Boston's Second Worst All-Star

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Boston's Second Worst All-Star

As the old saying goes: In life, it's not how you're remembered . . . but that you're remembered at all.

At least I think that's how it goes. Truth is, I just tried Googling that phrase and didn't find anything but a bunch of creepy message board threads about death and the afterlife.

Either way, it makes sense. At the very least it makes for good conversation . . .

Which would you prefer: To be remembered for something that's less than ideal, or to no longer exist?

It's a good question for Scott Cooper, aka the worst two-time All-Star in Red Sox history.

"Scott, if you could do it over, would you rather keep things the way they are, and only exist within the context of "Scott Cooper All-Star" Jokes, or would you prefer the legacy of thousands of other forgotten major leaguers?

I think he'd go with Option A. I know I would.

Anyway, I know Coop gets picked on every year around this time, so I figured I'd do him a favor and shine the spotlight elsewhere:

So here's my question: Who's the second-worst two-time All-Star in Red Sox history?

After a little research, I've narrowed it down to two finalists. Two guys who just so happened to team up for one of the grossest, most horrific moments in Red Sox history:

Bob Stanley and Rich Gedman.

Stanley was an All-Star in '79 and '83. Gedman made in '85 and '86. Both are clearly better than Scott Cooper. But if I had to choose the second worst, I'll say Gedman.

Steamer had the better the career. He more deserving of his two nods. On the other hand, Gedman had only one great year, and definitely got a boost in reputation due to his association with Roger Clemens.

So there it is: Rich Gedman, your second worst two-time All-Star in Red Sox history!

You're welcome, Scott.

Rich can be reached at rlevine@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrich_levine

Youkilis weighs in on Valentine possibly being Japan ambassador

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Among the reactions to the news that Bobby Valentine was possibly being considered to be the US amassador to Japan in President Donald Trump’s administration was this beauty from Kevin Youkilis. 

Valentine famously called out Youkilis early in his stormy tenure as Red Sox manager in 2012. Remember? "I don't think he's as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason," Bobby V said of Youk at the time. 

The Red Sox traded Youkilis to the White Sox for two not-future Hall of Famers, outfielder Brent Lillibridge and right-hander Zach Stewart, later that season.

Youkilis, now Tom Brady’s brother-in-law by the way, had a 21-game stint playing in Japan in 2014 before retiring from baseball. 

 

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Major league manager. Inventor of the wrap sandwich. Champion ballroom dancer.  And…

US ambassador to Japan?

Bobby Valentine is on the short list for that position in President Donald Trump’s administration, according to a WEEI.com report.

The former Red Sox manager (fired after a 69-93 season and last-place finish in 2012), and ex-New York Mets and Texas Rangers, skipper, also managed the Chiba Lotte Marines in Japan’s Pacific League for six seasons. 

When asked by the New York Daily News if he's being considered for the post, Valentine responded: "I haven't been contacted by anyone on Trump's team." 

Would he be interested?

"I don't like to deal in hypotheticals," Valentine told the Daily News.

Valentine, 66, has known the President-elect and Trump's brother Bob since the 1980s, is close to others on Trump’s transition team and has had preliminary discussions about the ambassador position, sources told WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford. 

Valentine, currently the athletic director of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., is also friendly with current Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who, like Valentine, attended the University of Southern California.