East Notes: Red Sox, Aviles, Vizquel, Guillen

Here's a look at the latest out of the AL and NL East..

  • Red Sox shortstop Mike Aviles isn't thrilled about his reduced role but still hopes to remain in Boston next season, writes Rob Bradford of WEEI.com.  Despite that, Aviles insists that he won't dwell too much on his baseball future as a great deal of his focus will remain on his family at home.
  • Blue Jays shortstop Omar Vizquel made it known earlier this summer that 2012 will be his final major league season and the 45-year-old hasn't had a change of heart.  The veteran reiterated today that he plans on retiring as a player effective Wednesday, tweets Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports.
  • In a session today with Spanish-language reporters, Marlins skipper Ozzie Guillen opined that it would be unfair if he is dismissed after just one season at the helm in Miami, writes Joe Capozzi of The Palm Beach Post.  Earlier this week, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com wrote that Guillen's job appears to be in "serious peril".
  • Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine told ESPN 98.7's Michael Kay that he wished he had listened to a particular piece of advice from former pitcher Al Leiter over the winter, writes Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com.  Leiter later told Kay that his advice was to work to get pitcher Josh Beckett on his side as he can be difficult at times.  Beckett, of course, would later be a part of the club's massive payroll purge in their deal with the Dodgers.

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8 Comments on "East Notes: Red Sox, Aviles, Vizquel, Guillen"

2 years 10 months ago

I like Ozzie, he’s irascible, unvarnished, straightforward, a great quote and he doesn’t manage my favorite team. I would not like to see him lose his job, but…
He was given a team with a slew of stars, he alienated the major portion of his predominantly Cuban fan base, insulted the owner. Got called out in the media by one of his players, after calling out the same player earlier,failed to get a good performance from the team’s franchise player, resulting in him being traded.

If the team runs the table in the 5 remaining games, it will finish with the same record as the year before, despite a team with considerable more talent than the previous year.
Were he to get fired, it would not be a fun thing to witness. But one could say it is fair.

2 years 10 months ago

Guillen acts like Dr Zachary Smith (Jonathon Harris, the ONLY Dr Smith) from Lost In Space, in that he blames everyone for his troubles, hides behind others and does nothing but run his mouth behind everyone’s back.

To quote ‘Old Zach.. “We are Dooooomed”should be changed to Guillen is doomed.

2 years 10 months ago

Can’t agree… I hated that character. I like Ozzie, he wouldn’t use the word Dooooomed.

2 years 10 months ago

Really not a fan of ozzie. I like a manager that can go out there and not be flashy, just be professional with the press, and keep your team together and motivated.

2 years 10 months ago

Yeah. Smith was easy to dislike.. Pointed out because Guillen and Smith both bad mouth behind backs, then point fingers when it goes wrong and “Dooomed” was used to describe the chorus going around in FL about his future.. He truly is “Dooomed” and not a moment to soon.

Wonder who goes 1st? Him or Bobby V when the season is over?

2 years 10 months ago

Did Bobby Valentine listen to ANYBODY?

2 years 10 months ago

Scutaro > Aviles

I though Aviles might pay off, but the trade was kind of a waste (no offense).

2 years 10 months ago

Mortenson actually was a decent long man and on most teams would have
been on a MLB roster all season, but the Sox only had 1 strength and
that was the BP, so he was on the Pawsox-Boston shuttle all year.

Aviles isn’t going to be starting much (if any) next year anyway with
Bogaerts, Vinicio etc.. All coming up thru the system and Iglesias as
close as he is. Aviles might even be gone over the winter, along with