Back on August 14, Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan reported that Gonzalez, “texting on behalf of himself and some teammates, aired their dissatisfaction with (Red Sox manager Bobby) Valentine for embarrassing starting pitcher Jon Lester by leaving him in to allow 11 runs during a July 22 start.”
The New York Daily News reported Sunday that the text came from Gonzalez’s phone, but was actually sent by Shoppach.
Major league sources told the paper that “Shoppach was deeply involved in writing the message that touched off the latest Sox drama, but Shoppach would not confirm that charge.”
The report also noted that “sources say Gonzalez had nothing to do with the message’s content.”
Here’s an excerpt from the Daily News story:
A small group of players that has been unhappy with Valentine this season — a group that included Shoppach, according to a source familiar with the circumstances — was complaining about the manager in late July and engaged Gonzalez in the conversation "
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Shoppach, 32, was hitting .250 with five home runs and 17 RBI in 48 games at the time of the transaction. In 140 at-bats, he had 11 walks and 60 strikeouts. The backstop, who The Sports Network calls “a natural leader behind the plate,” will be used to ...Read more
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