Report: ‘Detached’ Bobby Valentine, ‘Absentee’ Owners At Root Of Red Sox’ ‘Toxic’ Issues

June 21, 2012 12:00 AM
Report: ‘Detached’ Bobby Valentine, ‘Absentee’ Owners At Root Of Red Sox’ ‘Toxic’ Issues
" BOSTON (CBS) — After ESPN’s Buster Olney reported that the Red Sox’ clubhouse is toxic, Josh Beckett immediately denied the claim, saying he and his teammates are a remarkably close-knit group.

As it turns out, it appears as though Beckett was being 100 percent truthful, but that tight-knit group of players could be exactly what’s causing the “toxic” environment.

CSNNE’s Sean McAdam did some digging into the reported issues and reported that many of the team’s problems can be traced back to “detached manager” Bobby Valentine and an ownership group that is not aware of day-to-day operations nearly as much as it used to be.

McAdam reports the club is “somewhat dysfunctional at nearly every level,” with many players unhappy with Valentine’s managerial style. One player “openly challenged” Valentine at one point, according to the report. He also noted that Valentine was told to apologize to Kevin Youkilis after the manager called out the veteran infielder early in the season for a lack of effort and focus on the game "

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