|Tom Werner on David Price hearing racist taunts at Fenway: ‘We have a zero-tolerance policy for that kind of behavior’||01.20.17 at 7:29 pm ET|
MASHANTUCKET, Conn. — Whatever David Price heard in Fenway Park last season, owners John Henry and Tom Werner insist they’ll do everything in their power to ensure it doesn’t happen again.
Price told the Boston Globe last week that he heard racist taunts at Fenway last year, though he didn’t make it sound like a common occurrence. Speaking at Foxwoods before the team kicked off its Winter Weekend on Friday night, the owners expressed their dismay.
“I heard about this,” Werner said. “We haven’t talked to David, but we have a zero-tolerance policy for that kind of behavior. If we hear that somebody is taunting somebody, then he’ll be ejected from Fenway Park. As somebody who feels very strongly about this, there’s no grey area here. If this was happening with David, and I know he modified his remarks afterward and said this was something that happened to him as well previously, but there’s no behavior like that that will be tolerated.”
The owners also touched on a couple of other topics.
— On the belief that trading prospects has created a three-year window:
“I don’t think that has changed a lot since we first arrived,” Henry said. “This should be a very strong team for the next three years. There’s no way we could’ve signed every young player we have. We have so many. I think we’re good for the next three years. Beyond that, we have a terrific general manager and terrific resources, thanks to our fans. You have to feel good about this club.”
— On bringing David Ortiz out of retirement, which isn’t happening:
“He has not indicated that that’s of interest to him,” Werner said. “He knows that we’d love to figure out some way for him to be an important part of the organization going forward. We’re going to be seeing him next week [in the Dominican Republic] and beyond that, I think he’s having a good time in his offseason. I think he’s learning how to play tennis.”
— On signing Mookie Betts and/or Xander Bogaerts to contract extensions:
“It is important, but it takes two,” Henry said. “We’ll do everything we can.”
|David Price tells Globe he heard racial taunts in Fenway Park||01.13.17 at 8:12 pm ET|
Before David Price ever joined the Red Sox, he intimated that their fans could be particularly nasty towards him on social media.
It appears that behavior extended to Fenway Park.
In a lengthy interview with the Boston Globe from his native Nashville, Price said that bullpen catcher Mike Brenly and security had to stand up for him as he took abuse while warming up during a disappointing debut season.
The taunts occasionally turned racial in nature, the paper reported.
“I got it all,” Price told the paper. “It’s all right. I don’t care about that. My mom is white and my dad is black. I’ve heard that since I’ve been in school. There’s nothing you can say to me that I haven’t heard before. Your ignorance is not going to affect what I’m trying to do. But I feel sad it’s still out there.”
|Red Sox manager John Farrell not ready to name Opening Day starter||12.06.16 at 6:32 pm ET|
On a team with two former Cy Young award winners — including the reigning champ — what happens when you add a pitcher everyone assumes will claim the award himself one day?
If you’re Red Sox manager John Farrell, the first question you’re asked is who starts on Opening Day?
Conducting his annual press conference at the Winter Meetings in Maryland on Monday, Farrell told reporters he doesn’t know which if his aces will take the hill when the Red Sox open the season in April against the Pirates.
It could be defending Cy Young winner Rick Porcello. It could be $217 million former winner David Price. Or it could be potential future winner Chris Sale, acquired from the White Sox in a blockbuster earlier in the day.
“Oh, geez. Are you sitting in for Jonny Miller or what?” Farrell joked of the long-time WBZ reporter who likes to ask tough questions. “We’ll have plenty of time to figure that out. But the way that Rick emerged last year — first of all, just you think about Chris Sale as an addition, you think about the returning guys, another year in the progression of Eddie Rodriguez, I think as he continues to understand who he is as a pitcher and what makes him the most effective, David Price obviously, Steven Wright, get him back on track. And that’s not to leave out Drew Pomeranz or Clay Buchholz.
“There’s a surplus right now, but when you think about the high end of it, this is an exciting group.”
Where Sale slots into the rotation will be fascinating to watch. He’s probably the most talented of the three, though Farrell will have plenty of time to sort out the answer to that question.
|Red Sox president Sam Kennedy on OM&F: John Farrell ‘the right guy to continue to lead this franchise’||10.12.16 at 11:55 am ET|
Red Sox president Sam Kennedy checked in with Ordway, Merloni & Fauria on Wednesday morning, following Tuesday’s press conference in which the team announced John Farrell will return as manager. To hear the interview, go to the OM&F audio on demand page.
Kennedy supported Tuesday’s decision on Farrell, saying, “I think he’s the right guy to continue to lead this franchise.”
However, Kennedy was unclear where the team stands on Farrell’s 2018 option. President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said Tuesday that it would be ownership’s call.
“Dave will make a recommendation to ownership, and I have a seat at that table. We’ll talk about that in the coming days, to be sure,” Kennedy explained. “He knew he was going to get that question [about Farrell’s future] yesterday, again, right after a tough loss, and just wanted to address what we all knew, which was John will be back next year. [Dombrowski] will sit down and talk with us, specifically John Henry and Tom Werner, about a lot of these operations issues that we’re facing now in the immediate aftermath of going out in the postseason, including John Farrell’s option. So that will be discussed. But there’s a lot of other decisions that have to be made as well. Some will be recommendations from Dave, and some will just be firm decisions that he’s empowered to make on his own.”
Looking at the team’s disappointing performance in the ALDS, Kennedy said he can’t pinpoint a clear reason for the sweep at the hands of the Indians.
“What makes this the best baseball market on the planet is that we’d all love to try and point to one or two specific things,” Kennedy said. “I know my dad, for example, has his theories. He didn’t like the night in New York, after clinching the division and losing that awful game against the Yankees. Others may be quick to point to celebrations for David Ortiz.
“Look, if I knew what caused such a struggle with the bat in the postseason and not pitch our best, I’d probably be doing something else for a living, because I can’t point to a specific incident other than we just fell short of expectations. It was incredibly frustrating to watch those three games, because we felt we were positioned for a deep postseason run. At the end of the day, we didn’t get it done. I tip my cap to Terry Francona and [team president] Chris Antonetti and everyone at the Cleveland Indians. They beat us, and we have to tip our cap to them, as painful as it is to do that.”
|Curt Schilling on K&C: Most MLB GMs agree that ‘in-game managing is not the priority’||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.”
|Red Sox notes: David Price could pitch out of bullpen, more details on team meeting||10.08.16 at 6:21 pm ET|
The Red Sox can’t hold anything back now.
The team enters Sunday trailing the Indians 0-2 in the best-of-five series and are one loss away from their season being over.
Clay Buchholz will start Game 3, but if there is a Game 4 on Monday, Eduardo Rodriguez could be replaced in the rotation by Game 1 starter Rick Porcello on three days rest.
“We’ll take it game-to-game,” manager John Farrell said. “We’ve obviously used [Drew] Pomeranz out of the bullpen. I wouldn’t limit not using David Price out of the bullpen. That’s certainly a possibility.
“So again, you go back to all hands on deck. You figure it out as you go. But there’s certainly a starting plan tomorrow, and that’s with Clay.”
Porcello threw 72 pitches Thursday, so that would help his cause with coming back on three days rest. If there was an opportunity for Price to come out of the bullpen, it helps that he only threw 65 pitches on Friday.
When deciding on a potential Game 4 starter, it’s worth noting the splits of both Porcello and Rodriguez. Porcello is 13-1 with a 2.97 ERA at Fenway Park this year, while Rodriguez was 0-4 in nine starts with a 6.02 ERA. If there were to be a Game 5 in that scenario, it would seem likely Price would get the nod on normal rest, assuming he doesn’t come out of the bullpen in any of the games at Fenway.
Even though the Red Sox are struggling offensively in the series so far — 13-for-65 (.200) with 22 strikeouts — Farrell doesn’t expect any big changes. It’s also worth noting Game 2 marked only the eighth time in 164 games they didn’t get an extra-base hit.
“Haven’t looked at there being any wholesale changes, no,” Farrell said
OTHER RED SOX NOTES
— In the clubhouse, a few members of the team added more detail of the team meeting the team had prior to their workout on the field. The biggest message seemed to be to forget what happened in Cleveland.
“Just that we have to put everything past us and try to start new tomorrow, and win one game,” Mookie Betts said. “We can’t look too far ahead of ourselves.”
“It was everybody,” Betts added. “We all had a message, we all listened to the message and I think we’ll put everything into play tomorrow.”
— Three of the Red Sox’ youngest players have struggled so far in the series, as Betts, Xander Bogaerts and Jackie Bradley Jr. are a combined 2-for-20 with 10 strikeouts.
“It could be nerves,” Betts said. “It’s a lot of guys’ first times in the playoffs, but now we’re two games in. We kind of have settled in. I think we know what we need to do.”
— The Red Sox are hoping returning home will help give them a jump start that they desperately need.
The team is 26-13 in postseason games at Fenway since 1999 and 10-3 in ALDS play. During the regular season, the Red Sox led the AL in runs scored per game at home with 5.89 and also in batting average, hitting .300 at Fenway.
“It’s just good to be back in Boston,” Holt said. “We love playing here. Cleveland showed us what home field advantage can do, so we’re hoping to have that here. It was a good meeting. Just talked about the last couple of days and putting them behind us.”
|David Price’s miserable postseason resume just got worse, if that’s possible||10.07.16 at 9:47 pm ET|
CLEVELAND — David Price’s shot at postseason redemption must wait — maybe until next October.
The Red Sox left-hander, mystifyingly winless in eight postseason starts entering Game 2 of the American League Division Series on Friday, delivered perhaps the worst playoff outing in a career full of them.
Price last just 3 1/3 innings, allowing six hits and five runs, giving the Red Sox no chance against fellow Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber, who shut them out for seven innings in Cleveland’s 6-0 victory that pushed the Red Sox to the brink of elimination.
“It’s coming,” Price said. “I know my number’s going to get called again to pitch a game in 2016, and I’ll be ready. I want it, for sure, and I know these guys will give it to me.”
If only there were a reason to feel confident. Say what you want about Price’s miserable record as a postseason starter entering the game (0-7, 5.27), but he had given his teams at least six innings in each of his eight previous playoff starts.
In not escaping the fourth against the Indians, however, Price saw his postseason ERA as a starter climb to 5.74.
“Just, made some pitches, didn’t have good things happen,” Price said. “That’s part of it. Those guys are playing well right now. Our confidence isn’t altered. This is a very confident group, even though we’re down 0-2 right now. This team has been there before. We’re all right.”
But is Price? He was asked about the mounting frustration of constantly answering questions about his postseason failures.
“I have two wins in the postseason, just not as a starter,” Price said. “But I know good things are coming to me in October baseball. I know that. I didn’t have good things happen today. The Indians are playing well. Kluber threw the ball extremely well today. They had good things happen. That’s part of it.”
Price gave up three relatively soft hits in the second to give the Indians a 1-0 lead before Lonnie Chisenhall, who hadn’t homered against a left-handed pitcher all year, pulverized one off the plexiglass in right field for a three-run homer that blew the game open and deflated the Red Sox.
“Two of the best pitches I felt like I threw in the second inning, one was an infield single and one was a three-run home run,” Price said. “That’s part of it. It stinks to say it. It stinks to have it happen. But I feel good. I know this team is still confident. I’m still confident in these guys. I know that everybody in this clubhouse is still confident. We’re going home, where we play well. Get that first one.”
As things stand now, Price is slated to start Game 5. But on Friday, he helped reduce the odds of the Red Sox even lasting that long.
“Yeah, that stunk, for sure,” Price said. “I’ll be ready. When my number is called again, I’ll be ready to go out there and get outs.”
|Sunday’s Red Sox-Blue Jays matchups: David Price vs. Aaron Sanchez||10.02.16 at 8:06 am ET|
In Sunday afternoon’s regular-season finale at Fenway Park, Red Sox left-hander David Price will prepare for the postseason when he gets the start against Blue Jays right-hander Aaron Sanchez.
Price is 17-9 with a 4.04 ERA and 1.200 WHIP. He leads the league with 34 starts and 225 innings pitched. In his last start on Tuesday, Price saw his nine-start unbeaten streak come to an end in a 6-4 loss to the Yankees that delayed the Red Sox’ AL East title. Price went 6 1/3 innings, allowing six runs on 12 hits (including three home runs) and a walk with two strikeouts.
“I’ve been throwing the baseball well the past couple of starts and to have a chance to clinch the division for us here, that’s not acceptable,” Price said (via MLB.com). “If our offense scores me four runs, I feel like I like I should go out there and be able to win. That hasn’t been the case a lot of the times this year, and that wasn’t the case tonight.”
Price has faced Toronto thrice this season — the last time on June 3 — going 1-1 with a 2.66 ERA and 1.180 WHIP. In 24 career appearances vs, the Jays, Price is 17-3 with a 2.44 ERA and 1.078 WHIP.
|Tuesday’s Red Sox-Yankees matchups: David Price vs. Luis Cessa||09.27.16 at 8:24 am ET|
With their magic number to clinch the AL East at one, the Red Sox head to Yankee Stadium to open a three-game series. David Price will take the ball for Boston, while the Yankees will counter with rookie Luis Cessa.
Price is 17-8 with a 3.91 ERA and a 1.175 WHIP in 33 starts. In his last start on Thursday, the southpaw threw seven innings, allowing three runs, six hits and two walks with five strikeouts in a 5-3 win over the Orioles.
“This is the time of year you want your team to get on a roll in the way we have,” Price said (via MLB.com). “That’s what we’ve done and just continued to bring the same attitude to the field every day.”
Price is 14-9 with a 4.44 ERA and a 1.344 WHIP in 35 career games (34 starts) against the Yankees. In four starts this year against New York he is 1-2 with a 7.71 ERA and a 1.714 WHIP. Price last saw the Yankees on Sept. 17. He went six innings, allowing five runs, nine hits and no walks with seven strikeouts in a 6-5 Sox win.
|Stunned Red Sox players react to death of Jose Fernandez||09.25.16 at 12:39 pm ET|
The shocking death of Marlins ace Jose Fernandez in a boating accident on Sunday morning swept across baseball, with Red Sox players among the hundreds of players, coaches, and media offering their condolences.
Here’s a sampling of Red Sox reaction, gathered from social media.
I dont have the words to describe the pain feel for the loss of my friend Jose. Goodbye, my friend. pic.twitter.com/xvaa5z62RW
— David Ortiz (@davidortiz) September 25, 2016
Can't be true. CANNOT be true!
— Hanley Ramirez (@HanleyRamirez) September 25, 2016
My heart is with Jose's and the other victims' families, and my cherished Marlins family. My deepest condolences. This is heartbreaking
— Hanley Ramirez (@HanleyRamirez) September 25, 2016
wow very sad new this morning…hands down one of my favorite guys to watch pitch! He brought nothing but intensity and passion #ripjose
— David Price (@DAVIDprice24) September 25, 2016
Please pray for Fernandez's family today..absolutely sickening news. Worst news to wake up to
— Travis Shaw (@travis_shaw21) September 25, 2016
My gosh. Just sick in my stomach hearing about Jose Fernandez. Praying for his family, friends, and teammates…
— Brad Ziegler (@BradZiegler) September 25, 2016
Woke up to terrible news! Our baseball community has been hit hard from the loss of Jose. May God bless his family 🙏🏾#LongLiveJose
— Mookie Betts (@mookiebetts) September 25, 2016
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