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January 31st Hot Stove Show

Jan 31, 2013|

This week on the Hot Stove Show, Kirk, Rob and Alex talk with Red Sox manager John Farrell and open up the phone lines for callers to ask some questions to the manager and close it out previewing spring training.

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Nuts those putts -- -- WEI -- and hand out Spiro 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 wanna answer I think he got. -- -- this upcoming Red Sox seasons thoughts on the team. And his no I think shortage of questions ask your tonight guys it's a lot going on. A little inside radio 4 o'clock we had no idea we're gonna 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 -- but the Harlem. There are a lot of course and. And John it would -- -- compliments 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 -- -- -- he's in the team or not but sort of a back up. Insurance for Napoli would overbay. 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've discussed this in the previous yeah it is -- -- but he was used I was ownership numbers. Yes but you were mere bystander to be. You know to go to the scintillating back and I think if I don't -- I might have thrown out the fact -- -- hit two cold front that -- an adjustment has. Yeah I bred 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 Sy he had mica a 360 OBP right -- -- at mid eight hundreds of PS for the after the Diamondbacks out. You know it's a nice minor league 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 make the team. Right yes got a lot of -- 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 backup third baseman as well. So. But Alex is right and you beside a guy like that to a minor league deal. It's it's his his high risk I mean high reward -- 617779790. Threesome of questions for the Red Sox manager. John Ferrell who joins us now in the AT&T -- John it's Kirk Robin outside of tonight. It Greg 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 the first three time guest. On the hot -- shall congratulations. Thanks you know rob mentioned that protectionist earlier and and you know -- can't explain and -- got to look at Triple Crown. Well well -- a lot of people don't know of the Thanksgiving show actually counted -- when we were gonna count that as well. So it was a blast that news did you guys -- it was a -- -- -- prejudicial -- takes questions from -- it -- Spencer. -- outs they'll start pursue Connecticut as the question to manager Bruce how are you right. They -- well great -- part 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'd. I detect that you're disciplinarian. And and you you rate that could just a couple of hired pressed. I expect it probably about the same -- to the Red Sox this year. I have to question -- it just strolled out in your comments about -- what did Tim Wakefield western said he. Predicted by jet lag to beat comeback player of the year this year. Q what do you proceed that I was Lackey got -- -- The second question there is a -- wouldn't signing day and -- such a bit here and 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 pitching staff of the Marxist. I would say that there was there was solid. Solid structure. I think guys -- 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 so I appreciate the comments but. I think quakers right John Lackey saw it 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 -- -- dropped about 1215 pounds and had a chance to watch him throw his arm that looks Lucic. He's upbeat looking for there. Put Tommy John and some experience behind him and that are positive and I I would. Agree with blackjack as you -- -- like I think he has a chance to have a big impact on our club as anybody on our roster. I -- on that same visit looser. And Mike Napoli. And I know a lot of been discussed about what he's gone through. -- and swing the bat in he doesn't feel legal action the condition he's feeling what shall I think we're gonna see a very productive right back in light now. Charlie I know that as you reference of we Wentz are quite a few of these players and anyone who really jumped out in terms of I know you mentioned Lackey 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 to Lackey. You know. Just you know physically and mentally. There's big differences and certainly got a couple of points won his first year came here. In the NC and him the following year across the field. But to she would stunned. Like so -- the body so the weight he's talked with eagerness to get back on the mound 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 had a -- paired in the elbow fixed. I he's got a chance to do just that but. I think we have yet to -- the John Lackey that was archer. -- from opens up next is a question for John no replied -- Good what's up. John it's great yeah. Talked it out now so excited doubt that we as a manager. I'm sure -- an opportunity. That they'll question I had and I know the manager you're not gonna -- what you guys shoulders but seems to -- the -- get out. Boy look out so Lester Buchholz still let me comedic going to be the biggest key and if they have a good yeah they're gonna keep you that if they are meant. It's going to be tough to stay in that he's. Do agree with that what you have a -- are two guys -- do you think it's just more the whole rotation. All I think I think -- I would just put a bunch of guys but I would say that center. Performance 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 -- 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 paid according. They've -- here have -- 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 we'll have a very good offensive team. Our rotation in the public figures or two ago. John it's not 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 that to visit with Daniel Bard how how's he throwing does he look. Close to what you saw in 2011 or is he still summer between that and 2012. Him or is it absurd to make those those judgments at this juncture. Yeah you know I'll be in that it's in January and Steward make that you know all. The things that you look for. Are -- where other arm or two where they -- are protected their rosters 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 whistled onslaught dropped a little bit more troops recorders are low record around slot and what you need to stop -- not the strike zone at the same lockers down until the all expecting a right hander and and stark gets right handers as a result or you lose command of the search. But to see him up and normal onslaught that -- previous. Birdies to his credit. You know is that year in terms of the way and last year. I don't want to say just -- You know reached pushing a recess but his short Ortiz made adjustments. I was in a good frame of mind and most importantly from -- -- -- you know -- factors stand by the baseball and commanding a at least -- nearly don't. -- from Dorchester is a question for John Farrell. I hate -- -- mr. Farrell that the president speak which you and I congratulate them on being our manager and I think he gonna do a great job for their ballclub. My question is. Compared to last year and added that this game and -- it. Well I think yeah I think in the time that a team goes through fifty plus players in the junior that match. That's obviously signs -- some issues the flyers and performed or so. I think the revamping eruption that Ben has done has been outstanding. He's brought in some college guys are gonna get most balanced in the Carolina. There there's ballots in terms of speed power left center right hander. It -- and I I don't feel it's a team that's deeper than the people are giving it credit 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 -- good to see -- back and out of course and not last year. They've been that got by I believe it messed up -- Olympic stardom -- what do you think about this year and I got to be. I didn't like connect twelve that -- or started. No we're we're we're here. -- -- -- -- -- thinkers you know we talked internally. -- offseason and you start to get. You know into dental plans in place an expert speaking directly with Daniel. You know I'll see you bonuses at at -- the outset. I would bring him along like the first year that you came to us and typically each week we brought me into a similar situation gained some confidence. Eric and at least and actually envision a similar -- 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 time but I think given what you got to choose pressure want to get them back in the ball -- and then suited to build our conference. You know the -- and it's still healthy still fouled a 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 defensive minded first baseman like him overbay. Off illnesses as a defense replacement. 44 Napoli because that they haven't done that around here I think it's been since -- -- 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 close. Davis coming off an -- As does Mike Napoli -- -- protect your record for the start -- but 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. Per week air and out of -- talk -- -- functionary a year. DH or rotate. Regards through two spots not not what it will -- aren't put to have a guy that can locate through that area that I mean that's such -- scenario that was discussed them. Played so the other day I think we'll probably see some added -- At that first that position. But he's New Hampshire he has a question. The Red Sox manager John Farrell asked about. Why -- -- different Boston and Toronto. I am loyal. -- -- are -- good -- companion dog leg. Bringing open bought their almost like I've got that would have been a bit of that. Well I'm sure Greg. Was going to be different here and there wouldn't throw the last two years. Different -- 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 but. 22 reasons are suffering confused for -- happens. Two reasons and primarily your water what is the overall depth the roster and the pretenders to her and two -- that there. And all of the starting rotation. Those are some areas as you point to. Over the past two years. Those sure shortcomings as you go to work in the entire heart 62 game schedule. Or to change and overall offense seemed there should be a little more the first to take advantage of opportunities that. -- Strongly envision taking place here well it doesn't mean we're gonna put guys or take away that strength. I think we can look at their overall roster. To me that's -- If you tickets and inventory though. You know and looked at what hasn't gone right in your couple years in Toronto and I you may do things different here in Boston. Absolutely. I mean from. -- to -- it to not look back and learn from sort some things that transpired or or they complexion to that would be full remark or. It was well primary reasons that when you ordered to go and and to make. Call to 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 that doesn't mean it. Doesn't have a potential change or failure or someone else than opposing but I think initially there's got to be some sense of -- for strictly because our games. Draw tomorrow things up next. Charlie go ahead you talk to John -- Rajon I'll welcome back the clock and it led to questions -- my first question is. What are your specific plan to make Julio Iglesias successful as a Major League shortstop Everett and as a Major League hitter. And in my second question is what are the 23 during that concern you the most that essentially keeps look at night turned to your roster. In 2013. John let me just say this if you can make Julio Iglesias a good Major League shortstop you'll be manager of the year. Im going to differently or already are a good shortstop and I think 100 people feel like -- play at this level defensively. But perhaps in other side of the ball and you know to be productive. Hitter per productive big actor he's got two more to do. It -- Primary reason that Stephen Drew and Simon brought her. You know as far as the two things are really. You know -- understand -- Are we going to see in the first -- solidified and never ever think we talk about what Mike -- years. I think there was there was appeared to try and their work -- and -- that was in there. Play itself out come to fruition under contract. That was one area and hopefully -- CU he showed their ability that we foresee him. I know that -- in the balance. The war floated marchers that. Like we do every other player from marker or closely and I just think overall. Health status or middle of the order we -- -- season. Is is another area that you know you'll have a policy concerns. Do you think that as being. The fact voter rosters -- And then the rebound from those guys we talked about the rotation go to three things to me that are gonna be future store -- Dollar congregants to break him below were load up your 54 lines OK if we keep you on -- for next segment for governments. Here are great John throws a stick around and call 6177797937. Red Sox manager. John -- answer your questions on -- Red Sox manager John -- joins us here in the hot stove show and takes your calls. It's 6177797937. Detriment many here bureau lined up. John if you read the -- on a book. I've not read the excerpts. And that's the extent that I read and it has been part of it is -- think of well I think anytime you -- make -- the -- -- the a greater context which comes out of I guess the thing that I you know talk to others about it. It seems like he's restored that and written before. You innings you know what there was a recount what is a successful years here that I would drop. 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 ultimately be happening he he had nothing but encouraging and positive things to say yeah. I know that there eight years that you had here was a tremendous run and probably the best for the most successful manager in history. He was very supportive. And I know you know there's certainly going to be challenging times -- or but when he talks about the challenging times. He had -- They were far outweighed by the success that they've that they've we've lived. It's about the culture a quick David -- he's up next. He -- he Dillon welcome back to when I want them back to Boston. Quincy I can't let up or quit you typically would -- -- As my question for you though. Of them on autism and naughty pictures you have a couple of names that maybe -- fans that -- that we can try to keep our eye on during spring training. And what I'm kinda look inquiries a couple of players that you've -- I'm very close to it and have a real chance to contribute that he. Yeah there's a couple of guys. In. So these names are probably guarded and talked about and there are probably more high profile young players whether -- Jackie Bradley are bright sprint so I think is a power hitting. In fact he's got power hitting. Also force. You know it can be in triple -- news got a chance is if an injury comes up or. You know we need we need a right fielder actually got a chizik we profile position. But I think there's a guy that started to really gain some policy momentum -- a lot of notoriety. Within your organization. Which trick -- union Steven Wright is a knuckleballer. And I -- all the stop her lightly because I kinda went down the Dominican winter. Pitched against her the lineups a lot of success. In. Whether or not he. Realizes the success. Wait for. RA -- You're in a matter about a two -- three year period he he's got a very good feel for the pitch you throw harder the -- -- more like RA Dickey. But -- got to get a chance and certainly will report that starter right now. It's actually going to be an interesting guy are. The back to a culture Jesse Walton has another question about -- I read. -- it's not right -- -- great to have you back about that thanks preacher. Odds are with the pitching out of the quick question in regards to Lackey and Dempster. I'm wearing a lot how much we later gonna get chipped -- -- -- -- -- -- -- make it and hearing it about five. Especially Lackey paper it not around the park -- how much we living -- again -- contingency. Well anything and certainly happened put. Went the way we're approaching this -- we certainly don't envision not to take place and you know if we felt like yours you know -- one of these guys who are certainly a free agent at that. I don't think we make the commitment. I mean that's the only guy that that projects to be that type of performer I do know this benefits 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 match -- -- American late. I think we saw Dempster Leicester or through an adjustment period with the Rangers are in last 67 starts and pitched very well. And we feel he's going to be very capable starter force. Would you look at it's not setting performance side as if we have injuries to our rotation. We know there and what -- to -- spring training and we're gonna stretch out the same person morale all. If there's no need they would then go back in the fall and at that point on it and then we start to get into that next step -- that wave of depth and match where. Steven Wright comes in play that's where -- -- on the Webster ruby Derosa those names start. Come into the -- sort of a -- We feel pretty good about where -- kept his right now proven -- -- John just jump in here for a second you mention Stephen -- a couple of times at this point did you work with him and Cleveland before he made the transition to being a knuckleballer. No it was a -- -- a draft -- -- universe to Hawaii. You know in the top three rounds but he went right in the draft that are in and he really conventional what overpowering you as a college right hander that had the command. It's appropriate ball for strikes I'm Carol. And has shoes. Physical talents probably. Took him to a level restarts are so. Starter so the local all of this is Estrada lastly and Cleveland and and use it to make the most of. Doug warms up next you must talk about the ownership John Farrell. Hey guys they don't it's not like to know what kind of influence. Lucchino on the ownership group had on the decision making process footage he has brought to you guys are just really all cherries and brought up. I well first of all that they're active ownership group there they're certainly going to be kept. Progressed and have an understanding of what the pool of talent is and then what our approaches. Towards beating -- on the roster. But I have so having set out there they're not commit just. Go on attended northern markets and on the side and and to view from afar -- they're gonna wanna know they've been a bit. Obviously very strong interest what's going on here -- totally committed to that the money that you allocated to our roster and our payroll. So I will say this that there and was clearly making -- strong recommendations for the signing were regarded and that's how things played out. Stephen -- show up next to John Farrell. I don't welcome back to Boston my question -- is when you were here at the pitching coach. The step to get at some great years -- it's very clear that you awhile repeated in the clubhouse. And then once you're in Toronto. That became more consistent and their work ethic. Came into question a lot so my question Hewitt. What do you think it about you or management's Abbott get the -- to work and get in the put an -- -- that they need -- -- success. You know I can't speak similar to yours -- what you're all I can say is that you know. We we lay out a plan of attack whether that sooner -- conditioning and in conjunction strength staff here. More importantly. It it's it's a pretty. I think pretty straightforward. Structured plan worked our attack of the opera tradition and in this and reinventing the wheel. The -- mindset that we wanted to. Maybe really -- It is attacking the strike zone and trusting the stuff early in the count. Two of the first three pitches for strikes again these are basic to the pitching but I would here in command of the count and -- -- have good hitter. A lot of things are gonna go your way and -- people wanting -- -- a walk totals. Because there were cars are trusting their stuff attacked the strike on a walk -- down and particularly in the ballpark. The less walks allowed. The better chance you're going to be in a position when the game -- if need be. But I think those are the the basic elements that we strive for in. Told one another probable. It's a daily work you put him in the attack plan was put together before give answers. Our job we appreciate your time -- -- ask you one final question rank for me. The three appearances for you on the hot stove show which was the best second best -- third -- pick as much time to. Well clearly ministry of course and salute to -- so that's much -- Dallas got better since -- good. No doubt in my it was it was the top. What's really scary is that it's just two weeks ago here and you know we're -- have you -- the fourth time you've got that's like favorite big home runs in 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 could probably just you know it's a major Phillips are I'm gonna get healthy guys opposite. That's -- we do we just like to get the era -- fresh reaction from the thanks a lot John appreciate aren't they start thanks. That's Red Sox manager John -- kind enough to join us that your phone calls here welcome back up or break on the outs. Hot stove show planet -- here coming up next at 7 o'clock. Thanks again to John Ferrell for joining us take a whole bunch of calls thanks few call him -- two good questions. Some not so good but some some good. I guess the representative -- better than ours. Yeah -- -- I don't necessarily think we jumped out in the media have different takes Tuesday he sort of unsolicited wrote Steven rising guys who could be surprises. The hole you're guessing -- -- the I was thinking of the obviously is in Bogart's. PRD mentioned Jackie Bradley junior mentioned. Or even Robert Delgado has not tolerant Serbia has his proximity to the major -- he's already made a big -- impact so I know I guess right to answer now -- -- If the -- the classy there birth certificate I really -- it. Southern Nevada Tyler so wet but you know -- -- is his answer on bars and trusting the answer. Obviously had a lot of John Lackey talked. From so as John Lackey shows up fat and out of shape -- just -- -- look -- what's a good -- Lackey right now I mean he is you know that's the way it's going to be into it she pitches the a couple of years ago he -- -- much about combined. Think it was after his first year here he showed up pretty light out in he talked about he really -- program and and of course. We know it doesn't matter how like you are warden -- ligament is falling off your arms. Absence of elbow isn't difficult it's difficult to put it on the -- absence of elbow -- -- the bartender in the break yeah I found it very insisting that he said that the Red Sox might follow a similar progression to what our charity in 2009 which means we should remember he started in the minor leagues men built his way up. High leverage innings on the towards the end of the season when they had a really good bullpen for the were partly sports interesting though. It's again it's -- single spring training -- the best pitcher and that and that staff for -- these great looks like he did two years ago he makes a -- -- I I think he makes a team I mean -- might disagree -- because of the flexibility -- -- -- you some options he has I guess it depends on the other guys someone is why you don't -- Judge everything on performance of spring training but if -- shows up. And he's the guy that he was two years ago. You know it's in in a lot of this it it should be based on this a lot of this is going to be determined on the radar and I think -- have difficulty is that with. Bart was about the most dominant pitcher that there wasn't camp in 2009 and still you know he -- -- but he can say that I always -- about the progression 2009. But he still up is significantly older is different spot in his career. And I get this it's it's it's like price -- right if price presence of four years down the road. Is in the same situation he is now there are. I think they're gonna take a different attack the problem is though that the problem -- actually had stretches last year were in the minors he threw very well for 78 appearances in a row -- that it came off the rails so that's the thing that you have to buy guarded against because. If that happens in the big leagues again next year you may lose out and -- that's why I say I think that. It is the radar gun readings are going to be the beyond dol. But if he comes out of the gate and he's throwing 97 in these games which he was in the -- last year I mean he hit 96 once efforts minor league game. That was basically it. And and so by you know so if he comes out of the gate throwing 9798. He's consistent his control is there at that I do think he may. At each one of these guys you look at -- this is -- why Farrell was here he's one of the big tests mean he doesn't think it's mental is tough I understand that but if you looked like he did last year. Which -- in Pawtucket. And that's a knock on -- Yeah I mean if it would be certainly he's brought in with the idea that he has the chance to impact him Buchholz Lester unquestionably bright Red Sox don't hide. Well it in you also heard him talk about Bard. Where there were specifics he he wasn't saying well you know what we think we can -- in a bar you specific to what he thought was all part of the reason what was wrong with them. About leaking out over the plate arm angle so forth and so on so whether he's able to to fix those and also and be the pitcher I don't know. But it's a step in the right direction I'll look that they keep shows what John Ferrell -- having been here beef it up from one side session games -- I'll I'll -- the -- thank John Ferrell. Coming answer phone calls for a half hour with a million calls we appreciate several moments ago -- -- six guys who says that -- tell -- again there there. Equipment further statement like that I want him as I want to it that's in stressed to him as this is fascinated with this and it -- Vatican's promise. He probably take a guess they'll Saltalamacchia that your product that it's -- -- -- -- fell we thank him. Thanks again the callers -- out to see guys next week Alex he will be. I'll be driving rob will be brought against you before he had yet. I don't know if we're going to be on the show about being for -- totally ready for the -- of recounting the ultimate difference as I mean that's what drew me dad not to congressman had. I'm like yup that stick around W yeah.

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