Valentine 'waiting to hear' about future with Red Sox


Valentine 'waiting to hear' about future with Red Sox

NEW YORK -- The 2012 Red Sox season was full of drama from the very beginning, and on the last day, it didn't disappoint.
Manager Bobby Valentine, who is almost certainly in his final days as the team's manager, said he hadn't anything about his future from the front office or ownership.
"I'm waiting to hear,'' said Valentine during his daily pre-game media session.
Asked if he was bothered by the uncertainty surrounding his status, Valentine said: "I'm just bothered the last six weeks to have to answer that question, without an answer.'' reported that Valentine will be fired shortly after the season, a development that has been expected for some time.
General manager Ben Cherington, meeting with reporters in the dugout before Wednesday's game, refused to comment on the report, or on Valentine's status in general.
"I'm not going to talk about it,'' said Cherington. "We have a game tonight. We've said many times that Bobby's managing the team through the end of the year and we'll talk about it after the season. That's what we'll do. I'm not going to talk about it anymore than that.''
In his weekly spot on WEEI Radio, Valentine was asked about his relationship with some of his coaches. Asked if he felt if his coaches were loyal to him, Valentine said: "No.''
Asked if he thought some coaches undermined him, Valentine responded, "Yes.''
Though he didn't identify them by name, it's no secret that Valentine had a rocky relationship with bench coach Tim Bogar and bullpen coach Gary Tuck, along with former pitching coach Bob McClure, fired in August.
Asked during his pre-game session to expand on his thoughts about the coaches, Valentine said the sense that he was being undermined was "a feeling (I had) once in a while, that we weren't all on the same page... There were situations during the year where I didn't think it was all for one and one for all. Just a feeling, at times.''
Valentine offered that, as far as the team's performance was concerned, the friction with some coaches had "very little; I don't think it had anything to do with anything.''
Valentine maintained that, regardless of what happens, he didn't regret accepting the job last December.
"It's a great life experience,'' said Valentine. "That's what life is. It wasn't always an enjoyable experience, but it's been great, one I look back on and I'm sure I've learned from.''
He said that he "absolutely'' had the backing of ownership, and added that he "totally'' had the backing of Cherington.
"Ownership's been incredible,'' he said. "I didn't know very much of any of the three guys, but it seemed like when things got worse, one of them would always be there to say, 'Hang with 'em.' ''
Reflecting back on the season, Valentine said he would do some things differently.
"I wouldn't have made the Youkilis comment,'' he said, referring to a remark uttered on Patriots Day when the manager questioned whether Youkilis was as emotionally and physically involved as he had been in the past. "I would have been more prepared for the bullpen situation at the beginning of the season.''
Valentine said he "didn't expect that reaction'' to the Youkilis remark.

Bradley, Betts, Pedroia are A.L. Gold Glove finalists


Bradley, Betts, Pedroia are A.L. Gold Glove finalists

Jackie Bradley Jr. in center field, Mookie Betts in right and Dustin Pedroia at second base are the Red Sox' finalists for the American League Gold Glove awards.

The Blue Jays’ Kevin Pillar and the Rays’ Kevin Kiermaier are the other A.L. center field finalists. The White Sox’ Adam Eaton and Astros’ George Springer are A.L. right field finalists. Joining Pedroia as second base finalists are the Mariners’ Robinson Cano and Tigers’ Ian Kinsler.

Peoria has won four Gold Gloves. Bradley and Betts have yet to win one.

The full list of finalists is here.  The awards will be presented on Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. on ESPN

The Red Sox sent out a series of tweets backing each player’s candidacy.

Betts is also a front-runner for the American League Most Valuable Player.


Ortiz wins Hank Aaron Award as top hitter in American League


Ortiz wins Hank Aaron Award as top hitter in American League

CLEVELAND -- David Ortiz is heading into retirement with some more hardware.

The Boston Red Sox slugger captured the Hank Aaron Award on Wednesday as the top hitter in the American League this season. Budding Chicago Cubs star Kris Bryant was honored as the top hitter in the National League.

The award was presented before Game 2 of the World Series between the Cubs and Cleveland. It was determined through a combination of fan voting and a panel that includes Aaron and other Hall of Fame players.

The 40-year-old Ortiz hit .315 with 38 home runs, 127 RBIs and 48 doubles in the 20th and final season of his major league career. His 541 career home runs rank 17th all-time.

The 24-year-old Bryant hit .292 with 39 home runs and 102 RBIs while helping the Cubs cruise to the NL Central title and eventually a spot in the World Series. Shortly after being honored, Bryant singled in the first inning for his first Series hit.