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Valentine says he felt undermined by RSox coaches

Associated Press Modified: October 3, 2012 at 6:32 pm •  Published: October 3, 2012
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NEW YORK (AP) — Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine's job was safe for at least one final game.

General manager Ben Cherington would not discuss the status of the Red Sox's beleaguered first-year manager before Boston's season finale against the New York Yankees on Wednesday night.

"I'm not going to talk about it," Cherington said. "We have a game tonight. We've said many times, Bobby's the manager of the team until the end of the year, and we'll talk about it after the season. That's what we'll do."

Valentine has had a trying first year with the Red Sox, 69-92 entering Wednesday. He was signed to a two-year deal to help revive an organization that was eliminated from playoff contention on the last day of the season in 2011 after a September collapse. Instead, because of injuries, a lack of pitching depth and underperformance, Boston has lost its most games since 1965 and finished last in the AL East for the first time since 1992.

On Wednesday, Valentine told Boston radio station WEEI that some of his coaches were not loyal to him and undermined him at times this season, his first as a major league manager since 2002.

He did tell reporters before the game at Yankee Stadium he thought the friction with the coaches had little to do with the team's struggles.

"There's situation during the year I didn't think it was all for one or one for all, whatever it is," Valentine said. "I don't really remember specifically. ... It was just a feeling."

Cherington says he wasn't aware of the problems. But pitching coach Bo McClure was fired in August.

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