Boston Red Sox: 5 'Toxic' Elements in Clubhouse Needing to Be Purged

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Boston Red Sox: 5 'Toxic' Elements in Clubhouse Needing to Be Purged
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As the manager, Bobby Valentine will play a large part in improving the Red Sox clubhouse culture.

After ESPN’s Buster Olney reported last week that the environment in the Boston Red Sox clubhouse was “toxic,” the players quickly fired back to shoot down the report.

While Olney’s word choice may have exaggerated the problem a bit, he brought to the limelight a problem that existed well before this season even began: the Sox clubhouse appears to be slightly (but not irrevocably) broken.

While some of this trouble is merely a byproduct of an organization-wide malaise that can only come about with sustained periods of success, other elements of this issue can—and must—be contained in order for the Sox to build a successful organization going forward.

The team has already started to move in a positive direction by trading disgruntled third baseman Kevin Youkilis.

While Youk will always be beloved in Boston for his role in two World Series titles and many individual accomplishments, the time had come for him to go. Will Middlebrooks had taken his job, and Youkilis was none too pleased.

His public griping and clashes with manager Bobby Valentine created the kind of tense atmosphere this team had tried to get away from in recent years, and it was only a matter of time before Youkilis’ anger began to impact the attitude of other players.

As the Sox look to rally themselves and continue their recent run of success, here are five elements they should try to eliminate from their clubhouse:

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