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The Red Sox avoided getting swept by the Minnesota Twins, the AL’s second-worst team, on Sunday winning 6-4 after dropping the first three games. This win put the Sox back to one game under .500 for what seems like the hundredth time this season.
Red Sox insider Peter Abraham joined 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich to discuss Bobby Valentine being spoken to, the team snitch, if this team misses the playoffs and the job Ben Cherington has been doing.
Last week we learned that manager Bobby Valentine was spoken to by ownership after offering a sarcastic critique of Will Middlebrooks in the dugout earlier this season. This made people wonder who the “snitch” in the clubhouse was. Dan Shaughnessy wrote an article in which he makes a guess based on some knowledge that the “snitch” is Adrian Gonzalez, but Abraham is quick to say otherwise.
“It wasn’t Adrian Gonzalez. I know it wasn’t Adrian Gonzalez.”
Isn’t it odd for a General Manager coming down to tell a manager how interact with players?
“Well yeah very much and if you took away the idea of people talking sarcastically to each other in baseball there wouldn’t be a whole lot to say. That kind of thing happens all the time, somebody gets knocked around and guys make comments about it in a joking manner.”
After the way this team has performed this season is there any way that Bobby Valentine is managing the Red Sox next season?
“It would be very unusual for any Major League team to give a new manager one year and then get rid of him.”
“If he is going to stay they need to figure out a better way to do this better than they’ve done it. They need to let him have his own coaches to some degree, they need to figure out some things that obviously didn’t go right this year and get that straight if he is going to come back.”
They also discussed what Abraham think about the job Ben Cherington has been doing in his first year as GM.