Found December 06, 2011 on
DALLAS - One of the big questions surrounding the Red Sox' offseason is whether Daniel Bard will pitch as a starter or a reliever next year. Bobby Valentine, the new manager of the Boston Red Sox, thinks he knows what the pitcher's preference would be after speaking with Bard on Monday. "I believe, in his heart of hearts, that he has a starter's kind of dream out there and that he wants to be a starter," Valentine said on NESN's Red Sox Hot Stove Live on Monday night. "He believes he's better than a lot of guys who pitch a...

Daniel Bard Wants to Start

When Jonathan Papelbon walked away from the Red Sox to sign his lucrative contract with the Philadelphia Phillies, the assumption was that Daniel Bard would inherit the closer role. Now it seems that Daniel Bard has long desired to be a starting pitcher and the Red Sox are considering the option. A few years ago, this writer would scoff at such a notion. But the last two years...

Your Morning Dump...where Bard is picking the wrong year to want to start

Every morning, well most mornings and sometimes in the afternoon, we compile the links of the day and dump them here... highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump. The Red Sox are warming to the idea of turning accomplished setup man Daniel Bard into a starting pitcher, a plan that gained traction when the righthander...

Boston's Valentine: 'I hate the Yankees'

It may not take long into the season for new Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine to incur the wrath of the city's rabid fan base. Valentine, though, scored some major points with Boston fans on Wednesday when the subject of the rival New York Yankees came up during a sit-down session with the media. "I hate the Yankees," Valentine said. "I don't want to...

Ben Cherington Says Red Sox Unlikely to Sign Marquee Starter, Daniel Bard Could Still Move to Rotation

DALLAS –– The iPhone was inches away from Ben Cherington's left leg. As the Red Sox general manager spoke to reporters on Monday, it was clear he was active during his first day at the winter meetings. Still, despite all the questions lingering around the pitching rotation, Cherington hinted there weren't plans to splurge on the marquee hurlers on the free agent market...

Bobby Valentine: “I hate the Yankees”

Bobby Valentine shares something in common with Red Sox fans I have only a few requests from the manager of the Boston Red Sox: 1.) Manage the team on the field and off the field and help put them in a position to make the playoffs and succeed. This is a lot easier than you might think because the American League is a lot easier to manage in. Just don’t make too many stupid moves...

Bobby Valentine Plans to Take Hands-On Approach With Pitching Staff, Wants to Visit Josh Beckett While in Texas

DALLAS –– Bobby Valentine wanted to squash the rumors. As talks swirled about Bill Buckner's candidacy for hitting coach last week, the Red Sox manager didn't want to leave Dave Magadan in limbo. After speaking to Magadan and general manager Ben Cherington, Valentine moved swiftly to retain him. Just don't expect any more announcements on the rest of the coaching...

Why Won't Carl Crawford Take Bobby Valentine's Calls?

Bobby Valentine has called Carl Crawford several times.  Bobby V. has left messages on Crawford's phone and has even texted him.  In each case there was no answer or follow-up.  Valentine has been trying to set up a meeting with Crawford while he is in Texas for the Winter Meetings since Crawford lives in Houston. "I really wanted to have my voice be the first communication...

Francona to replace Valentine as ESPN analyst

  The end of a crazy turn of events came today, and some might say that things have come full circle. Terry Francona, the former Red Sox manager, agreed to take a job as an analyst on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball, a post that was previously held by current Sox manager Bobby Valentine. Francona will make his ESPN debut tonight from Dallas, where he will cover the annual winter...

Valentine quickly making the rounds

DALLAS - For a while, anyway, Bobby Valentine will be the story.

About that new Red Sox manager

Insights into Boston's hiring of Bobby Valentine.Click the title to read more.Read more great baseball stuff at The Hardball Times.

Bobby Valentine, Josh Beckett talk

DALLAS - Upon receiving a phone call this week from new Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine, Josh Beckett aired out...

Francona to ESPN, swaps with Valentine (AP)

Terry Francona is swapping jobs with Bobby Valentine. In another winter meetings trade, ESPN said Monday that Francona will become an analyst for its Sunday night game telecasts next season, joining Dan Shulman and Orel Hershiser in the broadcast booth. Valentine worked for ESPN in 2003 and rejoined the network in September 2009.

ESPN hires Francona to work Sunday TV games

DALLAS (AP) -- Terry Francona is swapping jobs with Bobby Valentine.
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