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“"We talked a lot all year about the coaching staff," Cherington said. "As you guys know, we did have to work through some issues. We talked a lot about the coaches, but that particular sentiment was not expressed to me." "Typical," one coach, who asked to remain anonymous, said of Valentine's complaint, adding that Valentine resented that the players were more comfortable communicating with the coaches than the manager. "I am me," Tuck said. "I do my job. I work with the catchers, I run the bullpen. That's what I do. That's what I was hired to do, and that's what I do for a living." Tuck said he was not surprised to hear of Valentine's comments, but said, "That's between them." Valentine, in Wednesday's pregame media session, attempted to downplay the significance of his comments on WEEI, in which he answered "No" when asked if he felt his coaches had been loyal and "Yes" when asked if he'd felt undermined. "I had just a feeling, I don't have any facts, just a feeling once in a while that we weren't all on the same page," he said. How much of a factor was that in the team's performance? "Very little," he said. "I don't think it had anything to do with anything." Pressed to name specific coaches, Valentine declined. "It's not [taking] sides or not. There's situations during the year I didn't think it was all for one or one for all." He did say on WEEI that if he came back, he'd like to make some changes on his staff. "I had to work through it all," Valentine said. "Just another thing that's part and parcel with the job. Work through it and try to make it better. That's my job to make it all better, make it all functional." Valentine said he had two regrets about his first season as manager of the Red Sox. First, he lamented making a comment early in the season that Kevin Youkilis seemingly wasn't as "physically or emotionally into the game" as he had been in the past. Youkilis was agitated by that comment and it prompted Dustin Pedroia to tell reporters "that's not how we go about our stuff here." "I thought people would be," Valentine said Wednesday, before pausing. "I didn't expect that reaction." His second regret, he said, was he "would have been more prepared for the bullpen situation at the beginning of the season." The Sox lost their closer, Andrew Bailey, on the eve of the season with a freak thumb injury, and Valentine struggled to find correct roles for relievers in the aftermath, though the bullpen eventually improved. Asked to assess Valentine's ability to communicate with players, Cherington left little doubt he believed there was an issue there. "I don't know if I can add anything to that than what we've already talked about," he said. "We are who we are. When the results are this on the final day of the year, we'd better all look at the mirror and try to figure out what went wrong and what our contribution to that was. "I think Bobby said there were things he wished he could have done better. As a manager, his job is to deliver results. As a GM, my job is to deliver results and develop a roster that wins games. Together we didn't get it done."
I had just a feeling, I don't have any facts, just a feeling once in a while that we weren't all on the same page.” -- Bobby Valentine on his coaching staff