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Valentine was never given a chance to be Bobby V.
Aside from the other hurdles that Bobby Valentine was forced to overcome, he also wasn’t allowed to manage his way.
Valentine got significant push back from players when he tried to reprimand Mike Aviles in spring training, and management wouldn’t let him start Jose Iglesias in order to emphasize defense up the middle.
Even when Valentine tried to be sarcastic with Will Middlebrooks after a rough inning in the field, Valentine got slack for mistreating the rookie third baseman.
Now that the Red Sox made a significant trade, Valentine may have the green light to manage his way and he will be fighting to keep his job.