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Bobby Valentine: Weakest Red Sox roster ever

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08:37 AM ET 09.15 | Bobby Valentine was speaking the truth. He said what we are all thinking, but should the manager of the team say it out loud? Well, Valentine did. His bosses, who created this horrible Red Sox roster, probably didn't like it, but such is life and such is the whirlwind that is Bobby Valentine. If Valentine is made to go off into the sunset, he might as well go out telling it like it is. Asked if there was any specific area that the Red Sox needed help, Valentine said, "Are you kidding? This is the weakest roster we've ever had in September in the history of baseball. We could use help everywhere. We've got four outfielders and it's September, yeah. We've got four infielders, it's September -- of course. If there are people who could be brought up, we should bring 'em up, but I don't know that there's a lot of guys left." Did he say it kiddingly? Probably. But who knows how those words will sit with general manager Ben Cherington. The "weakest roster" statement might have been said in jest, but it's not far off.

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September 15, 2012  08:50 AM ET

I'll give him credit for being honest.

September 15, 2012  08:57 AM ET

I'm certainly not privy to what goes on behind closed doors, but I would imagine Bobby V is a little pissed off that Lucchino and Cherington won't put him out of his misery and fire him which forces Bobby to face the media each day.

That said, is this a retaliatory shot back?

September 15, 2012  08:57 AM ET
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I'll give him credit for being honest.

He certainly is correct on this one.

September 15, 2012  09:24 AM ET

Sometimes comments are indisputable. case in point!!!

September 15, 2012  09:25 AM ET

Actually, they have had a lot worse teams. Eight strait losing seasons from 1959-1966. The 1992 and 1997 teams more recently. But we get his point. Not that stating the obvious is really necessary.

September 15, 2012  09:27 AM ET

I remember some pretty atrocious teams, back in the day.

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September 15, 2012  09:37 AM ET

Next year needs to be the 'bridge year' Theo mentioned 3 years ago. Don't go spending like drunken sailors just to get some big names. Work smart to improve the team.

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September 15, 2012  09:54 AM ET
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I agree they did great in the trade-and they also can spend again....but as clem said in 10 - spend WISELY-

Thank you sir. And good morning.

September 15, 2012  10:18 AM ET
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what misery?he is getting paid well to do a job, no?so you're saying he, because he did such a good job, should now be mercifully relieved....collect his remaining $ and be able to sit back on his porch in his recliner with some lemonade ?why would they do that?he will finish the year out- suffer.....and they will fire him in the off seasonfiring him now only helps bobby

So you are stating that managing the Red Sox right now is a pleasurable task?

September 15, 2012  10:19 AM ET
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Next year needs to be the 'bridge year' Theo mentioned 3 years ago. Don't go spending like drunken sailors just to get some big names. Work smart to improve the team.

I agree. However, I'm personally rooting for a big Josh Hamilton contract.

September 15, 2012  10:36 AM ET

In rebuttal, I have two words: Dick Stuart

September 15, 2012  10:36 AM ET
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So you are stating that managing the Red Sox right now is a pleasurable task?

Probably the worst job in baseball. Ridiculous expectations and a sense of entitlement from the local media and the bandwagon pink hat/sock crowd.

September 15, 2012  10:39 AM ET
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Probably the worst job in baseball. Ridiculous expectations and a sense of entitlement from the local media and the bandwagon pink hat/sock crowd.

Seriously. No one would want that job. Francona must feel totally vindicated.

September 15, 2012  10:42 AM ET

This is the guy Boston needs for years to come. He fits in perfectly with the fan base.

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September 15, 2012  10:43 AM ET
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Ridiculous expectations and a sense of entitlement

Weird how Boston fans and media think the team will be good every year.

 
September 15, 2012  10:43 AM ET

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