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Red Sox Players Reportedly Blast Bobby Valentine In Meeting With Owners

Bobby Valentine can't catch a break. Yahoo! Sports reports that several Boston Red Sox players, including Adrian Gonzalez and Dustin Pedroia, blasted Valentine in a heated meeting in New York with ownership in July.

July 28, 2012; Bronx, NY, USA; Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine (25) in the dugout against the New York Yankees during the fourth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE
July 28, 2012; Bronx, NY, USA; Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine (25) in the dugout against the New York Yankees during the fourth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

Bobby Valentine just can't catch a break. In a heated meeting called after a group of Red Sox players sent a text message to ownership voicing their unhappiness with the Sox manager, players -- including Adrian Gonzalez and Dustin Pedroia- aired their issues about Valentine, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports.

The owners called the meeting for Boston's off-day in New York on July 27 after first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, texting on behalf of himself and some teammates, aired their dissatisfaction with Valentine for embarrassing starting pitcher Jon Lester by leaving him in to allow 11 runs during a July 22 start. It was the latest incident in a season's worth of bad relations bubbling between Red Sox players and Valentine.

Gonzalez and Dustin Pedroia were among the most vocal in the meeting, in which some players stated flatly they no longer wanted to play for Valentine, the sources said. The tenor of the 2 p.m. meeting at The Palace hotel in New York turned ugly almost immediately, according to the sources, whom Yahoo! Sports granted anonymity because they were not authorized to speak about internal matters. (via Yahoo! Sports)

Just what this team needs. More drama. What's next, a clubhouse-wide strike? Is this over yet?

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