Found September 10, 2012 on
The GM's Perspective:
Boston Red Sox
Los Angeles Dodgers
If you fire Bobby Valentine at the end of the 2012 season, what exactly was the point of hiring him in the first place?
Valentine has been in this game for a very long time and he has been in more pressure packed situations than the one he’s in right now.
The Red Sox are in a rebuilding mode as evidenced by trading a couple hundred million dollars worth of contracts; Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford, and Adrian Gonzalez. James Loney was the biggest name in return but they also got multiple Dodger prospects that are hopefully going to be in Fenway sooner than later.
Obviously, this season is disappointing and not what anyone expected, however, this was brewing for a couple years now and Terry Francona was the first one to take the heat when his players revolted.
The players from the championship teams of the mid-to-late 2000’s have gotten older; they acquired players with hot tempers and unruly attitudes (John Lackey), and have spent millions of dollars on players who did ...
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MLB has come out and said they will investigate the seemingly high number of leaks regarding the waiver wire deals the Red Sox made throughout the month of August.
BOSTON -- Daisuke Matsuzaka may have started his last game in a Red Sox uniform. After Matsuzaka regressed in his past two starts, including yielding five runs through 1 1/3 innings on Saturday, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine hinted at possibly pulling the 31-year-old pitcher from the rotation. "I'm not sure," Valentine said, when asked if Matsuzaka would receive another...
BOSTON -- For the first time in nearly a year, John Lackey took the mound at Fenway Park. Unfortunately for the hurler, it was only to toss batting practice and not pitch against the Blue Jays. But it was still a momentous step for Lackey. At roughly 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, he unleashed 15 pitches against his teammates, his first taste of pitching against live hitting since last September...
Editor's note: The temperature gauge is a Bill James-created statistic that measures how hot or cold hitters are. We will spotlight Red Sox and opposing team temperatures on game days. The Red Sox' bats have been just about as cold as they can be over recent weeks. Even Dustin Pedroia, who had a 15-game hitting streak and was keeping the Sox afloat amidst a dreadful West...
BOSTON –– There's no doubt Bobby Valentine wants to atone for this season. Heading into Tuesday's game, the Red Sox were stuck in the American League East basement, saddled with a 63-78 record and 16 1/2 games out of first place. They have resorted to playing a spoiler role against their remaining opponents. Even so, Valentine –– who is signed to a two-year contract...
Color me shocked that Boston Red Sox skipper Bobby Valentine wasn't fired yesterday. It was the perfect time to do it.
There's no way he's going to be back next season so with the Red Sox off yesterday before the New York Yankees come to town, it was a good time to do it. But nope, it DID NOT happen.
It makes you wonder what kind of dirt that Valentine has on the...
BOSTON -- Franklin Morales was initially sidelined with a tired shoulder. But there's concern the injury could be worse. Before Sunday's game, Red Sox skipper Bobby Valentine revealed that Morales would undergo an MRI to determine the status of the lefty's shoulder. "We're going to get a photograph of his shoulder just to make sure we know what we're looking...
Each year, sports medicine becomes more innovative. Over the past decade, the platelet-rich plasma injection has evolved into one of the foremost options for injured players. For the Red Sox, two players –– David Ortiz and ex-outfielder Carl Crawford –– relied on the treatment this season. Nearly two weeks ago, Ortiz received the shot to alleviate pain in his injured Achilles...
BOSTON -- Back spasms have resulted in Jarrod Saltalamacchia's latest setback. During the seventh inning of the series opener against the Blue Jays, the catcher left the game and was replaced by Ryan Lavarnway. A day later, Lavarnway received the starting nod over Saltalamacchia. "Salty is going to rest all day today and not take batting practice," Red Sox manager Bobby...
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Over? Try telling the Boston Red Sox's remaining opponents that the season is over. It's true: Other than trying to avoid losing 90 games for the first time since 1966, the next three weeks don't mean much to the Red Sox. But their opponents have plenty to play for. Of the Red Sox's final 22 games, all but four are against contenders, giving them a chance to...
With the Sox present, and future, are uncertain under general manager Ben Cherington, Red Sox fans are looking to the past to find an answer to one of its most frequently asked questions. “Who was really responsible for the Red Sox’ glory years?” The 2004 Red Sox team could be considered one of the best rosters ever assembled in organization history. With a lineup consisting...
The going has been anything but easy for the Boston Red Sox lately as the team has dropped four straight and 11 of its last 12 games. This week could be just as much of a challenge, with the Red Sox preparing for a three-game series against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park before going to Toronto for three more games with the Blue Jays on the weekend. Reigning Amica Pitcher of...
BOSTON - The Toronto Blue Jays came to Fenway Park a game behind the Red Sox in the "battle" for fourth place in the American League East. They left two games ahead. Forty-five-year-old Omar Vizquel, playing his final game at Fenway, hit his second sacrifice fly of the game off Clay Buchholz with one out in the ninth inning on Sunday to lift the Jays to a 4-3 win and...
BOSTON -- The Toronto Blue Jays beat up on Daisuke Matsuzaka early Saturday night, knocking the Boston Red Sox right-hander out of the game after just 1 1/3 innings. The result was a 9-2 Toronto win, as the Blue Jays took the first two games of their three-game set at Fenway Park. Matsuzaka (1-5) gave up five runs on five hits, a walk and a hit batter. His ERA rose from 6.15 to...