Valentine: Ortiz was '12 MVP until he got hurt

Valentine: Ortiz was '12 MVP until he got hurt
March 7, 2013, 6:15 pm
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David Ortiz may not have much good to say about Bobby Valentine these days, but the feeling's not mutual.

"Well, you know what, [when] he played last year, he was the MVP of the league, I thought," Valentine said in an interview on 'The Diehards' Thursday on Boston's NBC Sports Radio.  "He was as good as there is . . . "

Not does Valentine believe the lingering Achilles issue, which knocked him out of the lineup last July, be a problem:

"I think he'll be healthy. I think he's smart and will save all of his bullets, or as many of his bullets as he can, until the season begins."

Which will benefit the Sox, of course.

"[You] have to have a bopper [from the left side of the plate] in the lineup, and it looks like he's going to be that guy for the Red Sox," said Valentine, later adding: "When he's in the lineup, he's a difference-maker."