A lot of uncertainty accompanies a career as a professional baseball player, and this is never more true than during the last few weeks of July, as the MLB trade deadline draws close. But it's no picnic for managers, either.
Having to consistently field a lineup knowing that your roster might look different in a couple of days — or a couple of hours — is a difficult task. It's especially tough if a veteran player with whom the skipper has a long relationship is on the chopping block. Navigating these waters is why managers get paid the big bucks, and the best ones are able to integrate the new pieces so that the team is better after the trade deadline than it was before.
Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine sat down with NESN's Tom Caron in the latest installment of The Bobby Valentine Show, presented by People's United Bank to discuss one of the most difficult periods of the season.
Check out the video above for his take.