Bobby Valentine disappointed with own performance

Boston season not as planned

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NEW YORK — With the Red Sox far from first place and their chances of reaching the playoffs slim, Bobby Valentine says he is disappointed with his performance.

Boston Red Sox Manager Bobby Valentine smiles during batting practice before a baseball game against the New York Yankees.  ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Boston Red Sox Manager Bobby Valentine smiles during batting practice before a baseball game against the New York Yankees.

Hired as manager last fall when Terry Francona left after a 7-20 fade, Valentine’s team entered Saturday 13½ games behind the AL East-leading Yankees and 6½ games out in the wild-card race.

“I’m not doing a good job. I didn’t get paid to do anything other than get to the playoffs, win a lot of games, be in the thick in things right down to the end, even be in first place,” Valentine said. “The team I’m managing is not there. Simple. So my job has not been a good job, if I had to assess.”

Boston hasn’t been above third place all season. Twenty-six Red Sox players have gone on the disabled list, the most for any team in one season since at least 1987, according to STATS LLC.

Valentine, whose contract runs through next season, said it’s hard to tell whether the repeated turmoil caused by losing is weighing on the team.

Asked how he keeps players’ spirits up, Valentine responded: “Tell a few jokes. We made sure that the eggs were served properly this morning in the breakfast room.

“These guys are pro guys. They’re supposed to be down. When you lose, you’re not supposed to be happy,” he said. “I don’t want anybody to think it’s a good thing.”


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