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Red Sox Assistant GM Mike Hazen chats with Dennis and Callahan

Apr 24, 2014|

Hazen joins Dino, Gerry and Kirk for the Front Office Report to give us the latest on all things Red Sox. He also gives his take on the Michael Pineda pine tar controversy.

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These front office report is brought to you by -- turf care and by two -- business solutions. Mike -- assistant manager Boston Red Sox joins us on the AT&T -- -- Michael how are you -- played very well up procedural question here -- yeah I'm sure you know really get into why a manager Mike. Have to call attention to a pine tar violation. When he from the dugout clearly concede it eyes so the whole plate umpire or an umpire for that matter. As an even better view what are the manager to call attention for it to be enforced. I don't know you don't question and I don't think that he'd be. Crew chief talked the last night at the manager -- -- -- -- -- -- certainly Welker initiated. You know I don't think the managers in other that the -- Staring at at the starting pitcher. On such situations inaudible back group we made aware of the situation out a lot aren't. You know maybe they were maybe they had a obviously our coaching staff was more aware bit. After what it -- first time. Dogs are they were watching or a little more closely so I think it's more you know. Had a baby gone on Ramon Ortiz maybe aren't looked -- but I don't that's the first thing you're looking out as an. Well maybe -- -- it may make it up -- -- you at least would admit that umpires stare at the pitcher enough to call blocks that may be what you might see but I might not seek the slightest little movement bull -- well balked. So the looking closely enough for that. Yeah I. It's slightly different Dugard who they are looking at the pitcher constantly double say you know he didn't have a lot of first inning and it was just but that -- to a second inning that second inning was going by pretty quickly it's gotten too vertical go to what is really out there all that long. I don't know what you're really into the question exactly what they're looking I don't speakers during that. Particular party art or picture. With nobody on on base and you know there is no balk situation back in practice. As far as you know Mike was sending now but down to make room victory you know essentially -- -- tough call was an obvious call this point and why why should we expect him to come back up I mean it's not like it's. Ideally it's not a temporary thing. Yeah unfortunately I think it became more and obvious things we -- as we've gone into it I think it was becoming. Tough call that the beginning stages you know when -- first went out. We are trying to learn about these you know we conduct an injury. You know certainly -- -- -- dump her last year and things got one of the best -- in in in baseball you know I'm picked up an overstatement given skill that he possesses getting on base. -- pick through this before. You argue with that people we took him a -- the last aren't any resurrected himself against. He's too good -- -- -- -- she hurt which is not or he's gotten not hit -- that you know not going to be accurate inning against. I don't know why he got off to started -- it was a it was a hot rod form. We certainly want to alarm it is as long as we could do -- many opportunities. Given the count it as he is in and what he has done. For -- as an organization as a team last year really and what he did try our lineup and number pitches he sees -- is the utilities which hit. It just what a worker former right now you saw you expand the strike zone probably more than it ever seen him do that and when you know when Daniels and a in a groove. He's got rut where he and now that you guys more than anybody else where on the pitcher yet and to those popular Carrol -- that is what is happening on a regular basis. We we knew Jacoby Ellsbury was out here along time ago I mean 23 years ago it was clear that he was gonna move on. Obviously you guys know as well you think you prepared well enough to replace his. Ability to hit lead off. Mean clearly Bradley can play center as well or better than Ellsbury. But you really don't have a lead off hitter now Ellsbury gone do you. Yeah I don't think -- -- well first bucket until number heart and we're -- we read and set up to really replace Jacoby Ellsbury I think. When we look at the lineup which we're trying to get that many of the best hitters that get on base much off the top of the -- We have a you know fifty stolen base cut -- or not we didn't replace traditional -- step -- -- So that element that what you -- we did at the -- want to missing. You know we look at a lot of different -- you do it is different ways in the cattle that and really what you're trying to do like it should be for many guys up Warrick that are gonna get on base. Four -- not to go -- and scored a run. The way our all our place in the in my power we -- -- -- up you know there's more ways than just -- your -- and -- single. We -- -- soccer ball around which we haven't done with any regularity yet we want to start knock the ball around. The field a little bit more you know so the two -- -- homers. One of those guys getting -- not the biggest news is getting got a couple out there on base. Is there an organizational concerns the -- Colts is heart or is hiding something because the velocity is down the numbers aren't the same. It was it could be overseeing essentially same velocity we saw in October and is trying to gut it out there through the World Series is are concerned there's something else going on here. Now. No short answer that I just don't think you got to finish it out law. Yeah I mean you look a lot he always played for him up and down. He -- eighty's she's good when -- -- 92 and has been neighbors to know that -- in 929394. Yet never really been a big glossy. Ever since coming back you'll ever since we got out ultramodern in the big leagues you really start to. Manipulate the ball out -- not really what makes him what he is it when it turning over that you see birdies pitching down in the zone and he during early contact. You know when you carving martz being you know last year. I think it's probably more to finish. Maybe got something to -- I don't think the physical you from an injury import. But he hadn't gotten out last. Couple it to -- -- about all the hitters. To say it a little quicker or a little bit later when it when it gets to the plate. We got the role -- in a lot of ground ball we haven't seen that yet. We think that -- can't you know -- in this you know -- -- for anybody obviously got to do a pretty miserable conditions. And do you think that has some effect forgot -- trying to manipulate the baseball the way he does he not just -- forcing fastball all like Lester does. Or lack you don't which aren't right by him. He's he's trying to get this hit and and then contact down in the zone and you know -- -- -- yet but but we will. We're talking in my case an assistant general manager Boston rats a two part question Mike what element of this and even start by the Red Sox has surprised you -- NC coming. The second part of the question is what element of this uneven start doesn't worry anybody in the organization where you think this is gonna be okay win when this happens. Well sort of attitude to for the first part of your question I think you know more than anything else he's the only start I think the consistency at which -- -- And I don't really probably -- mostly deep -- and there with a little bit surprised. You know the amount of time and effort. We watch too much spring training we all saw what would -- last year on the got a putting it all the work -- it seems that -- seeing. From a preparation and work at that point we haven't played that well I don't think on the defense side of the ball. And it went off at the consistent simply note got some runs we were leading all -- baseball will play his first we could easily in seventeen -- place. -- those things and you consult -- road courses she's in a little bit you go through some. Some unfortunate rot on the opposite -- to. I'm that we haven't really piece it together where in early in the season you know we got a really good forwards and we didn't get. And then we started it a little bit another you know another game. Quick outlet Baltimore game. You know you get upset and so we haven't put together those those complete game like we do a lot alas it was more -- one of the first game I think in if you -- the first in Nicaragua where you know start that we put together root ball. Pointed question watching Derek Jeter Mike how diminished is he. On April of 2003 -- fourteen. Then Jeter in his prime in your estimation. Yeah I don't think you've got their start at the I think the way they're moving him around to putting him in good positions. Promote from defense shifting here or been in a lot of good spot. You know offensively. I don't know what you got they let you know and -- second and third that got a lot to play I'm not feeling good about it. It's okay that's got all the Khryapa played right right field about my I don't -- -- -- -- -- on a consistent basis so I'm hoping to -- -- of -- and they still -- You are dealing with a ton of experience and a great player. And so he's gonna -- figure a way to beat you you know you have to go to that point. It -- -- an assistant general manager Boston Red Sox might appreciate the conversational talk -- on the road. Are like -- with Dennis and Callahan on the AT&T -- the front office report is brought you by new turf care and -- business solutions. Up for the final -- Dennis and Callahan straight ahead we invite our friends at -- -- on the FM side 93 point seven or -- we have a little time I think you should do the schedule again. And we'll do right this time you made me do too fast yeah you didn't value I -- to do it. And wanted to chime in a little faster and old -- -- -- yelled at last during the break to go fat basking in the ass and -- -- -- -- you'll participate wasn't just for me was football muscle Johns at the -- one missed eagle wins -- that's true he says deal with the -- yet I want to explain again. The Patriots are gonna suck is that he said. They've issued I've said -- he very -- teams lose six in a season is going to be defined by a couple of very long streak find out sausage when the last time this team the Patriots lost six in a -- rod rust. Rod rust cause you're not a bad what's those first year that number they won four -- the end of that year marshall's first hear that but they lost six -- Think so there. Is that a big one win until there was one in 91 Matsui -- was playing and really our nose -- he'll a retreat at that could -- it could open that -- you know thinks they're gonna -- to those out of 21 years that -- I think -- those 93 and he goes on record -- say in the going to be that that next time like that. Stretch. Yeah all the finally get back.

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