Since Bobby Valentine was hired as the new manager of the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday numerous sources have surfaced saying the hiring was not popular among the team’s players.
Valentine was always known as a no-nonsense manager during his 15 years with the Texas Rangers and the New York Mets, and is certainly not what would be termed a players’ manager. When Valentine was still just a candidate for the Red Sox job one source was asked what would happen if he was hired. The response was blunt: “They’re going to have a mess on their hands.”
ESPN’s Buster Olney claims to have heard similar rumblings citing sources that claim some Red Sox players were upset that Valentine was even a candidate and that they have been “grumbling to each other, through texts and emails.”
Valentine will be introduced at a press conference on Thursday.
An additional reason for some discontent among the players is the fact that Valentine openly questioned some Red Sox players while working as an analyst for ESPN. One example came during a Sunday night game in August when Valentine ripped Josh Beckett for taking too much time (between 30-35 seconds) between pitches. The manager’s displeasure with Beckett can clearly be detected in the following quote from that night after the pitcher was removed from the game in the sixth inning:
“This is a two hour and 40 minute game so far. That’s a half-hour added to this game of him standing around and us sitting around watching him do nothing.”
Valentine is not one to mince words and while that might not sit well with some Red Sox players, it may be exactly what a team that just suffered a historic collapse needs.