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Spring Training Report: David Ross discusses this year's pitching staff

Mar 2, 2014|

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- David Ross joined WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia to talk about this year's pitching staff and how spring training is going so far.

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David what in your in your estimation constitutes the -- Handling a pitching staff and how important has that. Yeah it's I mean nothing is really important obviously. I think you know depends on what kind of pitcher we have each one but I think part of him to step is known pitcher. One way he was comfortable with what he likes to do and his personality and if you go outside the box or not if there were on the track stuff is not you know and you know different the personality has a lot to do it so -- -- the sometimes. A mind game with with you know how to eat the best guys and that's upon our look at. Do you start from scratch pretty much every spring training that's what the same football analyst Bill Belichick always says you know come in July we all have to start over. Spring training with a with a pitching staff you have to start over with some of the returning pictures and obviously you have quite a few and Jon Lester and clay and Jake. Is -- not starting over. It's just a little restarting on me obviously there's some familiarity there. I think in general you know each year's unique -- itself. He -- you know each hitters have different swing state for years and things you have to adjust body type trip to just how you worked out that offseason and you know yet you want to find our comfort zone in and every year's different that you may have a better pitch the next you needed the reform 11 pitch me. Slack off a little bit so I'm pitches a little more consistent hitters are. You know for for. On 22 purposes we we we try to start from scratch and go from there. How importance communicating with no wind and with John during the course of -- game when it went a picture is going to the lineup. Two or three times we talk a lot we do we do to do a whole lot it's nice to communication is there between all of us and and we're on the same page is trying to. We know how important a part of the game is so getting the most out of our pitcher that day and and and find the desperate and succeed. Is is going number one between everybody so it's just. It's a group effort which is nice around here. Everybody's on board Jon being an ex pitcher. Even more input than most Anderson Cummins. You and AJ are obviously veteran catchers he caught a lot of different -- and pictures and a lot of different situations. Both in big game situations you've both won World Series but I'm sure both of you look at the game and catch a game differently. My question is how you make sure that the pictures equally comfortable whether it's you or AJ behind the plate. Well that's -- -- and figure out I mean that's it's it's it's my job to and as comfortable as I possibly can get them when I'm catching you know. AJ does his thing and get them responsibly as comfortable as he can when he -- and that's why. Every -- different in and some. You know for me some pitchers who better you know -- I have a tough time getting the best out troops abroad last year softy -- you know every year's money different. An average higher georgians in Atlanta -- when you're used I'm not one year Eric and I caught -- get lit you know assist. It's an uncomfortable feeling there's. I don't know sometimes you just click with certain pitchers sometimes you don't and on some guys it takes longer to build that relationship so it's always a give and take. Between pitcher and catcher and trying to feel each other mountain anytime we can help. The other one. That's what we pitch it is nice to have another veteran catcher on their is on the team so I can I can look at him how he does things in May learn something. And you just spend some time with Ryan went our way before workouts. Going over exactly that how to how to read a picture how. You know see how the game is is going along it and what to do best behind the plate. What are UN and Ryan talk about and what are the key points that you -- relayed on to him. Just just that the mental side of it I think arm. You know hitters tell you a lot pitchers -- alive and how there how they're comfortable. With few behind the plate I think. You know he said to me season the pitchers have a lot of comments and what I call how does he do that and I was just trying to tell him. It's more than just call on pitches it's it's the conversation you have off the field it's conversation you have. In their bullpen it it comes from. You know reading swings having them trusting you and and and being confident in what you're doing. And that that instills confidence you can't just you know he'd -- when you're young guy to it takes them. You know I've been a -- of my licks in and learned from him and and -- to do that throughout the year and two assists and just gross tone of how. I go about calling game in the in the things I think about from pitch to pitch who watched -- A playoff game and just told him what I was thinking about white guys you know when the scouting report vs what's my. Pitcher comfortable with with what's the score what inning are we in how many outs are there this is a totally different times and be more aggressive and that's aggressive and that constantly changing it. Last year the salty it was the veteran leader among the catchers and he knew the most about the staff you're in your first full year. With the Red Sox played a little bit back in 2008 with with the Red Sox but. On this staff. Now this year. You're the leader you're the one who comes in with the most knowledge of the starters. How important is that to pass on to Ryan and they -- Yeah I mean I think again you go back to you build your -- -- with -- age pitchers and and -- I can tell ages much so long or Ryan but until you get back there and see these guys consistently and they get that game atmosphere and see what they like to -- two or. What their go to pitches -- what -- have the most confidence and comfortable with. And what what what your money pitch to a pitch he -- on 322 out -- -- -- -- pitch and I count on getting good quality pitches for obvious strike. And that's the thing yet to learn DH as much as some I can tell you what you want but. How you call a game it's it's a thing you learn he did that she can learn about do you believe in catchers. ERA I mean you you know they keep that stat and its not all over baseball reference and you know in this Danny Ainge of statistical analysis and baseball is that something you. Pays much attention to -- your batting average hero PS -- slugging. I honestly and I don't want I don't wanna you know downgrade any any stats or whatever -- I honestly don't look at any stats don't care whether it's you know batting average here. Catching throw percentage you know I just take a lot of pride in. And if that guy -- steal one from out every time you know so I try to do that is as often as possible. And same with -- game I'm trying to get that -- out every time out there you do feel like there's some leadership values some years of good years in. And and the catcher he areas give them more looked more attention and people look -- more but. I don't I don't ever follow it in the season -- somebody if I have a -- one or whatever but. You know it it's all it. Some ups and dungy can't control. You know your your career or catchers you are if if if it's a ten to nothing game in the seventh I'm going to be a little more aggressive -- I am so I may give up an actual runner to you know. And and and that's the thing about pitching site you know. When you start weren't so much about stats you lose. Did the sense of just baseball tipped in -- one I don't need my pitcher to be thrown. 32 sliders and 82 strikes we go to the house and rest get ready for tomorrow's game you could -- this in the back. When you see a guy like Christian Vasquez I would all the tools in the world. John -- was saying you know the one thing he's he's learning. Is how to handle a pitching staff and in the course of the game because clearly he's got that the god given skills when you see when you see Vasquez. A good young player yet he's very good very intelligent. For a young guy EP. I feel like he's got that leadership ability he's a quiet. A quiet leader but he knows what he's talking about EE. He's listened he's following baseball he's pharma the guys wanna do I think he's he's got a really bright -- why aren't -- Danny Butler. A lot of these young guys that haven't quite cracked their way to make it -- have a really really bright future him and and in baseball as far as contributors. And I guess finally a wrap it up how much easier does it make your job when you have a pitching staff like you do with this one I mean obviously there accomplished. And they're confident. When they take to the mound and they know what to do on how much -- does that help you we had you heard though sand lemons and lemonade that whole thing yeah I can't I can't. There's no matter what protect -- the guys on it 84 and can't locate it or you know or even 96 in camp located or. Does have a secondary pitch this -- going to be able to do a lot I ask a lot out of those pitchers you know because I know they can do it. -- that's the hardest thing to do sometimes is in my asking too much you know I did that the comfort level is. Is is key for me and not pitch in them -- calling games. And and to get him in trouble to get them behind the eight ball always -- make it as easy as possible on them so that's a -- about -- fight but when you got a staff like this. -- -- makes it really fond of him to call a game and and really easy sometimes. David thank you always.

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