Aceves didn’t receive the meeting and was suspended. But by that time, it was too late. The chain of command had been blurry all season and the Red Sox were a terrible team.
6). The biggest reason: The team had no personality.
The 2011 Atlanta Braves went 9-18 and the 2011 Red Sox went 7-20 last September.
The Braves were motivated by that and made the playoffs this season. The Red Sox, meanwhile, let the drama and poor performance carry into this year.
This team had some good personalities on it. But overall, the team didn’t have the right collective personality to even spend one day in first or second place despite a lot of talent.