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Until recent weeks, after all sides agreed to try harder to make it work, Valentine’s conversations with McClure were dominated by one- or two-word sentences. Bench coach Tim Bogar and bullpen coach Gary Tuck spoke to the manager even less at times.
Valentine, in the first year of a two-year contract, had one group of coaches he bonded with (those he had a hand in hiring) and another he didn’t (those he inherited). “After a while, I just figured that was the way it was going to be,” Valentine said. “If I needed information, I found a way to get it.”
The situation grew so tense in late June that Bogar and McClure, two of the coaches Valentine inherited, considered asking for reassignment within the organization, according to two major league sources.
Cherington stepped in shortly after, urging Valentine and the coaches to put aside their differences.
First baseman Adrian Gonzalez has attempted to serve as a bridge between the factions, taking concerns the coaches had about Valentine’s strategy back to the manager.
Of course, this also raises the question of why, precisely, Red Sox coaches hated the manager so much they refused to do their jobs. That part probably reflects rather poorly on Bobby V as well.
I asked this in ST, does Niemann have qualifications or just a long-sanding relation w/ BV?
They should consider hiring a military-type leader. Like Colonel Sanders, or General Tso.
"Bobby is a borderline genius," Wallace said. "A brilliant guy. But his people skills? It's just a shame."
Why hire an experienced manager and not let him name his coaches? I don't get it.
Presumably Valentine agreed to work with these guys and didn't issue any ultimatum to the contrary.
But the Sox fired their pitching coach and hired a new one (McClure) before hiring Bobby, which is just bizarre.
Buncha ######' children. Why are Tuck and Bogar still there?
I'm serious about this part - baseball made it easier for the Sox to make the playoffs this year.
Would a one-game play-in featuring the Sox rate better (in other words, line future ownership's pockets more) than one featuring the A's? I think it's hard not to believe that.
(A) Actually, they choose to be.
(B) The Yankees are not spending even close to the limits of their resources.
Actually, they choose to be.
The Yankees are not spending even close to the limits of their resources. At ~$200M payroll, the Sox could match them if they chose. They just rather stay in Selig's good graces and make an extra $25M a year.
The Yankees are not spending even close to the limits of their resources. At ~$200M payroll, the Sox could match them if they chose.
(and massive overdogs against most of the rest of the league)
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