A fresh start for Valentine and Bogar

Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine and his new bench coach, Tim Bogar, have apparently put any past issues aside as they prepare for their first season together in Boston.

Valentine, speaking on sports radio WEEI on Wednesday, acknowledged that Bogar played for him briefly in New York in 1996, when Valentine took over for the final month as manager, and during spring training the following season.

"I guess when I was managing Tim in New York he was traded to the Astros -- or he might have been released and then signed by the Astros -- but it wasn't a pleasant situation," said Valentine. "But since then we've had a relationship where I've seen him in the dugout or I've seen him on the field and I've always admired his passion for the game of baseball and his knowledge of the game of baseball."

When pressed on details of the Bogar move from the Mets, Valentine added with a laugh: "What I have to do is look up the facts and see if it was a release or a trade, but I remember it was an ugly situation."

Note to Bobby: Bogar was traded to the Houston Astros in exchange for Luis Lopez on March 31, 1997.