upon […]

Bobby Valentine Bans Beer in Red Sox Clubhouse

While it seems logical after last season’s booze fest, it still had to be done: new Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine has officially banned beer in the clubhouse and on the plane ride home on the last leg of a road trip. In case you somehow don’t know what happened last year…let’s recap: Red Sox […]

Terry Francona Joins ESPN Sunday Night Baseball, Baseball Tonight

Former Red Sox manager Terry Francona, who parted ways with the team after an epic collapse that knocked the Sox out of playoff contention, has found a new gig: ESPN baseball analyst. “I’m excited to join ESPN and to be able to talk about my passion for baseball with fans who love the game as […]

Bobby Valentine Recruiting David Ortiz in Domincan Republic

New Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine flew to the Dominican Republic soon after meeting with the media Thursday. He went there meet with free agent designated hitter David Ortiz on a “recruiting trip.” The Red Sox have offered Ortiz arbitration, and the slugger has until Dec. 7 to accept. Should he accept, he would get […]

Bobby Valentine Hiring Process Yet Another Misstep By Management

WEEI Red Sox reporter Alex Speier reported Wednesday that Bobby Valentine’s hiring as the new manager flies in the face of an administrative promise made earlier in the off-season that the team would not go after a disciplinarian. While the report did not state who made the promise or to which player, a similar report […]

Bobby Valentine to Manage Red Sox in 2012

The Red Sox offered Bobby Valentine their managing job Tuesday while the 61-year-old was in Japan on personal business. Valentine immediately accepted, becoming the 45th manager in team history, according to ESPN’s Gordon Edes. Valentine is expected to be in Boston Wednesday afternoon, when the team will likely introduce him to the media. He previously […]

Cubs Hire Dale Sveum: How are the Red Sox Managing the Managing Dilemma?

With Dale Sveum officially signing on as manager of the Cubs, the Red Sox managerial search continues to drag on. Boston has already interviewed Gene Lamont, Torey Lovullo, Pete Mackanin, and Sandy Alomar Jr. for the job. All of those candidates except for Mackanin appear to still be under consideration. And apparently Bobby Valentine is […]