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Miguel Cabrera and Mike Trout turned last year’s American League MVP voting into a two-horse race, but former Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine thinks someone else was in the discussion before an injury derailed his season.
Valentine spoke glowingly of David Ortiz in an interview on Boston’s NBC Sports Radio on Thursday, making it clear that he thinks Ortiz is as good as they come.
“Well, you know what, [when Ortiz] played last year, he was the MVP of the league, I thought,” Valentine said, according to CSNNE.com. “He was as good as there is . . . “
Ortiz finished last season with a .318 average, .415 on-base percentage, 23 home runs and 60 RBIs in 90 games. The slugger only played one game after suffering an Achilles injury on July 16, but he was undoubtedly an important player up until that point, even if the Red Sox weren’t exactly in prime position to make a playoff run.
Ortiz is still battling back from that Achilles injury, but Valentine isn’t too concerned, despite Opening Day...
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Well, if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em — or, if you’re Bobby Valentine, put on imitation MLB jerseys and laugh along with those who have enjoyed seeing you get fired throughout the years. Valentine is the star of a new CBS Sports Fantasy Baseball commercial, where he — described on-screen as a “famous baseball manager” — recounts how he’s been fired a lot in his...
Although unable to perform in the Grapefruit League with a sore right Achilles tendon, Boston remains optimistic that juicehead designated hitter David Ortiz will be ready for Opening Day on April 1 when the Red Sox visit Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. The 37-year-old Ortiz, who made his Major League Baseball debut with the Minnesota Twins in September 1997 and inked a free agent contract...
David Ortiz has appeared on these "pages" more than just about any other player. For four straight years there was the ongoing debate about whether the Red Sox should extend him or not. At the beginning of that run, the answer was always no because of his size and his age. And sure enough, and with wisdom, the Red Sox kept bringing him back with only one year contracts...
Entering the offseason, the Boston Red Sox were expecting
veteran designated hitter David Ortiz to be healthy for Opening Day. However,
his recovery has gone slower than expected, leaving the Red Sox considering
potential alternatives, according to Rob Bradford of WEEI.com.
Red Sox manager John Farrell told reporters that the concerns
over Ortiz’s health – specifically...
Say what you will about Bobby Valentine and his inability to hold a job in professional baseball, but the man clearly has a sense of humor. Valentine’s career with the Boston Red Sox lasted about as long as most of us expected and went about as well as we would have imagined, so he decided to take a safer job as the athletic director at Sacred Heart University this year. It would...
David Ortiz underwent an MRI on both of his heels on Saturday, and the results only added to the doubt surrounding his Opening Day status.
Ortiz has been shut down for five-to-seven days after the MRI revealed that he has inflammation in both of his heels, according to Red Sox manager John Farrell.
It’s been a very strange spring for Ortiz, who continues to battle back from an...
If there’s one thing we’ve learned this spring training, it’s that David Ortiz‘s injury status can change at the drop of a hat.
Ortiz, who has had some good days and some bad days in his battle back from an Achilles injury, has experienced some discomfort. The Red Sox thus decided to send him for an MRI on both of his heels on Saturday.
“That’s where he’s been feeling...
The No. 1 rule of spring training is to not get too high or too low on individual performances, as the games bear little resemblance to regular season action. That being said, as the Red Sox put up a goose egg on Friday, it was hard not to envision what life could be like without David Ortiz in the lineup.
The Red Sox are still optimistic that Ortiz will be ready for Opening Day...
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Say what you want about Bobby Valentine, but at least he's got a sense of humor? I have a feeling a similar phone call will be coming from Sacred Heart in about a year.
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The information that we have all been wondering about just came back from Boston. David Ortiz had MRIs on both heels to find out why he has been struggling to run this Spring. Turns out, the MRI showed heel inflammation in both heels. The good news is that the inflammation is not related to the Achilles, but the Red Sox want Ortiz to stop all activities until the heels heal. Opening...
Terry Francona sees Bobby Valentine’s bike riding and raises him a scooter.
The former Red Sox managers may share an affinity for alternate modes of transportation, but no injuries occurred for Francona while he was riding his scooter throughout Arizona. During spring training, the Cleveland Indians skipper has been foregoing a vehicle with four wheels, and instead opting for one...
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) -- The Boston Red Sox will shut down designated hitter David Ortiz for several days with sore left heel, announcing the news after Sunday's 6-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays.
Manager John Farrell received the MRI results during the game. He expects Ortiz to be out for five to seven days because of inflammation.
Ortiz had MRI tests done on both heels...
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