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Friday, July 13, 2012
Have you heard there may be interpersonal conflicts among the Boston Red Sox? This is a story about that!
Halfway through Bobby Valentine’s first season as manager of the Boston Red Sox, signs of disconnects are everywhere, regardless of how much he and others try to downplay them publicly.
Valentine has voiced frustration to associates over his lack of communication with members of his coaching staff, especially pitching coach Bob McClure, but also bullpen coach Gary Tuck and bench coach Tim Bogar. McClure said Thursday such reports “are overblown,” noting that he and Valentine spent considerable time before Thursday’s workout discussing the team’s pitching plans in the second half.
David Ortiz publicly stated his support recently for the manager, but another respected player on the team said privately that it was all for show. That same player has gone weeks without speaking to Valentine and said that the manager does not have the support of “anyone” in the clubhouse. That is likely an exaggeration—another veteran told a friend he has come around on the manager after initially being shocked at his hire—but Valentine told associates that he knows he is being bad-mouthed in the clubhouse and is at a loss to understand why.
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