Originally written August 15, 2012 on Pro Sports Daily:
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If Dustin Pedroia and his Boston Red Sox teammates did go to management in late July demanding that manager Bobby Valentine be removed from the job, they aren’t admitting it. After a Yahoo Sports story indicated that Boston players were critical of Valentine during a meeting with team executives on July 26 in New York, Pedroia distanced himself from the report Tuesday night after the Red Sox’s 7-1 loss to Baltimore, ESPN.com reported. “I don't think Bobby should be fired,” Pedroia said. “We haven't played well. That's the bottom line. I'm not going to blame anything on Bobby. It's on the players.” Yahoo Sports had reported that Pedroia and first baseman Adrian Gonzalez were the most vocal critics of Valentine in a meeting with owner John Henry and team president Larry Lucchino before the late July series against the Yankees in New York. The contentious meeting included 17 players, according ESPN.com. “It's tough,” Pedroia said. “We had a meeting. I...
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