Re: Anyone Untouchable?
posted at 9/15/2012 10:01 PM EDT
The Sox will not trade their better players just for the sake of making a trade, bu tprobably no player can be labeled "untouchable" when you are a last place team and want to make a quick turnaround.
They have to think about building the 2013 team around some of their better and younger veterans. The guys that they decide not to trade all need to have something beyond statistics because the recovery from this terrible season is going to take a lot of work. Ross, Pedroia, Lester, Buchholz and some others seem to fit for what needs to be done.
The confidence and trust factors that are needed in a good organization have been missing all year from the owner down to probably the bat boy and the ball girls on the foul lines.
I have been totally disappointed in Henry and Lucchino as I feel that wininng was just not as important to them this year. Some of the things that they have said and done have been crazy. Probably the most frustrating thing was not dumping Valentine in mid season when there was a chance to possibly make a difference THIS year.
Trust went out the window with these guys with the way they treated Francona when they fired him. It was their perogative to fire the guy, but how they did it set the tone for this season. Hiring Valentine was not the end of the world, but keeping him past mid season certainly was when it was completely apparent that he was not the guy for the job. Henry criticizing the signing of Crawford was terrible because he is the guy who signs those big checks.
Valentine lost his entire clubhouse when he ripped Youkilis in public, and the season has been downhill since that day. He has continued to rip other players and has said various things to hurt the team all season long. The guy just cannot shut his big mouth, and those who want him back for next year cannot expect him to be any different in 2013.
Francona may have had his weaknesses and I yelled at the TV set many times when he was managing, but except for the last month of 2011 his players played for him. I can fully understand why the players have not played for Valentine, and the manager is VERY important in a team setting.