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Closer Andrew Bailey Needs Surgery on Right Thumb – Fenway Park 4/3/12

Wow – this is not good – looks like Andrew Bailey is going to need surgery to repair a ligament in his right thumb.  The injury occurred back on March 21st, but Bailey continued to pitch despite the discomfort.  Recovery from a ulnar collateral ligament surgery typically takes about 3 months, so Bailey is going [...]

Valentine (err Beckett) Names Jon Lester Opening Day Starter Against Tigers in Comerica Park on April 5th – Fenway Park 3/19/12

Manager Bobby Valentine has named Jon Lester his opening day starter against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on April 5th.  Lester has had a good spring, but Valentine revealed that this decision was actually made long ago – when Valentine 1st met Josh Beckett in Texas back on New Year’s Day.  Here’s what Bobby [...]

Crawford Saga Continues as Valentine Divulges Bad News on Timetable – Fenway Park 2/15/12

The Carl Crawford saga continues as Manager Bobby Valentine hints that Crawford will likely miss the 1st few weeks of the 2012 MLB season.  “I wouldn’t be surprised nor disappointed if that’s what the nature dictates as his healing process… When he’s ready and he’s healed, he is going to be a welcome addition to [...]

Valentine, Red Sox Name Bob McClure New Pitching Coach – Fenway Park 12/26/11

Bobby Valentine and the Red Sox have announced that Bob McClure will be the Red Sox new Pitching Coach.  McClure was the Kansas City Royals’ pitching coach from 2006-2011 and he helped mentor Zach Greinke who eventually won the AL Cy Young Award in 2009.  The Royals did not keep McClure on after the end [...]

Problems Between Skipper Valentine and Carl Crawford? Fenway Park 12/21/11

Skipper Bobby Valentine and under-performing Carl Crawford have yet to connect this winter.  While talks of a face-to-face meeting keep swirling, the 2 have not even spoken over the phone yet.  Will this turn into a season-long issue?  Given that both are under contract with the Red Sox for the foreseeable future, let’s hope they [...]

Daniel Bard Could Be Option for Starting Rotation – Fenway Park – 12/6/11

GM Ben Cherington has all but said the Red Sox will not go after a big name starting pitcher free agent like C.J. Wilson or Mark Buehrle.  So does that mean Daniel Bard is a “lock” to become a starter in 2012?  We’ll have to see how it all plays out, but that could be [...]

Valentine Is Ready To Talk to Beckett, Players About His Vision – Fenway Park 12/3/11

Amidst rumors of discontent with his hiring, new Skipper Bobby Valentine is ready to speak with his new players. Valentine is already down in the Dominican Republic as we discussed yesterday to “recruit” free agent slugger David Ortiz.  Next up is pitcher Josh Beckett who had been critical of this past baseball season.  After that, [...]

Bobby Valentine Heads to the DR to Recruit David Ortiz – Fenway Park 12/2/11

New Manager Bobby Valentine is headed to the Dominican Republic to recruit free agent DH David Ortiz. Ortiz has repeatedly stated that he wants to remain in Boston.  But he is looking for a long-term deal at 36-years of age. The Red Sox have offered Ortiz arbitration.  That means that he would have to accept [...]

Red Sox Introduce Bobby Valentine as New Manager – Fenway Park 12/1/11

It’s official – Bobby Valentine is the new Red Sox Manager.  Ben Cherington made the announcement on Thursday afternoon and is thrilled with the choice – “I’m very confident we’ve found the right person in Bobby Valentine”.  Cherington went on to say that he thought Valentine had the ability to show care for his players [...]

Red Sox To Hire Bobby Valentine – Will It Work? – Fenway Park 11/30/11

The Red Sox are set to hire Bobby Valentine as the 45th manager in franchise history.  This is a dousy for sure… I don’t like it to be perfectly honest. Valentine is a head case and I just don’t see him getting control of what sounded like a horrific locker room during the 2011 campaign.  [...]