Apr 16, 2014|
We discuss the Red Sox early season woes with manager John Farrell, as well as his views and faith in MLB's new instant replay system, and the continuity in the Sox outfield.
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We will lay around the program discussed the the nominees for the Patriots hall of fame. And the -- system speaking of systems that need changing and we think the instant replay system in Major League Baseball needs changing I would suggest. The Patriots might need a little -- -- their all the pain system we'll talk about that a little bit later on while also talk more about the these Stanley Cup Playoffs first round begin tonight in the NHL but don't begin here in Boston until Friday we'll talk about the Bruins. -- Detroit Red Wings series a little bit later on in the in the program as well as we start to get to ready for that. Some of the flu ridden Bruins have returned to practice today they got a few guys back still missing a couple with the flu bug. I'm including whether defenseman Kevin Millar and -- are cow ski hopefully they'll be back tomorrow is good news the good news you know start to Friday as it turns out it it probably will be. It if they had started tomorrow as. We all thought they were going to it may be that they were going to be missing. -- hockey players cats but we word about the will be on yeah. Bergeron played last year with broken -- people literally I got a letter separated shoulder let me ask you a quick question for John -- -- on here. The Bruins are the best record in hockey home 317 in what three volumes are. What. We we we've been told. That that in the hockey. Home ice doesn't matter as much especially in the post season. Why didn't you been told that by people who don't understand the game maybe that -- -- that is -- -- tell -- -- to educate -- quick loan. Claude Julien. Home team gets last change. Home team gets the match ups that they want. Claude Julian gets to make sure that. You know win -- -- Mike was steps on the ice for the Detroit Red Wings Friday night he will ensure that he either has today you know Chara and or Patrice Bergeron on the ice against them. You get last change you get the matchups you want yes home ice matters that there's a reason the Bruins with 317 and three best record in the National Hockey League in home. Out eight they're good beat -- really really well coached. And that whole thing let's when they go to Detroit next week because Mike Babcock is a great coach as well and you know then he'll try to get the match -- that he wants. But but it's it's a part that keeps getting glossed over by fans and sometimes I wonder why. Alex talked a manager of the Boston Red Sox John Farrell has brought to you by our belly insurance. Town fair tire and Mohegan Sun John joins us on the AT&T hotline hey John I don't. Eric I argued that you were pretty well as it warmed up at all in Chicago yet no knowledge at -- a year or warm area. Man it was miserable last night wasn't. Well I mean when you're considered below thirty our -- its springtime weather but still not an excuse our ball in play -- -- and -- ready yet afternoon here aren't. I joked earlier I think that Tony La Russa wants to I'd date you or at least adopt you. He's going honor are raving about your conversation that you came out of the conversation saying. I stand by what I said in New York just give us a sense of out of what you're thinking about the replay system and the parts of the conversation with Tony La Russa that you can share with us. You know what our I think first and foremost I have always been I'm in favor of adding instant replay. You know I think we've experienced. Over the over the years that it there was beat. Availability of replay did you call them feel -- actually everyone. Want everyone intentional -- that are. And I think as soon -- this system is simple simple -- earlier there's doctors and adjustment or all -- some of the effects. Became the unfolds some of the emotion between managers and umpires it's. Removed somewhat. Although the other night that's what I certainly case. But I yard yeah I think we're going to go on prayers and and we've got to. It would be accepting -- some of the things are experiencing early -- knowing that. I think there's a lot of Smart people and all and whatever adjustments you make as we -- formal reports. Did you guys dodge a ball -- to hear from an injury perspective with both Dustin Pedroia and -- you are. Yeah I think so you know I you know that there are some short term situation that we've -- -- care love and coaches control ball and here today and based on his throwing yesterday which was. Even more aggressive than on Sunday people in the right direction so we should get a -- formation on the open today and likely his availability tomorrow. Right now just to enter in the lineup tonight so. Oh I get -- somebody monitoring certain that cropped up would -- you welcome Mike Napoli situation last night with a dislocated finger. -- he -- today but fiscal coach not fracture I had no ligament issues so are you know he's gonna need. A look at trying to get some swelling out of there but that should be back to sure. John Taylor Twellman here we opened the show talking about Bogart's and the level are concerned what's the level of your concern with no RBIs and and still learn in the position shortstop. Well you know you know RBIs in. You look at the overall. Actually called it -- there they're -- you know that this is a young guy that is extremely tired of it the work and preparation is is as good as any better now we have on this team. We're fully and completely confident of his ability not only to become a run producing up sort of player but also hurt the stronger. The last rights of all that nobody. Trouble was short. Inopportune time in the game. We're gonna have you know it's a box and down with a young player but this is good young player that became an offer right now and I it's exciting yellow right is in law and order. I was debating with -- twellman before you came on. I think he's he's the shortstop I don't know. How you see it if its future is at third base or what have you but. It looks like a shortstop to me is that his position does and that's what he is in baseball. Yeah no question Michael you know. But there's going to be -- guards there are a little bit more. You know their their strengths and her ability to allow -- to make certain players a little more readily and others. But he has shown us play arranged for the orange streak. -- there's no reason to think that he's been a lot that position now. 810 years down the road as he continues to fill out physically that that's that is a brutal process that's -- -- -- you know good decision good or physical look at shortstop as a result. When I -- Jake Peavy throw forty pitch inning for your early in last night's game I would have given zero chance he would have gotten it through sixth did he surprise you with the way he settled down and and got it his way through the next few innings. Well in the middle extra might or might have been right there what you portray you know the one thing that Jake is shown. Of course empire currently is tremendous competitors dirt and he. -- other -- the next inning when he came out what this extra -- and where he's sitting at 59 pitches after three as opposed to fifty he you know rotisserie Turkey are -- It all the sudden -- got back into some pretty good territory terms of getting through that's extra thing but. In the middle -- six earning -- start to piece together or like okay how we're gonna get here through the eighth. Hopefully Richards and peca. But says you know -- rated number precaution and that sort and it is they want to get in the sixth inning. You know it's a league a couple of their -- a bit and turn the turn pro football title 11 tie. But you know that. The strikeout totals -- -- well in this and there are stuck in the very good posters starts but I think you'll lose as much as. No better and competitiveness to get us through those six in the last night. I have ever heard it once and herded 75 times from UN and and a lot of other people in baseball who say. The approach a good hitting is that swing at strikes. And don't swing at pitches that aren't strikes up for the most part so how to explain. -- your team's struggles with runners in scoring position are you swinging at balls -- into it as opposed to swinging at strikes is it that simple or is it. Something greater that you've -- You don't like I think there's a couple things at play here -- I think the root of it could be you know our. -- individual desire to do something and make something happen in those moments where we recognize that created a lot of opportunities that we my short. So when when the effort level might increase like they're going to be the guy that gets done. I think that's where we can that's worked hard and we expanded the strike zone or rather than take the same approach in those situations that we get to fill the inning. You know in New York prime example you know they've lost leads off with a double double took third on -- on the infield out. And then two pitches later in the over and I think there's just the confidence. The senate -- to be over Russia. And expand the strike zone and we've just got to stay would say -- -- -- -- -- birdied his first talked about -- operate. The other thing to do. In the moments and that's where we've got state to back. But consistent approach we we got shelled out quickly and -- and otherwise. You know. I think the trademark of our offense for years there's only been there -- -- figures to remain patient into a restaurant in that there are. John is it safe to say that it would be your preference to have some stability at the leadoff positioning your batting order and is Grady Sizemore at least closing to the point physically where that could happen. It's cool it yet and I would -- actually a spot. You know what -- we've we've got rookie approach. -- left and right matchups. At the same time you're worried or looking for that lead -- guy certainly to Kobe's absence creates that we were fully accepting a bit in order when this signing to. Note starting option to play shall. He -- we've got a remote parts injuries have played in the back performances on a little as well shall. I know through fourteen games were still trying to. -- settle him looks and continuity truck lineup but there's been reason we haven't been able. -- you have a reason for doing everything I'm sure but the numbers suggest that Dustin Pedroia as a lead off guy. Is not so good what's the what's the reason for putting him. You know like Michael that the thought has been a when he went through that stretch where you know the week prior to you know -- the rest -- bother him. In and -- -- -- and -- are the leadoff guy did not get on he'd look to do a little bit more. In terms -- the -- of baseball it extra base he'll try to probable urged patience. Or try to do is just to get him to think about -- to achieve those. When he's right he does so well. I just get on base and let guys aren't can start to -- in the on top it's on base so it's a matter of not. It's a -- take what the father trying to do more than maybe right now. Anyone is capable of just -- -- I'd give some sense of the guys aren't watching how the opposition might look to attack and people. It and just give us the ability to get the start. You see much more from a pitcher when -- working and any of us can and do what will you be looking for specifically. From Clay Buchholz early that will indicate to you that he's where you wanted to be tonight. -- dark spot between -- start one and start to. You know that there was there a marked improvement to -- overall stuff and consistency location. That sort of progression usually you're like what they -- him tonight for. So to me it's it's a matter location in the strike zone and the and the repeating it. Where the Milwaukee game in -- there was all the pitchers don't but you know what every little mistake you pay for. I thought he was much better I think in New York. And he feels and watch all of the other days so like. I hit the ball started -- -- -- a little more consistency was a power when not having to really generate any -- I also. Know what he -- Like any pitcher you know he did for our start in the early in the year -- Regular season begins and you're getting more in game shape and so they can play support. And -- -- T shirts and in spring training said turn them turned oblique and page on and on and I can understand the mentality of the sentiment behind it. But is that is that going against. Human nature but you didn't win the World Series last year. And the reason you -- turn a page spirit because it's difficult to do how hard how hard is that to do well how are -- hard has it been for you guys so for. Two of league last year bought. Yet to have that yet have that mentality of because that the reality is. You're the defending World Series champions and you T shirts they've turned a page from and it's not like he did some bad -- -- did some good. -- really it's something something extremely unique and special. Where -- we originally talked about is the things that we control artist and they are all or that our preparation. And our guys look great job of that in the things happen. Come together as a as we might have expected from ministry training at least the first fourteen games. But the one thing that we continually focus on -- talk about news. Is just that -- the lead up for the game I'm want sure -- that you got to respond in situation accordingly. And see what we've done a good job in certain areas where we're still look at -- its stride -- Final question from me when there's an old saying a locker -- clubhouse -- get the right guy. If one guy pulled a prank on another guy make sure you pulled a prank back on the right guy get the right guy. I was thinking of that when I saw you arguing with -- umpire knowing that it wasn't his call you were arguing with. And knowing that it was somebody in in New York on the other set -- on the other end of the of the bags phone was making the call you feel like you're almost yelling at the wrong guy in that situation. What he'll say Tokyo don't shoot the massacre. -- well. You know what that was even talked about before -- just like a popular is that -- -- not or Mick McCall ice that I understand that but. I guess in that moment you try to clump everybody together and intensity. Unfortunately -- in the chase all the -- and -- -- clearly stated you're going to be struggling short on the field not the case but. You know. Yeah yeah you can order you get to the social much you can take based on what you see internally -- look at that you're that it soccer. And and also some of the things that your instructed on an hour or so my comments came out later actually it was that we're basing. Mark or I was basing my my viewpoint based on the particular struck are basically winners that throw to first baseman completed. That's my interpretation of what we've been struck department and that's where. I took exception to so that was our conversation yesterday -- -- -- -- -- -- something and knowing that we've got to get through our. Stage Europe. Getting your custom look instant replay of the game. You said it's hard to have faith in a replay system what will it take. To have faith in there in the replay system for you. You know I I think that's where our experience what that repetition where you know you you view things through your own video. Knowing that. Same deal he is going to actually your anorexic more consistency salute. Not just about I don't think it's as much -- rules interpretation just afloat things -- and how someone see. The same be yours yours and that's where. There there's going to be differences he. Inevitably you got two different humans looking at the same thing so I'm gonna interpret that or the other but we we've just got to -- -- -- -- play so well but just to be implemented implemented more. Regularly. In every game that we play. -- switch -- -- toll off this topic in my last question. Just as gives a sense of what your emotions were yesterday on the anniversary. Of America are bombings in in what you are anticipate. On Monday at Fenway Park. You don't -- I'm sort reporters yesterday is -- -- partly a function conversations knowing -- in -- -- -- exceed certain. Whether you can or other stations Parker remind us of what. It took place a year ago. It's still so many different things that the first and foremost thing is never. For getting those who fall victim and chambers and suffer so much from early senseless tragedy. But I think we also. You know take a step back and and maybe. Feel good that we -- able to be part of something to help others deal. It but the first and foremost at people and soccer are first and foremost my. It to say you were part of an incredible city there are strong community. It's a lend a hand in some small way hopefully I'll I'll. I that that's where we continue to look for ways to do just that and they did the one year anniversary is another. Milestone or another marker along the calendar that. Brings -- healing says it all in all. Hopefully that tactic chased the Monday will be another program tiger and I'm sure. Everyone contributing to -- acknowledging what took place here though -- be special as well. Those T shirts for the White Sox last night were very classy gesture. Nurture us and Eric and we'll know -- you're right about you know scorched. And speak specifically operation all that. You don't other cities recognize some of the tragedies and hardships that ultimately. Acknowledges it makes it. I think it brings everyone together trying. You know uncertainty and are appealing word that you feel like deductions support from his promoter that might not be exactly and -- John we appreciate time as always we'll talk to next week. Okay -- -- take care that is John Farrell manager of the Red Sox brought you by our belly insurance town fair tire and Mohegan Sun. 6177797937. As the telephone number it's dale and -- and Taylor Twellman Sports Radio WE yeah.