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October 5, 2012 | By T.J. Furman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The worst baseball season in Boston since 1965 has finally come to an end, and, fittingly, it's wrapping up in a maelstrom surrounding manager Bobby Valentine. It started Tuesday morning, when Valentine fell off his bike in New York and wound up in a ditch next to the Central Park Reservoir. He was reading a text from Dustin Pedroia. Valentine sustained minor injuries to his knees and hips. Then on Wednesday, during his weekly appearance on Boston sports-talker WEEI, Valentine said he was undermined by some members of his coaching staff during the season.
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December 2, 2011 | Associated Press
Bobby Valentine took over as manager of the Boston Red Sox on Thursday, promising to be hardworking, open-minded, and even humble as he tries to help the franchise return to the playoffs and forget the disappointment of this season's unprecedented September collapse. "It's more than a special day. It's the beginning of a life that's going to extend beyond anything I thought of doing," Valentine said. "The talent level of the players we have in this organization is a gift to anyone, and I think I'm a receiver of this gift.
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February 29, 2012 | By Don McKee, Inquirer Columnist
The Boston Red Sox have gone from one of the quietest managers in baseball in Terry Francona to a guy who seems determined to challenge Ozzie Guillen as the loudest. Bobby Valentine has been the Red Sox manager for about five minutes and he's already taking pot shots at the Yankees. In one fell swoop on Tuesday, Valentine said Derek Jeter didn't need to make the flip-to-home relay in the 2001 playoffs that stands as one of the most celebrated plays in Yankees lore, and fondly recalled the time when Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek "beat up" Alex Rodriguez in 2004.
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December 1, 2011 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
WHEN TERRY FRANCONA left the Boston Red Sox, he said they needed "a new voice" in the manager's office. They've certainly chosen a brash one. Two months after a record collapse kept them out of the playoffs, the Red Sox yesterday picked Bobby Valentine to be their next manager. Boston announced Valentine as its new manager last night and he will be introduced by the Red Sox at a Fenway Park news conference tonight. Blunt, cocky and sometimes controversial, Valentine is quite a departure from Francona, a player's manager who rarely went public with criticism of players or internal team problems.
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April 3, 2013 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
BRYCE HARPER started the season with a bang, belting two home runs Monday in the Nationals' 2-0 win over the Marlins. As if that wasn't enough, his first dinger was caught by a Jayson Werth look-alike dressed in a Nats uniform and sporting a beard and sunglasses. The real Werth, of course, was in the dugout waiting to congratulate Harper.   April's fool Apparently, Mike Tyson has a sense of humor. On Monday, he sent out a tweet saying he was having the tattoo on his face removed.
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November 6, 2012 | Daily News Wire Reports
BOSTON RED SOX mainstay David Ortiz on Monday finalized a 2-year, $26 million deal to remain with the team and responded to criticism by his former manager, Bobby Valentine. Ortiz has played with the Red Sox since 2003, helping them snap an 86-year drought and win World Series titles in 2004 and 2007. Now, he'd like to help the team build from a last-place finish and 69-93 record, Boston's poorest since 1966. "My focus right now is to provide what this organization expects from me the next 2 years," he said.
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November 30, 2011 | Associated Press
The Boston Red Sox and Bobby Valentine have reached a verbal agreement which would make Valentine the next manager of the team, Mike Lynch of Boston's WCVB-TV reported. ESPN has also reported that the deal is done. Valentine, who managed both the New York Mets and Texas Rangers, was most recently an analyst for ESPN. He is in Japan but will be returning around midnight Wednesday.   Broxton to K.C. Reliever Jonathan Broxton and the Kansas City Royals agreed Tuesday to a one-year contract that guarantees the burly righthander $4 million.
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December 7, 2011 | From Staff and Wire Reports
When he left the Boston Red Sox, Terry Francona said the players needed to hear from a new voice. ESPN thinks Francona's voice will be an excellent fit for its baseball coverage. The network hired Francona to replace analyst Bobby Valentine , who is Boston's new manager. Francona described the switch as a win-win situation for the team and the network. He also said he'll probably sleep better than Valentine.   Cubs and Pujols Cubs president Theo Epstein and Dan Lozano , Albert Pujols ' agent, met Monday at the winter meetings in Dallas.
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November 23, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
It required 53 days and at least a dozen interviews, but the Phillies found a replacement for longtime pitching coach Rich Dubee. They hired Bob McClure, who last served as Boston's pitching coach in 2012, on Thursday. McClure, 61, was out of baseball last season. He takes this job knowing he was far from being the Phillies' top choice. "We set out to put ourselves in a position to give Ryne Sandberg as much support as possible," Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said, "and we think Bob McClure with his experience and demeanor and the way he handled himself when we spoke to him, we felt he was a great fit. " Rod Nichols, who was interviewed for the pitching coach job, will remain bullpen coach.
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November 23, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
It required 53 days and at least a dozen interviews, but the Phillies found a replacement for longtime pitching coach Rich Dubee. They hired Bob McClure, who last served as Boston's pitching coach in 2012, on Thursday. McClure, 61, was out of baseball last season. He takes this job knowing he was far from being the Phillies' top choice. "We set out to put ourselves in a position to give Ryne Sandberg as much support as possible," Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said, "and we think Bob McClure with his experience and demeanor and the way he handled himself when we spoke to him, we felt he was a great fit. " Rod Nichols, who was interviewed for the pitching coach job, will remain bullpen coach.
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May 20, 2013 | By Stan Hochman, Daily News Columnist
DALLAS GREEN was always screaming at guys to look in the mirror, especially the guys on the 1980 Phillies team that won the World Series. Would have nailed a full-length mirror to the back of the clubhouse door, so guys had to look into it on the way out, after games, but Major League Baseball wouldn't allow it, because that space is reserved for the warning against betting on baseball. Green always screamed, loud enough to be heard through thick concrete blocks, which happened once in Pittsburgh.
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April 3, 2013 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
BRYCE HARPER started the season with a bang, belting two home runs Monday in the Nationals' 2-0 win over the Marlins. As if that wasn't enough, his first dinger was caught by a Jayson Werth look-alike dressed in a Nats uniform and sporting a beard and sunglasses. The real Werth, of course, was in the dugout waiting to congratulate Harper.   April's fool Apparently, Mike Tyson has a sense of humor. On Monday, he sent out a tweet saying he was having the tattoo on his face removed.
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November 6, 2012 | Daily News Wire Reports
BOSTON RED SOX mainstay David Ortiz on Monday finalized a 2-year, $26 million deal to remain with the team and responded to criticism by his former manager, Bobby Valentine. Ortiz has played with the Red Sox since 2003, helping them snap an 86-year drought and win World Series titles in 2004 and 2007. Now, he'd like to help the team build from a last-place finish and 69-93 record, Boston's poorest since 1966. "My focus right now is to provide what this organization expects from me the next 2 years," he said.
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October 5, 2012 | Daily News Wire Reports
RED SOX skipper Bobby Valentine's job was safe for at least one final game. General manager Ben Cherington would not discuss the status of the beleaguered manager before Boston's season finale against the New York Yankees on Wednesday night. "I'm not going to talk about it," Cherington said. "We have a game tonight. We've said many times, Bobby's the manager of the team until the end of the year, and we'll talk about it after the season. That's what we'll do. " Valentine has had a trying first year with the Red Sox, 69-93 after Wednesday's loss.
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October 5, 2012 | By T.J. Furman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The worst baseball season in Boston since 1965 has finally come to an end, and, fittingly, it's wrapping up in a maelstrom surrounding manager Bobby Valentine. It started Tuesday morning, when Valentine fell off his bike in New York and wound up in a ditch next to the Central Park Reservoir. He was reading a text from Dustin Pedroia. Valentine sustained minor injuries to his knees and hips. Then on Wednesday, during his weekly appearance on Boston sports-talker WEEI, Valentine said he was undermined by some members of his coaching staff during the season.
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September 29, 2012
Someone had to be blamed for the Indians' collapse. Manager Manny Acta, hired in 2009 after two losing seasons as the Nationals' skipper, took the fall Thursday. Cleveland was within three games of first place in the AL Central on July 21 before losing 21 of 25, going 5-24 in August and sliding all the way to the bottom of the AL Central. It certainly wasn't all Acta's fault, but there were times when the Indians seemed to be going through the motions and a lack of effort never reflects positively on any manager.
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September 17, 2012 | Daily News Wire Reports
BOBBY VALENTINE insisted he wasn't trying to be critical when he said his struggling Red Sox had "the weakest roster we've ever had in September in the history of baseball. " Two days after his latest inflammatory remark, Valentine tried to explain himself before Sunday's 5-0 loss to the Blue Jays in Toronto, offering an unsolicited clarification at the end of his morning media session. "The other day when I made a comment about our September roster, that wasn't meant to be a criticism of any players or anything in the organization," Valentine said.
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August 16, 2012
AS THE Phillies play out 2 months worth of games that are more about pride than playoff implications, the discussion of Charlie Manuel's future crops up almost daily. Even in the best of times, and that includes a 102-victory season and two consecutive World Series appearances, Manuel has received constant criticism for game management, lineup decisions and his unwavering faith in veterans like Jimmy Rollins - even as that faith seems, at times, to go unappreciated and unrewarded. Now, though, amid a season sabotaged by injuries, faulty roster construction and a traded-out minor league system, there is a daily drumbeat that sounds something like this: He is too easy on players; his in-game decisions cost his team games; he is not as smart as the managers he goes up against, particularly in the playoffs.
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April 23, 2012 | By Don McKee, Inquirer Columnist
Alberto Gonzalez squared to bunt in the 11th inning Sunday, aiming to drive in the go-ahead run for Texas on a squeeze play. The ball hit his bat then glanced off his right leg before bouncing toward the pitcher. But the Rangers caught a huge break - instead of being called a foul ball, Gonzalez's bunt went for an RBI infield single to give Texas a 3-2 victory over Detroit. Gonzalez admitted after the game the ball hit him around the knee - and a replay confirmed that.
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