Major League Baseball executive vice president of baseball operations Joe Torre plans to look into the drinking that went on in the Boston Red Sox clubhouse this past season, and as a result, may ban the practice from all clubhouses, according to multiple media reports.
"It's something we're concerned about, just to make sure that we get all the facts and that's my area," Torre said, according to the Boston Globe. "I know I have plans just to talk to some people."
Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester admitted to drinking in the team's clubhouse during games while Clay Buchholz told WEEI in Boston on Thursday that he drank beer, too. The Boston Globe, citing "team sources," reported that fellow starters Josh Beckett and John Lackey were also involved in the beer-drinking controversy.
There are no details as to what an MLB investigation would include, Torre said.
"It's something we're going to look at and find the best way to approach it, let's put it that way," he said, according to the paper. "That's one thing where I feel comfortable, the fact that I played and I managed. I have no problem talking to someone in regards to baseball, whether it's behavior or otherwise."
There are 13 teams that allow alcohol in the clubhouse, including the Red Sox, the Globe reports. By considering a blanket ban on all clubhouses, Torre wants players to understand the consequences of their actions.
"If we do happen to bar alcohol from the clubhouses, you have to understand the intent of this thing and what it looks like," Torre said, according to the Globe. "We're up there and we're role models, or we should be role models for the youngsters and how they behave.
"Guys understand that if they want to do something, they're going to do something. They're grown-ups. It's something where we implement rules that we feel would be best for the game and who we're being watched by. We've got to look at it."