Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/14/12

A group of Boston Red Sox player were highly critical of manager Bobby Valentine in a meeting with Red Sox owners last month, and some even said they did not want to play for Valentine anymore, Yahoo! Sports reported on Tuesday.

According to the report, which used three unnamed sources, a meeting with owners John Henry and Larry Lucchino was called after a text message was sent my Adrian Gonzalez on behalf of frustrated group of players in late July.

The meeting was held on July 26 and the players listed some of their criticisms of Valentine, including leaving Jon Lester in a game to allow 11 runs in a July 22 start, a move the players considered embarrassing to Lester.

It was one of several incidents that have caused friction between some of the players and Valentine.

Gonzalez and Dustin Pedroia were among the most vocal in the group, and they said they no longer wanted to play for Valentine.

Not all the Red Sox players attended the meeting, suggesting that a gap exists between factions in the clubhouse.

Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington confirmed the meeting to Yahoo! Sports, but said only, "The intent of the meeting was to provide a forum for people to express whatever frustration needed to be expressed at a time during the season when things were not going exactly the way we wanted to on the field in hopes that we could put whatever issues were there aside and focus on playing games the rest of the season. That was the intent of the meeting. That was the focus of ownership. It was a productive meeting. Since then, we have not gone on the run we were supposed to."

Ownership has steadfastly supported Valentine before and since the meeting,

Eight days ago, Cherington told reporters: "Bobby is our manager, and we're not considering anyone else. He's as committed to managing the team as he ever has been, and we're committed to him and trying to do everything we can to support him and make this work."

Henry emailed a statement to Boston media members that said, "To blame Bobby Valentine for the Red Sox being .500 at this point in the season is simply wrong."

But players have been frustrated by many aspects of Valentine's managerial style, including some of his comments to the media.

"I don't think it's that uncommon for complaints to be made during the season," Cherington told Yahoo! Sports. "I'm not going to comment specifically on those complaints. Our owners felt, given where we were at that time in the season, given the collective frustration, we had not accomplished what we wanted to. It was time to get together and hash things out. There were no ultimatums issued. There were concerns expressed. Some very positive things expressed, too. We felt that it was an opportunity to get things off people's chests and move forward.")

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