BOSTON (AP) _ Red Sox owner John Henry is backing Bobby
Valentine in his first season as manager while Boston hovers around
the .500 mark.

Henry said on Monday that management is not making a managerial
change, and he cited numerous injuries as one reason for the team’s

In an email to reporters, Henry said that it is “simply wrong”
to blame Valentine for the team’s troubles, and “we all” share
responsibility. He also said there has been no lack of effort by

The Red Sox have spent most of the season in last place in the
AL East and have never been in first or second. A total of 23
players have spent 27 stints on the disabled list, both the highest
on the team since 1971. Boston’s 23 players on the disabled list
are the most in baseball this year. San Diego and Washington are
tied for second with 19.
“A lot has been written about injuries to key players this
year,” Henry wrote. “The impact of that on the Sox this year
should not be discounted.”

First-year general manager Ben Cherington also voiced support
for Valentine.
“Bobby’s our manager, and we’re not looking at anyone else,”
Cherington said in the Boston dugout before Monday night’s game
against the Texas Rangers. “He’s as committed to managing the team
as he ever has been, and we’re committed to him and trying to do
everything we can to support him and make this work.”

The Red Sox began the day with a 54-55 record, 4 1-2 games
behind for the second AL wild card.
Henry and Valentine met in the manager’s office after Saturday’s
6-4 loss to the Minnesota Twins.
“He wanted to come in and say it was a tough loss, which it
was,” Valentine said Monday, giving no other details of the
Talk about a manager’s job security “comes with the
territory,” Valentine said. “I just come to work and try to do
the best that I can do.”

In his email, Henry said “We have been nothing but supportive
of (Valentine) inside and outside of the clubhouse. Stories that
imply otherwise are due to speculation that is not warranted at all
by the facts.”

He also said managers often are given too much credit and blame
for a team’s performance.
“There is often the thought in organizations, `This isn’t
working so the manager needs to go.’ But an organization is much
more than the field manager,” Henry said. “We all share
responsibility for the success and failure of the Boston Red Sox.
We are not making a change in manager.”

Cherington echoed that, saying more than just the manager is
responsible for the mediocre season.
“We’ve got to perform better as a team, and there are a lot of
people here responsible for our performance. I am, the front office
is, Bobby is, the coaching staff, the players,” Cherington said.
“Collectively, we’re not performing the way we expect to, and
that’s on us collectively to figure it out.”

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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