Sunday, September 16, 2012
Who would want to play for a manager like Bobby Valentine?
Well, in Toronto on Friday for a weekend set with the Jays, he said this in a media scrum: “This is the weakest roster we've ever had in September in the history of baseball. We could use help everywhere.”
Huh? How can a manager who wants to keep his job say something like that?
Well, that fire starter was clarified with in 24 hours like this: “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 explained. “It’s a statement of fact because of the injuries and our Triple-A team in the playoffs. This is different. We have less people than most September rosters. We have less positions filled than any September roster I’ve ever seen before. Anybody who thought that to be anything other than a statement of what it was, stand corrected on that.”
Okay, well and good on the explanation, Bobby. But how can a manager with half a brain throw a hand grenade like that into his clubhouse (the first statement) and then walk away without clarifying what he meant? Has anyone ever seen a more perfect example of a dead manager walking? Surely he knows by now that he won't make it past the first round of the play-offs to be shown the door. Is that why he's shooting his mouth off like this?
The funny thing is, he does have a point. With the Pawtucket Red Sox playing in the Triple-A Championship, they’ve had to hold back some players who would have been definite September call-ups. The senior team has been absolutely devastated by injuries this season. But Valentine is also a person who’s spent a lot of time in the broadcast booth (in fact, that’s where he came from to take the managerial reins this spring for Boston). Didn’t he learn anything about the art of communication while in the broadcast seat?
The issue here is that Bobby V has always shot his mouth off. I’m sure if he has a family crest it might well have a rampant foot-in-mouth on a red diamond.
It would be very interesting to be a fly on the wall in the Bosox clubhouse these days. The club might do well to lock him in his office when the media comes around.