BOSTON -- The Red Sox returned home from a wild West Coast road trip that wasn't very successful, but was hugely entertaining from an off-field perspective.
And the person in that spotlight was manager Bobby Valentine.
Prior to Friday's game at at Fenway park against the Blue Jays, Valentine was asked about blocking out the noise surrounding his name and his future in recent weeks. And he said he doesn't pay any attention.
"As much as some people question when I say I don't read it or that I don't listen to it, I don't," said Valentine. "So it's easy to block it out. I'm not there. Though, I hear about it once in a while. Whatever.
"If you're 30 games ahead in first place, and you start reading and listening to everyone say how great you are. It's just as distracting as the opposite, which is the case right now."
As expected. the left shoulder surgery that Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval had Tuesday will keep him out for the rest of the season and Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan reports it was “complicated.”
It remains to be seen if we’ve seen the last of Sandoval in a Red Sox uniform, but even after his recovery, as he collects a $17 million salary for this season, there’s still the matter of the final three years of his deal (2017, 2018, 2019) with $54.6 million remaining. Could be hard to find takers for that.
In episode 9 of "The Baseball Show" podcast, Sean McAdam talks with Boston Red Sox Team President Sam Kennedy about a wide range of issues, including the pressure to win this season after two straight last place finishes, the long-term future of Fenway Park, increasing revenue with other events, and changing the schedule early in the season for more games played in better weather.
McAdam also talks about recent MLB suspensions for PED's of Chris Collabello of the Toronto Blue Jays and Dee Gordon of the Miami Marlins. Should teams pay a penalty for their players' actions? Are suspensions too long?
Mike Felger joins SNC to give his take on whether he thinks Pablo Sandoval’s contract could be the worst in Boston Red Sox history.