That right there is the story for the 2012 Boston Red Sox, a team with an astronomical payroll that sits in last place.
Of course, the payroll factor is mitigated by the bevy of injuries keeping a number of starters off the field, but championship teams endure similar setbacks but persevere. The Red Sox have not done that. Not even close.
They’re 43-43, tied with the Blue Jays, A’s and Tigers for the fourth-worst record in the American League.
In a city like Boston, that’s just not going to fly. And the midseason grades certainly reflect that.
Position: Manager Grade: B
Bobby Valentine’s done a lot of things wrong in front of a microphone, but in the dugout, he’s been about as good as he could be, given his circumstances. He’s craftily managed the bullpen, and he hasn’t feared shaking up the lineup "
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