Valentine clarifies ‘weakest roster’ remark

TORONTO — Bobby Valentine on Sunday clarified a remark he made before Friday night’s 8-6 victory over the Blue Jays when he said the team had the “weakest roster” in September in baseball history.

Valentine made the comment after he was asked about the team’s depleted roster and whether he was looking forward to refortifying the team in any specific area.

“Are you kidding? This is the weakest roster we’ve ever had in September in the history of baseball,” Valentine said Friday. “We could use help everywhere. We’ve got four outfielders and it’s September, yeah. We’ve got four infielders, it’s September — of course.

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“If there are people who could be brought up, we should bring ’em up, but I don’t know that there’s a lot of guys left.”

Before Sunday afternoon’s game against the Blue Jays, Valentine took a moment to clarify the remark.

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

“If anyone thought it was anything other than a statement of what it was, stand corrected on that.”