|Curt Schilling on D&C: ‘I think I’m going to be doing stuff with Sirius’ after firing from ESPN||05.04.16 at 11:32 am ET|
Former ESPN baseball analyst Curt Schilling checked in with Dennis & Callahan with Minihane on Wednesday and said he is nearing a deal to join Sirius XM satellite radio. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
One day after refuting a Deadspin report that his camp had reached out to Fox Sports about joining that network following his dismissal from ESPN for his political commentary on social media, Schilling said he expects to know more about his future very soon.
“I think I’m going to be doing stuff with Sirius,” Schilling said. “I don’t know anything yet. Stuff’s coming together. There’s still a bunch of kind of irons in the fire that I’m talking with. I’m going to meet with some people today face to face and hopefully come to some sort of resolution over what’s going to happen in the next week or two.”
Schilling indicated the Sirius deal would consist of separate appearances — one to talk sports, the other to discuss “stuff” — and would not be a five-day-a-week gig right off the bat, although it could lead to a regular show.
“I think at some point it would get to that,” he said of doing a daily show. “I think that there needs to be kind of a breaking-in period both ways. I need to see if I actually can do it. I need to see if people care that I can do it, and then go that way. … Talking for four hours is one thing, but talking for four hours about stuff that people are actually interested in and want to talk about is another. It’s work. I think there’s a lot of preparation to it, there’s a lot of time to put into it. Because I’m not going to be talking about just sports. And so there’s a lot of time and effort and energy out into preparing to be good at it. Because I sure as hell don’t want to do it just to do it. I’d want to do it to be better than everybody else that was doing it. So we’ll see.”
ESPN was criticized for editing out Schilling’s Game 6 performance from a documentary about the 2004 Red Sox’ comeback against the Yankees in the American League Championship Series that aired before Sunday night’s Red Sox-Yankees game. While the network claimed the move was made due to time constraints after an afternoon softball game ran long, Schilling is convinced the move was rooted in ESPN’s feelings about him after his controversial departure.
“Absolutely,” he said. “I don’t think that there’s any possible explanation otherwise.”
Added Schilling: “I’m uncomfortable saying, ‘Oh my God, I can’t believe they cut me out.’ But when you talk about that series, what do you think about? I think about Dave Roberts’ steal, I think about the walk from [Kevin] Millar off [Mariano] Rivera, [David] Ortiz’s [game-winning home runs] and that Game 6. I don’t know. I was waiting for it, expecting exactly what was said in response, when they issued the response, which was, ‘We had to cut the show down to fit into [the time slot].’ … My thought was, somebody in charge — it wasn’t just some dude saying, ‘OK, I’ll just edit this’ — somebody made that actual order: ‘Cut Game 6 out of this, and be very specific.’
“I think the result was exactly the opposite of what they were hoping would happen.”
|Wednesday Red Sox Farm Report: Andrew Benintendi sets Salem Red Sox record with 21-game hitting streak||05.04.16 at 9:37 am ET|
Here’s a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Tuesday.
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (12-13): L, 6-4, at Lehigh Valley (Phillies)
— With the PawSox down to their final strike in the ninth inning, Chris Marrero launched a game-tying home run off the top of the wall in center field. However, Pawtucket ended up suffering the third walk-off loss in the first six games of its road trip when Nick Williams hit a two-run home run in the 10th inning for the Iron Pigs.
— The Marrero cousins drove in all four PawSox runs. Chris Marrero had an RBI double in the fifth inning, and Deven Marrero hit a two-run double in the eighth to draw his team within a run at 4-3. Chris Marrero is 8-for-11 with four doubles and two home runs in three games at Lehigh Valley’s Coca-Cola Park this season.
— Left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez, making his second rehab start as he gets ready for a return to Boston, surrendered three runs in the first inning but then settled in and allowed just two baserunners (both on singles) over the remainder of his six-inning stint.
— Sam Travis twice came up with two runners on base and two outs in the late innings — including the 10th — but could not deliver.
|Wednesday’s Red Sox-White Sox matchups: Clay Buchholz vs. Carlos Rodon||05.04.16 at 8:39 am ET|
For the middle game of the Red Sox-White Sox series in Chicago, Boston will send Clay Buchholz to the mound looking for his first win of the season, and he’ll be opposed by 23-year-old left-hander Carlos Rodon.
Buchholz, who struggled badly in April for the third straight season, is 0-3 with a 6.51 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP. The Red Sox have lost all five games he’s started, including his previous outing last Thursday vs. the lowly Braves. In that game, a 5-3 loss, Buchholz went 6 1/3 innings and allowed five runs on eight hits and four walks with two strikeouts.
Buchholz pinpointed the main problem as his lack of command of his fastball.
“There was a couple of them that got hit hard and they found the holes. They didn’t hit the ball at anybody,” Buchholz said. “It happens like that sometimes. When you do walk guys, you try to minimize the damage. I didn’t do a very good job of that tonight.”
Added Buchholz: “I don’t mind walking guys in situations. But when you’re out there trying to throw a strike — trying to throw the ball down the middle — and you don’t do it, it’s frustrating.”
In eight career starts against the White Sox, Buchholz is 2-3 with a 4.25 ERA and 1.23 WHIP. He did not face Chicago last season.
Rodon carries a 1-3 record with a 4.33 ERA and 1.37 WHIP. In his last outing last Friday against the Orioles, he went seven innings and surrendered six runs (four earned) on eight hits and one walk with seven strikeouts as Chicago dropped a 6-3 decision. It was a 3-3 game when Rodon have up a three-run home run to Nolan Reimold in the seventh inning.
“I felt fine,” Rodon said afterward. “I thought I threw well but sometimes things don’t go your way, and you make a mistake like that late in the game, and you’re going to pay for it against these big league hitters.”
As a rookie last season, the North Carolina State product started 23 games and appeared in three others, compiling a record of 9-6 with a 3.75 ERA and 1.44 WHIP. He has not yet faced the Red Sox.
|Tuesday Red Sox Farm Report: Marco Hernandez (4 hits), PawSox break out to end skid||05.03.16 at 9:23 am ET|
Here’s a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Monday.
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (12-12): W, 8-3, at Lehigh Valley (Phillies)
— The PawSox ended a four-game losing streak by pounding out 15 hits to back a strong outing from William Cuevas. The right-hander went 7 2/3 innings and allowed three runs on six hits and three walks with five strikeouts as he improved to 3-1 with a 376 ERA. Robby Scott and Pat Light each pitched two-thirds of an inning in relief without surrendering a run.
— Shortstop Marco Hernandez led the offense, going 4-for-5 with one RBI, upping his average to .377. Right fielder Justin Maxwell went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs. Second baseman Mike Miller went 2-for-3 with a double. First baseman Sam Travis went 2-for-4.
— All nine PawSox batters recorded a hit, and five of those hits were doubles. The PawSox trailed 2-0 before scoring twice in the fifth, three times in the sixth, once in the seventh and twice in the ninth.
|Tuesday’s Red Sox-White Sox matchups: Steven Wright vs. Jose Quintana||05.03.16 at 8:41 am ET|
Coming off a sweep of the AL East cellar-dwelling Yankees, the first-place Red Sox send Steven Wright to the hill Tuesday as they open a three-game series against the AL Central-leading White Sox in the Windy City. The opener sets up to be a pitchers’ duel, as both Wright and Chicago starter Jose Quintana are ranked in the top four in the American League in ERA, and Quintana has stellar numbers in his career against Boston.
Wright is just 2-2 despite carrying a 1.37 ERA (second best in the AL) and 1.14 WHIP. He had his fourth straight quality outing in his most recent appearance, which resulted in a 9-4 victory over the Braves last Wednesday. Wright pitched seven innings and allowed two runs (one unearned) on three hits, three walks and a hit batsman. He recorded a season-high eight strikeouts.
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez was impressed by the knuckleballer’s performance.
“I thought we had a pretty good approach early in the game against Wright,” Gonzalez said after the game. “But I’ve never seen a knuckleball go sideways.”
Wright has faced the White Sox just once in his career, recording a win at Fenway Park last July 30 after allowing two runs in seven innings.
One thing to watch defensively is catcher Ryan Hanigan, who has seven passed balls in Wright’s last two outings.
Quintana, 3-1 with a 1.47 ERA (fourth best in the AL) and 1.11 WHIP, is on a streak of 16 consecutive scoreless innings. The 27-year-old left-hander faced the Blue Jays last Wednesday and went six innings, allowing no runs on five hits and three walks while striking out a season-high 10 batters. The White Sox won the game 4-0.
“He was throwing a lot of strikes,” White Sox catcher Dioner Navarro said after the game. “He was getting ahead of hitters with all of his pitches, fastballs, breaking balls, everything.”
Quintana, a native of Colombia, is in his fifth season in the majors, all spent with the White Sox. He has a career record of 36-35 with a 3.39 ERA and 1.26 WHIP. He has started against the Red Sox five times, posting a 2-0 record with a 2.14 ERA and 0.832 WHIP. In 33 2/3 innings he’s allowed just 23 hits and five walks while recording 23 strikeouts. He went 1-0 in two starts against Boston last season.
This marks just the third time this season the Red Sox will face a lefty starter.
|Curt Schilling on D&C: ‘I was kind of blindsided’ by criticism about view on transgender issue; due for discussion with ESPN bosses||04.20.16 at 10:37 am ET|
Curt Schilling once again finds himself in the middle of a controversy for opining about a highly charged political issue, but he told Dennis & Callahan with Minihane on Wednesday that he doesn’t understand what he did to draw people’s ire in this latest incident. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
On Tuesday, Schilling reposted a graphic that pictured a burly man dressed in suggestive women’s clothing with the words: Let him in! To the restroom with your daughter or else you’re a narrow minded, judgmental, unloving, racist bigot who needs to die!!!
He followed that by writing in a separate post: A man is a man no matter what they call themselves. I don’t care what they are, who they sleep with, men’s room was designed for the penis, women’s not so much. Now you need laws telling us differently? Pathetic.
The posts are a response to the controversy in North Carolina, where a law was passed directing individuals to use bathrooms based on their biological sex. Companies and entertainers have responded by boycotting the state or threatening to pull their business.
Schilling downplayed his comments, insisting he did not mean to stir up trouble.
“That wasn’t my post,” he said of the graphic. “I commented on that. … I replied to the post. I didn’t post that. I made a comment paraphrasing it would be people that go to the bathroom standing up use one, and people that go the bathroom sitting down use the other. That’s turned into somehow I’m transphobic. I don’t know.”
Schilling has been suspended by ESPN for past comments, but he said when he got a phone call Tuesday it caught him by surprise.
“I got a call late yesterday. I don’t know how you guys saw this thing. I was kind of blindsided by this one. When I got the call I was like, ‘I don’t get this. How did this become that?’ I assume I’ll be talking with some people today.”
|Pablo Sandoval’s former trainer on OM&F: ‘I’m sad for him that things have slid to this point’||04.15.16 at 12:16 pm ET|
Personal trainer Ethan Banning, who worked with Pablo Sandoval for two years, checked in with Ordway, Merloni & Fauria on Friday to discuss the third baseman’s fall from grace in Boston. To hear the interview, go to the OM&F audio on demand page.
Banning, the owner of Triple Threat Performance in Phoenix, was quoted in a Boston Herald story as saying Sandoval “needs to have somebody like me holding his hand” to ensure that Sandoval limits his eating. The second-year Red Sox player showed up overweight to spring training and lost his starting third base job to Travis Shaw. After going 0-for-6 with four strikeouts in the first week of the season, the 29-year-old was placed on the disabled list Wednesday with a shoulder issue.
“I’m sad for him that things have slid to this point,” Banning said. “The great thing about it is when bad things happen in life as athletes I think it’s an opportunity for to grow and learn. And I think he’ll do that. But [I] just wonder when it’s going to happen.”
Banning started working with Sandoval in November 2010, after the player was benched by the Giants in the World Series and warned he needed to stay in better shape. Their relationship ended in spring training 2012, shortly after Sandoval signed a three-year, $17 million contract with San Francisco — despite the fact that Sandoval was an All-Star in 2011 and ’12. Banning said he has spoken with Sandoval’s brother and now-former agency since they parted ways, but the player has not returned.
Red Sox owner John Henry claimed that Sandoval tested out at 17 percent body fat shortly before spring training, but that claim was widely questioned.
“It was certainly misleading at the very least,” Banning said. “If he was 17 percent body fat, in the accurate sense of it, I’m not sure what they were measuring with.
|Curt Schilling on D&C: ‘[Eduardo] Rodriguez is every bit a potential David Price when he’s healthy’||04.06.16 at 10:44 am ET|
ESPN baseball analyst Curt Schilling, making his weekly appearance with Dennis & Callahan with Minihane on Wednesday morning, expressed optimism about the Red Sox following Tuesday’s 6-2 Opening Day victory over the Indians. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
David Price and the bullpen were impressive in Tuesday’s opener, but Schilling cautioned not to read too much into one game.
“There’s nothing about the last 72 hours that means very much, other than the fact that your team’s healthy,” Schilling said. “This first week is about kind of getting your legs under you. As long as you don’t go 0-6 or lose three or four guys in the lineup … You’re out of spring training. If I’m the Red Sox, you want to get your feet wet, you want to see how quickly [Eduardo] Rodriguez is going to return to the rotation. Those are the things you’re thinking [about]. You don’t look at big picture/small picture. In a 162-game season, what is it, every 16 games you kind of take a snapshot.”
Kirk Minihane predicted 68 wins and another last-place finish for the Red Sox. Schilling does not agree.
“Listen, I love him to death, but sometimes really dumb crap comes out of his mouth. You’ve got to know when that is,” Schilling said. “I don’t think they’re going to be a 105-win team, but I think they’ll be closer to 90 than they will 69.”
After Price, there are a lot of question marks about the Red Sox rotation. Schilling said if the remaining starters struggle, that could create problems for the ace.
“The guy’s a Cy Young winner. There’s no question he’s really, really good,” Schilling said. “A lot of it’s going to have to do with how the four guys line up behind him, and how consistent they are. Because it becomes a very challenging situation when your team’s struggling and it feels like the day you pitch is the only day people are expecting [your team] to win. That’s a different kind of pressure, and it’s not fun. But I think they’re going to be all right.”
Looking at the rest of the starters, Schilling holds Rodriguez in the highest regard.
“Given what I’ve seen, I don’t think there’s any question that Rodriguez is every bit a potential David Price when he’s healthy,” Schilling said. “I think David is going to be just the perfect guy to have to help him move along. The other guys, people tend to forget that Rick Porcello is 27 years old. He’s been around a long time. What you’re looking for from them is consistency. With that bullpen as good as I think it’s going to be, you’re trying to get the starters to consistently give you innings.”
|Dustin Pedroia on D&C: ‘It’s time to get back to trying to be the best at everything’||02.25.16 at 8:56 am ET|
Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia joined Dennis & Callahan with Minihane on Thursday morning from spring training in Fort Myers, Florida, as he and the team prepare to bounce back from a disappointing 2015. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
Pedroia is coming off an injury-plagued season in which the team finished in last place in the American League East for the second straight year. He said he’s inspired to have a big year, but not just because of how 2015 went.
“I’m always motivated,” he said. “It doesn’t matter if someone’s on me or whatnot. I think winning’s driving me every year. The last couple of years have been tough for the wins and losses, so I think it’s time to get back to trying to be the best at everything. It doesn’t matter what we’re doing. If it’s a drill, just try to be the best at it. If it’s a workout, you’re competing against your teammate or what, that’s the way I look at it.”
Pedroia will have a new target on his throws to first base, as Hanley Ramirez is moving over from left field. Ramirez took a lot of heat last season for his apparent lack of effort in left, where he relocated after mainly playing shortstop in his career.
“Left field at Fenway Park is the toughest spot in the outfield of any place in the major leagues,” Pedroia said. “I think some of the criticism — yeah, he didn’t play good in left field, I get it. I understand. Not a lot of people would, moving positions. So I gave him credit to giving it a shot. That’s a tough place to play out there.”
Pedroia dismissed criticisms that Ramirez is not working hard enough at his latest transition.
“He’s working hard,” Pedroia said. “You’ve got to understand, guys, it was the first day of spring training. He was here early, just trying to get his feet underneath him. But no, he’s working hard. Yesterday we did our bunt defenses, game speed. He didn’t throw that much, which is normal. You can’t come out here and burn it out. We don’t want to get him hurt. We don’t want to get anybody hurt. But he’s doing everything game speed and moving his feet. His feet are great.”
|Dave Dombrowski on D&C: Despite appearances, Pablo Sandoval ‘was working hard’ in offseason||02.24.16 at 9:46 am ET|
Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski joined Dennis & Callahan with Minihane on Wednesday from Fort Myers, Florida, as he oversees his first spring training with the team. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
Dombrowski said he’s spending most of the spring observing, taking the pulse of the team, and framing “small evaluations of players.” One of those players is third baseman Pablo Sandoval, who showed up in camp looking heavy as he comes off a disappointing 2015. Dombrowski insists he was not disappointed when he saw the hefty Sandoval arrive Sunday, because his concern is more focused on Sandoval’s shape during the season.
“We do as an organization have to make sure that he doesn’t gain weight during the season. That’s very important. … We can’t let that happen. I think that that’s important for us, being in here, having control of him day-in and day-out,” Dombrowski said. “The other part of it is, and his trainer I think spoke last night, this guy really did work hard all wintertime. I mean, he was in a spot, we had a constant flow of people going in there and watching him, and day after day after day. So he was working hard.”
Added Dombrowski: “I can understand that [skepticism]. But I have seen guys who have been big that have worked hard in the past. There is a reason, I’ve told people, that they call him Panda Bear. It’s not because he’s svelte. He doesn’t have that type of athletic body that you would just look at a sprinter and say that’s him. He’s always been that way. He hit three home runs in the World Series in 2012 against [the Tigers], off of Justin Verlander, with the same physique that he has now.
“So I can understand that, but it’s one of those — I’ve pretty much made it my career not fabricating information. So it’s one of those where he did work hard, he was in that spot. It’s just, he didn’t lose a lot of weight, there’s no question about that. He has turned more into muscle mass. And I think his trainer spoke to that, I normally wouldn’t say that myself. But he did do that.
“Let’s face it, he’s not a guy that just has a svelte body. He never has.”
Dombrowski backed up Sandoval’s claim that the team never told him to lose weight this offseason.
“We did not,” Dombrowski said. “We asked Hanley Ramirez to lose weight. We asked him to lose a specific [amount] because he was bulkier. We wanted to get him down. … We wanted Pablo to be in a position where he was more in shape and ready to go, which he is. He’s doing much better in his — if you would go out there and watch him, our infield instructor Brian Butterfield’s already told me he’s moving much quicker than he was last year.
“So, no, we never gave him a specific weight. Because we thought in his case, with his past, it was more important that he was working hard rather than say, ‘OK, you’ve got to reach this certain number.’ Because even if he reached the certain number, there’s different ways to get there. And sometimes if you just diet too much it doesn’t accomplish what you want it to accomplish, either. Because a guy can be at a lower weight but he’s not necessarily stronger at that point or quicker. He could be just less weight.”
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