|Curt Schilling on Hot Stove Show: Would rather make Hall of Fame than win Senate seat||12.01.16 at 10:39 am ET|
Forget about Mr. Schilling goes to Washington. He’d rather be in Cooperstown.
In an appearance on Wednesday’s Hot Stove Show on WEEI, former Red Sox great Curt Schilling was asked if he’d rather make the Hall of Fame or win a Senate seat. His answer was mildly surprising.
“Oh, Hall of Fame,” he said. “The Senate seat thing is something that when you look down into it . . . one of the things I’ve tried to do and want to do is make a difference. And I’m not sure that happens on the floor of the Senate as much as it could happen now with the talk show, or being involved and around young athletes. Going to the Hall of Fame opens doors for our ALS and the SHADE Foundation and the ability to reach out and talk to more young people, and that’s something I’m very, very passionate about.”
The topic arose because two Hall of Fame voters — the Globe’s Dan Shaughnessy and national writer Jon Heyman — have suggested they won’t vote for Schilling anymore because of an offensive meme involving lynching journalists that he posted to social media.
Schilling, who received 52.3 percent of the vote in his fourth year on the ballot last winter, said he doesn’t care.
“The people that know me know that I was a good teammate, and I’m a nice guy, and I love to debate and have fun,” he said. “To say that I don’t care is not to put it in proper context, but to say that I think about it for one second outside of the process when it happens and when it’s announced would be a lie. I don’t. I have no control over it.”
Getting back to the issue of the Senate, Schilling was pressed on why he believed he couldn’t effect change in Washington.
“Being a Senator is about taking the concerns of your constituents to Washington and trying to get those things fixed and worked on,” he said. “And so I don’t know what the voters of Massachusetts would want taken to Washington. I don’t know how much of a difference I could make. I do know that free education is laughable and not possible financially for anybody, which is one of Elizabeth Warren’s tax-and-spend platforms. I do know that I would be as representative of the people as anybody that ever served, because I would not have a problem taking my constituents’ voice to D.C. even if I was the outlier.”
As for whether he should be in the Hall of Fame, Schilling said he doesn’t believe he makes the cut, despite his postseason greatness.
“In my Hall of Fame, no,” he said. “My Hall of Fame criteria is very simple. Someone is either blatantly easily a Hall of Famer or not. That doesn’t work in the current Hall of Fame, because there’s this nebulous gray area that has allowed people to get in that I don’t think should be in, but it has also kept people I think should definitely be in out, like a Dale Murphy or a Fred McGriff. Those guys were Hall of Famers to me.
“Pedro Martinez is a Hall of Famer. Randy Johnson is a Hall of Famer. I think in October, there was no better pitcher in the history of the game, ever, than I was. But I don’t know that the criteria for the regular season that I did it enough, the bulk numbers people look for.”
Schilling won 216 games and went 11-2 in the postseason.
Asked if he believed his political stances have cost him votes — he hosts a daily talk show on the right-wing Breitbart network — he didn’t hesitate. Would any of this be an issue if he leaned left?
“Absolutely it wouldn’t be an issue, and I’d still be working at ESPN,” he said. “But it is what it is.”
|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.”
|Curt Schilling on K&C: Red Sox-Indians could be an ‘enormous mismatch’||09.29.16 at 10:05 am ET|
Making his weekly appearance on Kirk & Callahan on Thursday morning, Curt Schilling said he believes the Red Sox matchup well against their likely opponent in the ALDS in the Indians. To hear the interview, go to the Kirk & Callahan audio on demand page.
The Red Sox in all likelihood will be the No. 2 seed in the American League and have homefield advantage against the Indians in the ALDS. Schilling believes given the Indians’ question marks with their rotation, the Red Sox will have an “enormous mismatch.”
“I think right now that is a potentially enormous mismatch,” Schilling said. “Given the amount of injuries Cleveland has suffered. You’re looking at [Zach] McAllister then [Josh] Tomlin. If you don’t have a pitcher on the mound who can make a hitter swing and miss, the Red Sox I think are going to bury you. I don’t think this is an offense — you cannot be a contact guy. This is very much like ’04 from the standpoint of offensively. That is why Cleveland initially was going to be a tough matchup because of the amount of the power arms at the top of the rotation with [Danny] Salazar and some of the other guys. Tomlin has had a good year, but look at the numbers. If you’re going to put a guy on the mound that relies on contact to beat you, I think the Red Sox are going to destroy any staff that does that.”
Schilling is already starting to look ahead to a potential Red Sox-Cubs World Series, but notes just how good the Cubs’ pitching is.
“If you look at the numbers, it’s a no-brainer: it’s the Cubs and the Red Sox,” Schilling said. “Both of them can mash like no one else in the playoffs. Offensively they are both the best in the league, but the similarities end there. You look at what the Cubs are going to run out there — [Jon] Lester, [Kyle] Hendricks, [Jake] Arrieta and [John] Lackey. I was looking across the American League. Is there a team in the American League you don’t want to see?”
One of the question marks for the Red Sox is how will some of their players perform in the postseason given their history, like David Price who has never won a playoff game as a starter. Schilling said he never looked at the postseason as having extra pressure like some players do now.
“I don’t know what the pressure thing is,” he said. “What I remember about October was right after Sunday’s game, it’s like the All-Star break. The clock resets and it’s kind of like a gigantic kind of exhale moment where OK, now it gets fun. Now it gets exciting. I never looked at that as pressure. I mean, I’ll tell you this, the first two rounds of the postseason are like a million tons of pressure compared to the World Series. The World Series is always fun, I thought. The playoffs, until you get there, it’s pressure.”
|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.”
|Curt Schilling on D&C: ‘I would bet’ on Red Sox being in playoffs||08.24.16 at 12:12 pm ET|
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?”
|Curt Schilling on D&C: ‘I’m not sure how you offend someone with a bobblehead’||08.10.16 at 12:32 pm ET|
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.”
|Curt Schilling creates buzz with post suggesting he’ll run for state office, then president||08.09.16 at 11:57 am ET|
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.
|Curt Schilling on D&C: Key for Andrew Benintendi will be how he handles failure||08.03.16 at 12:05 pm ET|
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.”
|Curt Schilling on D&C: Chris Sale could cost Red Sox Yoan Moncada plus Andrew Benintendi||07.27.16 at 12:49 pm ET|
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.”
|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|
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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