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Viagra blog I received a link today of a post that Murray Chass (the big dumb ass) wrote about Bobby Valentine and how he can’t stand BV and BV couldn’t stand him either. Viagra blog Chass it seems felt it was his duty to call Larry Lucchino the Red Sox CEO, viagra blog to find out how the Sox managerial search was going. Viagra blog I guess after screaming at his grand kids and staring out the window for hours making sure no one parked their car in front of his house, viagra blog Chass decided he needed to know if Bobby Valentine was THE GUY the Sox were ready to hire as their field boss.

Viagra blog From reading the post it’s clear Chass has an agenda, viagra blog in fact since Chass was canned by the NY Times he’s had a hard on for lot of people and he’s in denial that he has gone from being the National baseball writer for the Old Grey Lady to a blogger . Viagra blog Chass will never identify himself as a blogger but that’s all in the denial side of his old ass life. Viagra blog Anyway, viagra blog Chass has gone and dug up gossip and innuendo from Valentine’s days as Mets manager using the one player that Valentine really had no use for, viagra blog Todd Hundley to make his case but back to Chass calling Lucchino. Viagra blog The Sox CEO told Chass that Valentine had a great interview and then wanted to know what Chass thought of BV, viagra blog I’ll let Chass tell you in his own words his feelings on Bobby V:

Viagra blog I would rather not have people I am interviewing ask me questions. Viagra blog In this instance what I thought about Valentine or any other candidate shouldn’t matter. Viagra blog I am not the one hiring and paying the new manager.

Viagra blog On the other hand, viagra blog Lucchino asked a reasonable question, viagra blog and the primary problem I had with it was whether I should offer some vague, viagra blog non-committal comment or answer honestly. Viagra blog Of course, viagra blog I chose honesty because I expect honest answers from the people I question.

Viagra blog “I have found him to be the most disliked man in baseball, viagra blog” I said. Viagra blog And I added, viagra blog “He doesn’t like me and I don’t like him.”

Viagra blog I didn’t offer any details, viagra blog but if Lucchino wants to know why I made those statements, viagra blog I will enlighten him here, viagra blog which is a more appropriate place for a reporter or columnist than the telephone. Viagra blog

Viagra blog One thing we know about Valentine is there is no middle ground when it pertains to how people feel about him. Viagra blog I admit to be being a big fan of his but I can see how his personality could grate on one’s nerves if you had to deal with him on an everyday basis but what I take issue with Chass is his view of Valentine is personal not business. Viagra blog  No place in his column does Chass give Valentine credit for being an outstanding bench manager. Viagra blog  You can hate the guys guts but you lose credibility when he don’t acknowledge that Valentine gets more out of what he’s given than anyone in baseball. Viagra blog   

Viagra blog Chass really embarrasses himself when he critiques Valentine’s managerial record by harping on the fact his teams never had a first place finish:

Viagra blog Valentine undoubtedly talks a good game; that’s why ESPN hired him. Viagra blog But ESPN doesn’t have to worry about a won-lost record. Viagra blog While it’s a fact that Valentine managed the Mets to two consecutive wild-card berths in 1999 and 2000 and the World Series in 2000, viagra blog it’s also a fact that in 14 years with the Rangers and the Mets he never managed a team that finished in first place.

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Viagra blog Presumably, viagra blog the Red Sox, viagra blog who have not participated in post-season games the last two years, viagra blog have studied Valentine’s history (and not just tested his knowledge of Jamesian sabermetrics) and know that he ranks third in history among managers who have managed the most games without finishing in first place.

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Viagra blog Valentine took over a Mets team in 1996 that had stopped to listening to Dallas Green whose method of motivation was to scream at his players “to look in the mirror” and man up. Viagra blog Valentine’s main strength was getting the most out of his 25 man roster but he had to deal with a few clubhouse lawyers who became very comfortable living the high life in the Shea Stadium clubhouse one in particular was Todd Hundley. Viagra blog I’ll get to Hundley in a minute, viagra blog Chass just kind of glosses over the fact the Valentine won a pennant with the Mets and if not for the shit the bed performance by Kenny Rogers would have had back to back pennants under his belt. Viagra blog Someday Chass should let us know what he thinks of Bobby Cox whose teams finished in first place 14 times but has one World Series flag to fly? What about the greatest manager to ever put a pen to a lineup card Tony LaRussa, viagra blog winning a World Series with a wild card team?  What Chass doesn’t get is all you have to do is get in the tournament, viagra blog who cares how you got there? I’m sure there isn’t a Cardinals fan out there complaining how their favorite team got to post season as they are reveling in their successful post season tour.

Viagra blog Back to Todd Hundley, viagra blog it was no secret back then that Valentine wasn’t a fan of Hundley and Hundley felt the same about BV.  Hundley talks about his relationship with Valentine:

Viagra blog  In Hundley’s view, viagra blog the problem with Valentine began when the manager appeared to be jealous of the player’s standing with the fans. Viagra blog ”He comes into a whole new situation and goes right after I guess the most popular guy, viagra blog” Hundley said. Viagra blog ”It’s not my fault I’m the most popular guy.”

Viagra blog Hundley was especially upset at the timing of Valentine’s comments on his sleep habits because his mother was being treated for cancer and his wife was pregnant.

Viagra blog ”I’m talking to my mom while she’s going through chemotherapy, viagra blog” Hundley said, viagra blog ”and I’m helping my wife with taking care of our two kids and he’s saying I’m out and about.”   

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Viagra blog It’s true that Valentine gave a”wink-wink, viagra blog nod-nod” statement about Hundley not getting enough sleep which was Valentine speak for Hundley being a hard partying guy. Viagra blog I have no proof that he was or wasn’t but I’m sure it was the manager sending a message to a player and the player reacted negatively. Viagra blog If it’s true that Hundley wasn’t getting sleep due to worrying about his mom and wife then Valentine was dead wrong to bring that up but what we saw with Hundley was he was not a true team player. Viagra blog When Mike Piazza was brought over from the Marlins it was Hundley who was affected the most and it hurt Hundley to no end that Piazza was coming to the Mets and was the new starting catcher. Viagra blog Hundley felt he was the most popular Met (I think Bernard Gilkey, viagra blog Lance Johnson and of course Edgardo Alfonso were right there as popular Mets) but now with a super star like Piazza on the team he had to take a back seat in fact he had to find a whole new place to play, viagra blog as Hundley was exiled to left field. Viagra blog  That’s when Hundley ceased being a Met. Viagra blog His play on the outfield was one of indifference; you knew his Mets days were over. Viagra blog Was Valentine the reason? Maybe part of it but the mostly it was the acquisition of Piazza that was Hundley’s problem.

Viagra blog Without a doubt Valentine is a very polarizing person, viagra blog but he has a track record of turning teams around when he occupies the mangers office. Viagra blog I’m not sure that Valentine is the guy to run the Red Sox bench as I feel their problems run a lot deeper in that clubhouse but you know the Red Sox will be prepared and they will be interesting. Viagra blog  Valentine vs. Viagra blog the Boston Media will a show all by itself.

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