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Curt Schilling on D&C: Chris Sale could cost Red Sox Yoan Moncada plus Andrew Benintendi 07.27.16 at 12:49 pm ET
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The MLB non-waiver trade deadline is Monday, and the Red Sox have been mentioned in rumors involving White Sox ace Chris Sale. Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling joined Dennis & Callahan with Minihane on Wednesday morning to discuss the possibility of Sale coming to Boston. To hear the conversation, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

“I think the beginning of a package for Chris Sale with the Boston Red Sox would involve both [Yoan] Moncada and [Andrew] Benintendi. I think those are the first two players in the deal. I think if the Red Sox could get Chris Sale for less than those two at a minimum, I’d do it,” Schilling said. “Now do you look at Mookie Betts as more valuable than those two? I do because he is already in the big leagues and you know he is going to be a star. The only player — and I don’t say this lightly because I love the guy — the only player I think on the roster that I may consider parting with would be Jackie [Bradley Jr.] in a deal. I think that’s the deal that the White Sox would ask is Benintendi, Moncada and Bradley Jr.”

Added Schilling: “You’re looking at probably one of the three most dominant pitchers in the game. You’re looking at a bona fide legit ace. The only thing you would question — well, let’s put it this way: Would you do it for Madison Bumgarner? … I think a lot of people would say yes to Bumgarner. What is the difference in Bumgarner and Sale? I think the one thing is Bumgarner has got an October track record that would put him in a very different league.”

Sale made headlines over the weekend when he cut up the throwback uniforms the White Sox were supposed to wear the night of his start because he didn’t like them. Sale was suspended five games for the incident, but Schilling said the situation has been overblown.

“I think things like that tend to grow into a life of their own sometimes,” Schilling said. “I can tell you that I spent a couple of years in Philadelphia, ’97, ’98, I think ’99, where I was discussing with the general manager — I had a no-trade clause — I was discussing the ability for them to trade me, and somehow that story turned into I was demanding a deal to be out of Philadelphia. I don’t know the circumstances around the whole tearing up the uniforms or whatever. I just know that first of all, I would be offended, I’m not a fashion guy to begin with, but if someone asked me to wear a uniform with a collar on it I would be bothered ’cause I think those are the ugliest uniforms in the history of the game. I don’t know. I wonder if it wasn’t a move or a ploy on his end to try and possibly get dealt. I know he despises [executive vice president] Kenny Williams, and I don’t know how much that affects him. I don’t generally tend to worry about stuff like that. I dealt with Manny [Ramirez] as a teammate and other guys as teammates. At the end of the day, every fifth day when he goes out there and does his job and works his butt off to be better than everybody else, at the end of the day that’s all you care about.”

Added Schilling of the uniform controversy: “I was very detailed-oriented. In Arizona, when I first got traded to Arizona, Buck [Showalter] let us, the starting pitcher that day, pick the uniform. I picked the same uniform every single time because it was the most comfortable uniform that we had. I liked it better. That may sound stupid, but I always believed in that kind of minutiae. If it made me feel better then that is what I was going to do that day. But I don’t know, it’s one of those things that is going to be made up a whole lot more than it is anyway.”

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Curt Schilling on D&C: Drew Pomeranz deal ‘a great trade if it’s not the last one’ 07.20.16 at 12:30 pm ET
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On Wednesday night, Drew Pomeranz will make his first start for the Red Sox after being acquired in a trade with the Padres. On Wednesday morning, former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling joined Dennis & Callahan with Minihane to discuss the new hurler. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page. To read Schilling’s criticism of owner John Henry, check the Full Count blog.

Schilling, who twice was traded during a season, said there is a rush of emotion when joining a new team.

“Incredibly exciting. A lot of adrenaline,” Schilling said, before cautioning: “Don’t judge [Pomeranz] by anything tonight. I was always exhilarated doing it because you move up in the standings for the most part, you don’t know that he can move much farther in the standings than he just moved. I like the deal. I kind of watched him throw a little bit after everything, the only number that concerns me is I think he has 257 innings outside of Coors Field, he’s walked 98 guys, which is not a good number. I would like to see that sink a little bit. He’s got some mechanical issues, slight ones. But big body lefty. He’s going to be fired up. I love the trade.”

The Red Sox had to give up one of their most highly rated prospects, Single-A pitcher Anderson Espinoza, but Schilling said he’s OK with it.

“Listen, if you win a World Series you don’t care, and that’s what they’re trying to do,” Schilling said. “You hate to see prospects go places, but they’re prospects. And anytime you can make that big league roster a little better to win a World Series without moving any of the 25 guys on it, I think it’s a good thing.”

Despite the Pomeranz trade, Schilling said the Sox will need to make another move to sure up their chances of winning the World Series.

“I think it’s a great trade if it’s not the last one. I still think they’ve got to make another move,” Schilling said. “Before last night I was thinking another starter, but the bullpen thing is starting to be pretty serious. But if you have to go get relievers at the deadline you’re in a good place, because everybody’s got them and everybody trades them. … The only reason that I would hesitate to say, ‘Oh my God, they can’t do this,’ is if you’ve watched over the last couple of years — Ned Yost somehow fumbled his way to a ring, which still boggles my mind — but with bullpens. You remember the Rangers and the Cardinals, [Tony] La Russa bringing in guys. It was almost like teams couldn’t wait until they get to the fifth or sixth innings to go the bullpens. But I don’t think that that’s this bullpen.”

Schilling also came out in defense of John Farrell, who has been criticized after Koji Uehara was injured while pitching in a non-save situation Tuesday night (“I wouldn’t expect to see [Uehara] back for quite a long time,” Schilling said).

“There’s too many intangibles, too many variables that I don’t know,” Schilling said of why Uehara was in the game. “Maybe he needed an inning. I don’t know the reasoning or the logic. I think it’s dangerous to play that game, because again, you don’t know what was going on, what John was thinking. Like I said, maybe Koji wanted an inning; maybe they were working on something, I don’t know. But that’s a bad injury.”

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Curt Schilling: Red Sox owner John Henry ‘a dummy’ who meddles too much at 10:11 am ET
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Owner John Henry meddles too much in Red Sox affairs, according to Curt Schilling. (Jonathan Dyer/USA Today Sports)

Owner John Henry meddles too much in Red Sox affairs, according to Curt Schilling. (Jonathan Dyer/USA Today Sports)

It’s not news that Curt Schilling has some hard feelings toward Red Sox ownership, but during his weekly appearance Wednesday on Dennis & Callahan with Minihane, the former Sox pitcher did not hold back regarding his opinion of John Henry, calling the team’s principal owner “a dummy” and criticizing him for meddling in baseball affairs. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page. To read more from the interview, including Schilling’s thoughts on Drew Pomeranz and the Republican National Convention, check the Full Count blog.

Schilling, who had an acrimonious departure from the team after sitting out the 2008 season with a shoulder injury, was discussing the Red Sox’ offseason signing of the underperforming David Price when he opined of Henry, “I think he’s a dummy.”

“Not a fan,” Schilling added, promising he’d reveal more at a later date. “That’s a story for another time. … There’ll be a time and a place for that whole story, but we’ll figure it out.”

Asked to clarify, Schilling said: “Dummy’s a very … it’s not strong enough. The thing about it is this is a group of guys that meddle. Your question about whether [the Red Sox] are done [making trades] or not has everything to do with what John Henry feels [about] his team — whether Dave [Dombrowski] feels it that way or not, John is a guy [who] has proven time and time again to be involved.”

Schilling said he doesn’t know if Dombrowski, in his second year as the team’s president of baseball operations, is comfortable and/or forceful enough where he would tell Henry to butt out if he interfered too much.

“I feel like Dave is in a point in time and took the job because he was going to get to do his own thing. I don’t think that’s ever been true under Mr. Henry,” Schilling said. “I can see him saying, ‘You know what, you go sit in your office and count your money and I’ll fix the team.’ ”

Added Schilling: “Listen, they work together. And I’m not creating an adversarial relationship where there might not be one. But Dave Dombrowski’s been around a long time. And he’s been successful. And he’s got an incredibly good reputation. And I’ve never heard him complain about an ownership group, and he probably wouldn’t do that here.

“But I know the other side of that coin. I know this group. I know what they’re like, and they’ve always been the way they are. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing, because they’ve paid for a championship a couple of times, and that’s not a bad thing. But it’s got to be tough.

“Listen, Theo [Epstein] left. For what reason? We all followed that. We know why he left here. Maybe it’s changed, I don’t know.”

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Curt Schilling on D&C: Red Sox have no shot of World Series without adding a ‘significant front-line starting arm’ 07.13.16 at 11:22 am ET
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Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling joined Dennis and Callahan with Rob Bradford in for Minihane on Wednesday morning to discuss the All-Star Game and where he thinks the Red Sox will go in the second half. To hear the complete interview, go to the D&C audio on demand page.

The Red Sox are currently two games out of first place in the AL East, but their pitching staff has put together a combined 4.43 ERA. Schilling believes that if the Sox are to make it deep in the postseason, they will need another pitcher.

“This team, I don’t believe, has any shot of winning the World Series without adding a significant front-line starting arm,” said Schilling.

Schilling also discussed the chances of the Red Sox signing their first-round draft pick 17- year-old pitcher Jason Groome by the Friday deadline. The Red Sox have offered Groome around $3.5 million, which is above the slotted value for the No. 12 pick. If he doesn’t sign, Groome will most likely enroll in Chipola Junior College, which would allow him to re-enter the draft next year.

“There is a couple factors in play here,” said Schilling. “You are talking about a kid who, from my understanding, there are significant conversations around some off the field issues and they are not minor No. 1. No. 2, he has been away from home for a year, well not a year, but he went down to IMG and it is my understanding he didn’t drop out, he got booted out. The third thing is, his move to go to a college you have never heard of is to go to junior college so he can get drafted again next year. That would be the only reason he would do that. I think you have a lot of issues when you are this young and you have an agent cause you just don’t have a clue what’s going on.”

Added Schilling about Groome’s reported off the field issues: “I think like a lot of teams, I think, you look at a 17-year-old and go he his a 17-year-old. Some things they do are dumb, some things they do are just super ridiculously bad choices. [The Red Sox] are clearly comfortable enough with whatever they have heard or talked about. I don’t know if it is all true or not, it is just stuff I have heard through the grapevine through people in baseball. There were some off the field questions about social activities and they were significant and you never want to come out of there with those kind of questions. But I have seen it be completely crap before and it wouldn’t surprise if it was again because there are teams that will float those things to get this exact situation.”

Following are more highlights from the conversation. To get more Red Sox news, visit the Red Sox team page at weei.com/redsox.

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Curt Schilling on D&C: ‘I don’t see how this [Red Sox] staff makes it to the All-Star break’ 07.06.16 at 12:32 pm ET
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Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling questioned the job security of manager John Farrell when he discussed the future of the struggling Sox during his weekly appearance on Wednesday’s Dennis & Callahan with Minihane. To hear the conversation, visit the D&C audio on demand page.

“I don’t see how this staff makes it to the All-Star break. If they don’t right the ship, if they don’t play four, five or six days of, ‘OK, that’s the team we were talking about a month and a half ago,’ I think there’s going to be some big shakeup,” Schilling said. “As much as I hate to say it because I love John [Farrell], he’s a dear friend, I think that there is a possibility they clean house at the All-Star break.”

Added Schilling, “They are playing right now where if it’s not the pitching it’s the hitting, and if it’s not the hitting it’s the pitching. It never reflects poorly or affects the guys that are doing it, it ends up being on the manager.”

If Farrell receives a pink slip, Schilling expects that bench coach Torey Lovullo will get promoted to manager.

“I think that they believe that [Lovullo] is the next manager. What he did last year I think gave them a good feeling about his potential and that’s why the contract is what it is, and I think he ends up being the guy,” Schilling said. ” If he’s not, I wouldn’t be surprised, but I think that’s the move. I think that’s who they end up going with.

Schilling said it’s not a good feeling as a player when you can’t save a manager’s job.

“I didn’t realize until, I think it was 2000, when I got traded to Arizona, we were in contention and I came over and we ended up kind of failing in September. Buck Showalter got fired that winter. And it dawned on me for the first time that my lack of performance cost someone else their job,” Schilling said. “I guarantee there’s a lot of guys that love the guy in that clubhouse. You find a way to fix it and get back on track for the guy because you care about somebody else’s job, or you have a group of guys that say, ‘OK, next guy up.’ I don’t believe that’s the case, I think this team is a group of guys that really does like John and respect him, but at some point something’s going to change.”

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Curt Schilling on D&C: Red Sox ‘need a significantly large dose of confidence because none of them have it’ 06.30.16 at 12:02 pm ET
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Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling joined Dennis and Callahan with Minihane on Thursday to chat about the current state of the Red Sox and what the future should hold for manager John Farrell. To hear the full conversation, visit Dennis and Callahan’s audio on demand page.

“Here’s the thing: a team is never — especially this team right now— it’s never as bad as it looks when it’s going bad, and usually it’s not as good, they’re not as good as they are when it’s going really well,” Schilling said.

Schilling confirmed that there is a “sixth sense” players have around the clubhouse when there is suspicion that the manager is about to be fired.

“They absolutely do [recognize it],” he said. “For me it was always very personal in the sense that if someone got fired as a manager, than part of my job I wasn’t supposed to do as a player. Again your manager can’t play. So when a manager gets fired it’s because the players don’t execute and I always felt personally responsible for things like that.”

Schilling said the biggest thing with the Red Sox now, is a lack of confidence.

“These guys need a significantly large dose of confidence because none of them have it,” Schilling said. “I’ve been in a situation when a staff has gone out seven days in a row and given up runs in the first inning, it’s contagious just like hitting. And then you’ve got guys going out on the mound and going ‘Oh no’ instead of being aggressive.”

Schilling added that it would be too much to ask Farrell — who’s expertise is in pitching — to circumvent pitching coach Carl Willis and attempt to help the pitchers.

He did touch on the trouble the conflicting comments between David Price and John Farrell in which Price said he had his worst stuff while Farrell said it was his best.

“When you look at what he did yesterday, he didn’t have anything,” Schilling said. “Except maybe velocity. I don’t know. Sometimes from the side he can look better than it does, but I think what you’re seeing from John [Farrell] is one of the things he took from Tito and that’s to protect your players at all cost.”

Following are more highlights from the conversation. For more Red Sox news, visit the team page at weei.com/redsox.

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Curt Schilling on D&C: Eduardo Rodriguez not tipping pitches 06.22.16 at 11:07 am ET
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Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling made his weekly appearance on Dennis & Callahan with Minihane on Wednesday morning where he discussed all things Red Sox, including his belief that Eduardo Rodriguez is in fact not tipping pitches. To hear the complete interview, go to the D&C audio on demand page. 

“[Rodriguez] is not pitching on a short leash for his life in the sense that you think. What you don’t want to do is to continue to allow a young pitcher to completely loose his confidence. It is hard. He is struggling,” said Schilling. “He is basically a two-pitch pitcher right now, which is a big problem. He isn’t tipping his pitches. You get tired of hearing stuff like that. He is struggling right now and that is normal.

“The problem is, and you have to know your players, you don’t want a guy to pitch his way into thinking he can’t get anyone out and I think that is where he is right now. He is struggling mentality and you can see it by the body language, you can see it by the facial expressions. He doesn’t have a lot of confidence. I can tell you that is the scariest thing that happened to me. I was struggling to the point where I was afraid to throw strikes because I was afraid if I threw a strike it was gong to be a double.”

Added Schilling: “I watch him throw. He is not [tipping pitches]. If you are going to want to watch a guy tip his pitches there are two things to look at. One is how he positions his glove on every pitch because when guys generally tip their pitches their glove will be held at a different height or a different angle because they are trying to grip a ball differently. Or you watch their head or glove hand. He isn’t tipping his pitches, I’m watching him. Here is the thing: you have to tip your pitches early enough for the hitter to know, so it can’t be right in the middle of your delivery when you are doing a certain thing and the hitter says, ‘Oh my god curveball.’

“I’ll give you an example. In game six of the 2001 World Series. Andy Pettitte tipped every pitch he was throwing with a runner on base. You knew as soon as he set exactly what was coming. That is how you tip your pitches. We scored, I think, 16 runs, we beat them like 16-2 … We saw it the first inning. Someone got on and he was setting his hands high and low. High was breaking ball and low was fastball or it might have been the other way around.”

(It’s worth noting Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo confirmed Rodriguez is in fact tipping pitches when he was on with Mike Giardi and Rob Bradford over the weekend.)

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Curt Schilling on calls for gun restrictions after Orlando massacre: ‘The last thing in my mind that I want to see happen right now is for this corrupt, lying, fraudulent, felon-infested government to have more say in my day-to-day life’ 06.15.16 at 11:03 am ET
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During his weekly appearance on Dennis & Callahan with Minihane on Wednesday morning, former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling weighed in on the Orlando massacre and defended fellow gun owners while blasting the “corrupt, lying, fraudulent, felon-infested government.” To hear the interview, go to the D&C audio on demand page.

Schilling, an outspoken conservative, said the Orlando shooter was “a radical extremist follower of Allah” and this was not a “homophobic hatred thing” as has been speculated this week following reports that Omar Mateen had previous contact with the gay community before his attack on a gay nightclub.

“He should never have been able to get these weapons,” Schilling said. “The laws are in place for this to stop people like this. We just either A) don’t enforce them, B) they’re broke, or C) both.”

If more laws are introduced in the wake of this tragedy, Schilling said it would be a mistake.

“We’ve already heard enough [about the background of mass murderers like this]. We’re going to hear more of the same thing about this guy. There’s no possible way he should have been able to hold a water gun, much less an AR-15,” Schilling said. “So again, my biggest thing is, the laws already exist. I think there’s an enormous amount of work we need to do and work on with the mentally ill. I don’t think there’s any question about that. But the fact of the matter is all the laws you want passed are already in effect. The states that they are not in effect for are the states where people have voted to keep them available.”

Added Schilling: “The last thing in my mind that I want to see happen right now is for this corrupt, lying, fraudulent, felon-infested government to have more say in my day-to-day life. I want them out and gone. And I need the federal government to do what they’re supposed to do, which is protect the country, provide for people that can’t provide for themselves, and shut up and get out of the way.”

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Curt Schilling on D&C: ‘This is not the David Price they paid $217 million to get’ at 10:51 am ET
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David Price struck out eight more batters in his win Saturday afternoon. (Bob DiChiara/USA Today Sports)

David Price was a hard-luck loser Tuesday night. (Bob DiChiara/USA Today Sports)

Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling, making his weekly appearance on Dennis & Callahan with Minihane on Wednesday morning, questioned whether David Price is worth the high price the Sox paid in the offseason. To hear the interview, go to the D&C audio on demand page.

Price pitched well Tuesday, at one point setting down 19 consecutive Orioles, but he was done in by two home runs in a 3-2 loss.

“When you pitch at the top of somebody’s rotation and you’re considered to be ‘the ace,’ you have to win 1-0 games,” Schilling said. “You have to win 2-1. You have to win 2-0. You have to win the games when your offense doesn’t score. Your offense’s output other than zero means less on the day you pitch than it does on other days, because you’re the ace. … When you’re up against somebody’s ace — which [Chris] Tillman was last night — you get the best of guys, so you have to be on top of your game. Last night he was good. [But] he got outpitched.”

Asked what Price would be scored on a scale of 1-10 for major league pitchers, Schilling said the left-hander is a 6.

“This is not the David Price they paid $217 million to get,” he said. “Stuff-wise, all of that stuff. I don’t think this is the guy. Last night when I saw him, the innings I was watching, he was 92-94 [mph]. The Price that you paid for was 96-98. I think it’s a natural regression. Your stuff starts to kind of go away [with age].”

Added Schilling: “His mechanics are not conducive to keeping his velocity up. I’ve said that all year long. If you watch him, every time he finishes delivering a pitch — for the most part — he’s a guy that stands straight up. He recoils a lot. And that’s not healthy for your arm. I’ve seen a lot of guys that do that — tons of guys that do that — and they lose their velocity faster than everybody else. It’s a physical thing.

“And the challenge is he was always that guy, the 200-inning guy and the ace guy, because his secondary stuff has never been exceptional. Which is OK, because he always had the velocity. But once the velocity starts to kick down, the secondary stuff has to get better, because if it stays the same it becomes even less effective. The innings that I watched last night he had a pretty good changeup. He struck out the side one inning. He had a decent changeup. But he’s never gone out there with a Clayton Kershaw curveball or a [Greg] Maddux changeup. He’s always had kind of average secondary stuff, I thought, in my opinion. And that’s a challenge when you lose your fastball.”

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Curt Schilling weighs in on Orlando shooting 06.12.16 at 3:12 pm ET
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In the wake of this weekend’s shooting in Orlando, Curt Schilling took to Twitter on Sunday to offer his views on gun control and the root causes behind what happened.

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