Some Red Sox players blast Bobby Valentine in meeting with owners

The relationship between Bobby Valentine and some Red Sox players has been fractured from the start, became worse during the season, and reportedly reached the point in late July where they no longer wanted to play for him. That’s according to a report from Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan, who says several players blasted Valentine during a meeting with ownership last month.

According to Passan, the owners called for the meeting on July 26 in response to Adrian Gonzalez, who, texting on behalf of his teammates, complained that Valentine left pitcher Jon Lester in to allow 11 runs during a July 22 start. Some of the players reportedly told management they no longer wanted to play for Valentine. Passan’s report points out that some players did not participate in the Valentine-bashing meeting because they feel he has been unfairly blamed for the team’s struggles.

Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington confirmed to USA TODAY Sports’ Bob Nightengale that a meeting with players and ownership occurred.

Said Cherington in an e-mail to USA TODAY Sports:

“There was a meeting in New York with ownership and players. There were a variety of topics covered and some frustrations expressed. No ultimatums were issued. The focus of the meeting was an airing out of issues in an effort to focus our attention on the field.”

Players were reportedly upset with Valentine for leaving in Lester to be embarrassed against Toronto. Another incident that upset players was Valentine telling third baseman Will Middlebrooks “Nice inning, kid,” after the rookie made a fielding mistake.

And then there’s this amazing anecdote that shows Dustin Pedroia’s disdain for Valentine. Apparently the picture described below has been circulating among the Red Sox via text message:

Pedroia, notorious among teammates for his wit and humor, is in the foreground with a giddy smile, his tongue wagging and both thumbs up. Next to him is allegedly Valentine, face down on a table, apparently asleep. A caption accompanies the picture: “Our manager contemplating his lineup at 3:30 p.m.”

That picture wouldn’t be too far off from describing the truth about Bobby Valentine, who, speaking to reporters before Tuesday night’s game at Baltimore, deflected comment on the Yahoo! report.

“They’re still playing for me,” he said of the disgruntled players.

That may be true, but the team isn’t playing particularly well; Boston is 57-59 and 5.5 games out in the wild card race.

Red Sox ownership made a bold move by hiring a divisive personality like Valentine after last season’s collapse. The hiring does not seem to be working, and at this point the Red Sox would be crazy to bring him back for another season.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZVNHSXZ3VKGB3ICXAB7GBQP2JQ samwiseg

    Blame Bobby V! He’s the one who gives up 3 or 4 runs in the first, he’s the one who quit on the team because he’s never in shape and jogging around 2nd base he got an a boo-boo and cries “he’s under paid”, he’s the one who runs by the 3rd base coach trying to stop him and gets thrown out at home, he’s the #1 &#2 pitcher who throw meatballs for home runs, he’s the “team leader” 2nd baseman hitting .270 and crying about the manager, Bobby V’s the one who got their manager fired last year because they tuned him out, he’s the out of shape pitchers sitting in the clubhouse swilling beer and fried chicken while the rest of the team was trying to get in the playoffs last year……….yeah dustin & gonzo it’s all Bobby V’s fault!

  • spooner24

    everything in your statement is so true! have you been covering this team? the only thing you left out was how Pedroia and Papi try to intimidate reporters who report how their drinking on the road.

  • nossibkram

    Well said sam, these guys can’t take the tough love. You and I call it reality!!!! Oh, I can’t drink at WORK, Oh I can’t SUCK at my job and my boss can yell at me, OH and when my team needs me I’m going to just shut it down because I already got paid- Yours truely Jsh Beckett & Jhn Lacky 

  • http://www.facebook.com/barry.bond.773 Barry Bond

    Couldnt have said it better, it was the manager who quit last year not the players who outsmarted themselves drinking, playing DL paydays, pukolis, meatball beckett, winny pedrioa, wakefield, and others THEY FLAT OUT QUIT while ignoring everything – imagine we sent beltr on his way and kept pukolis-

  • http://www.facebook.com/barry.bond.773 Barry Bond

    bring back the 66-67 red sox maybe they didnt win much but they played baseball everyday and played every one tough. Henry needs to sell the team to baseball purist who set the tone – lochinno and the hangers on time has come they all need to go – its an embarassment to the city and the game – we have good players and holier thant hough attitudes –

  • adiug

    As a lifelong Yankee fan i have always hated the sox but had a tremendous amount of respect for their competivness. there was nothing better than a yankee red sox game. they always brought the absolute best out in each other. Other than Mo these guys are worse than little girls, they have no discipline,. Say what u want about the yanks but that crap wouldn’t b tolerated. That being said valentine does not compare to francona. as a rival i was happy to see him go

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JGR4M4YTZXM22OICCEBLMHR4RE roger

    Sux players:  You’re all a pack of crap!

  • georgerobinson45

    Sell the team to Bob Kraft and see how long this team gets straighten out. Sent Pedroia to Miami or Seattle along with the over rated first baseman and Lackey. Sent them some where were they can be with losers, they will fit right in.

  • Brad Brad

    Larry Brown is a washed up POS.

  • Bowdoin

    They’d be crazy to bring back the players, what a bunch a whining cry babies. Play ball you bums

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/D6OWGZJOX4GKLA7FQJRWSJRCBA Phil H

    boo hoo hoo…poor us…you jack@$$es run a good manager out of town and now you dont like the guy they bring in becaus he preaches discipline….quit being a bunch of pu$$ies and get to work…a-holes, you all need busted in the mouth

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/D6OWGZJOX4GKLA7FQJRWSJRCBA Phil H

    curt schilling needs to shut his face too…with his broke a$$…..

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Christopher-Peck/1698651022 Christopher Peck

    The Red Sox are a tourist attraction. I live near Boston and I play hockey more than I watch baseball(even in August). At least the Premier League gets going on Saturday.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000572022571 John W. Clarke

    After I have read all the previous comments, I couldn’t have said it better. The team needs to get rid of all the overpaid Pussies!!!!

  • KarrKeis

    As my boss told me,  “Like your job? Want your job? Do your job.”  That goese for the players,  managers, and grounds team.         Karr Keis

  • KarrKeis

    As my boss told me, “Like your job? Want your job? Do your job.” That goes for the players, managers, and grounds team. Karr Keis

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PPLQNDPCEW35VMZFNHXPL77HGU Mars

    I’m not surprised that the Red Sox aren’t doing that well under Bobby V. I always felt he was over-rated. I believe he cost the Mets dearly in their Subway Series against the Yankees. He killed their momentum by taking Al Leiter out of a close game to bring in Benitez to blow, and then later on in the series leaving Al Lieter in too long in another game when he should have taken him out. I’m tired of recylced coaches/managers without rings (Japan play doesn’t count)!

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.long.23 John Long

    Bobby Valentine was a cancer in New York and hasn’t learned from the experience. The sooner the Red Sox hire a new manager, the better.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gerry.lind.54 Gerry Lind

    Pardon me for saying, but….The red sox have some of the dumbest fans I have EVER seen.They put all their support behind the rotten bums in the line up that are ruining the team. Bobby V Bobby V…….That’s all you hear the fans whining about. What about the 25 man roster that is being paid hundreds of millions of dollars to lay down on their manager and the fans? Bobby V is the scapegoat, and he is under ambush by his players. Forget about Bobby V
    What about the 25 greed bags who are being paid millions, and they tell the fans………………”Screw you all, we’re laying down, and that’s it!”

  • http://www.facebook.com/gerry.lind.54 Gerry Lind

    If only the foolish Red Sox fans had the same vision as you have, things would be different. Unfortunately, too many sox fans are blind. The fans stand behind their malfunctioning lazy malcontented players who aren’t worth a dime. The fans stand behind the players because that’s (behind) where the players poop on them. It’s all Bobby V’s fault. Yea…sure. Pedroia is a leader?? HA! When it comes to leadership, Pedroia is as bottom of the barrel that you can get.

  • http://www.facebook.com/norberto.ayala.96 Norberto Ayala

    bobby valentine is a good manager it happens that he is managing a bunch of crybabies

  • http://twitter.com/bmac_ottawa bmac_ottawa

    Maybe Gonzo should be complaining about Lester giving up 11 runs, not whether or not the manager yanks him for sucking so badly – as he has all season.

  • Dan Coffey

    Lester is 6 – 10, Becket is 5 – 10. Aces of the staff. If both of these guys performed they way they were expected the Sox are fighting for first in the division. Not sure how Bobby could change that.

  • 48boomer

     “Bobby V” will keep his job as long as he continues to appease his superiors. Should that come to a screechin’ halt, he will go the way of all managerial politicians who lose the favor of their masters.  Couldn’t all this have been predicted with the emergence of the Youkilis thing? I doubt if it matters an iota to “Bobby V”. He will probably bounce right back to the “golden parachute” of Fox or ESPN.


    who is surprised by this????? Bobby Valentine has been high maintenance where ever he has been…..talks out of both sides of his mouth, is not that good at managing the game, and as we can see his motivation and people skills SUCK…..he is a legend in his own mind….. I will side with Pedroia all day long

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/RD4A2GEAR7SMU4YXDFHJQOIAWA Rick in Huahin!

    No love for the Sox!
    They are crybabies and everyone knows it! They dont produce so they rag on the manager, does not matter who manages them!
    Why does anybody care about what hapens to them???

    West coast rules!!!!!!