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Mike Salk on M&M: Erik Bedard in Boston ‘ultimate recipe for disaster’

08.01.11 at 11:54 am ET
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Seattle radio host Mike Salk checked in with Mut & Merloni Monday morning to vent about pitcher Erik Bedard, who was traded from the Mariners to the Red Sox on Sunday. To hear the interview, go the Mut & Merloni audio on demand page.

Salk, a former member of the Boston media who has worked for Seattle’s ESPN radio affiliate since 2009, said that the Bedard trade is ‘€œthe ultimate recipe for disaster.’€

‘€œErik Bedard plus angry Red Sox fans, I can’€™t see a way in which this ends well,’€ Salk said. ‘€œI just can’€™t.’€

Salk said lack of motivation is Bedard’€™s biggest problem.

‘€œI just don’€™t think he likes baseball that much,’€ he said.

‘€œThe things outside of baseball are the things that make him a lot happier. I don’€™t think he really cares that much whether or not he pitches well. I don’€™t think the idea of being in a pennant race is actually going to bring him to a better level.’€

Salk also criticized Bedard for his bad start on Friday.

‘€œWith the opportunity to shine in front of the scouts, he tanked it,’€ Salk said, adding: ‘€œWith all the scouts watching, he threw three to the backstop in front of the scouts in front of the bullpen, something he never does. There’€™s definitely a belief out here that he tanked that start on purpose so that he wouldn’€™t go anywhere.’€

Salk said that the body language issues that have made John Lackey so unpopular are even worse with Bedard, although Bedard won’€™t blame his teammates the way Lackey has. Salk also called Bedard ‘€œpretty accountable,’€ another difference from Lackey.

‘€œHe’€™s not going to shine in glory and then run away from defeat,’€ Salk said.

Salk said that Bedard’€™s upside is, ‘€œWhen he is on, he’€™s fantastic.’€

‘€œI loved him from afar,’€ Salk said. ‘€œI thought he was one of the most talented pitchers I’€™d ever watched from the left side. Loved the hard fastball, loved the two-plane curve.’€

Salk added that Bedard is generally considered a good teammate, noting how good Bedard has been with teammates’€™ children.

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