April 01, 2012
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Jim Davis/Globe Staff
Bobby Valentine has brought a new energy to the Red Sox this year after replacing Terry Francona.
Valentine shagged balls himself in the outfield during a spring batting practice.
Valentine smiled as he prepared to talk to reporters early in camp.
Before pitchers and catchers took the field for their first workout, Valentine gathered everyone together.
Valentine moves quickly even at age 61. "Whatever you do, don't get in front of me," he says.
Valentine tossed a stray baseball into a basket as he walked briskly off the field.
Valentine, whose management style is hands-on, pushed shortstop Mike Aviles into position during a drill.
Valentine and general manager Ben Cherington are both in their first season at their current positions.
The umpires were late to a spring training bout with the Twins, so Valentine relaxed in the dugout.
Valentine has been frank in public comments, even about established stars such as Ortiz.
Valentine pedaled to work on a foggy morning in Fort Myers.
Valentine visited a Fort Myers after-school program that provides reading and tutoring services.
Now Valentine is tasked with recharging a club that failed poorly to end last season.
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