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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.

Transcript - will not be 100% accurate

David what in your in your estimation constitutes the -- Handling a pitching staff and how important -- that. -- -- I mean nothing is really important obviously. I think you know depends on what kind of -- we have each one but I think part of him to step is known pitcher. One way -- was -- with what he likes to do and his personality and if you go outside the box or not if there were on the -- stuff it's not you know and you know different personality has a lot to do it so so the sometimes. A mind game with with you know Heidi the best guys and that's upon our market. Do you start from scratch pretty much every spring training that's what the same football -- 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 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 into itself. -- -- you know each hitters have different swing state for years and the -- 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 -- pitches a little more consistent hitters are. You know for for. All intents and purposes we we we try to start from scratch and go from there. How important is communicating with no wind and with John during the course of the game when -- -- a picture is going to line up. 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 Alison 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 John being an ex pitcher. Even more input than most Anderson -- 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 of 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 -- AJ behind the plate. Well that's that you got to 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 sketch and that's why. Every -- different -- and some. You know for me some pitchers who better you know -- I have a tough time getting the best out of troops abroad last year softy get the best you know every year's -- different. An average iron curtains and -- One year he was having a phenomenal year Eric and I caught immediately you know assist. It's an uncomfortable feeling there's. I don't know sometimes you just click who served pitchers sometimes you don't and on some -- it takes longer to build that relationship so it's always a give and take. Between pitcher and catcher in trying to -- each other mountain -- -- we can help. The other one. That's what we pay attention is nice to have another veteran catcher on there is on the team -- I can I can look at him how he does things in May learn something. And you just spent some time with Ryan foreign 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 wanna relayed on to him. Just just that the mental side of it I think. You know hitters tell you a lot pitcher Terri alive and how there how they're comfortable. With Cuba on the plate I think. You know he said to me -- at 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 be confident in what you're doing. And that that instills confidence you can't just you know -- -- 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 -- of Powell. I go about calling game in the in the things I think about from pitch to pitch who watched. A playoff game -- distorting what I was thinking about white guys you know when the Starr report vs what's my. -- comfortable with with what's the score what inning are we in how many outs are -- this is a totally different times and be more aggressive and that's aggressive and that constantly changing. 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 -- -- Yeah I mean I think again you go back to you -- drama pore over the age pitchers and and you can tell ages much so long or Ryan but until you get back there and see these guys consistently and they -- the game atmosphere and see what they like to -- two -- What their go to pitches -- -- the most confidence and comfortable with. And what what what your money it will achieve throwing three to two out -- -- it -- pitch and I count on getting good quality pitches 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. ER I mean -- you you know they keep that stat and that's not all over baseball reference and you know in this Danny -- of statistical analysis and baseball is that something you. Pay as much attention to Asia batting average hero -- -- slogging. 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 tries to steal one from out every time you know so I try to do that is as often as possible. And same with calling game I'm trying to get things that are out every time out there you do feel like there's some leadership values some years of good years and and and the catcher -- is getting more looked more tension and people look no more but. I don't I don't ever follow it guarantees -- somebody if I have a -- one or whatever but. You know it it's all it. Some some dungy can't control. You know your your career or kitchen GR EE if if if it's to attend a nothing game in the seventh I'm going to be a little more aggressive -- I am so I -- give up an actual runner to you know. And and and that's a thing about pitching site you know. When you start weren't so much about stats you lose. Did the sense of just baseball chips into one I don't need my pitcher to be thrown. 32 sliders and 82 strikes we go to the house and rest and get ready for tomorrow's game you could -- got this in the back. When you see a guy like Christian Vasquez but 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 based police found with the guys wanna do I think he's he's got a really bright image while our Danny Butler. A lot of these young guys that haven't quite cracked their way to make Tunisia have a really really bright future and and and in baseball as part 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 it does that help you we you've heard though sand lemons and lemonade that whole thing yeah I can't I can't. There's no matter what -- -- caught the guys on -- 84 and can't located or you know or even 96 in camp located or. Does have a secondary pitch this guy's going to be able to do a -- I ask a lot out of those pitchers you know because I know they can do it. That's the 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 wanna make it as easy as possible on them so that's a -- about last fight but when you got a -- like this. It makes it really fond of him to call game and and really easy sometimes. David thank you always.

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