SAN FRANCISCO — Red Sox chairman Tom Werner didn’t want to talk about Bobby Valentine or the past Thursday. He is here to participate in the Red Sox’ role in the Welcome Back Veterans program, which has donated more than $13 million to veterans issues.
“We’re going to turn the page,” said Werner. “We’re looking forward to improving the squad.”
Werner said of new manager John Farrell, “We think he’s outstanding. I know he’s got a great relationship with pitchers in particular, but with all the players you could see they were enthused. He’s starting to work with [general manager] Ben Cherington and we’re going to move forward.”
Werner added, “We need to improve.”
When asked about Valentine’s recent interview with Bob Costas, Werner declined to comment.
Werner and principal owner John Henry were not at Farrell’s introductory news conference, a symbolic sign since they wanted it to be perceived as Cherington’s choice.
Neither Werner nor Henry have said anything about the hiring.
Valentine was complimentary to the Sox ownership in the Costas interview, but former Sox manager Terry Francona will not likely be as nice to them in his book, scheduled to be released in January.
The Red Sox hope to avoid the pitfalls they experienced with Valentine, who disagreed with many of the organization’s philosophies and seemed surprised by instruction methods he was forced to abide by. Farrell seems to be on board with all facets of instruction, especially catching and pitching.
Valentine never agreed with Gary Tuck’s method of instruction, beleiving catchers should lead with their left leg to get into a better throwing position and be better able to move the mitt.
Sox catchers were awful attempting to throw out runners.
But those Valentine suggestions fell on deaf ears.
Farrell’s biggest job will be to correct the downward trends of Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz, and Daniel Bard. That’s why his selection of a pitching coach will be important.
It has to be someone Farrell can work with and someone who would follow Farrell’s instruction for teaching pitchers. Farrell will have to manage the team on the field during games, which generally has been a challenge for pitching coaches-turned managers.
Farrell, of course, needs a better roster to succeed.
Stadium workers at AT&T Park had to put up netting to protect ESPN’s “Baseball Tonight” analysts Curt Schilling, Terry Francona, and Karl Ravech after unruly fans threw coins at the group during the broadcast following Game 1.
Some coins hit Francona.
Security around the podium was expected to be stiffer in Game 2.
Wotus a candidate
The Rockies are considering Giants bench coach Ron Wotus for their managerial vacancy, according to a major league source. Wotus, who hails from Colchester, Conn., has served as bench coach for three Giants managers: Dusty Baker, Felipe Alou, and Bruce Bochy. The Rockies are also considering in-house candidates Jason Giambi and Tom Runnells, and could have more outside candidates, including Brad Ausmus, Sandy Alomar Jr., and Matt Williams . . . Pablo Sandoval said he received 300 text messages from friends and well-wishers after his three-homer performance in Game 1 . . . Red Sox great Bobby Doerr was among the honorees brought in by Major League Baseball for the Welcome Back Veterans initiative. Doerr was acknowledged before Game 2 along with Tommy Lasorda, Jerry Coleman, and Bob Wolff. The first pitch was thrown by Nicholas Kimmel, a corporal in the United States Marine Corps who lost both legs and an arm while on a second tour of duty in Afghanistan.Nick Cafardo can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @nickcafardo.