Bobby Valentine’s tenure as manager of the Boston Red Sox is just beginning, and already there are rumors that things are heading south. Former Sox hurler Curt Schilling told local radio WEEI this week that he doesn’t think the team is taking kindly to Valentine’s management style.
“I thought that the manager that managed the Mets that I was not a big fan of was now going to be a different manager, and I don’t think there’s anything different at all,” Schilling said, according to Nick Underhill of MassLive.com. “And I don’t think that that is going to be conducive to doing well here. There’s a lot of things I think that are happening not just from his perspective, but when you talk to these guys — and I’m still talking to some of these guys — I don’t think this is going well. And I think it’s going bad quicker than I expected it to.”
Schilling, now 45, pitched for the Red Sox between 2004 and ’07, all under former manager Terry Francona, who was let go at the conclusion of last season. Schilling and Francona both now work periodically as analysts on ESPN.
“One of (Francona’s) strengths I think was understanding that to be a great big league manager, you don’t have to know when to hit and run, bunt and change pitchers as much as you need to manage people,” Schilling said. “I think the major league manager has so little to do with wins and losses, more so in baseball than just about in any sport.”