|Curt Schilling on D&C: ‘I can’t imagine’ Red Sox will sign Jon Lester to long-term deal||11.14.13 at 11:46 am ET|
ESPN’s Curt Schilling joined Dennis & Callahan on Thursday morning to discuss the MLB offseason, the Red Sox’ World Series title and the results of the Manager of the Year vote.
The AL Manager of the Year was announced on Tuesday, as former Red Sox and current Indians manager Terry Francona narrowly edged Boston manager John Farrell, with just 16 points separating the two skippers.
“It was hard,” Schilling said. “I thought the American League one was incredibly challenging, because I thought you had a bunch of guys that had phenomenal seasons. … I thought either one of them could have won it. I think the job that they both did was amazing.”
The offseason is in full swing, as the annual GM meetings have kicked off in Orlando. The Sox already have been linked to multiple players, including Carlos Beltran, Brian McCann and Carlos Ruiz.
One storyline that has been discussed is what the Sox will do with pitcher Jon Lester once he enters free agency after the 2014 season. If Lester is able to post another great campaign in 2014, the southpaw could command a long-term deal worth over $100 million.
“I think if [Ben Cherington] is allowed to do the things that baseball ops people should be allowed to do and there’s no interference from people that shouldn’t be interfering, I think he’ll stick to [his previous offseason plans],” Schilling said. “You’re not going to see another eight-year, $240 million deal out of this organization, and rightfully so. … There’s literally almost maybe two or three guys in the history of the last 25 years that would have played to [$200 million-plus contracts]. He can’t do it.
“I can’t imagine they would [sign Lester to a six- or seven-year, $100 million-plus deal]. I don’t think you’ll see any team other than probably the Dodgers with [Clayton] Kershaw turn around and give their homegrown player six or seven or eight years, I don’t see it, not from this team anyway. You saw what happened when they tried to go down that path, and I think that is going to be fresh in their minds as long as these guys are still making decisions here.”
|Curt Schilling on D&C: Playing Jonny Gomes over Daniel Nava doesn’t make sense||10.30.13 at 11:15 am ET|
ESPN’s Curt Schilling joined Dennis & Callahan on Wednesday and voiced his opinion on some of Red Sox manager John Farrell’s decisions this World Series, and he tried to explain why St. Louis pitched to David Ortiz in Game 5.
Farrell announced on Tuesday that, with the return of Shane Victorino to right field, Jonny Gomes would receive the start in left field over Daniel Nava in Game 6 on Wednesday at Fenway Park. Schilling said, “No, not at all,” does starting Gomes over Nava make sense to him.
“I love Daniel Nava, I think the kid is just a complete player,” Schilling said. “I think that the Gomes thing is exactly what John said — I think it’s a hunch, and he’s continuing to play it.”
Schilling also questioned Farrell’s decision-making throughout the series.
“I thought John had made some questionable moves and changes, and I thought got outmanaged a couple of different times,” Schilling said. “They’re playing poorly, but they’re good enough to play around that. I guess they’re one of the few teams that can do that.”
If not for Ortiz, the Red Sox likely would find themselves in a significantly different situation. St. Louis continues to pitch to Ortiz despite the fact he possesses a .733/750/1.267 batting line, with four extra-base hits in five games.
“The problem is that he’s so locked in, it’s very Barry Bonds-like in the sense that when he was going well, he would literally get one pitch, not an at-bat, a game, and when he got it he would never miss it. David is getting a pitch an at bat and he’s not missing it,” Schilling said.
|Report: Curt Schilling suffered heart attack in November 2011||08.12.13 at 12:43 pm ET|
A bloody sock? That was a mere flesh wound compared to what happened to Curt Schilling in November 2011.
The former Red Sox postseason hero, who dramatically pitched a pair of games with a surgically repaired ankle en route to the Sox winning the 2004 World Series, told Stan Grossfeld of the Boston Globe that he suffered a heart attack — “a decent one,” he called it — while supporting his wife, Shonda, who was running in the New York Marathon.
Despite feeling chest discomfort, Schilling didn’t immediately seek medical help. He waited for his wife to finish the race, flew to Boston, then made his way over to an unnamed Boston hospital.
“I didn’t think it was anything serious,” Schilling said.
Doctors anticipated his arrival, but he hadn’t requested an ambulance.
“My doctors made it clear that I was very, very lucky,” Schilling told Grossfeld.
Schilling attributes the heart attack in part — but not entirely — to the stress put on him by 38 Studios, his video game company that failed about six months later.
|Curt Schilling on M&M: ‘I think his entire career [Alex Rodriguez] has used performance-enhancing drugs’||08.06.13 at 1:05 pm ET|
ESPN baseball analyst Curt Schilling joined Mut & Merloni on Tuesday to discuss the PED suspensions that were handed out Monday.
While 12 players accepted 50-game suspensions, Alex Rodriguez chose to appeal his 211-game ban and made his 2013 debut Monday night in Chicago, where the Yankees played the White Sox. Rodriguez met the media before the game but was evasive, refusing to answer direct questions about whether he again used PEDs.
“There’s two answers to, Did you cheat, did you take steroids, did you take HGH: No, or any other answer. And any other answer means yes,” Schilling said. “I know that there are a lot of legal issues, and hey, you don’t want to say this, and there could be some actual real-world legal implications, but no means no. And anything other than no means yes. That’s the world we live in.
“Twice yesterday they put him on the spot where he could have said, ‘I did not do this, these charges are false’ — which none of them have done. None of them have denied this.”
Added Schilling: “I’ve talked to some people that were intimately involved and are intimately involved in this process. As late as Saturday, his camp was trying to get a ban of a hundred games. The people on the baseball side were incredulous, like, ‘Wait, what? You’ve seen what we have. There’s no way you’re getting out of this. Just take the punishment, shut your mouth and maybe you’ll get to play a little bit after this is over.’ Now I can’t imagine that they’re not going to go for the whole ball of wax.”
Schilling has been involved in his share of controversy during and after his playing career, but he made it clear he never cheated the game like these players have.
“I’m not talking from a place of perfection. Certainly I’m not,” he said. “I’ve made a ton of mistakes in my life. But I didn’t cheat. But I didn’t cheat. I didn’t take steroids, I didn’t take HGH. And he did multiple [times].
“I still believe, if you look at the body of evidence around [Jose] Canseco and BALCO and all the things that have come out in the last 10 or 15 years, the connections to Miami and the University of Miami, I honestly think he’s Jose Canseco. I think his entire career he has used performance-enhancing drugs.”
|Curt Schilling on M&M: Jon Lester ‘frustrating,’ Alex Rodriguez likely done as a Yankee||07.15.13 at 2:24 pm ET|
Curt Schilling joined Mut & Merloni on Monday afternoon, and the ESPN baseball analyst was critical of significant pieces of the Red Sox rotation despite the team’s overall success leading up to the All-Star break.
Jon Lester’s ineffectiveness? Frustrating. Clay Buchholz’ DL stint? Frustrating. Felix Doubront’s breakout half-season? Impressive, but still frustrating because he can do more.
Schilling started with Lester, who outside of nine starts to open the season has pitched similar to how he did during his largely unimpressive 2012.
“The frustrating thing is I don’t see his ability to adjust,” Schilling said. “And if you’re going to be great in the big leagues, you have to make adjustments. Everybody goes through it. Everybody goes through what Jon Lester went through last year, but you don’t go through it multiple times because when you go through it the first time, you figure it out and you fix it.
“It’s frustrating because he’s a no-hit guy, he’s a Cy Young guy if he can be consistent. He has not proven over the course of a season to be able to be consistent, and I think it’s a physical thing. Mechanically he doesn’t have a feel for it or something.”
Schilling also pegged Lester’s apparent lack of focus as a reason he so often comes unraveled. Opposing teams regularly find success with two outs against Lester, who also has had issues with umpires — another part of the game Schilling felt strongly about.
“Gets off his game by doing stupid stuff,” Schilling said. “He should have that down already. He should know who he’s had run-ins with, who calls what, who does what. And he shouldn’t be caught off guard by the things that happen out there, and he’s continuously doing that, and that’s the frustrating part.”
|Curt Schilling on M&M: ‘As a player, this is our fault’ that players like David Ortiz face PED questions||05.10.13 at 12:26 pm ET|
ESPN analyst Curt Schilling joined Mut & Merloni on Friday to talk about Red Sox news, including the controversies surrounding David Ortiz and Clay Buchholz.
Ortiz was the subject of an article by Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy that raised the question of whether the slugger could have used performance-enhancing drugs to help him recover from his Achilles injury and get off to a scorching start this season. Schilling has had a longstanding feud with Shaughnessy, but even he acknowledged that the speculation was understandable.
“I love David. I love him to death. And I think a lot of what Dan has done in his life has been personally driven. But he didn’t ask a question that people aren’t asking themselves,” Schilling said. “And I keep going to back to, as a player, this is our fault. We did this. We let this happen. We had a chance to stop it and we didn’t. I think the way it was done was kind of cheesy. But there are people asking that very question.”
Added Schilling: “We had a chance among multiple collective bargaining agreements — and as a former player rep, I’m one of those guys — we could have stopped this, and we didn’t. And I think a lot of it was naiveté, I think there was some ignorance. But I think at the end of the day, it was out of sight, out of mind. And it’s coming back to haunt us. … I love David Ortiz to death. He’s one of my closest friends, he’s one of my favorite teammates. But again, I’m not sure Dan wasn’t asking the question that other people weren’t asking themselves.”
Shaughnessy asked Ortiz directly if he used PEDs in an uncomfortable exchange in the Red Sox locker room that left Ortiz angry.
“If you’re going to do that [story], I think that’s the only way you can do it and have an ounce of respect,” Schilling said.
However, the former Sox pitcher noted that Shaughnessy’s history of inserting himself into Red Sox controversies has made players question his motives.
“My dad always told me, listen, when there’s a problem, you look around and you figure out the source. When there’s a problem 10 times over and you look around and the only common thread in that problem is you, you need to figure out what the hell you’re doing wrong,” Schilling said. “Every time we talk about articles like this, it’s always about with Dan writing them. And that’s the thing that bothers me. I’m obviously exaggerating a little bit. But that’s why players are frustrated and tired of it. Because it’s as important for him to be a part of the story as it is to write the story. And players have a problem with that.”
|Curt Schilling on M&M: John Farrell the ‘best baseball man I’ve ever been around’||04.02.13 at 2:05 pm ET|
Former Red Sox pitcher and current ESPN baseball analyst Curt Schilling checked in with Mut & Merloni on Tuesday to discuss the Red Sox’ Opening Day victory, Jon Lester‘s performance and Jackie Bradley Jr.
After a historically bad season in 2012 for Lester (9-14, 4.82 ERA), he got off to a very good start with a win on Monday. He battled through five innings of work, allowing two runs on five hits while striking out seven.
“I don’t know that I would feel any better about anything from that game than I felt about [Lester],” Schilling said. “I thought he had exceptional command. This was everything you hoped to see from Jon Lester at some point during the season. I didn’t expect to see it yesterday.”
In his major league debut, Bradley drew three walks and scored two runs. In his first at-bat, he quickly fell behind CC Sabathia, but in an impressive display of patience, he battled back to draw a walk.
“Everybody that I’ve talked to in baseball that has seen [Bradley] since high school, the one word everybody uses is presence,” Schilling said. “He has an amazing and a ‘game takeover’ presence, and I saw it yesterday. From the first at-bat, going 0-2 to walking, he saw 26 pitches in five at-bats against a left-hander that’s won Cy Youngs.”
One player who did not appear in the Red Sox lineup was designated hitter David Ortiz, who is nursing an injured heel. This was the first Sox Opening Day lineup that Ortiz was not in since 2003.
“I think David is going to be longer than people think, a lot longer than people think,” Schilling said. “I think [Bradley] is going to get a real good chance to let everybody know if he’s ready or not, and that’s truly the test, isn’t it? It’s not a series, it’s not a week, it’s 162-game season.”
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