CSN New England’s Trenni Kusnierek and I were both on NBC SportsTalk last night, and each of us talked about a little bit of what doomed Bobby Valentine. Trenni correctly notes that Valentine lost control of the team. I think that happened too and was ultimately fatal to him, the gobs of losses the Red Sox piled up were way less to do with Valentine and way more to do with all of the damn injuries:This video is no longer available. Click here to watch more NBC Sports videos!
There were a few exhibitions against college teams yesterday but today the Grapefruit League and Cactus League schedules begin in earnest, with big league teams, more or less, facing big league team, more or less.
The baseball will look like baseball, but the teams will be wearing different caps today: black caps with the maroon “SD” of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 people were killed in a mass shooting on February 14.
All teams and umpire crews will wear the caps pre-game, and they have the option to wear the caps during the games. The only two teams not playing today — the Royals and Rangers — will wear them tomorrow.
After the games players will sign the caps and they will be auctioned off to raise money for the Broward Education Foundation, which benefits the official Stoneman Douglas Victims’ Fund.
Here’s today’s schedule: