September 9, 2012

On Baseball: Valentine simply not a good fit for Red Sox

By Kevin Thomas
Staff Writer

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With all that said, Valentine was not the biggest problem for the 2012 Red Sox. A healthy team with good pitching would have been a nice start.

But is Valentine the solution for the future? With the Red Sox dealing with the adversity of this season, Valentine became a distraction, answering questions foolishly -- for example, saying "who cares," when asked why he didn't argue an umpire's call, or joking that he made a mistake with the lineup when he placed singles hitter Scott Podsednik in the No. 3 spot.

Then there was Valentine telling a radio interviewer that he was going to punch him in the mouth. Valentine said he was not serious, but it put the Red Sox PR people in damage control.

There is a possibility that Valentine comes back. You can argue that he improved both the Rangers and Mets in his second year. But those were losing teams he took over.

This was a winning Red Sox team, albeit one that has not been in the playoffs since 2009.

Now it is worse.

Bobby Valentine knows baseball, but there is little evidence he knows how to lead the Boston Red Sox.

The end of a brief era is coming.

Staff Writer Kevin Thomas can be reached at 791-6411 or at:

Twitter: ClearTheBases


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