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David Ortiz: Former manager Bobby Valentine was 'aggravating as hell, arrogant and disrespectful'

David Ortiz: Former manager Bobby Valentine was 'aggravating as hell, arrogant and disrespectful'

Retired Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz had a frustrating season in 2012, and not just because of the injury to his right Achilles tendon that kept him sidelined for much of the year.

In a Sports Illustrated excerpt from his new book, “Papi,” Ortiz says the source of frustration for him and many of his teammates during that 69-win season was new manager Bobby Valentine, whom the Red Sox legend describes as “aggravating as hell, arrogant and disrespectful.”

And that’s not even the half of it.

“The drama began almost immediately in spring training. I remember fighting the thought,...

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