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MLB Fan Take: A Quick Review of Bobby Valentine's Recent Woes

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Bobby Valentine has opened his mouth again right after the little scuffle with Curt Schilling last week. He is now outing his third baseman Kevin Youkilis. 

Bobby questioned Youilis’ commitment to the game saying, “I don't think he's as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason. But [on Saturday] it seemed, you know, he's seeing the ball well, got those two walks, his on-base percentage up higher than his batting average, which is always a good thing, and he'll move on from there." Why say anything to the media? Youkilis has gotten off to a slow start this season going 2-for-20 through the team’s first six games. But is that a reason to out him?  All the greats go through slumps.  He just went 4-for-10 in the series against Tampa. Maybe, Bobby should worry about getting W’s, not outing his players in front of the limelight.

Last week Schilling said, "I thought that the manager that managed the Mets that I was not a big fan of was now going to be a different manager, and I don't think there's anything different at all. And I don't think that that is going to be conducive to doing well here. There's a lot of things I think that are happening not just from his perspective, but when you talk to these guys -- and I'm still talking to some of these guys -- I don't think this is going well. And I think it's going bad quicker than I expected it to."

Now, Now I thought that was a little harsh, don’t you think? The season started a couple weeks ago and there are plenty of games to come. But, has Schilling noticed Bobby’s inconsistencies? But why would Schilling add the fact that he still talks to the ‘guys’? That’s a low blow! Is he really throwing Valentine’s players under the bus? But, did Bobby’s players even say anything? Either way, I’m glad Valentine responded the way he did. “I think he (Curt) knows a lot about baseball, and I did hang around with him a bit. I don’t think he knows anything about our team,” explained Valentine. In this situation Bobby had a good come back and provided a positive attribute about Curt before stating his opinion.

Schilling also said that he likes Bobby but also doesn’t think his style will work in Boston. In response, Bobby said, “Consider the course.” Is Bobby referring to Curt as a complete idiot? Or is Bobby just being a smart ass? What do you think? As a faithful Red Sox fan, I like Bobby’s style of managing, but I hate that fact that he outs his own players. But who knows, maybe this style will keep Boston focused. Once he figures out his player’s tendencies and stamina levels, the success will start to show.  Bobby has full involvement with his team. He helps players with rehab, films bunting practice, and also helps with the 13 men pitching staff.

Boston is 4-5 not the start fans were expecting after last September’s collapse. But, the Sox are coming off a three game winning streak and the Yankees series is on April 20th. I am sure Boston will be in full swing. Bobby keep ya mouth shut!

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