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NJNR’s Tom ‘The Bomb’ picks $32 Kentucky Derby Winner plus $306 cold exacta!

NJNR’s Tom ‘The Bomb’ picks $32 Kentucky Derby Winner plus $306 cold exacta!

Tom The Bomb Valledolmo, newjerseynewsroom.com racing correspondent and professional handicapper, continued his amazing run in the Triple Crown series by picking the Kentucky Derby winner for the third straight year when he not only tabbed I’ll Have Another, the $32 winner Saturday, but the $306 exacta with second-place finisher Bodemeister as well. Watch for more [...]

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NFL Hall of Famer Harry Carson, mentor to Junior Seau, makes head trauma a priority

NFL Hall of Famer Harry Carson, mentor to Junior Seau, makes head trauma a priority

BY ADELE SAMMARCO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM NFL football great, Harry Carson, and Meridian Neuroscience spokesperson, made a surprise visit Thursday to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune. With a charismatic style all his own, the former New York Giants team captain visited stroke patients and popped in on Edison native Ken Kramer in his hospital room. [...]

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Titanic message for sports and athletes: Get desperate now

Titanic message for sports and athletes: Get desperate now

BY MIKE TULLY NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM COMMENTARY All those Titanic movies over the weekend got me thinking about hitting golf balls. That may sound like an odd connection to make, until you see those passengers standing on the stern, hundreds of feet above the ocean, just before the ship goes down. They are doing anything they can [...]

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New York Giants Sign Rookie DT Markus Kuhn

The New York Giants have rounded up their final rookie, signing seventh-round pick Markus Kuhn, defensive tackle out of NC State, to an undisclosed deal.

Following their first practice on Friday, head coach Tom Coughlin told reporters he had been informed all seven picks had been signed. The Giants later confirmed that via Twitter.

Because of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), rookies are now able to be signed much more seamlessly. There’s no longer a threat of a holdout because their contracts are pre-determined. As a result, all draftees for Big Blue are now under contract long before they have ever been previously.

Earlier this week, Kuhn expressed his excitement and anticipation to battle for a spot on the Giants’ depth chart.

“I don’t really set myself too many long-term goals, I always say if you work hard, good things are going to happen. As of right now, the next goal is to get there, be good in rookie minicamp and work hard during the strength and conditioning. Hopefully, I’ll get a chance and make the 53-man roster,” Kuhn said.

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Josh Beckett In Golf-Gate: Like Chicken-and-Beer-Gate, But With Less Calories

Seeing that deep, high loft makes Beckett want to golf

It’s been a tough year to be a Boston Red Sox fan. Last August, the team looked like a lock to make the postseason, but staged a historical collapse in September that saw them bounced out of the wild card on the last day of the season. Then there were reports that some starting pitchers were drinking beer and eating fried chicken in the clubhouse on their days off and suddenly the collapse all made sense to Sawx nation. It wasn’t about the aging Red Sox lineup or inflated expectations from the fans…it was about beer and chicken and how the team had lost their “grittiness” by the team allowing for the general “grittitude” to wane. Heads were called for and general sweeping out happened that jettisoned manager Terry Francona and saw GM Theo Epstein leave for Chicago. Surely that fixed everything!

Turns out, not so much. The average age of the roster is still hovering around “ancient,” and the Sawx have stumbled out of the gate this season and currently sit 12-19, five games back of the New York Yankees…who sit in fourth place of the AL East. They are just 2-8 over their last 10 games, including currently riding a three game losing streak. The hitting has been good, with the team in the top-5 of runs scored, batting average, and slugging percentage while also being in the top-10 for on-base percentage. Their pitching on the other hand….not so much.

The team is currently in the bottom five of baseball in team earned run average, quality starts, walks and hits per inning pitched, and batting average against. Possibly their biggest disappointment in the pitching staff has been Josh Beckett, their supposed ace. The 31-year old righty, who was one of the culprits in last season’s “Chicken-and-Beer-Gate,” has been struggling with injuries this season and has posted a very pedestrian 2-4 record with an ERA hovering around six. He was skipped over in the rotation prior to his last start due to a sore lat muscle and came back to get chased in the third inning by the Cleveland Indians after giving up seven runs on seven hits. Even better, though, is the fact that Beckett apparently spent an off day playing golf just one day after being scratched from his scheduled start. Red Sox fans obviously responded by booing and jeering their own team and demanding that Beckett explain his lack of solemn rehabilitation so he could come back and humbly serve Sawx Nation by striking out a dozen. Beckett’s reply: “Mmmm, nopes,”:

“I spend my off days the way I want to spend them,” he said. “My off day is my off day. We get 18 days off a year. I think we deserve a little bit of time to ourselves.”

Oh Josh….nooooo. If there’s one thing Boston fans can forgive, it’s an act of sabotage flavored with beer and chicken, as long as you say you’re sorry (no matter how much you don’t really mean it). What they can’t forgive is you telling them to mind their own business. They have lines that you just don’t cross.

This latest PR snafu on Beckett’s part could be another sign that he may be on his way out of Boston. While he endeared himself with his gutsy and dominating performances when he first arrived in Fenway, the injuries have cost him a lot of his effectiveness, which has made everyone look more closely at the way he spends his free time, which is obviously harshing Beckett’s mellow. Beckett obviously is not as gung-ho about bringing Boston out of the cellar single-handedly with nothing but grit as Sawx fans, so this relationship is probably only going to get more tense…but if he takes up Guitar Hero, Sawx fans are going to burn Fenway to the ground.

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Jets coach confirms Tebow will be used on special teams

Although new offensive coordinator Tony Sparano wouldn’t reveal what he’s got in store for Tim Tebow, another of Gang Green’s coaches opened up about his plans for the polarizing backup quarterback.

According to the New York Daily News, longtime Jets special teams coach Mike Westhoff revealed that he’s planning to incorporate Tebow into his unit’s packages, even going so far as calling him a “more potent Brad Smith” without divulging further.

Smith, now a member of the Bills, was a favorite of Westhoff’s and an integral part of New York’s typically league-leading specials squad.

While it’s extremely doubtful we’ll see Tebow returning kicks, something Smith excels at, there’s been speculation that he may be used as the personal protector on punts. Sparano said last week that Tebow “can play anywhere from one to 20 snaps” on offense, primarily in the “Tebow Package,” a variety of read-option plays designed to maximize his skillset.

Of the roles Tebow could be thrust into, the likeliest include: Wildcat quarterback, H-back/fullback, and, now, whatever Westhoff, one of the game’s most respected coaches, has in mind for the 24-year-old.

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Fantasy Feast Closer Report – 5/12/12

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Hector Santiago is out as the closer for the White Sox. Chris Sale is being moved back to the ‘pen to help keep his elbow healthy. Sale is a moot point fantasy-wise, the only way you could get him is by trading for him, but I don’t advise that. Drop Santiago.
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Andrew Cashner gave up three earned in .2 innings last night, but should still be the Padres’ closer while Huston Street is out. I wouldn’t bother with Cashner in standard leagues, given that he plays for
the Padres and isn’t a solid option, but in deeper leagues, he’s worth a look for the short term if you’re desperate.
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With Kyle Farnsworth moved to the 60 day DL, he won’t be eligible to return until June 5 th. Fernando Rodney is pitching lights out and I’m not sure he’ll have to relinquish his closer role when Farnsworth returns. Obviously hold on to Rodney over the next month and we’ll revisit him when Farnsworth starts throwing again.
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David Robertson has pitched exceptionally well over the past couple years and appears to be in line to split save opportunities with Rafael Soriano. Many believe Robertson will run away with the job, which could happen, but I’m having a hard time believing that the Yankees are going to keep Soriano in more of a setup role after they handed him a 3 year, 35 million dollar deal last year. Honestly, take your pick and hope for the best if you’re in a deep league, but neither should really be owned until we figure out who has the upper hand.
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Keep Scott Downs on your roster for now, but with LaTroy Hawkins getting placed on the DL and Walden pitching a scoreless eighth inning a couple nights ago, his job is far from secure. If Walden can string together some decent innings, he should regain the closer role before too long.
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Grant Balfour is starting to play well again and should stave off Brian Fuentes for the closer duties in Oakland. Hang onto him.
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I suppose you could say Rafael Dolis is the closer for the Chicago Cubs, but there really is no sure guy to get the chances on any given night. Don’t bother with Dolis… yet.
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With Heath Bell demoted to a non-closer role, Edward Mujica got the save chances for the Marlins the last couple times, but Steve Cishek should see the opportunities from here on out. Go ahead and give
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Fantasy baseball 2012: Hot and Cold players

Over a month into the season now, some players are working their way out of preseason slumps, while others are still struggling to find their swings.  Here are the hottest and coldest baseball players of May.

All of these stats are for the last week of games played.

Depending on which category you need help in, there are different players to suit your needs.

WHO IS HOT HOT HOT

HR LEADERS

MIAMI, FL – APRIL 29: Giancarlo Stanton #27 of the Miami Marlins hits a home run in the ninth inning during a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Marlins Park on April 29, 2012 in Miami, Florida. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

1. Giancarlo Stanton – 5

2. Adam Dunn – 4

3. Carlos Beltran – 3

3. Carlos Gonzalez – 3

3. J.J. Hardy – 3

3. Chris Johnson – 3

3. Bryan LaHair – 3

3. Will Middlebrooks – 3

3. Hunter Pence – 3

3. Wilin Rosario – 3

3. Kyle Seager – 3

Mike Giancarlo Stanton has finally found his power stroke as he has cracked 5 HR’s in the last week, one of the hottest waiver wire pickups right now is Bryan LaHair who is absolutely tearing the cover off the ball for the Cubs.  Will Middlebrooks is doing his best to make an impression on the Red Sox as he smacked 3 HR’s in 2 days at Fenway, and Kyle Seager is showing everyone the early season success wasn’t a fluke and he is here to stay for the Mariners.

Stolen Base Leaders

ATLANTA – APRIL 15, 2012 – Michael Bourn pulls in with a double(Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

1.  Emilio Bonifacio – 5

2. Michael Bourn – 4

2. Jose Reyes – 4

3. Alejandro De Aza – 3

3. Rafael Furcal – 3

3. Cameron Maybin – 3

3. Angel Pagan – 3

3. Jordan Schafer – 3

I was dubbing this the year of the stolen base, and so far there are plenty of young speedsters running wild on the base paths.  Most notable is Emilio Bonifiacio who is showing no signs of slowing down, and could eclipse 75 SB’s this year.  Rafael Furcal is nearly old enough for social security, but that isn’t stopping him from running for the surprising Cards, and if he can stay healthy he looks like the steal of the draft thus far.  Jordan Schafer is doing his best to stay fantasy relevant as his only HR came off Jamie Moyer, but with guys like Jose Altuve and J.D. Martinez hitting behind him, he will score plenty of runs and steal you some bases.

RBI Leaders

HOUSTON, TX – MAY 02: Chris Johnson #23 of the Houston Astros gets a high five from Dave Clark #35 of the Houston Astros after hitting a three run home run against the New York Mets in the second inning on May 2, 2012 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

1. Chris Johnson – 10

1. Kyle Seager - 10

2. Carlos Beltran – 9

2. Allen Craig – 9

2. Chipper Jones – 9

2. Will Middlebrooks – 9

2. Carlos Ruiz – 9

3. Freddie Freeman – 8

3. Carlos Gonzalez – 8

3. Brian McCann – 8

3. Hunter Pence – 8

3. Hanley Ramirez – 8

3. Giancarlo Stanton – 8

No surprise here that most of the HR leaders are also RBI leaders as guys like Will Middlebrooks and Giancarlo Stanton are doing their damage with men on base.  Freddie Freeman has continued his assault on the baseball, I thought he was 2 years away from elite status, but he is trying to get there now.  Hanley Ramirez still isn’t hitting for a high average, but he is doing well in the power and RBI departments, and now that he qualifies at third base and SS, his value has gone up.

High Average Leaders

ATLANTA, GA – SEPTEMBER 1: Martin Prado #14 of the Atlanta Braves and teammates celebrate with Chipper Jones #10 after Jones’ solo home run in the second inning of the game against the Washington Nationals at Turner Field on September 1, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

1. Chipper Jones – .524

2. Asdrubal Cabrera - .481

3.  Elvis Andrus – .480

4. Yunel Escobar – .450

5. Rafael Furcal – .429

6. Austin Jackson – .423

7. Derek Jeter – .423

8. Allen Craig – .421

8. Andy Dirks – .421

9. Howie Kendrick -  .417

10. Starlin Castro – .407

Even though Chipper leads the high average category he isn’t an advisable add due to his age and AB’s per week. Asdrubal Cabrera and Elvis Andrus are proving they are elite shortstops and should be started in all formats right now.  Derek Jeter who is one of my favorite sell high candidates is still hitting for a high average, but as expected the power pretty much disappeared.  Austin Jackson’s new swing seems to have improved his contact rates this year, and he should be picked up in most mixed leagues.

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Last 7 days

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN – JULY 4: Corey Hart #1 of the Milwaukee Brewers goes down swinging for the 3rd and final out as the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Brewers during their game at Miller Park on July 4, 2011 in Milwaukee, WI. The Diamondbacks defeated the Brewers 8-6. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

 Michael Saunders – CF - Seattle Mariners – .125/1/1  24 AB/ 12 KO  0 SB

Dan Uggla – 2B – Atlanta Braves - .233/1/2  30 AB/ 12 KO  2 BB 5 R

Corey Hart – OF – Milwaukee Brewers - .174/0/0 23 AB/ 11 KO  3 BB  0 SB 2 R

Ryan Raburn – 2B – Detroit Tigers – .059/0/1  17 AB/ 9 KO  0 R

Adam Lind – 1B – Toronto Blue Jays – .111/1/1   18 AB/ 8 KO  0 SB  1 R

Buster Posey – C – San Francisco Giants – .200/0/2   25 AB/ 8 KO   2 R

Dustin Ackley – 2B – Seattle Mariners - .208/0/0  24 AB/ 7 KO  5 R  1 SB

Robinson Cano – 2B – New York Yankees.240/1/4   25 AB/ 7 KO  0 SB  3 R

Danny Espinosa – 2B – Washington Nationals – .150/0/0  20 AB/ 7 KO  1 SB 2 R

Dexter Fowler – OF – Colorado Rockies – .133/0/3  15 AB/ 7 KO  0 SB  2 R

Rickie Weeks – 2B – Milwaukee Brewers – .130/0/0  23 AB/ 7 KO  0 SB  2 R

Brennan Boesch – OF – Detroit Tigers – .125/1/3  24 AB/ 6 KO  0 SB  2 R

Ike Davis – 1B – New York Mets - .118/0/1  17 AB/ 6 KO   0 SB  2 R

This list could go on forever, as there are plenty of star players not producing up to their potential (Albert Pujols).  A quartet of disappointing second basemen in Uggla, Cano, Weeks and Ackley are on the list.  Cano was a late first or early second round pick for most owners in 2012, and he is going to need to heat up soon in order to approach the 30 HR/ 100 RBI plateau most his owners expected him to reach.  Ackley was a favorite sleeper, and after cracking a HR opening day it seemed like the sky was the limit.  Now hitting out of the leadoff spot, he sports a lowly .208 average and just 1 SB so far in May.  Rickie Weeks is playing his way out of many fantasy lineups as he hasn’t showcased much power or speed in 2012, he might be injured, because there is no way he is this bad… right?  There were plenty of owners (not me) who felt that Dexter Fowler was poised for a breakout season this year, and he has shown some power early on, but over the past week hitting just .133 with 0 HR’s and 0 SB’s isn’t helping his cause.  For a supposed speedster he doesn’t steal many bases, and with that long looping swing I still feel it takes him too long to get to the baseball.  I think Fowler gets another year or two with the Rockies and they move on, I keep hoping to see Tyler Colvin get regular playing time as I like his power potential, but with CarGo, Fowler, and Cuddyer in the OF for the Rox, Colvin is currently the odd man out.

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Can Anyone Slow Down Rajon Rondo?

Boston Celtic point guard Rajon Rondo has always had a penchant for big games. His affinity for nationally televised matchups is well documented, and practically all of his best performances has come under the NBA‘s brightest lights. Celtic fans have often seen this as a double edged sword because, while Rondo takes his game to another level when he’s on National Television, he often disappears in matchups against lesser competition. He plays great in big games, but he doesn’t play that well all the time which can be frustrating for Celtic fans because they want him to play at that level every game. However here is the good news for Celtic fans – every playoff game is a big game, and through four games of the 2012 NBA playoffs, Rondo looks to be in big game form.

Rondo was playing at an elite level going in to the playoffs, closing out the regular season on a streak of 24 straight games with double digit assist totals, and finishing the year averaging 11.9 points and 11.7 assists per game. Yet unbelievably Rondo has been even better at the start of the playoffs – through four games, minus the one he missed due to suspension, Rondo is averaging 19 points and 13 assists, all career playoff highs. Things can change in an instant in the NBA, and while the Celtics are up 3-1 on Atlanta this series is far from over. However based on a three game sample Rondo sure looks unstoppable, and that makes the Celtics really scary.

The saying in Boston for years has been “as Rondo goes so go the Celtics.” Well Rondo is going and, unfortunately for the rest of the league, there doesn’t appear to be anyone left in the east who can slow him down. When Derek Rose got injured the one player who would pose a legitimate challenge for Rondo exited the playoffs. New Jersey’s Deron Williams has given Rondo problems before, but he and his Nets are on the golf course right now while Jay-Z and the Nets ownership group plan their move to Brooklyn. Milwaukee’s Brandon Jenning is also an awfully good player, but his Bucks missed out on the playoffs in the season’s final week, and he isn’t on Rondo’s level anyway.

Of the point guards left in the Eastern Conference Playoffs the one who has actually defended Rondo best is Atlanta’s Jeff Teague. While somewhat under the radar, overshadowed by other Atlanta stars like Joe Johnson and Josh Smith, Teague has turned into an very good point guard for the Hawks. He’s one of the few players in the league with quickness on Rondo’s level, and in their two regular season matchups he held the Celtic point guard to a miserable 7-30 shooting. Rondo still put up big numbers, recording a triple-double in Boston‘s April 11th win at the TD Garden, but Teague made him work for everything he got and forced into a bunch of bad shots. Teague has done his best to slow Rondo downin the playoffs, but through four games he really hasn’t had any success, and if and when the Celtics get past the Hawks it will only get easier for Rondo.

Provided that the Celtics get past Atlanta, their next opponent would be either the eighth seeded Philadelphia 76ers, or the Rose-less Chicago Bulls. This would mean either Philadelphia’s Jrue Holliday or Chicago’s C.J. Watson going head to head with Rondo. Both are good players, but one would still expect Rondo to dominate the matchup in route to a Celtic win. If Boston were to make it to the Eastern Conference finals their opponent would likely be either the Miami Heat or Indiana Pacers, meaning a matchup between Rondo and either Miami’s Mario Chalmers or Indiana’s Darren Collison. Again this really should be a case of no contest, and while both teams are good enough to win even if Rondo dominates, they will have a tough time slowing Rondo down which makes beating Boston a real challenge. Nothing is guaranteed. In fact, given Boston‘s injury history and penchant for blowing leads, it’s far from a certainty that the Celtics will even get past Atlanta. However if they do take care of business against the Hawks things are set up pretty well for Boston because there doesn’t seem to be anyone left who can slow down Rondo.

Now as a pass first point guard Rondo’s success still depends on his teammates knocking down shots. If Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, and Avery Bradley all start bricking the open looks Rondo gets them, or if the injury bug strikes again, the Celtics are in trouble regardless of how well Rondo plays. However as long as Rondo keeps playing at this level, and his teammates stay healthy and keep knocking down open shots, there really is no limit to how far the Celtics can go. They have numerous weaknesses that can be exploited, but since nobody in the east has an answer for Rondo, the Celtics have a fighting chance against any team out there.

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Andy Pettitte to start Sunday for Yanks


GM Brian Cashman has announced that 39 year old Andy Pettitte will pitch this Sunday, May 13th, against the Seattle Mariners. This will be Pettitte’s first start since retiring over a year ago. The veteran lefty has a 240-138 career record but more importantly has a new hunger for the game. The Yankees were stacked with starters entering the year but with injuries (Pineda) and horrible slumps (Hughes) the Yankee staff could use some stability. Pettitte should provide just that, as the reports coming from Yankee camp say that he is in great physical shape and should be ready to compete this weekend. 

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Bobby Valentine’s latest Red Sox cry: Who can pitch?

Here’s the pitch thrown by position player Daniel McDonald that sank the Boston Red Sox last night in the 17th inning at Fenway Park. McDonald, an outfielder, pressed into service as a pitcher threw one right down the middle that the Orioles Adam Jones liked and he rode it over the left field wall for a three run homer. Boston and Baltimore each used eight pitchers before going to position players Chris David and Darnell McDonald. The last time two teams brought in position players to pitch in the same game was 87 years ago, October 4, 1925, when Hall of Famers Ty Cobb of Detroit and George Sisler of the St.Louis Browns closed out the second game of a doubleheader on the last day of the season. The last time any position player wound up as the winning pitcher was May 25, 2011, when Philadelphia infielder Wilson Valdez threw one scoreless inning in a 19-inning victory over Cincinnati. Chris Davis, Baltimore’s DH, now finds himself in baseball records book as the games winning pitcher. As the Orioles DH last night he was terrible. He went 0-8 as DH, striking out five times and grounding into a double play. Davis, struggling at the plate was told by his Oriole manager to get out to the bull pen and start warming up. 

 

Darnell McDonald’s an outfielder. He played for Baltimore in 2004. Last night manager Bobby Valentine reached deep down into his barrel of tricks and ordered him to take the mound in the 17th inning. Before the inning was over Orioles Adam Jones hit his three-run homer. In Boston’s bottom of the 17th Chris Davis shut the Red Sox hitters down, striking out All-Star slugger Adrian Gonzalez, and got Darnell McDonald to ground out into a double play to end a game that took 6 hours,7 minutes. Final score of the 17 inning marathon, 9-6 Baltimore. The win put Baltimore into first place in the American League East Division race, a half game over second place Tampa Bay. Boston’s loss, their fifth straight at home, including nine of their past 10, are in last place, seven and a half games behind division leader Baltimore. Boston’s playing terrible baseball with a 11-16 record (.407)

The New York Yankees are not doing much better sitting in the next to last position,four games from the top with a 15-13 record (.536)

 

There’s no doubt the Boston franchise is in trouble. How much blame can be attributed to the internal conflicts between Red Sox players and Valentine is pure speculation. Obviously an up-set clubhouse is not healthy for any pro sport team. Negative Fenway fan reactions to Valentine has to have ownership/management concerned. Valentine has never managed a “calm”, relaxed ball club. Over time his personality, his abrasive, in your face style of interacting with people ruffle feathers in the clubhouse, and executive suites of franchises he’s worked for. He’s ticked off players, owners, fans in two countries, the United States and Japan. That’s no small feat. His closest friends say,”Bobby Valentine is his own worse enemy-if only he could keep his mouth shut!” 

 

Now we have a great franchise, great team with a history unmatched, the Boston Red Sox, playing .407 baseball, wallowing in last place with no light shining at the end of the tunnel. How long will Fenway fans remain “patient?” How many more times can manager Bobby Valentine step out of the dugout to a sell-out crowd chorus of “boo’s” before even he has to wear down? How many times will it take for the grounds-crew to replace the worn-out grass between the Red Sox bullpen and the mound? How much longer will it take owner John Henry and his new front-office executives to figure out Bobby Valentine was a terrible fit for Red Sox baseball? Many baseball experts voiced those words when we heard the news Bobby was hired. How long will it take for Red Sox ownership to understand once the insane patients (players) took over the asylum, all was lost. Terry Francona and Theo Epstein knew that at the end of last season. Ownership reacted by forcing them out and bringing in Bobby Valentine, the biggest “nut,” biggest “head case” of all. 

Boston’s sport talk radio shows must be bombarded today with callers screaming for change..screaming for Valentines head. Relax Fenway fans, It’s only May 7th, we still have plenty of baseball ahead. Your team can’t do any worse. They’re in last place. No pressure. 

Today’s another day at Fenway Park. When Red Sox players arrive in the clubhouse Valentine’s cry will be -…….”WHO CAN PITCH?”

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