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October 9, 2012

Red Sox' disaster resulted from bad communication, pitching

Poor communication, horrific starting pitching, an ignorant manager, no team personality and a blurred chain of command sums up what we saw from the 2012 Boston Red Sox.

Season 100 of Fenway Park was an absolute disaster — uglier than the ‘80, ‘81 and ‘82 seasons of Friendly Fenway when Butch Hobson was skipper.

Boston finished below 70 wins for the first time since 1965 (not including strike-shortened seasons).

The season was a complete train wreck. Here’s why:

1). Bobby V’s ignorance.

Bobby Valentine, who was fired Thursday, will go down as one of the most ignorant managers in club history.

A few examples:

— He didn’t know when Carl Crawford was ready to start taking swings in spring training.

— He stacked his lineup April 25 with right-handed hitters thinking Twins righty Liam Hendriks was a lefty.

— He was wrong about the details concerning the team’s plan to give Crawford occasional rest after the left fielder returned from the 60-day disabled list.

— He said DH David Ortiz was without pain in his strained right Achilles tendon on a day Ortiz said he still experienced pain.

2). Lester, starting pitching stunk.

The starting pitching was as equally pathetic as the manager. The starting pitchers combined for a 48-72 record and 5.19 ERA.

After posting a 3.37 ERA combined from 2009-11, Opening Day starter Jon Lester went 9-14 with a 4.82 ERA this year.

Lester needs a “Life is Good” T-shirt. He walked around almost all summer like his dog had just got run over by a truck.

Yes, anyone would be angry and miserable if he had as miserable a season as Lester had, but maybe some positive energy from him would have helped him pitch better.

3). Salty added to pitching woes.

Starting backstop Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s ERA was 4.88, ranking him 89th out of the 108 players to catch in a major league game this season.

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