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John Farrell answers questions from Red Sox fans

Jan 31, 2013|

John Farrell was the guest this week on the Hot Stove show and the guys opened up the phone lines and let some callers ask questions of the Red Sox manager in addition to asking some of their own.

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Not -- putts notional WBI Kirk and hand out spear rob Bradford and tonight a couple of minutes Red Sox manager John Harwood join us and you have the opportunity to call when. Ask questions of the manager phone number for that is 6177797937617779. 79370. Of questions for John -- you want illustrating got. But its upcoming Red Sox season his thoughts on the team. And is no I think shortage of questions ask your tonight guys he's a lot going on. A little inside radio 4 o'clock we had no idea or do. But thankfully we get that big Lyle Overbay debate between you two. And now we get John -- answered calls as well so. All the stars are aligning but -- -- There are a lot of course and. And John it would join -- -- a couple of minutes I guess before we we get to him. I guess it's done in Lyle Overbay is sort of the last piece you would imagine of the 2013 Red Sox problem of the economic team or not but sort of a back up. Insurance for Napoli went over. Certainly he's a guy who profiles as someone who's demonstrated an ability to be in in spurts and everyday first baseman even last year. You and I have discussed this in previous the -- is -- -- but here's -- I would -- numbers. Yes but you -- mere bystander -- You know to go to essentially -- and I guess I apologize I might have thrown out the fact to -- hit two cold front -- adjustment path. Yeah I -- he's averaged sixteen home runs per 162 games in his career and yet last year on on July 27 when he got injured. He was side he had mica a 360 OBP right on the admitted hundreds of PS for the after the Diamondbacks out. You know it's a nice minor -- signing for the Red Sox accused them. Perhaps a little bit of protection if he looks like he's still swing the bat pretty well in right his contract is. Opt out if he does not meet -- Right yes -- -- -- that he had -- and I think that. It's one of these things where the only thing that. That probably the they would like to have in this equation is a little more flexibility in terms of position. Because -- you heard about you wanted to first baseman who going to be able play I'll feel a little bit and we talked about maybe you know back a third baseman as well. So. But Alex is right and you eSATA -- debt to a minor league deal. It's it's is his high risk I mean high reward Lawrence 617779790. Threesome of questions for the Red Sox manager. John Ferrell who joins us now in the AT&T hotline John it's Kirk Robin outside -- tonight. It and you are probably and they are excited he'd Red Sox manager saw the town hall on this in the other night last imagine even more excited to -- these first three time guest. On the hot -- shall congratulations. Thanks you know rob mentioned that protectionist earlier and and -- -- explained -- a double Triple -- Well well it a lot of people don't know of the Thanksgiving show actually counted tonight when we were gonna count that as well. So it was a blast that news did you -- -- subsequently giant raised prejudicial -- and questions from our -- Spencer. On its goals are pursue Connecticut has questioned the manager Bruce how are you right. Hey -- well great to real talk yet. I don't know I got a great amount of respect Korea I love what he did it as a pitching coach we hear what threats such. I think I'd -- I detect that you're disciplinary. And you you rate that could just a couple of hired pressed. I expect and probably about the same lie to the -- to access here. I have to question -- -- -- while you're here come about why did Tim Wakefield western said he. Predicted by jet lag to beat comeback player of the year this year. You what do you proceed that I was Lackey got the law. The second question there is a -- wouldn't signing an outlet such -- here we read such Asian going to be most pleasantly surprised when I. -- -- -- -- Bruce -- full slate of the first law you know go back to comment on -- the pension settlement aren't assessed. I would say that there was there was solid. Solid structure. I think guidance at this level still like direction and hopefully we provided that Foreman. But certainly and there's not to be the same over the course of a 25 man roster for sir appreciate the comments but. I equate your right John Lackey -- -- but and it goes down doubts he looks great. I think when people see him on the field for the first aren't going to be surprised at how appreciative audience -- The -- dropped about 1215 pounds and had a chance to watch him throw his arm that looks lose. He's upbeat looking forward. -- Tommy John and some experience behind him and that are positive and I I would. Agree -- blackjack as you can look like I think he has a chance have a big impact on our club as anybody on our roster. And unashamed as it was sugar she and Mike Napoli. And I know a lot of been discussed about what he's gone -- -- and swing the bat you know he doesn't feel legal action the condition he's feeling what shall I think we're gonna see -- very productive right back in light -- John well I know that as you reference of we Wentz are quite a few of these players that anyone who really jumped out in terms of I know you mentioned wacky but their performance and what they showed either way they talk the way they acted as anybody that really jumped out. About surprising you of those visits. I have to go back -- -- You know. Just you know physically and mentally. There -- differences and certainly got a couple of points one is the first year came here. And then seeing in him following your cost of field. But -- she would done. Like so reshape the body so the -- he's talked with eagerness to get back and amount and and I and I really think that people sit at a different side John Lackey here. Then then what has been seen and I'm not making excuses for anything that's happened in the past but. The best thing that John can do what pitchers is capable and now that you know he's healthy -- -- -- -- in the elbow fixed. He's got a chance to do just that but. I think we have yet to see the John Lackey that would start here. -- from opens up next is a question for John I recognize. Good what's up. John it's great yeah. Talked it out now so excited doubt that we as a manager. I'm sugar per -- -- an opportunity. That they'll question I had and I know the manager you're not gonna relevant to guys' shoulders but -- -- -- see -- get out. Boy look out so what Lester Buchholz still let me comedic going to be the biggest key and if they have a good yeah they're gonna keep you if they are meant. It's going to be tough to stay in that -- the will do agree with that what you have a vote on two guys know what you think it's just more the whole rotation. All I think I think well I would just -- a bunch of guys but I would say that center. Formats to be consistent with what they've shown multiple years previous would certainly go a long way for us. Two to compete and and went division title I'll tell -- that I think this division is a lot of parity to. I was so it's gonna take us stay healthy. You know we we -- those guys and you know everyone. I think completely starting pitcher because the focal point and deservedly so. They're they're they're paid according. They've -- how -- you go to go out and perform and compete and contribute. The same way. The first stay healthy I think we're gonna score runs for sure I think -- look very good offensive team. Our rotation as other public figures or two ago. John it's italics here I was just curious about jumping in on not on the kind of Tora pitchers that you've had in this offseason what did you see when you went is to visit with Daniel -- how how's he throwing to -- look. Close to what you saw in 2011 or is he still somewhere between baton -- -- -- twelve him or is it absurd to make those those judgments at this juncture. Yeah you know -- -- in that -- in January and Stewart make that you know all. I -- the things that you look for. Are are just where other arm or -- where -- -- are protected their posters were hurt you know are very a lot and try to manipulate the face all sort of saying get. We were trying to cut it I -- onslaught dropped a little bit more troops recorders are -- record or slot and such -- make this stuff -- not strikes at the same -- down until the all expecting a right hander and and a stark gets right handers as a result it it was command of the search. But to see him up and normal onslaught that usual previous. Arteries to his credit. You know is that here in -- of the way in the last year. I don't want to say just -- You know reached pushing the reset -- is short Ortiz made adjustments. I was -- good frame of mind and most importantly from -- support you know these factors stand by the baseball and commanding a at least -- nearly don't. Tommy from Dorchester is a question for John Farrell. I and John -- the ballot the president speak which you and I congratulate them on the united editor and I think he gonna do a great job for their ballclub. My question is. Compared to last year and added that this came -- -- Well I think -- I think in the time that a team goes through fifty plus players in the junior that match. That's obviously signs -- some issues -- flyers and performed or social. I think the revamping eruption that -- has done has been outstanding. He's brought in some college guys are gonna get lost ballots in the Carolina. There there's ballots in terms of speed power left center right hander. It -- and I I don't feel this team that's deeper than the people get caught for at least on paper. And again as a -- tour earlier caller. Our pitching in the consistency to which we -- will be cute. 61777979370. The question for Red Sox manager John Ferrell joins us on the hot stove show. -- from Quincy is a question also actually about Daniel Bard. -- -- -- I -- underwent. The Donald good seat backs and out of course and out last year. They've been -- -- -- I believe it messed up Daniel that stardom. What do you think about this year you gonna be. I had an election that sold -- or are started. No we're we're we're Europe. -- noble prince Eric Eric thinkers you know we talked internally. Truck offseason and you start to get. You know individual plans in place an expert speaking directly with -- -- -- you doses at the -- the outset. Bring them along like the first year that he came to us and typically each week we brought them into some low -- situation gained some confidence. Eric and at least and actually envision a similar path. And as we get him on track and is able. You know to realize the same or similar results additional perhaps and certainly that's important certain. Higher leverage innings -- common part but I think given what you -- -- pressure want to get them back in the ball on and then suited to build a conference. You know the Secret Service still healthy still out of personal reason it doesn't give factor for the performs before. John I don't know if you can infirmary and talk about this but we found -- that. The team is agreed to terms with -- Lyle Overbay. And I guess in a general question. Would you oversee a scenario where you would have a defense of minded first baseman -- overbay. Still illnesses as a defense replacement. Four for Napoli because that they haven't done that around here I think it's been since McKee which year back in 2004 but could you ever foresee that happening. It it should depend on whether our overall roster. There what can we have to keep my blues. Davis coming off an -- As does Mike Napoli -- art project you're right from the start she's well we've we've got to be. You know we've got to protect ourselves in the offense that you know there Cutler get back into everyday play well maybe they offer. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Regards -- -- -- not not what people what I've put the -- got to can locate through that area that I mean that's searchable scenario that was discussed them. Played so the other day I think we'll probably see some edit step. That first -- position. But he's in New Hampshire he has a question. The Red Sox manager John Farrell asked about. Why -- -- different Boston and Toronto. I am loyal. Underlie our -- good -- Matt Amendola Greg. Bringing open bought their almost like I've got that would have been Derek -- Well publisher -- Was going to be different here and there wouldn't throw the last two years. Different terms or. -- we lost -- a that you may be saying different in terms of maybe went ballistic win more games do you think potentially than in Toronto. Last couple years I'm -- speaking from -- Due to reasons are suffering confused for -- happens. Two reasons and primarily water what -- overall depth to rupture in the -- president urged her and -- that there. And all of the starting rotation. Those are some areas as you point to. Over the past two years. Those were shortcomings as you go to work and prior -- 62 game schedule. Nor a change in the overall offense seemed there should be a little more the first to take advantage of opportunities. -- Strongly envision taking place your wallet doesn't mean we're gonna put guys or take away that strength. I think with a look at the overall roster. To me that's -- If you tickets and inventory though. You know and looked at what has it gone right in -- couple years and Toronto and I you may do things different here in Boston. Absolutely. I mean from. Through to the it to not look back and learn from -- something -- -- or or they complexion of that would be -- from my part. It was well primaries and so when you order Joel Hanrahan. To make. Also make him go to the closer now. And the reason being under similar situation we're in 2000. At a lot and we had three former closers. And when you have. The potential having multiple guys -- still the need arsenal to rollers to where they fall in fact that we need to. Doesn't have a potential change or Palin or someone else and -- I think initially there's got to be some sense of -- particularly older games. -- mountains up next. Charlie go ahead you talk to John Ferrell. A giant welcome back the -- and it's a question by my first question is. What is your specific plan to make Julio Iglesias successful as a Major League shortstop -- and -- -- Major -- -- And in my second question is what are the 23 during that concern you the most that essentially keeps look at -- -- your roster. In 2013. John let me just say this if you can make Julio Iglesias a good major the shortstop you'll be manager of the year. I'm going to see this differently or already -- -- -- shortstop and I think ordinary people feel like it play at this level defensively. But perhaps in other side of the ball and you know to be productive. -- -- productive big actor he's got two more to do. It inched. Primary reason that Stephen Drew and Simon brought her. You know as far as -- two things are really. You know I understand -- Are we going to see in the first base solidified and never ever think we talk about what Mike -- years. I think there was there was appeared to try and their work -- -- -- that was -- Play itself out come to fruition under contract. That was one area and hopefully -- -- -- he -- her ability that we foresee it. Another -- of the balance. The war -- marchers back. Like we do every other color monitor her closely and I just think overall. Health status or middle of the order as we go you -- Is is another area that you know you'll have a policy concerns. Do you think that is being. The -- -- -- are. And then the rebound from those guys we talked about rotation -- -- three things to me that are gonna be future store -- John if you read the Francona book. -- not -- -- -- In and that's an extra that I read and it has the press. Does would you think of well I think it's time to read an extra support in the -- a greater complex which comes out of I guess the thing that I you don't talk to others about it. It seemed like these stores that been written before. And she thought there was a return of those eight successful years -- -- -- -- job. When you talk to him about. Coming here whatever music conversation the anyway dissuade you given his and his relationship with ownership. No not one bit and and more than anything. As this was being talked about a possibility and then ultimately be happening he he had nothing but encouraging and positive things to say yeah. I know that that eight years that -- Acura was a tremendous run and probably the best for the most social monitoring in history. He was very supportive of and I know you know there's certainly going to be challenging -- go slower but when he talks about the challenging times. He had here. They were far outweighed by the success that they've that they've we've lived. It's about their culture a quick David grins he's up next. He -- he -- welcome back to when I welcome back to Austin. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Here's my question for you though. Of them on autism and naughty pictures you have a couple of names that previous stand that that we can try to keep our eye on during spring training. And what I'm kinda look at -- a couple of players that you'd bank. I'm very close to it and have a real chance to contribute that he. Yeah there's a couple of guys. In. So -- and probably guarded and talked about and the -- more high profile young players well let's Jackie Bradley price spreads so I think there's a power hitting in fact is that power hitting. I also sports. You know it can be a triple -- news got a chance if it's an injury comes up war. We need we need -- right fielder this together physically profile position. But I think there's a guy that started to really gain some policy momentum McCain a lot of notoriety. Within the organization. Which critical communion Steven Wright is a knuckleballer. And I go all the soccer lightly because -- -- it went down the Dominican winter. It's a -- lineups a lot of success. And whether or not. Realized as a success so we wait for RA Dickey. You know in a matter of about two -- three year period he he's got a very good feel that you wrote harder than -- -- -- more like RA Dickey. Put this together get a chance and certainly will report that starter right now. It's actually going to be interesting guys are. The back to a culture Jesse -- has another question about job ahead. Eight it done right here in great to have you back about that thanks preacher. Odds are with the pitching on the quick question in regards a lack. -- Dempster. I'm wearing a lot -- -- we later gonna get chipped in on her -- -- and the make it -- -- about five. Especially Lackey -- it not around the park -- how much we where they gonna get much contingency. Well in anything and certainly happened but. With the way we're approaching this season we certainly don't envision that to take place and you know if we felt like us you know we're of these guys who are certainly free -- -- that. I don't think we make the commitment. I mean that's the only guy that that protection that type of performer I do know this deficits that are American League east American League west and actually central. They've had a long. History of making quality pitches regardless of your making the transition the nationally go to America late. I I think we saw it Dempster Lester go through an adjustment period with the Rangers. In the last 67 starts with a -- well. And we -- he's going to be very capable starter force. Would you look at is not setting performance side -- if we had injuries to our rotation. We know other animal organ to a spring training we're gonna stretch out -- -- morale ball. If there's no need they would then go back into the ultimate -- like. And it and then we start getting to that next step. That wave of step and match where. But Steven Wright from some place that's worked Allen Lester Rebecca -- those being starts. Come into the -- the -- Which -- pretty good about our depth is right now proven lately torture. John just jump in here for a second you mentioned Steven Wright a couple of times at this point did you work with him in Cleveland before he made the transition to being a knuckleballer. No it was a it was a drought stretch at University -- Hawaii. You know in the top three rounds but he went right in the traps there in and he -- conventional what overpowering you as a college right hander that had good command. It's appropriate ball strikes behind Carol. And as she is. Physical -- probably. Took him to a level restarts -- so that you started all the local politicians Estrada lastly and Cleveland and and use it make the most of. Doug movements up next you'll start by the ownership John Farrell. Hey guys they don't it Joanna likely know what kind of influence. Lucchino militia group had on the decision making process for the he has brought to you guys are just really all -- and brought. Well first of all -- -- ownership group there are certainly going to be kept abreast and have an understanding of what the pool of talent is and then what our approaches. Towards meeting our -- on the roster. But I it's so having set out there they're not commit just. Go unattended or their markets and on the side and it and to view from Arthur they're gonna wanna know they've been a bit. Obviously very strong interest in what's going on here they're totally committed -- that the money that's allocated to our roster and our payroll. So I will say this that there was clearly making -- strong recommendations for the army were regarded and that's how things played out. Stephen Amber's show up next for John Farrell. -- John welcome back to Boston my question -- is when you were here at the pitching coach. The step to get at some great years and it's very clear that you awhile repeatedly in the clubhouse. And then once you're wrong now that became more consistent and their work ethic. Came into question a lot so my question Hewitt. What do you think it's about you or management's applicants that -- working -- in the put an extra hour that they need and northeast except. You know I can't speak ordered the years -- what -- all I can say is that you know. We we lay out a plan of attack whether that sooner -- condition and in conjunction strength staff here. More importantly. It's it's a pre. I think pretty straightforward. Structured plan worked our attack of the -- action and in this and reinventing we will the ones mind -- that we wanna. Maybe re engaged. It is attacking strikes element trusting their stuff early in the count. Through the first reports strikes again these are basics to approaching but I would here in command of the count and work and that -- A lot of things are gonna go your way and I don't want things you look practical walk totals. Because there were cars are trusting the stuff to attack the strike on a walk totals down. And particularly in the ballpark. You. The less walks allowed. The better chance you're going to be in a position when a game like if need be. But I think those are those the basic elements that we strive for and told one another tolerable. It's a daily work you put him in the attack plan was put together before insurers. -- John we appreciate your time -- -- ask you one final question rank for me. The three appearances for you on the hot stove which was the best second best in their -- take as much time. Well clearly -- your question salute to do so let's let's weren't jealous that better since -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- What's really scary is that it's just two weeks ago here and you know we're part have you on again the fourth time you've got that's like favorite big home runs and the other teams combined into one if you make four years separation. Well I've got to control our time with my back so obviously you'd probably guess you know it's a -- -- are I'm -- to help you guys. -- -- John that's that we do we just like to get the redeem you fresh reaction from him and thanks a lot John appreciate aren't they -- thanks very. That's Red Sox manager John -- kind enough to join us that your phone calls here.

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