Valentine: Hard to comment on Beckett situation


Valentine: Hard to comment on Beckett situation

KANSAS CITY Manager Bobby Valentine, emphasizing that he hadn't yet had an opportunity to talk to Josh Beckett, didn't want to say a lot about a report that Beckett had played golf last Thursday, two days after being scratched from his next scheduled start because of a sore lat muscle.

The story, which said Beckett went golfing with teammate Clay Buchholz, was first reported by 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston.

"I haven't talked to Josh about this yet," said Valentine, "so it's really not . . . I'm not sure I can really comment on it, other than to say that, physical issues? He had a sore lat; he wasn't an injured player. I know that. And we'll take it from there.

"I'm sure that Josh wouldn't do anything that's going to jeopardize his team or his season. I know that."

Beckett was not with the team in Kansas City, having flown home earlier in the day in preparation for his scheduled start Thursday at Fenway against the Cleveland Indians. Next-day starting pitchers frequently fly ahead of the team when late travel is involved.

Earlier, Valentine appeared slightly more critical of Beckett when, appearing on WEEI Radio for his weekly appearance, he was asked if he would be upset to learn that Beckett played a round of golf.

"If that was the case," said Valentine, "I would say that was less than the best thing to do on that day off."

Valentine also added: "I'm trying to sort out my feelings. Golf is as much a part of the pitching culture as the curveball, I know that for sure. You know, when we decided for Josh not to make his start, it wasn't that he was injured. It was just a precautionary situation. His lat was a little tight. Again, I don't know the specifics of this situation. I don't know if he was out in a charity match and just putting or if he was wailing away or if he felt that might have loosened him up. I have no idea what the situation actually is so it's hard for me to comment on it."

Buchholz, who threw a side session in the bullpen at Kauffman Stadium Wednesday afternoon, initially said he would speak with reporters after he threw.

Later, as he walked off the field, he told reporters seeking comment that he didn't want to talk about the incident.

Youkilis weighs in on Valentine possibly being Japan ambassador

Youkilis weighs in on Valentine possibly being Japan ambassador

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. 


Report: Bobby Valentine could be Trump’s US ambassador to Japan

Report: Bobby Valentine could be Trump’s US ambassador to Japan

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 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’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.