Valentine gets defensive about not arguing calls

Valentine gets defensive about not arguing calls

ANAHEIM -- Manager Bobby Valentine urged reporters on Wednesday to no longer second-guess him about controversial calls that he doesn't argue with umpires.

This has happened twice in the last week. Last week, Vernon Wells was awarded a solo homer against the Red Sox on a ball that actually just missed clearing the Green Monster, according to television replays. In Tuesday's walk-off loss to the Angels, Erick Aybar was awarded first base after a pitch might not have hit him on the foot, as home-plate umpire Andy Fletcher ruled.

A reporter asked Valentine before Wednesday's game if he had gone back and reviewed the play.

"I'm sick of people asking me whether or not we saw anything from the dugout and whether or not the umpires got the call right," Valentine said. "Their job is to get the call right. Simple. If they don't get it right, that's not the players on the field's fault for not arguing it.

"It's not the people in the dugout's fault for not seeing it from 80 feet away. They had a job to do -- just do it. That said, I really am sick of talking about that stuff. Thank you. If they can't do their job and get it right, then you reporters all change the system."