In the wake of a reported meeting between players and ownership that was critical of Bobby Valentine, the Sox manager appeared as a guest on The Big Show and suggested that the team's organizational structure needs to change so that players don't feel compelled to take their gripes to management.
"I think it really needs fine-tuning," Valentine said. "They might have brought me in to adjust some of the culture was existing."
Valentine said that he was in a meeting with management prior to the players' meeting that was reported by Yahoo!
"I'm sure there was a meeting of the minds," Valentine said. "I don't want you to think that I show up every day at game time and sit in the corner of the dugout and when the game's over I fly away on my broomstick. I'm here at 2 p.m. and continuously talking with guys. I've had a couple of them already come in today. We'll talk about their stance or the pitcher's grip … or anything else they want to talk about. It's not as though you just can't talk to the manager. It's done all the time."
Asked if he felt he had been given a fair chance to manage the team the way he wants to, Valentine responded: "I don't want to say that I want to do things the way I've always done them. I'm trying to do things the best I can and at the end of the day teams are judged by their record. The record is not what we want it to be right now. I'm totally responsible for the record. As far as given a chance or having the lineup or any of that other nonsense, that's all what you sign up for."
Asked if he's been told to tone down his style, Valentine said, "I've been advised. I'm not a dummy. I go through things with open eyes and I'm trying to figure out … and again, this is four months into a very trying situation. I'm trying to figure out what works best to get the results that we need."
As for the question of whether all of the turmoil has been a distraction, Valentine said, "From what I gather, it's what happens here. One of the things one of the players [said that] all this noise or whatever is one of the reasons players don't like to sign here because they don't have to deal with it in other markets. They don't have to worry about the drama of the day and they can just go out and play baseball. What I said to them is, 'This is what we all signed up for and we're not going to change the outside situation, but we can definitely change the internal situation.'"
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