Published On: Sun, Sep 16th, 2012

Valentine tries to add context to his worst September team in baseball comment

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By Anthony Caruso III
The Capital Sports Report
Owner/Managing Editor/Sr. Writer

Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine has made some comments that has come back to haunt him.

Bobby Valentine (Getty Images)

Recently, Valentine criticized the Red Sox struggles by saying they had “the weakest roster we’ve ever had in September in the history of baseball.” Two days after making to inflammatory remarks, he tried to explain hisself without putting his foot in his mouth again.

“The other day when I made a comment about our September roster, that wasn’t meant to be a criticism of any players or anything in the organization,” Valentine said. “It’s a statement of fact because of the injuries and our Triple-A team in the playoffs. This is different. We have less people than most September rosters. We have less positions filled than any September roster I’ve ever seen before.

“Anybody who thought that to be anything other than a statement of what it was, stand corrected on that,” Valentine added.

A few days ago, the Pawtucket Red Sox, the Red Sox Triple-A team, were able to win a three-game sweep of Charlotte to win the International League Championship. It is their first IL Championship since 1984.

Pawtucket will face the Pacific Coast League champion, the Reno Aces, who are the Arizona Diamondbacks top farm team, on Tuesday in Durham, North Carolina in a one-game finale.

Now, the Red Sox are expected to call up several players once the Tuesday’s game is completed. Friday, he was asked about the extra call ups.

“Are you kidding?” he responded. “This is the weakest roster we’ve ever had in September in the history of baseball. It could use help everywhere.”

He tried to add context to his comments to the previous day.

“Usually a September roster has some starting pitchers who are waiting in the wings,” Valentine said. “Ours doesn’t. Usually a September roster has some left-handed pinch hitter type guys, or pinch runners, five or six outfielders. We have four outfielders. It’s not like a September roster.”

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- Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher for The Capital Sports Report. He has covered local and national events, including numerous Heisman Trophy ceremonies, two Little League World Series, and the Army-Navy college football game.