Bobby Valentine Not At Fault For Red Sox Struggles

WEEI's Kirk Minihane opined in his piece this morning that the end may be near for Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine.

Via WEEI.com

What we have, on July 25, is a hugely underachieving team, coming off the worst collapse in baseball history, being managed by someone who isn't wanted by his general manager or many if not most of his players.

At first glance, isn't Bobby Valentine a perfect candidate to be fired?

On the surface, Minihane is right, Valentine hasn't adhered to conventional wisdom when its come to managing this team, but does that warrant a firing? I don't think so.

Managers are always easy scapegoats because it costs far less to fire them than it does the players who the fans are paying to see. The reality in this situation though is that the players have largely gone the route of the tantrum throwing six year old with the new, stricter babysitter, whining and crying that they liked the old one better and refusing to listen or do anything they're told by the new one.

Fans can opine about over-utilizing starters and line-up changes all they want, but the bottom line is that players like Kevin Youkilis, David Ortiz, Josh Beckett and others never even made an effort to make this work. Maybe Valentine isn't the answer here, but he hasn't been given the opportunity to make it work because of a group of spoiled children who want their "binky" back, the one who let them walk all over him last year.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join SB Nation Boston

You must be a member of SB Nation Boston to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Boston. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Boston

You must be a member of SB Nation Boston to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Boston. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.