Former Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine again talked of the disrupted communication between him and his staff on Tuesday night in an NBC interview with Bob Costas. A day later, his former bench coach Tim Bogar responded, the first coach of Valentine's to do so.
"The last couple of times I've read stuff about that there was no communication or the communication was bad -- the only bad communication was between Bobby and everyone," Bogar said in an interview with ESPNBoston.com. "The rest of the communication was great. I talked to the players daily about stuff. We talked about everything. The coaches talked about everything."
The actual problem, Bogar said, was in Valentine's inability to communicate. By Bogar's account, it reached a point where Valentine and his subordinates did not speak.
"The coaching staff was prepared to do everything that we were supposed to do to help Bobby succeed," Bogar said, "but not once did he portray what he wanted us to do to help him and eventually he shut some of us out completely."
In the NBC interview, Valentine explained what he thinks went wrong with his coaches by paraphrasing advice he received from legendary football coach Tom Landry.
"He said, 'Make sure your coaches speak your language,' and here I am, a gray-haired guy, and 25 years of managing later," Valentine said. "I should have heeded that advice and made sure that the coaches were going to be the guys that were my guys."
Bogar's replacement as Red Sox bench coach already has been lined up, Torey Lovullo. Bogar could remain with the organization, but his future is nonetheless up in the air. He already turned down the Astros' bench-coach job, and he worries that going forward, Valentine's comments will dog him.
"You're supposed to do what's professional, and I did," Bogar said. "Now, whenever I get called for another job, the first thing they ask is, 'So what's the deal with what happened between you and Bobby and why would he say you undermined him?' So I have to explain myself.
"I don't think my reputation and what I've done in this game is being fairly justified by what has gone on here the last year."
Bogar downplayed the idea that he's personally insulted. He accepted, too, that he made mistakes. But he doesn't want the historical record to reflect only Valentine's opinion.
"I'm not upset about him or anything he says, but what bothers me is the perception of me and the other coaches is completely wrong," Bogar said. "That bothers me because of what the coaches went through this year and what we dealt with. I did exactly what [general manager] Ben [Cherington] asked me to do. I'm not saying I did everything perfect because I didn't and I know that."