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Red Sox’ problem isn’t chemistry, it’s talent

The big question this week is whether the Red Sox have an issue in their clubhouse. ESPN’s Buster Olney has raised the issue before this season and was particularly forceful about it on Monday in a report that claimed the Red Sox clubhouse was “toxic.”

For starters, clubhouse chemistry is vastly overrated in baseball. People assume good teams have it and bad teams don’t. It’s rarely that simple.