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GM: Many to Blame for State of the Red Sox

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Ben Cherington (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Ben Cherington (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

SEATTLE (AP) _ Boston Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington
admits his current team “is hard to watch.”

Cherington offered the assessment before Boston fell to Seattle
4-1 Monday. The Red Sox have lost a season-worst seven in a row _
all on the road _ while being outscored 58-16.

Boston has lost eight of 10 since sending stars Adrian Gonzalez,
Josh Beckett and Carl Crawford to the Los Angeles Dodgers in a
nine-player trade. The Red Sox are 62-74, a year after being one of
baseball’s best clubs.

Cherington called the team’s sad state is “a reflection on all
of us.”
“When we made the trade we knew we were not helping our team
the rest of this year,” he said. “That said, it’s still hard to
watch. There are things we need to accomplish the rest of the
year.”
“It’s harder to do that when you’re staring at a loss at the
end of the day. It’s hard for everyone to get the work done that
needs to be done,” he said.

The fact that the GM and principal owner John W. Henry both made
the trip to Seattle should not be seen as “death watch,”
according to Cherington. He said this trip was planned a month ago
and that Henry was on the West Coast already and decided to join
the team.

Cherington said the recent slump by the team “is a reflection
of mostly me.” He was asked several times if manager Bobby
Valentine’s job is in jeopardy as a result of the collective
nosedive.
“Bobby and I talked post-July 31 when things were not going as
well as we’re used to,” Cherington said. “We talked about
controlling things we can control and I told him we’re both being
evaluated on work we do every day.”

“After the trade we had another conversation to that same
effect, but it was even more obvious at that point,” he said.
Cherington said a win-loss record is not a great way to evaluate
a manager.

“It’s always reflective to the talent on the roster. It’s the
work that gets done. We need the right work done every day,” he
said.

Cherington said there were other factors beyond the record.
“How well team is prepared, the evaluation of players on the
roster, how well he’s utilizing players on roster,” Cherington
said. “Those are things that Bobby does well.”
“Then certain things are more subtle. Things happen during the
course of the day, the course of the season, with players both on
the field and off the field that are part of creating that team
dynamic that you want,” he said.

Cherington said he’s aware that Red Sox rooters aren’t
satisfied.
“We are aware that we need to deliver more for the fans,”
Cherington said. “If talk around team is a reflection how much the
fans care, that’s certainly important, but we have to try to
protect the decision-making process and do things for the right
reasons and not react to the loudest of public sentiment.”

Cherington said the big trade with the Dodgers was not a message
to the remaining players that it’s time to give up.
“There are reasons for players on an individual level to do the
best they can. I don’t expect that we’re not going to have the
effort,” he said. “I don’t think there’s any conscious lack of
effort.”

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

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