Posted October 23, 2012

Former Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine says David Ortiz “decided not to play anymore”


Former Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine and DH David Ortiz back him in happier times. Valentine says Ortiz essentially quit on the team after coming off the DL. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Now that former Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine is out of a job, he is wasting no time telling his side of the story about his one year with the team.

Speaking on NBC Sports Network Costas Tonight, Valentine says that many people are to blame for the Red Sox’s horrible season, including designated hitter David Ortiz.

“David Ortiz came back after spending about six weeks on the disabled list and we thought it was only going to be a week. He got two hits the first two times up, drove in a couple runs; we were off to the races. Then he realized that this trade meant that we’re not going to run this race and we’re not even going to finish the race properly and he decided not to play anymore. I think at that time it was all downhill from there.”

Ortiz was dealing with an Achilles’ tendon injury in late August when the Red Sox were only six games below .500. They ended up finishing last in the American League East with a record 69-93.


Last I checked, part of a mngr's job is to motivate his team to win.  Valentine'll be lucky to get an interview for mascot @ SUNY Brockport after this.


Dang, Bobby V, like Chael Sonnen, just needs to shut the heck up.  Losing all credibility.  He's gonna have to go manage Team Italia or in the Korean or Taiwan leagues the way it's going.  Not that those opportunities are bad things at all, I would take one of those gigs, but I don't have the experience of Bobby V.


It's the players who run, hit, throw and catch. Managers just fill out lineup cards predetermined by player salaries and try not to bother anyone. If anyone should have been fired it's Cherington.

Rickapolis 1 Like

I've got the over/under at six on the number of players he'll toss under the bus. He may even be right about some, but the one and only manager was, it seems to me, the biggest problem. 

pawtwice 1 Like

Not amazing Valentine is trying to place the blame for their season.  Why doesn't he just go away?