Ortiz's suspension reduced to three games


Ortiz's suspension reduced to three games

By Sean McAdam
CSNNE.com Red Sox Insider Follow @sean_mcadam
David Ortiz never got a chance to speak his mind about the incident for which he received a four-game suspension.

But without saying a word, Oritz did get a game reduced -- with the understanding that he would begin his suspension Monday night when the Sox began a three-game series against the Baltimore Orioles, the very team against which Ortiz charged the mound on July 8.

Two industry sources said Monday that a "quid pro quo'' element was involved in the decision: by staying off the field against the Orioles, his punishment was reduced by a game.

"I found out (Monday) morning,'' said Ortiz. "It happened and I have to take it like a man.''

Ortiz said he never got an opportunity to explain himself. Rather, he said, he was notified by his agent Monday morning that his suspension was shaved from four games to three.

"I just didn't want to go over the same thing all over again,'' said Ortiz. "I know that what I did wasn't the right thing to do. So I'm going to be punished because of that. I just want to get it over with and finish the season.

"A situation like that goes down..it happened and it's good to be over. They made their decision the way they would have with anybody else and that's it.''

This will be Ortiz's third layoff in the last few weeks. He first was out of the starting lineup seven times in the span of nine games when the Sox played nine straight games in National League ballparks.

He was next off for four days during the All-Star break, and now will miss the next three games.

"It won't help you,'' shrugged Ortiz. "But I'm just going to keep doing what you're supposed to do and try not to put too much in my head and go out there once the time comes for me to start playing (again) and try my best.''

With Ortiz sidelined, the Red Sox had Jacoby Ellsbury as the DH, giving the outfielder a chance to rest his legs for a night.

Sean McAdam can be reached at smcadam@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Sean on Twitter at http:twitter.comsean_mcadam

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.