Shoppach denies participation in Valentine mutiny
WASHINGTON -- Former Red Sox catcher Kelly Shoppach flatly denied a report that he was at the center of his former team's text-message mutiny, in which several players sent a message to Boston owners complaining about manager Bobby Valentine before a meeting between those two groups.
"First of all, I'm really disappointed by how my name was brought into it," Shoppach said after the Mets' 5-2 loss Sunday. "I wasn't behind the text and I didn't even attend the meeting [between owners and players]. It was on an off day in New York and I stayed behind with my family in Texas."
The report stated that though the initial text to ownership came from Adrian Gonzalez's phone, Shoppach was among the small group of players who crafted the message, designed to air some grievances about Valentine's managerial style. That precipitated the meeting in New York.
Speaking of text messages, Shoppach said he's received a few from Red Sox players since the report came out Sunday.
"Everybody involved in that whole situation knows I had nothing to do with it," said Shoppach, traded Tuesday to the Mets for righthanded pitcher Pedro Beato. "I'm a Met now, I'm excited about being here and I wish the Red Sox nothing but the best."