Boston Red Sox: Bobby Valentine Not Responsible for Struggles
As a wise man once said, you can only do what you can with the cards you are dealt.
No other saying can properly be associated with new Red Sox manager, Bobby Valentine's first few weeks on the job.
Boston currently holds a 4-10 record on the season following a devastating loss to the New York Yankees, who were able to come back from a nine-run deficit.
But who is to blame for the Red Sox collapse and recent struggles? According to the Fenway Faithful—as well as several analysts all over the nation—the issue seems to be with the brash and outspoken, Bobby Valentine.
During the annihilation of the bullpen, it was very loud and clear that in the eyes of the Boston fans that Bobby V was to blame. Being booed each time he was out to make a pitching change, Valentine received most of the heat. Boston Globe writer Peter Abraham even tweeted claiming there was "a cop and three security guards at the dugout when Valentine came back from the mound."
In his post game interview (via Boston.com), Valentine responded by saying that:
I think we've hit bottom. Also, when asked about being booed by the home crowd, he said, I've been booed in a couple of countries, a few different stadiums. I don't want to be booed. I want the good decisions. This just didn't work out.
As for the players, the few that stuck around did not have much to say.
Following shortly after, Comcast Sports Net personality Sean McAdam reported there was a "closed door meeting" between Bobby V, Ben Cherington and John Henry.
Bobby Valentine should be.....
After the meeting, General Manager Ben Cherington said via Weei that he was "very satisfied" with Bobby Valentine and put the liability of the outcome with the players, themselves.
The players will always, the players will always influence wins and losses more than anybody else. And that's no different here. He's doing the best he can with the roster he has. It'll get better, and he knows that and I know that and along the way if changes need to be made on the roster that's my responsibility.
What course of action Boston will take next is currently unknown, but the thousands demanding Valentine to be fired and replaced with Terry Francona will be disappointed.
While Bobby V's exuberant and controversial persona has certainly come as advertised, there is no reason to blame him for the poor start of the Red Sox 2012 campaign. While there is an argument to put blame on ownership and Ben Cherington for not addressing these problems in the winter, the same can't be said for Valentine.
As Cherington continued to say in his interview, "[Bobby Valentine] makes the lineup out and he makes decisions during the game as to who's coming in."
Sorry to break it to everyone, but that truly is what his job entails.
Bobby's job is to deal with what he has. As of now, Bobby must deal with an injury-plagued starting lineup, an inconsistent starting rotation and one of the worst bullpens in baseball. Essentially, he is dealing with problems far more severe than Terry Francona needed to deal with.
That isn't to take away from the success Francona had, but I think it is fair to give Valentine a break thus far in the season.
In the end, the true responsibility of the wins and losses come with the players who are paid to do so. It is their job to win games and they should be liable for it. The fact that Valentine has received such disdain from the nation is completely unjust.
If Valentine traded for Mark Melancon, signed John Lackey, put together this bullpen, and fell on Jacoby Ellsbury's shoulder he absolutely should be fired tonight. However, that is not the case.
Bobby V may have some other issues to justify being fired, but this abysmal start is not one of them.
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