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David Ortiz Memoir Excerpt Released, Tells All On Bobby V Year

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David Ortiz Memoir Excerpt Released, Tells All On Bobby V Year

Did you hate former Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine? Well so did David Ortiz.

Boston Red Sox legend David Ortiz will be releasing a memoir on May 16th, ahead of that release the following excerpt was published to promote the book, and the comments open a lot of eyes into the inter-workings of the Red Sox during the Bobby Valentine era.

I had never met Bobby Valentine before 2011. I’d heard of him, seen him on TV and remembered that he was the guy who’d put on a fake mustache to avoid being recognized and thrown out of a game. But I didn’t know the man, so that left me with an interesting decision at the end of the year: Should I listen to my friends, or pretend that I’d never heard a word they said?

Everyone I knew was unimpressed with Valentine, the new manager of the Red Sox. He was hired in late November 2011, and the negative reaction from my baseball friends was instant. There were the sarcastic “good luck” messages. There were ominous warnings to get ready. Some even suggested that, at 36 years old, I probably wanted to retire rather than play for someone like him.

I’m a person who has been able to get along with a range of personalities, pretty much everybody, so I tried to block out all the information I had. I tried not to think about the fact that the Red Sox never asked my opinion on players they were thinking about signing or managers they wanted to hire. I found out on the news, just like everyone else, that Valentine was our new manager. I did some research and learned that there was basically one person in the organization, team president Larry Lucchino, who really wanted to hire Valentine. That was it. One person. Still, I had to perform regardless of who was managing. How bad could Bobby V really be?+

The drama began almost immediately in spring training. I remember fighting the thought, very early, We’re going to have an absolutely terrible year.

It was all about him in the spring. It was as if he wanted to prove how smart he was by running us through all these drills he’d used while managing in Japan, drills we had never done before. Bobby was in his own bubble, and I just wanted to get him out of it and tell him, “F— you.”

He asked for a lot of changes, including some that were completely unnecessary. One of the more ridiculous ones was having players hit grounders to each other. I thought that was funny, especially for me. The Red Sox weren’t paying me to hit grounders; I was there to hit balls to the moon.

The problem was not that his drills were new. The bigger issue was how he expected players who had been in the big leagues a long time to immediately do things his way without any missteps. There had been a lot of conversations about our team the year before and how our lack of accountability led to our September collapse. Maybe Bobby was told to come in and boss around full-grown men. Maybe the Red Sox wanted to hire a daddy, not a manager.

One day we were doing his drills and the s— hit the fan. We were hitting pop-ups, and Bobby had said that he didn’t want infielders to say, “I’ve got it, I’ve got it. . . .” He thought that was an unreliable way of calling off a teammate because, in a noisy stadium, the player who’s being called off might not hear his teammate taking control. Well, all players have habits. And in American baseball, most infielders taking the play say, “I got it.”

So when our shortstop, Mike Aviles, got under a ball, he instinctively said, “I got it.” Bobby snapped. It was unlike anything I had ever seen in the majors. He went off on Aviles, cussing and verbally tearing him down in front of everyone. If it had been me, I would have gone up to him, right in front of the fans and dropped a punch.

After that workout, I talked with Dustin Pedroia and Adrián González. We decided to meet with Bobby in his office and attempt to tell him how he was being perceived. It was a waste of time. We tried reasoning with him, and it was like communicating with a wall. All he did was roll his eyes and look everywhere but at us. It could not have been more obvious that he didn’t care what we had to say. We left his office shaking our heads.

None of this should come as a shock, but it should anger Red Sox fans that ownership never bothered to ask the veteran players their thoughts on the situation. On top of that this is another reason to dislike what happened during the power struggle between Theo and Larry which Larry inevitably won.

Tanner founded Trifecta Network in Spring of 2016 and has been the Chief of Content for the Network since that time. Currently Tanner covers all the sports teams in Boston and has contacts in many of the teams in the city. Before starting Trifecta, Tanner was a Site Expert for the FanSided site Chowder and Champions before leaving to cover Boston teams on the ground as a member of the media for Trifecta.

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Boston Red Sox Finally Land Their Guy

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According to multiple reports, the Boston Red Sox have reached an agreement with infielder Eduardo Nunez.

Nunez is set to be the primary second basemen to start the season with Dustin Pedroia still recovering from offseason surgery. After Pedroia returns Nunez will likely serve as the primary backup infielder for the Red Sox with occasional time at the DH spot also a potential route for him.

Nunez was traded to the Red Sox in July from the San Francisco Giants and had an impressive offensive performance in 38 regular-season games for the Sox. But a PCL injury limited him as the season wore down. He did not go for surgery on the knee, choosing instead to rehab, but the visual was bad when he was last on the field when the knee buckled. He had to be carried off the field in the playoffs. But some offseason videos of Nunez working out shows some signs of promises.

Nunez’s deal is pending a physical.

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Mookie Betts Not Thinking About His Contract

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The Boston Red Sox and Mookie Betts weren’t able to come to a long-term agreement this offseason with both sides actually going all the way to arbitration with the ruling going in Betts’ favor.

Despite both sides not actually agreeing on anything this offseason, there is apparently no hard feelings.

“I’ve enjoyed my time here, for sure. Now that 2018 is here I can focus on this calendar year and next year we can focus there. Right now I’m just worried about 2018.” Betts stated to the media on Thursday at Jet Blue Park.

This past offseason the 25-year-old asked Boston for $10.5 million in his arbitration case with Boston eyeing $7.5 million for this season. Despite the process being rather rocky Betts found the back and forth interesting and has nothing by admiration for the team.

“Just seeing that side of it is pretty interesting,” he said. “I like those type of things, kind of see how people debate. There were no hard feelings, nothing wrong, I love these guys. Nothing changed. I’m just going to continue to go out and play and have my same relationship that I always have.”

 

Betts seemed to take the process as a learning experience with two more coming in the following two years with the outfielder eyeing a free agent track three seasons from now.

“Well I’ve got to give credit to my agents. They do a really good job of equipping me,” he explained. “I think my first year they were already talking about arbitration and those types of things. I had a pretty good diea kind of going into it. Once I kind of got to go through it, you kind of see a couple of new things that kind of happen and how it feels in the room and those type of things and how the process goes. My agents did a great job in letting me know how things would go and they were spot on.”

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JD Martinez Throwing Wrench in Red Sox Offseason Plans

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Current online MLB sportsbook odds have the Boston Red Sox as the 6th most likely team to win the world series, right behind their hated rivals in New York. To increase their odds, they need to sign another big bat.

For months there has been speculation about the Boston Red Sox resigning outfielder JD Martinez to the team, but it appears they may have hit a snag in negotiations. It has been reported that Boston offered Martinez a five-year deal in the neighborhood of 125 million dollars and apparently that is not enough.

Martinez is rumored to be “fed up” with Boston and speculation is that he could end up signing elsewhere or come into training camp without a deal on the table. The team and Martinez are still talking but a failed deal could change the offseason plans of Boston a bit.

Last season, Martinez hit 29 homers and drove in 65 RBI’s while only playing 67 games for the Arizona Diamondbacks and hit a total of 45 home runs with and 104 RBI’s overall for the season. At age 30, he is rounding into one of the best power hitters in the MLB. Now it is rumored that a potential return to Arizona is in the cards.

Boston could certainly use another big bat to take the next step towards becoming a true MLB contender again and if Martinez were to sign elsewhere, their search would start all over. Boston should do all it can to negotiate with Martinez as his talent is evident. Although, if things do fall through, there are a few other options available such as:

Jose Bautista: Despite being 37, the power is still there for Bautista as he hit 23 homers last season with Toronto. Unfortunately, his gain has tailed off some as evidenced by his .203 batting average. If things get dicey for Boston, Bautista may be a bit of a cheaper option now due to this age.

Carlos Gonzalez: Gonzalez is another big-name hitter whose games may be on the decline. He only managed 14 home runs last season, but at age 32 there is a possibility of a nice bounce-back year. Again, Gonzalez could be a cheaper option closer to the season.

Jayson Werth: Continuing the trend of aging power hitters, Jayson Werth is available on the market after a stint with the Washington Nationals. Werth’s numbers were down this year but are a bit skewed due to the fact that he only played 70 games. He cannot be relied upon on a daily basis anymore but could be a decent pickup as a part-time bat to use.

For the Red Sox, Martinez is clearly far and away the best option available on the Market. As you can see, most of the big names available this offseason is aging and declining players. While each of them could still have some big hits left in them, losing out on Martinez for one of these guys would be a mighty drop off for Boston.

Martinez is not happy with the Red Sox current offer and perhaps it may be time for them to show him the money. With limited other bats available, Martinez is the clear difference maker. Signing Martinez would greatly enhance their chances in 2018.

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