Sep 27, 2012|
Red Sox GM Ben Cherington joined Dino & Gerry to discuss the end of the regular season and his philosophy going into the offseason to rebuild the Sox. He touches on when management expects to make a decision on Bobby V’s future, what strengths the team will have going into 2013, what Jason Varitek’s future is with the Sox, and give his evaluation of the Sox prospects who might be up with the big club next year.
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Welcome back Dennis and Callahan joining us on the AT&T -- AT&T forgy LT you the general manager of the Boston Red Sox venture into good morning -- empower you. Here -- there are OK idea I asked Jeremy this question yesterday as it is it tougher playing out the string as a player on the field -- broadcaster up in the broadcast Booth and he said it's tougher up in the broadcast Booth because when Europe player. At least trying to attain some goals may be reached the numbers play hard to the -- again. How tough is it to watch this thing play out in these meaningless game so bad for -- he left the broadcasting and salad the owners last night left -- all by himself yeah how how how is it a final month of September like this September for -- -- Well I think -- say you are sitting -- a little harder. To be in uniform because. You know the loss to Oregon or we can. There are other things or are wondering uniform player coach. Utley go to every day is get credit for their own error or or or so you know marches. Would like him in the earlier so. There's things that you know we can do and our. The start looking forward and is at least. Some candles or -- instance. Would you -- You know it started we'll start. It and say offseason and look for opportunities and you know we have. It was pretty effective as a as -- -- than what it's like to do it and work and unfortunately could get to the -- and has done. We got an earlier start. I think and so. Researcher who. And their backgrounds are different their arms or the cup series I would normally would normally. Our focus -- -- where I was dancing and get ready for a playoff and that would happen. Where -- you know we haven't been in the playoffs. The last. Couple years we. You know are a lot closer so herself Arrington and you that I was prepared. This year you know are out there there are so well -- should shift the focus. Both of us sort of gotten as far as just the -- isn't concerned look and what else is. Give us sell one or two things you've seen on the big club in the big games here band that are encouraging to you it's. There there's not many would you agree. Well you know I think it's. You you have to find them -- short -- there is we're we're trying to move forward and we know that what we are right now is you know minority. You know a lot of the players there -- -- but -- record corner and it. You know there are some things -- circular thing about players no matter what the situation. He going up against do you have some sort of -- foreign. There are trying to -- this year got in there are aware. Haven't earned their best as. Let -- be the biggest thing you'd think 2000. Got ample where -- there for awhile without certainly. Like it has also -- here. Mark or have you looked a lot better. A lately. Looked closer to what we saw last year. We can get treated. Prettiest performance our group the last -- And were certainly sail it back -- the maximum. You get on track so that's I think that's an area that. Should be in there is -- -- -- here. -- with some good things in there and then. They're continuously get in from off Colts. And Lester is. Again you know quote. Getting closer with similar and you know it's part of the season certainly didn't go well forum and but it's just sense there's. You know they're pretty competitive sister lots. -- -- -- so. You're you're you're pitcher Ben your pitcher you know you're. Mean you know more about pitching and we do. You explained there was dumbed down for us I'll bet I'll Jon Lester can be so bad at home and and so bad I guess overall he's nine and fourteen is the other is almost five. What exactly happened to journalist. Well they part of that it canisters. You when you're when your -- it is you are served as long season you know Warriors do whatever a lot of it is sort of -- -- -- -- Our best sister orally and there's a certain. You know it worked really hard for our permanent. There's there can be a cumulative effect. And and -- so bad luck here and you know I would admit himself that he's got into some. Harrison's delivery. That he. Or do addressed it's either. And it just hasn't come together forum. Completely aware way you want it although he has suggested he looks. If you look he's looked a lot better last couple months overall. -- -- -- -- They beat it is that he's healthy he's certain tees. You know he's he you brought up in Lawrence. Current group next here that is normally at least an owner William Oden -- that -- -- They've been I want attempt to get should answer Bobby Valentine will be back because I know you won't mention that -- just in general terms hobbled out of valuation process take place how does that dynamic work within the walls of Fenway Park when the season's over. I think our power Larry held it together. Since the season though work. And talk about a number of several. It's. Offseason. Plans that are I don't know -- this. And you know. We've had I've had a chance to talk -- that link with -- -- the last couple weeks about. Where we are -- after about how he got here -- You know what why. Why some some some mistakes were made them -- and how we can. I'll wait until about they're -- ago avoiding those mistakes and making good decisions both in order series. It's as able as it has sent to watch the chances -- good opportunity for us to really have. Certain -- critical review of myself first and -- you know the operation in and really be able with Arab deflated him. And then and then focus so we need to do to get it back where we where we are Buehrle believable Syrian. I think it's been it's been good forests because. Most that's mostly focused on. Or we ever Arafat but can do. And move forward and especially in the -- it restricted it the opportunity and I. So -- the season's over we'll. Get together and talk more specifically about that. And usually an idea about some assassin and as eternal immunity there. Ben can you break a little news about the future Jason Varitek with the organization. Yeah you know work we're hopeful that you don't order he's. I think more -- -- same -- That I go out there from. Is to have. As someone -- solely on -- who's in there whose -- about certain part of those are good arms and there's no more respected in our club house there was still -- -- and not to talk them periodically over the courses he's. Chances are a little. Remembering -- segmented out there together to talk about. A lot different thing anyways yeah involve them and so I think were close -- to do about it. Michael -- that you can -- into his seat. -- -- -- And we and we can expose them a lot of Wednesday and see -- and see what -- What do you enjoy it the most worried. We'll go from there he's. You know although he's. Carter -- -- baseball. So where is his future in the dugout are in the front office then. Larry I think it started to -- in the dugout will be off the field. You know and there. Allow him sit there and do it again is. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Via. To be some -- I could call it you know self self self taught there's there's a real asset and some -- Who understands the middle -- -- and how it operates. The -- so I'll I'll let you off from. You know all players do that with -- so humble and hopeful will do. Disease a manager some day I -- think in that someday. JC Romero and -- -- I think secondary and I think secondary nor do and he saw I think it's. I think our our hope is that we can. Health and learn more about the difference. There is a very good operation office duties cease. Well that's another faculty to about also our clubhouse but. Are open that. We didn't know explosiveness some things off the field and let you know those various. You make him a different perspective it I think you know. Everything you know pocket -- about the world does. Or the best years you know he's he's also over here -- professors -- Over the years -- -- -- labor laws are sealed and it was different perspectives so. Hopefully. We didn't protect. David Ortiz a free agent at season's end he said yesterday and I quote like I always say I'm planning on finishing my career here in Boston. You think you will bad. Yet -- -- hopeful that we're. You know cisneros would say that it is regardless. You didn't even before the season's over the -- right after. Start talking about how to do that. You know it has created so when your contract negotiations there's all those. It is a negotiation initiation heroes. Our armed. Way to make that work in. What are last year. All I don't know what to say hello Lester in the rule was changed such. Oracle forward and also be back and -- if you are -- -- off the field and I think yeah. Unfortunately we haven't -- sit there and you know on the field the last couple months I think in some ways. That hurt us in other words -- -- it would not -- it's harder to us. Part of -- have the voice. That you're doing our players. And and he's he's earlier force well here. -- as the success of Trout and hopper -- number shot though and change your perspective at all do you more likely now to give. Guys like ball -- in Jackie Bradley -- shot before may be. And they do the organization would have in the past. Any chance we see these two Stockton. In April. You know I I really think it's all. It's all served as an -- where you're seniors. And where the fire there's in the street is that as. I think I was in Trout Trout are persistently that was -- Elkhart guarded him more and apparently they got called up -- New -- they were. During the summer league level and -- -- -- and tomorrow we'll look at -- at a high level entirely where he was hurt pretty clearly the big lead and they were. And there are are ordinary organization is tour who -- competing and you know. In and winning games and there is an American need there so it made sense and Baltimore's case. Which -- is. I'm guessing that this season he's there or not planning on him I'll let you know -- they get some breaks are quite well there -- and -- what they -- at third base and so it doesn't sometimes you change plans. -- -- in -- I think that's. Largely all happen here or focus -- -- what that's her. Those are our players development. And we'll see -- coach we'll see. We'll see what other music he. Or determine any change and change that. About it Iglesias any chance he starts on opening day. Well he's he's going to be. Yeah he's getting is you get more -- are now has. Never before and it's it's the best that's for Aramis I would say receiver the center you can be and as we look forward we. We believe we have. You know. A lot of different shortstop options including an illness and religious and others. Coming. And -- -- position -- or we'll get an extra training center in England who also say that inherited simply shortstop and you know he's he's. He didn't see that now turner and further back in the next here. Event final question for me in Major League Baseball found itself in the National Football League shoes and Bud Selig hired replacement umpires would it be the unmitigated disaster in baseball the football is just trying to recover from today. It's -- -- I think our local strikes it's got to be. Or the most difficult. Things you do for social or any sport in America I'm I'm -- officiating -- -- -- so fast that. Think calling balls and strikes and got it out -- most difficult thing to do what you don't have any you know have any you know certain technological backup. Knows our view on balls or strikes I think generally the umpires do. Pretty darn good job you know and this over the forces see -- and follow. Their citizen I think there. And I about an hour and -- You talk about inches -- -- -- and -- -- along right such. That's a hard thing to do our thing out I think yeah I think it's I think if arguably had -- that umpires and you'd probably see. A lot more back all the normal way. -- -- -- -- -- -- That's not necessary not just on questions on the second hey yeah Bill James we've heard a very reports about his involvement. But the club in the future and telling you what to do now that the deal what will be -- we'll move forward to believe here -- is going to be actively involved. Well my favorite people. And he insists there's a lot of years the doctor's -- and he's. You what what people don't know about so there -- maybe something to do a lot -- knows he's really funny he's world's finest people is an incredibly sir I would it's that wherever. Yeah that defensive Joseph Paterno cracked me up and that was hilarious yeah. So. That doesn't mean I grew up. It is funny guys and some sort of a baseball players. It's -- about -- it is just the other stricter I would about Murton down. He's never gone anywhere and setting an organization for our they're allowed series. You know I think it can't part of our rule adopted the last few weeks which are there are utterly. Utterly utilize -- strengths about. Fairly heavily that are sold -- to make the best decisions. -- certainly more or part of a big part of my -- now says. Or make sure that we're not. Getting too insular. When you have success over a long period of time. Users tend to. You evil and -- that away. And the solicitor assailant the other. You talk about the same thing at all O'Connell or make sure that. We're getting an appropriate for a fresh take on things and and built. Despite the fact is an organization. By virtue of the ladies thanks. And by virtue of the fact is that Kansas about awesome I'm envious fresh -- in there maybe. -- the other -- you out but. It's certificate. Is the concern. Checks and balances. What we're doing in Boston today. Our pen thanks for the conversation I know it's going to be busy offseason for you if we don't see before then we'll see you down in Fort Myers in February -- next Thursday can you check in next they just think case does a managerial change or anything like that happen in next Thursday. The other Arturo and -- that. He's him and just. -- philosophically do you believe when you make a managerial change should do it like ten minutes after the last game and does it take some time. Does it happen immediately if you change -- manager at the end of the season. Up and Alter get -- aneurysm. -- but. I think I think it's we will we will know we need to do is -- the -- running. This offseason and you know what one one of the same -- that. As I look back to last off season as you know didn't go purposely it was simply be. I was simply the amount of time -- -- are. On the manager search and what that. It's. The rest their offseason and -- -- I'll I would like to settle last time on the sauces and that's for sure. Our thanks to the conversational talk did on the road. -- to general manager Boston Red Sox joining us on the AT&T -- AT&T forgy LTV.