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MLB 'concerned' with drinking by Red Sox

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  October 23, 2011 06:19 PM

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ARLINGTON, Texas — Major League Baseball executive vice president of baseball operations Joe Torre said just a few minutes ago that his office will look into the drinking that was going on during games in the Red Sox clubhouse this season.

“It’s something we’re concerned about, just to make sure that we get all the facts and that’s my area,” Torre said. “I know I have plans just to talk to some people.”

Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz have admitted to drinking during games with Josh Beckett and John Lackey admitting to unspecified mistakes that they made.

Torre said there not yet any set plan for what MLB's investigation would entail.

"It’s something we’re going to look at and find the best way to approach it, let’s put it that way," he said. "That’s one thing where I feel comfortable, the fact that I played and I managed. I have no problem talking to someone in regards to baseball, whether it’s behavior or otherwise.”

The Red Sox are one of 12 teams that allow alcohol in the clubhouse Torre said that MLB could consider a ban throughout the game. But the bigger issue, he said, was making sure the players understood the weight of their actions.

“If we do happen to bar alcohol from the clubhouses, you have to understand the intent of this thing and what it looks like,” Torre said. “We’re up there and we’re role models, or we should be role models for the youngsters and how they behave.

"Guys understand that if they want to do something, they’re going to do something. They’re grown-ups. It’s something where we implement rules that we feel would be best for the game and who we’re being watched by. We’ve got to look at it."

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