Valentine: 'Iglesias hasn't quite found himself yet'

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Valentine: 'Iglesias hasn't quite found himself yet'

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla -- Jose Iglesias was back in the lineup Monday night, a day after manager Bobby Valentine made the unusual move to pinch-hit for him four pitches into an at-bat.

Valentine said he spoke with Iglesias again after the game Sunday in Toronto, making sure the shortstop understood his reasoning for having Daniel Nava take his spot in the top of the seventh inning.

Iglesias went into Monday's game with just two hits in his first 28 at-bats (.071) since being called up.

"It's been a little too early to figure it all out for me," said Valentine. "But (Iglesias and hitting coach Dave Magadan) are working on stuff."

Valentine said Iglesias looks now like he did early last spring training before his confidence began to wane.

Iglesias has started at short in 11 of the last 19 games. He's struck out seven times in his 28 at-bats, but while he's made fairly regular contact, the hits haven't come yet.

"I don't think he's quite found himself yet as a hitter," said Valentine. "I don't know that it's necessarily strength. I think it's swing more than strength. But again, I haven't quite evaluated the whole situation yet and what he needs to do."

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 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.