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This shouldn’t be a surprise, but new Red Sox manager and noted sandwich wrap inventor Bobby Valentine wasn’t exactly turning cartwheels this morning over the Yankees’ moves to acquire Michael Pineda and Hiroki Kuroda. That didn’t stop Valentine from weighing in, as Ian Browne passes along:
“Pineda, when I saw him the first half, he looked unhittable,” Valentine said. “Second half, he looked OK. [The Mariners] saw a lot of him and they traded him. Kuroda is a good pitcher [but] a year older than he was last year [and] pitching in the American League and not the National League.
“[Going from] pitching in not a great pitchers ballpark from a great pitchers ballpark. They’re probably an upgrade from [Bartolo] Colon and [Freddy] Garcia. Probably, I don’t know. It seems it.”
Joe Girardi didn’t spend too much time in the opposing dugout from Bobby Valentine during his playing days; there were the Subway Series from 1997-1999, and a few random Cubs-Mets series from 2000-02. But there will be 18 head-to-head meetings with Valentine and the Red Sox beginning this year, and Girardi thinks it’ll change the rivalry somewhat.
“Bobby is a guy that knows how to manage and I think he’s going to add a lot,” Girardi said at the Hilton Anatole, where he arrived on Tuesday. “Bobby adds some spunk to his clubs, there’s no doubt about it. I didn’t get to witness him first-hand a lot, but Bobby has been successful wherever he’s went. It should be exciting.”
Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira was at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York on Wednesday to receive his Sportsman of the Year award from the March of Dimes, and weighed in on the Red Sox’s reported hiring of Bobby Valentine as their new manager.
Reaction to Valentine’s hiring: “I think it’s great. I was joking around on Twitter and Facebook, I don’t know if he’s going to let me hit at his facility anymore in Stamford. I’ve been hitting there for two years now at Bobby V’s academy and he’s there a lot. He’s a very busy guy obviously, but we’ll go and we’ll talk about hitting, we’ll talk about baseball. I don’t know if those conversations are going to be kept to a minimum now.”
Impact on the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry: “This rivalry is great for baseball, I’ve said it a million times. It’s great for both cities, but baseball as a whole, it seems like everyone stops just to watch those 18 games. Bobby Valentine is a great manager and he’s a funny guy. He’s got a great personality. I think the interviews either before or after games are going to be a little more interesting, and that’ll be good for both teams.”