BOSTON Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine was asked his reaction to the news that As right-hander Bartolo Colon has been suspended 50 games for testing positive for testosterone, a performance-enhancing substance in violation of Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.I just wish we got that loss back that he pitched against us, Valentine said.He was referring to the 3-2 loss on July 3 in Oakland.Colon and Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera are the two most recent players who have been found to be in violation of MLBs policies. Valentine was asked if he thought the teams records were tainted because of that.I wouldnt, he said.It seems that whatever were doing were doing properly , he said. And just like the Olympics have their issues and their system that seems to have worked well over the years, better and better, theres always some things that fall through the cracks and some people who think that theyre slippery enough to do that.It is difficult, though, for a manager to know what each player on his roster is doing.I dont think he can be responsible for what guys are doing personally, Valentine said. Its tough. I think its very tough. I managed in the 80s and 90s and probably my biggest regret in life is I didn't know more and figure it out better. Its a regret. But I dont know how I could have.Asked if he thought some managers looked the other way, Valentine replied:Probably. Im not sure. I dont think its in our job description to police things. Not only drugs and steroids. We try to get people to know the difference between right and wrong. We try to surround ourselves with those people who do that. After that, I think its difficult to try to police it.
Never say never?
While Red Sox officials said at the team's annual Winter Weekend at Foxwoods on Saturday that they'd be traveling to the Dominican Republic to talk to David Ortiz about a role with the team, Pedro Martinez told WEEI he sees Big Papi returning to his old role - designated hitter - this season.
CSN's Trenni Kusnierek and WEEI's John Tomase talked to Martinez on their show Saturday at Foxwoods and Martinez said his old teammate would be making a comeback despite the long, emotional farewell tour last season.
Pedro Martinez just told me & @jtomase he thinks Ortiz will come back to play next season. Says won't believe he's retired 'til season's end— Trenni Kusnierek (@trenni) January 21, 2017
For the full interview with Martinez, click here.
Red Sox executives Tom Werner, Sam Kennedy and Dave Dombrowski made no mention of Ortiz returning as a player when talking about their Dominican trip. Ortiz has repeatedly said he is going to stay retired.
MASHANTUCKET, Conn. -- While there’s a deal of anticipation going into Spring training with the four Killer B’s, David Price and Pablo Sandoval’s shot at redemption and Rick Porcello looking to be something similar to his 2016 self, there’s one name that trumps them all.
The lankly lefty received an ovation from fans at the Friday night Town Hall, kicking off Red Sox Winter Weekend. With his consistent success, there’s reason to be excited.
But there’s also reason for apprehension given the way Sale’s departure from Chicago was depicted. But he’s made sure to clear the air.
“I wouldn’t say . . . ya know . . . I loved my time in Chicago,” Sale said when asked if it was time to leave the Windy City. “My best baseball memories are there [and] will be there forever. I love the city; I love the people in the organization.
“It was time for both sides to do something different, I guess. I talked to (White Sox Senior V.P.) Rick on the phone, I talked to (White Sox pitching coach Don) Coop (Cooper). We’re all cool, it’s fine. We understand where both of us are, it happens in baseball, but I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Chicago.”
He didn’t seem irritated discussing the issue, and certainly wasn’t timid -- we all know that’s not in his DNA.
He genuinely seems excited to deal with the large sum of Sox fans and to call a new place home -- in a city his wife’s fond of no less.
But ultimately, he’s focused on winning, nothing else.
“Every time I’m out there it’s gonna be all I got,” Sale said. "Every time, no matter what. Can promise you that.”