MLB 'Concerned About' Red Sox Clubhouse Drinking

Monday October 24th, 2011

Joe Torre, MLB executive vice president of baseball operations, said Sunday that his office will look into drinking that went on in the clubhouse during Boston Red Sox games, according to the Boston Globe.

“It’s something we’re concerned about, just to make sure that we get all the facts and that’s my area,” Torre said. “I know I have plans just to talk to some people.”

Four pitchers -- Jon Lester, John Lackey, Clay Buchholz, and Josh Beckett -- have either admitted to drinking or making mistakes during games. Boston is one of 12 teams that permit alcohol in the clubhouse. Torre insinuated that a possible league-wide ban could be in the works.

“If we do happen to bar alcohol from the clubhouses, you have to understand the intent of this thing and what it looks like,” Torre said. “We’re up there and we’re role models, or we should be role models for the youngsters and how they behave.

Torre has not specified how he plans to approach the issue, just that there will be some action from his office. "It’s something we’re going to look at and find the best way to approach it, let’s put it that way," he said. "That’s one thing where I feel comfortable, the fact that I played and I managed. I have no problem talking to someone in regards to baseball, whether it’s behavior or otherwise.”

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