Red Sox owner John Henry, responding to requests for his take on the team's latest controversy regarding players' unhappiness with manager Bobby Valentine, e-mailed the team's beat writers Wednesday afternoon and insisted that at the recent conference between ownership and players, "No one in that meeting at any time took the position that Bobby should be or needed to be replaced."
Henry insisted that similar meetings have been called in the past, and he promised that "ownership, players and all staff especially Bobby Valentine are determined to turn around what has thus far been an unacceptable, failed season. We are all on the same page in that regard and will not waver."
Following is Henry's entire statement.
Here is all I'm going say about this.
First of all for more than a decade we have had a code among players, staff and ownership that our meetings are private and do not leave the room. There is one reason for that. It enables all of us to openly discuss important issues. For more than a decade not one person in any of those meetings has gone to the media with private information. Over the decade we have made great strides as a result of these meetings in a number of ways including improvement in training facilities, protocols, safety, resources, travel issues, clubhouse issues and trust within a cooperative framework. But more than anything else these meetings have been about the same thing the meeting in New York was about -- what it takes to win -- what can we all do to improve our ability to win?
About this time eight years ago we had one such meeting. It closely resembled the meeting in New York. Both were meetings I asked for. And both quickly went to the point -- what do we need to do to turn things around. We held three meetings in New York -- separating groups so as to have frank discussions about what was wrong.
What Tom [Werner], Larry [Lucchino] and I heard in the player meeting was one overriding sentiment. Players felt responsible for the record. They weren't blaming injuries or anyone but themselves. At the same time they openly spoke about what could improve in addition to their play. They made substantive points. We addressed those points. No one in that meeting at any time took the position that Bobby should be or needed to be replaced.
I understand that when the team isn't playing up to our standards that issues are going to be sensationalized. But what is important for Red Sox fans to know is that ownership, players and all staff especially Bobby Valentine are determined to turn around what has thus far been an unacceptable, failed season. We are all on the same page in that regard and will not waver.
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