Red Sox Spring Training 2012: Sean McAdam's Five Tips For Bobby Valentine's Success

New Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine is not Terry Francona. He will rule with more of an iron fist and less friendly banter; his spring training practice schedule already is eliciting frowns among the players. Becoming successful will take three parts art and two parts science, or something like that.

CSNNE's Sean McAdam listed five things Valentine needs to accomplish during spring training 2012. The bold are McAdam's suggestions. The words underneath the bold are the reactions of a crazed blogger.

1. Make everyone forget the 2011 season

"DO NOT REMEMBER THE BIGGEST COLLAPSE IN MLB HISTORY! RID YOUR MINDS OF BEER AND CHICKEN MEMORIES! THAT CRUSHING FINAL NIGHT OF THE REGULAR SEASON NEVER HAPPENED! YOU ARE GETTING VERY SLEEPY!"

2. Earn the players' trust

For some reason, I picture the scene in Good Will Hunting where Will won't speak during the therapy sessions, so Sean doesn't either. Not sure exactly why.

3. Sort out the pitching staff

"Can't we just go with a three-man rotation?"

4. Form a relationship with baseball operations

"Hey, Ben. It's me, Bobby. I'm still not sure why you traded away Marco Scutaro for a box of Bagel Bites, but I'd love to get together for coffee one of these days."

5. Work with the team to develop its own personality

"Anything but last year's personality, please."

For more Boston Red Sox coverage, visit our team page or our blog Over the Monster.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

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,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

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.