|Red Sox president Sam Kennedy on OM&F: John Farrell ‘the right guy to continue to lead this franchise’||10.12.16 at 11:55 am ET|
Red Sox president Sam Kennedy checked in with Ordway, Merloni & Fauria on Wednesday morning, following Tuesday’s press conference in which the team announced John Farrell will return as manager. To hear the interview, go to the OM&F audio on demand page.
Kennedy supported Tuesday’s decision on Farrell, saying, “I think he’s the right guy to continue to lead this franchise.”
However, Kennedy was unclear where the team stands on Farrell’s 2018 option. President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said Tuesday that it would be ownership’s call.
“Dave will make a recommendation to ownership, and I have a seat at that table. We’ll talk about that in the coming days, to be sure,” Kennedy explained. “He knew he was going to get that question [about Farrell’s future] yesterday, again, right after a tough loss, and just wanted to address what we all knew, which was John will be back next year. [Dombrowski] will sit down and talk with us, specifically John Henry and Tom Werner, about a lot of these operations issues that we’re facing now in the immediate aftermath of going out in the postseason, including John Farrell’s option. So that will be discussed. But there’s a lot of other decisions that have to be made as well. Some will be recommendations from Dave, and some will just be firm decisions that he’s empowered to make on his own.”
Looking at the team’s disappointing performance in the ALDS, Kennedy said he can’t pinpoint a clear reason for the sweep at the hands of the Indians.
“What makes this the best baseball market on the planet is that we’d all love to try and point to one or two specific things,” Kennedy said. “I know my dad, for example, has his theories. He didn’t like the night in New York, after clinching the division and losing that awful game against the Yankees. Others may be quick to point to celebrations for David Ortiz.
“Look, if I knew what caused such a struggle with the bat in the postseason and not pitch our best, I’d probably be doing something else for a living, because I can’t point to a specific incident other than we just fell short of expectations. It was incredibly frustrating to watch those three games, because we felt we were positioned for a deep postseason run. At the end of the day, we didn’t get it done. I tip my cap to Terry Francona and [team president] Chris Antonetti and everyone at the Cleveland Indians. They beat us, and we have to tip our cap to them, as painful as it is to do that.”
|Curt Schilling on K&C: Most MLB GMs agree that ‘in-game managing is not the priority’||10.12.16 at 10:09 am ET|
Baseball analyst Curt Schilling, making his weekly appearance with Kirk & Callahan on Wednesday, expressed some surprise that the Red Sox are allowing John Farrell to return as manager. To hear the interview, go to the Kirk & Callahan audio on demand page.
Schilling indicated that he did not believe Farrell deserved to be fired, but with Tuesday’s press conference coming on the heels of a sweep by the Indians in the ALDS, the opening was there to make a change.
“If Dave had been looking for an out, he had it. He didn’t take it,” Schilling said. “I’m glad, obviously, because John is a dear friend. I guess I’m surprised in the sense I don’t really know Dave Dombrowski that well and I was expecting something, if it was going to happen, to happen.”
Farrell has taken some heat for his strategic moves, but Schilling agreed with Dombrowski that there is much more to being a good manager than making all the right decisions during games.
“He made it very clear yesterday, which I think is a lot of the things that most general managers believe now, which is in-game managing is not the priority,” Schilling said. “It’s about — given the money and given the state of the game — it’s about managing your players, about getting them to play up their capabilities. They clearly didn’t do that this series, but I blame Cleveland for that at some point.
“But I think managers have a lot more input and say lineup-wise, roster-composition-wise. So they don’t need the Tony La Russa, who he thinks he’s very much the smartest guy, that he invented the game. They need the guy that can get Manny Ramirez out there 145 days a year.”
|Sunday’s Red Sox-Blue Jays matchups: David Price vs. Aaron Sanchez||10.02.16 at 8:06 am ET|
In Sunday afternoon’s regular-season finale at Fenway Park, Red Sox left-hander David Price will prepare for the postseason when he gets the start against Blue Jays right-hander Aaron Sanchez.
Price is 17-9 with a 4.04 ERA and 1.200 WHIP. He leads the league with 34 starts and 225 innings pitched. In his last start on Tuesday, Price saw his nine-start unbeaten streak come to an end in a 6-4 loss to the Yankees that delayed the Red Sox’ AL East title. Price went 6 1/3 innings, allowing six runs on 12 hits (including three home runs) and a walk with two strikeouts.
“I’ve been throwing the baseball well the past couple of starts and to have a chance to clinch the division for us here, that’s not acceptable,” Price said (via MLB.com). “If our offense scores me four runs, I feel like I like I should go out there and be able to win. That hasn’t been the case a lot of the times this year, and that wasn’t the case tonight.”
Price has faced Toronto thrice this season — the last time on June 3 — going 1-1 with a 2.66 ERA and 1.180 WHIP. In 24 career appearances vs, the Jays, Price is 17-3 with a 2.44 ERA and 1.078 WHIP.
|Video: David Ortiz goes undercover as Lyft driver||09.28.16 at 12:33 pm ET|
In case you were wondering if anyone in Boston would not recognize David Ortiz, the ride-sharing company Lyft found a few such people. The retiring Red Sox slugger went undercover — actually, he just wore a wig — and drove some people around the city before revealing his true identity.
|Curt Schilling on K&C: Red Sox likely will offer to make David Ortiz highest-paid player ever, but, ‘It’s not like he needs the money’||09.21.16 at 10:08 am ET|
Making his weekly appearance on Kirk & Callahan on Tuesday morning, Curt Schilling said he expects the Red Sox will attempt to lure David Ortiz back for another season but the slugger isn’t likely to return. To hear the interview, go to the Kirk & Callahan audio on demand page.
Ortiz continued his torrid summer Tuesday night in Baltimore, hitting a three-run home run as the Red Sox won their sixth straight game. Ortiz is batting .318/.403/.634 with 36 home runs and 121 RBIs. He leads the league with 47 doubles and a 1.037 OPS.
However, the 40-year-old also has been dealing with foot issues and has said he’s been playing with pain.
“Getting ready to play this game is a 12-month-a-year job,” Schilling said. “And at some point you get to the point where … it’s not like he needs the money.”
Added Schilling: “I don’t believe [he’ll return], given what I know about his feet and how bad they’ve been since, well, since ’04. It’s not a matter of giving him a couple of days off. They hurt when he plays. And that doesn’t matter if it’s a day, a week, or three days a week, or five days a week.”
That said, Schilling expects the Red Sox to at least make an attempt to convince the designated hitter to consider one more year.
“I think Mr. Henry’s going to do it. I think they’re going to make him an offer that’s going to make him the highest-paid player ever for a year,” Schilling said. “I don’t think David will do it, but stranger things have happened.”
Ortiz has been feted at almost every ballpark he’s visited this year, putting even more on his plate.
“We were texting the other night, and that’s been draining,” Schilling said. “I’ve always felt like this is not a financial decision. None of this is going to be financial for him. It comes back to quality of life kind of thing. And it’s not the playing. Listen, he’s having the greatest go-away season in the history of sports. It’s not the game itself. If it was just the game, guys would play a lot longer than they do. It’s the months and the hundreds of thousands of hours in the wintertime when no one’s watching and the camera’s not on and you’re by yourself. If you can’t do that and you have pride, which he does, you know when it’s time.”
|Friday Red Sox Farm Report: LHP Trey Ball leads Salem to playoff win; LHP Jason Groome pitches well in Lowell’s season-ending loss||09.09.16 at 8:58 am ET|
Here’s a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system Thursday.
HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX: W, 5-1, vs. Myrtle Beach (Cubs)
— In Game 2 of the best-of-three Carolina League South Division championship series, Trey Ball pitched 5 2/3 quality innings to lead the Red Sox to the series-tying win, forcing a decisive Game 3 on Friday night in Salem, Virginia.
Ball allowed one run on three hits and two walks with three strikeouts. A 22-year-old left-hander who was Boston’s first-round pick in 2013, Ball went 8-6 with a 3.84 ERA and 1.61 WHIP in 23 regular-season starts.
— After Mario Alcantara relieved Ball and pitched two shutout innings, allowing two hits and a walk with a pair of strikeouts, fellow right-hander Jamie Callahan finished up with 1 1/3 innings of scoreless ball, striking out two. In the ninth inning Callahan loaded the bases with two outs on a walk and two singles, but he induced a fly out to get out of the jam.
— Third baseman Rafael Devers went 2-for-4 with three RBIs on a run-scoring single and a two-run home run. The 19-year-old Devers, MLB.com’s No. 3 Red Sox prospect (behind Yoan Moncada and Andrew Benintendi), batted .282/.335/.443 with 11 home runs and 71 RBIs in 128 regular-season games.
— Left fielder Jayce Ray went 2-for-3 with a walk and a solo home run that opened the scoring in the second inning. The 26-year-old hit .343/.452/.419 in 33 games with Salem during the regular season.
— Right fielder Joseph Monge and center fielder Luis Alexander Basabe each went 2-for-4, with Monge scoring a pair of runs.
|David Ortiz on Donald Trump’s comments about Latino immigrants: ‘When you speak like that about us, it’s a slap in the face’||09.06.16 at 11:48 am ET|
Donald Trump might count Tom Brady among his friends, but it doesn’t sound like he’ll be invited to David Ortiz’s retirement party.
In an interview conducted in Spanish with USA Today’s Jorge L. Ortiz, the Red Sox slugger — who normally avoids getting involved in politics — said Trump’s comments about immigrants hit a nerve with the Dominican Republic native.
Trump has said he wants to build a wall along the Mexican border to stop people from entering the United States illegally, and his famous remark that Mexico is sending rapists and criminals to the U.S. “didn’t sit well” with Ortiz.
“When you speak like that about us, it’s a slap in the face,” Ortiz said. “I walk around sometimes, and I see Mexican people trying to earn a living in an honest way. And to hear somebody make those kinds of comments, it hits you. I think as Latin people we deserve better. Things have gotten much better in that regard. … As Latin people we deserve respect, no matter where you’re from. And especially our Mexican brothers, who come here willing to do all the dirty work.
“Latin people here in the United States are the spark plug of the country’s economy. Whoever opposes that is going to lose. And not just Latin people but immigrants. I’m talking about people who come from Africa, from Asia, other places. All those people come here with one goal, to realize the American dream, and you have to include them in our group.”
On a more positive note, Ortiz said he is hoping to leave a legacy as a star who was always willing to help younger players.
“That matters to me more than any home runs I’ve hit. It may inspire some of the young players coming up to try to emulate the things I’ve done right,” Ortiz said, adding: “If [my sons] ever get up here [to the majors], I want people to say to them, ‘I knew your dad, and he was a guy with huge power. But there was something better about him. He was a good person, a good guy.’ That’s what I care about the most.”
Added Ortiz: “I like doing that. It’s my nature. When I see young guys put some advice you gave them into work and they’re doing well, it makes me feel like I accomplished something.”
|Tuesday Red Sox Farm Report: PawSox LHP Henry Owens finishes with strong effort, ‘turned a corner’ in season’s final month||09.06.16 at 8:55 am ET|
Here’s a look a the action in the Red Sox farm system on Monday.
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (74-68): W, 4-2, vs. Buffalo (Blue Jays)
— Left-hander Henry Owens wrapped his strong final month in Triple-A with another impressive outing, pitching 6 2/3 innings and allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits and three walks with five strikeouts as the PawSox ended the season with a win.
“This year, there’s been a lot of adjustments mechanically and I thought I turned a corner in my last four or five starts here,” Owens said (via MiLB.com). “I’ve been more consistent with my delivery and I just want to keep working every day and develop that muscle memory and stay within the strike zone.”
Owens, who struggled in his four starts in Boston this year, went 4-2 with a 1.73 ERA in his final six starts with the PawSox, and he finished the year at 10-7 with a 3.53 ERA and 1.37 WHIP in 24 starts.
“He had a couple of hiccups but he was able to settle in and give us some length today,” PawSox manager Kevin Boles said (via MiLB.com). The best is yet to come with him, I believe that.”
Owens is slated to join the major league team later this week and serve as an emergency starter.
— Kyle Martin pitched the final 2 1/3 innings, allowing three hits and no runs in recording his sixth save in six chances. The 25-year-old went 3-4 with a 3.38 ERA and 1.19 WHIP in 36 appearances this season.
— Right fielder Bryce Brentz had the game’s big hit, a three-run home run in the first inning. Shortstop Jose Vinicio was the only PawSox batter with multiple hits, going 2-for-3 with a double.
— Designated hitter Allen Craig went 1-for-2 with a walk and a triple, finishing his injury-shortened Triple-A season at .173/.250/.280 in 22 games. Center fielder Rusney Castillo was 1-for-4 and finished with a line of .263/.309/.354 with two home runs and 34 RBIs in 103 Triple-A games.
|Monday Red Sox Farm Report: RHP Justin Haley tosses gem in PawSox win; LHP Matt Kent strikes out 10 as Salem pitchers fan 19||09.05.16 at 9:47 am ET|
Here’s a look a the action in the Red Sox farm system on Sunday.
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (73-68): W, 1-0, vs. Buffalo (Blue Jays)
— Right-hander Justin Haley closed out his season in impressive fashion, allowing just two infield singles in eight innings of work. He did not allow a hit until the seventh, when former major leaguer Quintin Berry hit a comebacker that deflected off Haley’s glove, and the speedy Berry beat it out.
Haley struck out seven and walked just one in throwing 100 pitches.
“I was just trying to have a good rhythm throughout the game and I think we kept a good tempo,” Haley said (via MiLB.com). “We kept the hitters on their heels, pitched inside a lot and kept them in swing-mode.”
Haley, who was promoted from Portland on June 17, has appeared in 15 games (14 starts) with the PawSox, going 8-6 with a 3.59 ERA and 1.13 WHIP.
— Left-hander Luis Ysla, making his Triple-A debut, pitched a scoreless ninth. The 24-year-old Venezuelan struck out the first two batters, allowed a single to center, then closed out the game with a fly out for Pawtucket’s franchise-record 17th shutout of the season.
“The way [Ysla] went after hitters, there was no fear,” PawSox manager Kevin Boles said (via MiLB.com). “I thought he attacked the hitters and did a great job.”
Ysla went 2-5 with a 4.07 ERA and 1.46 WHIP in 39 relief appearances with Portland this season, converting three saves in six opportunities.
|Sunday Red Sox Farm Report: PawSox RHP Sean O’Sullivan continues stellar stretch; LHP Jhonathan Diaz leads GCL Sox into playoffs||09.04.16 at 10:22 am ET|
Here’s a look a the action in the Red Sox farm system on Saturday.
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (72-68): W, 2-1, vs. Syracuse (Nationals)
— Right-hander Sean O’Sullivan started and went 5 1/3 innings, allowing one run on four hits and three walks with eight strikeouts — his most in a game since the opening month of the season.
“I thought he had a good use of his cutter and he spun some breaking balls that were effective,” PawSox manager Kevin Boles said (via MiLB.com).
In his last three starts, spanning 17 innings, O’Sullivan has allowed just two runs.
— Right-handers Roman Mendez, Austin Maddox and Heath Hembree combined to pitch 3 2/3 scoreless innings in relief.
— Rusney Castillo doubled home Jose Vinico (double) in the third inning for Pawtucket’s first run. In the fifth, Castillo reached second base on a Syracuse error, then scored on a broken-bat single by Ryan LaMarre.
— Chris Marrero reached base three times, going 1-for-2 with two walks.
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