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Brian Butterfield, Red Sox 3B Coach, on the new look club

May 1, 2013|

Brian Butterfield joins the show to discuss the clubhouse atmosphere, what happened last night when Salty was interfered with, and the effect of John Farrell.

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Our Jim Butler not a 37 WEE out we got Bruins tickets for you later on in the show we get any brick -- at 1 o'clock later on this hour will dive into game one. Ruins in Maple Leafs about fifty minutes from now pressure on this team. In a column from Toronto that makes you feel like the limit believed like they have a chance. In this series are we continue with the baseball the start the show go to Toronto. Red Sox third base coach Brian Butterfield also. Europe as it brightest official title you advance scout for the patriots to did you help the weather draft scouting this year. You know I would love to do that but I don't -- Libya and they just I think they probably considered -- whacko there. I look at we are gonna get your thoughts a little bit later on but I wanted to -- it last night not many people in the stands to boot John but I love you know you still get a free pass that -- yup they're still. Well we'll let you know that this there were some. Discouraging words from behind me both series but. You know what it's a fun to come back but -- sure -- glad that I'm worried about threats -- informant. I'm just proud to be a member of this organization. Us our last night's game because we're talking about early this sport in the play where it's pretty clear with Jarrod Saltalamacchia is arm hits the umpires -- basket that's. -- -- case normally a dead ball and -- said after the game he didn't all the rule and John and talk to the umpire till. After the inning I guess through things for you on that it did you guys see that. From the bench was their inning brought up at the time where where Jared arm hit the umpire and whose responsibility is that there to make sure you get that call right. That's it's a good question I don't I don't think anybody really saw until. After the fact some guys came up from the clubhouse and they had mentioned that. Where in -- it was caucus are backed intimate contact with a hole played a part so -- was after the fact and then. By that time with a little bit too late but I know effort for a fact sit there. I didn't see it you know -- because you're kind of you're you're used in stop speaking to kind of watching to see what the runners and because you -- -- commodities shoot two up back there. In the right gravity over toward first base we saw the ball a -- right field so. I don't think anybody but he saw from the dugout and then when it was finally realized -- will be acutely. You know a lot of the guys that play forever and you always learn something new every day but I was little surprise assault the you know that rule. And first -- Yet yet you know I think you know it was funny because once. They had seen the video -- wanted in on TV. There's a lot of discussion on what happens there you know sort of with every. You know we realized that you know the play's going to be -- -- -- -- -- -- appears or Pete -- got sort of ball that got killed. Because nothing but bad things happen there. Nobody you you worked in the defense here and get a -- before the season started might -- concern wasn't healthy for Napoli wasn't swinging for Napoli was defensively at first base in the rial. I think first -- it's underrated I think you can affect the entire infield -- so far I think he's done a really nice job what have you seen from him working at first. It has done a great job and it's a credit to him he's a hard worker he's. He's a guy that's gonna change you down to get some extra work it's not. It's not a case with some players that she'd seen the pastor -- in the past we've -- -- -- -- down to work deep but it would make -- better defensively -- He's a tremendous kid. And I take it -- -- consult the coach kids -- say that I'm getting old but are now works he cares about everything that we do. He wants to be a great defender and he's very accountable when he doesn't pickle ball. He's very upset with themselves because you feel like you led him into retirement and like you said Lou you know at first base position defense is critical because. He's hitting you in the welfare of of three other infielders pitcher and a catcher in. The number one priority is being able to get around that -- going to be able to. -- -- And pick all under the dirt and the athletic and sometimes an underrated thing because. The profile with the of that first date the deal home run hitter gets on the tee which snapped it provided we knew who's gonna provide that but that you've been very pleased with the way. He works and how diligently it. We're talking a Red Sox third base coach Brian Butterfield we saw Brett Lawrie make a play I'm sure you saw make a lot last night a ridiculous. Diving play there at third base and the way you moved him around. Is it compare mobile what you done so far -- new will -- Brooks and how is will handle that challenge of hey we're gonna will be in death. The shortstop position a play short right we're gonna use you as a mr. everything here in his Red Sox infield. It is there's that there is a good person that's a great question and it's I think has. Think of the ball that we've had a chance to see Brooke -- Oh lead defense and and do so thank you realize that got six foot or six foot five but he's a tremendous athlete park he's got body control. And he's fearless than when we first started talking to a buyout. Playing some different positions and you know sometimes play the rover position sub -- play around second date. Argue that whatever whatever it take -- goes I'm not afraid to go to the right side and he doesn't have any fear and I think that's one of the things that for young player. He's been able to step in there and play relaxed and play with competent even though he hadn't yet gotten out of the -- like you'd like to offensively. He's the guy that. -- you trust there and in key to another guy that worked very hard I didn't have to chase him down during spring training you want to get an extra work. And he's on board would everything would do. Let me ask you -- John Ferrell -- up in Toronto with as was well a story of low. Do you see a different John Ferrell -- he walks into the -- more comfortable the organization -- more comfortable with the roster and with his knowledge of them in the past. What's the difference or is there one which are pro this year. Oh without a doubt -- different -- I think it's just the social media evolution of a guy that hasn't had a lot of managing experience but he's highly intelligent -- baseball guy. He cares about a lot of things can take care of his coaches and I just think he's more comfortable. In a managerial role and I think that anything that you've ever endeavor in the game it takes a while you know whether it be. A third base coach whether -- bench coach what are your Major League pitching coach. There's not a lot of responsibility. That a that a Major League manager has -- I think that. Just in. You know it's the repetition. Just continues to get better are you a lot more confidence you. He's. Just like everybody else that has done us a little bit more. Are you can -- the competence. You can like he's enjoying an awful lot more secure loves being in the city -- While the other part of this and has been a couple stories about her toward talk about it as well you know the coaching staff in your part of that and one of the your strikes -- read the story did early in the year with with fox sports. Is about your defense of positioning how important -- Toronto last year how you're going to AC drawn up like on a chalkboard and show the guys how you wanted to work it. This year how much work goes and that is it before series is before specific game. It terms that set up for guys that you want -- shift or or changed defensively against in that infield. Well there's a lot of video work that we have to do it with. And one of the key things is John it's very creative and he's very receptive to anything that we wanna do but the biggest thing is when you wanna do so and you've got to go to jail on and you gotta have a good reason why you wanna do it you don't have a good reason just like any other good leader Deepak and endorse so. We spend a lot of crime that coaches on the video. Are you try to look at Tennessee try to we're still trying to get a real good feel on what the pitcher's strengths are. And then you look at tendencies you know what you you can eliminate all the bases. A from the field Abner Doubleday hadn't put out bases and he just looked at weird guy with the ball people were really -- concern themselves too much with -- to -- the left -- -- two -- on the right side. As much as putting people in places. Where there is the greatest tendency for them to hit ground ball oak. That's basically what we try to do it you know in the and the nature of it is that you're not always right you go through periods where. They'll hit the ball where you guys are but then you go through periods where we -- -- to -- your guys are ripping that we tried to. Always reaffirmed players remember we're not trying to defend broken bats -- balls without you know that would try to defend ball. That are hit firmly up barrels and quote we could be in the right spot for -- -- are. Yes this we get a lot of times doing in David's up there -- that shift may be going up against him and I always said if -- ship at sea water is just put a bunt down -- get on base. As the team the other dugout David Ortiz -- you win correct. If Jack was especially David Ortiz and the good guys that we tried to which -- for years there rubber back about 78 years ago with -- -- pitching in Boston. In the tenth inning against David we need to treat gotten pool side -- one guy the one dog. On the left side up playing up the middle and he just took ball over the plate get a ball to -- straight up shortstop -- walk up a bit and can tell you the truth I've never seen any power hitter especially where I'm able to be around -- guy every day. Never team that guys that can manipulate the barrel. At the Howard like David care register them in amazement every day watch -- take batting practice. And it seemed as though we've gotten better. It you know he's better at being able to maneuver the ball the left side of guilt that I -- people with three people on all sides. In the one dog by himself over on the left side with the moderates court positioning albeit want to -- we've we've been driving around. And so are -- just made a lot of people -- or so. It sure is nice that or leave weren't saying that we don't have -- -- that we've got -- right to work. Any a great hitter like David or keep putting the ball doesn't look paper. We're talking Red Sox third base coach Brian Butterfield you saw last year trying to play allotments that last year a log scale consider one of the best defensive shortstop. In the history of the game I get a chance to see Jose Iglesias up close primary of the first time opened spring training beginning of this year. Does he have a chance. To be in that category defender glee -- is he if he plays. Up to -- -- the have a chance to be defensively -- the scale category at some point during his career. On a short period of time that I've seen be played defense I think in most that we I don't think that it's really care for any of those -- -- -- young. Players to ever put -- in. -- Cooperstown too soon you know it's it's a learning process and I do what they did in eighty. Has matured to a point where. You gain the trust that he needs to gain the trust that the manager coaches. You worked very hard and spring training he's starting to value the baseball a lot more I think than he ever has and that's important and look having said that. -- but I you know I I. Looking at that Stephen -- keep the guy that. I would bet I absolutely love open and you've if you look at the scoreboard in -- -- and arrogance are you that does not matter to me. A guy that valued the baseball catching the baseball. Consistently and can take a week hit the cup. Intelligent and -- the type of quarterback that we need to be playing shortstop. In order to be able to pitch or champagne on each other as the new year. -- -- said but it's. It will set a China people patient with -- All through a lot of -- walking into a blow away all that this is banned drug -- Gasol you're asking the -- he just gave Clijsters a plot remained at and -- -- -- which are on the back yet -- -- just and that decision you know it he obviously was plane was getting his -- you know. They get there at the close the situation hander coming up the DL. What I think we've grown to appreciate here be given what happened last year was the lack of drama. His decision made communication the players. That's extremely important specially in this inning I think it was handled properly -- just talk about is that the approach is that just. Communication the key right now -- death. But the depth but the band that Mike and everybody in the -- -- -- -- have been an out standing job at putting together the roster and you know. In looking at it neo Nazis and you could read -- when you're comparing that it was about sexy roster knew that there wasn't that star power but. There's so much the extent about high character guys and I'm I'm so pleased to be part of those guys -- while crowds and with a veteran leadership that we have. I don't think that were ever there were brought into -- problem but you know there is it -- good communication but. But Showalter told -- one -- Back in the early New York Yankee Dave. He's -- the best twelve how is the club quote that we felt that make it -- young editor it makes it easier on coaches oak. We have an outstanding club that we feel confident that. Something is not being done it the young guy isn't running mate is. Like he should viewing the patent or not backing up bases are doing the upper things that are required for championship caliber team that it will be addressed internally. By the players themselves so that makes it easy and you know like we said jar and it. Is evolving -- an outstanding manager but he also had the benefit of having an outstanding. A veteran leadership where god takes care thing. Where he can focused on. Right now lineup card and pushing buttons what -- you know. Sketch out on this Jason Cole writes. Football for Yahoo!. He he gave the patriots drafted. Dinner or you're trying to slow down with a little bit about. Actually I always trust in bill and there are process over there by the way to never -- met Bill Belichick and that's something that all of my friends back home said the biggest reason why I wanted to side with the reds are. Because I could get a little bit closer to. Brady and Belichick have never met even one with we get that work out and we'll -- -- without I would leave that up you guys aren't that open up warming. But I I trust what they do I know that. With some of their success they've worked in twos when they needed Qaeda and they got broken and in that -- -- needed a running back they -- Ridley and believe. And be needed wide receivers obviously. And they get upset and boy I'm. A huge Julian element and a huge stadium until we have to I think that there wide receiver corps. Is going to be outstanding. And the people that they too rapid an -- watch what beat Hewitt in cold. Let alone. To video that I I was. Very impressed we're. Also like Michael -- in that Illinois the same fate but guide you along 65 that there. Guy had Illinois that great content so there in the Big Ten. And the directors Specter elect Logan Ryan so I think it. I'm trying to set used my best -- like realization right now but it I like what they've done and I think that they. About the need the big thing is. It can build -- anyway. Needs the girl video he is -- I b.s Brian Butterfield Red Sox third base coach of pride at lucky arrogant throttle -- -- on the road. Revenue Brian Butterfield joining us on the AT&T hotline AT&T forgy LTE was speeds. Up to ten times faster than three GAT and T rethink possible on 92 break come back we'll get into. The Bruins game tonight and the pressures on the Bruins with this series also tell you about the Boston Police Department with a breaking news tweet. On the Boston Marathon terror bombings that's in ninety.

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