or the Red Sox in 2012, there was no doubt that bad chemistry led to a lot of losing. Their 93 losses, the most in Boston since 1965, were exceeded only by the number of headlines detailing their clubhouse controversies.
Understandably, the club set about its offseason with improving team chemistry as a top priority.
The Red Sox started by getting rid of manager Bobby Valentine, the man held most responsible for their dismal season, and replacing him with John Farrell, a confidant of general manager Ben Cherington. Of the eight newcomers they’ve added to the projected 25-man roster, at least six have established reputations for being “good guys in the clubhouse."