Valentine 'waiting to hear' about future with Red Sox

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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.''
CBSSports.com 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.

Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, Ivan Rodriguez elected to Hall of Fame

Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, Ivan Rodriguez elected to Hall of Fame

NEW YORK - Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez were elected to baseball's Hall of Fame on Wednesday, earning the honor as Trevor Hoffman and Vladimir Guerrero fell just short.

Steroids-tainted stars Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens were passed over for the fifth straight year by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. But they received significantly more votes this time and could be in position to gain election in coming years.

Bagwell, on the ballot for the seventh time after falling 15 votes short last year, received 381 of 442 votes for 86.2 percent. Players needed 75 percent, which came to 332 votes this year.

In his 10th and final year of eligibility, Raines was on 380 ballots (86 percent). Rodriguez received 336 votes (76 percent) to join Johnny Bench in 1989 as the only catchers elected on the first ballot.

Hoffman was five votes shy and Guerrero 15 short.

Edgar Martinez was next at 58.6 percent, followed by Clemens at 54.1 percent, Bonds at 53.8 percent, Mike Mussina at 51.8 percent, Curt Schilling at 45 percent, Lee Smith at 34.2 percent and Manny Ramirez at 23.8 percent.

Players will be inducted July 30 during ceremonies at Cooperstown along with former Commissioner Bud Selig and retired Kansas City and Atlanta Braves executive John Schuerholz, both elected last month by a veterans committee.

Bagwell was a four-time All-Star who spent his entire career with Houston, finishing with a .297 batting average, 401 homers and 1,401 RBIs.

Raines, fifth in career stolen bases, was a seven-time All-Star and the 1986 NL batting champion. He spent 13 of 23 big league seasons with the Montreal Expos, who left Canada to become the Washington Nationals for the 2005 season, and joins Andre Dawson and Gary Carter as the only players to enter the Hall representing the Expos.

Raines hit .294 with a .385 on-base percentage, playing during a time when Rickey Henderson was the sport's dominant speedster.

Rodriguez, a 14-time All-Star who hit .296 with 311 homers and 1,332 RBIs, was never disciplined for PEDs but former Texas teammate Jose Canseco alleged in a 2005 book that he injected the catcher with steroids. Asked whether he was on the list of players who allegedly tested positive for steroids during baseball's 2003 survey, Rodriguez said in 2009: "Only God knows."

Bonds, a seven-time MVP who holds the season and career home run records, received 36.2 percent in his initial appearance, in 2013, and jumped from 44.3 percent last year. Clemens, a seven-time Cy Young Award winner, rose from 45.2 percent last year.

Bonds was indicted on charges he lied to a grand jury in 2003 when he denied using PEDs, but a jury failed to reach a verdict on three counts he made false statements and convicted him on one obstruction of justice count, finding he gave an evasive answer. The conviction was overturned appeal in 2015.

Clemens was acquitted on one count of obstruction of Congress, three counts of making false statements to Congress and two counts of perjury, all stemming from his denials of drug use.

A 12-time All-Star on the ballot for the first time, Ramirez was twice suspended for violating baseball's drug agreement. He helped the Boston Red Sox win World Series titles in 2004 and `07, the first for the franchise since 1918, and hit .312 with 555 home runs and 1,831 RBIs in 19 big league seasons.

Several notable players will join them in the competition for votes in upcoming years: Chipper Jones in 2018, Mariano Rivera and Roy Halladay in 2019, and Derek Jeter in 2020.

Sam Travis among nine non-roster invitees added to Red Sox spring training roster

Sam Travis among nine non-roster invitees added to Red Sox spring training roster

The Red Sox have invited nine non-roster players to spring training, the team announced Wednesday. The team now has a total of 15 non-roster invitees. 

Added Wednesday to the spring training roster were outfielder/infielder Allen Craig, third baseman Rafael Devers, first baseman Sam Travis, catcher Jordan Procyshen, outfielders Brian Bogusevic and Rusney Castillo, and right-handed pitchers Kyle Kendrick, Chandler Shepherd and Ben Taylor.

In addition to 39 players on the 40-man roster, the Sox have the following breakdown of non-roster invitees: 

Pitchers: Kyle Kendrick, Edgar Olmos, Chandler Shepherd, Ben Taylor, Marcus Walden
 
Catchers: Dan Butler, Jake DePew, Jordan Procyshen
 
Infielders: Rafael Devers, Matt Dominguez, Sam Travis
 
Outfielders: Brian Bogusevic, Rusney Castillo, Allen Craig, Junior Lake