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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
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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.”

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Curt Schilling on D&C: ‘I would bet’ on Red Sox being in playoffs 08.24.16 at 12:12 pm ET
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Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling made his weekly appearance on Dennis & Callahan with Minihane on Wednesday morning to discuss the Red Sox’ playoff chances, Clay Buchholz’s resurgence, John Farrell’s job security and more. To hear the full conversation, go to to the D&C audio on demand page.

Through nine games of the Red Sox’ 11-game road trip, the Sox have posted a 7-2 record, which is something Schilling said is a good omen.

“I think by the end of this month you are going to know if they are in the playoffs,” he said. “I thought that this road trip, the amount of travel that they were going to have to do, the pitching had to be the thing carrying them and for the most part that is exactly what has happened. They are playing a good stretch of games on a nightmarish stretch of schedule. I like their chances, very much like their chances. If I was betting today, I would bet on them being in, but my issue gets back to you are going to play that Monday play-in game. Are you battling up to the last day of the season to get in, and if so, who is pitching that game for you? Listen, we are 5 1/2 weeks away, so anybody right now could get hot and you could say that is who I am giving the ball to, but who are you giving the ball to win that one game?

Buchholz pitched in his third spot start on Tuesday night and picked up his first win in almost a month after going 6 1/3 innings and allowing one run on five hits and two walks with nine strikeouts in a 2-1 victory over the Rays.

“The reason I think it feels like such a huge relief or a huge bump is he went into these last two starts, no one was expecting anything, right?” Schilling said of Buchholz. “We talk about seven innings and one run against Tampa as if he threw a no-no. … What happens in the postseason? How is that going to play itself out in the postseason? Is he going to be one of your three or four guys?”

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Curt Schilling on D&C: ‘I’m not sure how you offend someone with a bobblehead’ 08.10.16 at 12:32 pm ET
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Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling joined Dennis & Callahan with Minihane on Wednesday morning to discuss the David Ortiz bobblehead that the Red Sox decided not to distribute on Tuesday, as well as Andrew Benintendi, Alex Rodriguez and Schilling’s political aspirations. To hear the complete conversation, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

Red Sox president Sam Kennedy, in announcing the team’s decision to cancel the Ortiz promotion, said he thought the bobbleheads that arrived at Fenway appeared “racially insensitive.”

‘That’s the world we live in now, right? At the thought that someone might get offended, we are going to take 60,000 bobbleheads and get rid of them,” Schilling said, adding: “I’m not sure how you offend someone with a bobblehead.”

Schilling said he has little use for the bobbleheads, despite their popularity.

“What I find funny is like if you played for 45 minutes on a minor league team and you made the big leagues they’ll have a bobblehead day for you,” he said. “Because that draws the crowd.”

Since getting called up to the big leagues, Benintendi has a slash line of .500/.500/.563 in 16 plate appearances, after going 3-for-3 with a double, a RBI and two runs scored Tuesday night against the Yankees.

“[Benintendi is] as advertised, if not better,” Schilling said. “The swing that got me last night that I really thought, ‘OK, this is a little bit a different kid,’ was the ball that he hit out — that was a home run by the way. If you go back and watch the at-bat and you watch the swing, this was a guy putting a swing on the ball, this wasn’t a guy trying to drive it. That’s big league power right there. Again, you look at the swing and I see a guy that clearly he’s got a very mature approach — and I think everybody thought that, but seeing it in the big leagues is a little different. But that ball he drove to center field with that swing in that at-bat was pretty impressive.”

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Curt Schilling creates buzz with post suggesting he’ll run for state office, then president 08.09.16 at 11:57 am ET
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Former Red Sox pitcher and regular WEEI guest Curt Schilling wrote on his Facebook page Sunday that he plans on running for state office and maybe even President of the United States in the near future.

On Sunday, Schilling commented on Facebook that he will be running for the Oval Office soon after posting a news link regarding gun control on his page. He wrote that he plans to run for state office, then he will make a push for the White House in eight years. Schilling, a staunch conservative, also wrote that he would run for president as soon as 2020 if Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton won this year’s election — although it’s not clear if he was being sarcastic.

Schilling, who won two World Series with the Red Sox, has never held back in expressing his political belief and views. He has publicly supported Republican nominee Donald Trump and has hinted interest in running for public office before.

In an interview with Dennis & Callahan with Minihane in May, Schilling said he would someday think about a run for an elected office.

“I think a lot of people — and I’m probably one of them — sit on the sidelines a lot and talk trash and all the things that we do and actually don’t do anything about it,” Schilling said.

“I’ve come to believe in my mind that the true movers and shakers in politics and the people that make things happen in the world are the people that do it at a local level. I’ve seen it here in Medfield. When you’re on the board of planning or those kind of things, you actually impact people lives in a big way. … I’m pretty much focused on what’s right ahead of me and what we’re doing. Those things are going to square themselves away over the next couple of weeks and then we’ll get moving.”

In 2009, the four-time Cy Young winner also talked about possibly running for an open Massachusetts Senate seat on the same show.

In April of this year, Schilling was fired by ESPN for posting comments and pictures related to the North Carolina transgender issue on social media. He claimed that he was singled out for his political views by the network.

“The memo that went out to everybody went out to all of us the same, which is: If you are a sport person, stick to sports, don’t get involved in the political arena,” he said in April. “In the end, for me it felt like that rule applied to me and me alone because I was conservative.”

As soon as Schilling shared his future political aspirations, a Draft Curt Schilling for Congress page popped up on Facebook. The page garnered 133 likes by Tuesday morning.

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Curt Schilling on D&C: Key for Andrew Benintendi will be how he handles failure 08.03.16 at 12:05 pm ET
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After getting promoted from Double-A, Andrew Benintendi made his major league debut on Tuesday night. Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling joined Dennis & Callahan with Minihane on Wednesday morning to discuss Benintendi’s situation as well as David Price’s struggles. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

Benintendi entered Tuesday’s game in the seventh inning and went 0-for-2, striking out for the final out of the game. Red Sox fans have high hopes for the 22-year-old after he jumped Triple-A.

“Here is the thing you worry about, and I’m not talking about [Benintendi] as a person, I don’t know him well to know this. The thing you worry about, I saw this happen to Gregg Jefferies, you get to a point where somebody, somewhere has a bad year and fails, and how do they handle it,” Schilling said. “This guy has hit everywhere he has ever been. He has been the best player everywhere he has ever been. That is not the case anymore. He is not the best player in the league. How does he handle going 0-for-12, ’cause he hasn’t probably ever done that.

“Kevin Youkilis was the same way in a sense that the season wasn’t 600 at-bats for those guys, it was like 1,800 at-bats because every out they made took a toll. I think it is one thing that makes a player really good, but also baseball is very very hard to not be able to take a loss, I guess is the way to put it, when you make an out. Think about this guy, this guy has probably never in his life been 0-for-15 in a stretch ever, so what is going to happen when he is? ‘Cause it’s going to happen here. Not to say he is not going to be a great player. I hate to see guys experience failure or loss or whatever it is they are experiencing, at this level, for the first time.”

Added Schilling: “Now that I am on this side of the fence and I watch and listen to people comment about players in certain ways, and I said this to you guys a bunch of times: You always count on [the team] knowing more about the players than we do. I think that is the case in most situations, not all. I think that they felt like, ‘Hey, listen, if he comes up here and goes 0 for the week he will be fine going back to Triple-A.’ The jump from A-ball to Double-A, the only bigger jump, I think, in sports is getting to the big leagues. Once you get to Double-A the game becomes big-league like. Everyone throws hard. You start to see breaking balls you never saw before. It’s the level, I think, where they do the first in- depth legitimate evaluation of: Can this guy play? And a lot of guys don’t even get to that level.

“He is clearly somebody I think they believe, ‘Hey, you know what? He can punch out three times in a game.’ I would bet you he has never had a hat trick. What is going to happen when he does? Is he going to fall into a rut and the next day be miserable and go out and go 0-for-4 and make an error, or is he going to go come out the next day and say, ‘Let’s go,’ and be a [Dustin] Pedroia and get after it.”

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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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