Jun 25, 2014|
We check in with the Sox skipper amidst this tough road trip for our weekly state of the Sox report.
Transcript - Not for consumer use. Robot overlords only. Will not be accurate.
Red Sox lost last night Seattle they wrap up the three game visit to the Pacific northwest tonight. Every Wednesday at this time we talked with a manager of the Boston Red Sox John -- brought to you by our -- insurance. Town fair tire. And Mohegan Sun hey John how -- Mario thanks nice to talk to you again Tom I I know that baseball managers especially. Preach patience and and you know sticking with guys and wait for things to turn around but at some point does your patients start to run -- then. Well I think we all shared from top to bottom -- and some frustration with the way. Your first 78 games so gone. Two Eagles we've had. Areas on this team that have been very strong and in until lately that's been in the rotation and and -- all time -- couple days so not being fresh from the -- I hit in -- ball was struck for consistent start to get guys back but also obviously starts -- might force. Brandon Workman is in line and strong candidate for Friday. So were worry or start to get I think some help spark to us and yet. Some of the inconsistencies coming off a suicide yeah that that's got to change roster. If I'm a little more extended run. -- one of guys don't ask you about John Zander Bogart he followed his best his best month in in baseball -- his career. Made 327 average for 407 on base. -- what is worst month -- 157 so far in June to a two on base to 89 slugging what do you make of Zander Bogart who got -- -- look like the same guy at the plate right now. You know how I do know that he's he's obviously working on some things and right now he's he's quick to get out to a front side and and where we've seen him. When he -- as a talk about the gun goes -- broached or. I would say -- in the week seventeen ball in the right center gap as frequently when he first came up or in that stretch they referred to. He's a little jumping or anxious and when he missed his -- and resolve. There there's been some mounting. You know they out of won't say pressure put on opening noted that stretch. And that's part of the -- being guarded sometimes and that's emerged as an -- player but. Still. A little bit of a period here does this month is an -- work hasn't been that strong. But that doesn't change does that count of where this there were trying to get it back on track where he we volatility going to be an impact player. You don't much better than we do. What I'm wondering do you do you know him well enough where. Even if he doesn't say something is bothering him you can tell something is bothering him because if you look from it look at it from afar like we are we say. -- when they announced that Stephen Drew the Red Sox -- Stephen Drew was coming back. He went on a chair since Stephen Drew returned into the lineup. Of the numbers. Have not been good do you see any connection -- all whatsoever would that be something that would bother him. Well -- I think we're reporting -- is has moved to third base just in the production change and that's carrying over into the batter's box. You know he and I have sat down and have. Multiple conversations like about this and different sides whether it's shortstop or third page. Based on what he tell what he described his feeling I don't think respect ours over the batter's box. You're on the -- we talked about the production -- You know shall move to third base ball there's going to be some nuances and differences to the deeper exercise I don't think there's a wreck or relations. You know. Maybe there'd be inconsistencies that feel right now. I do know they're that way and things don't work out well. TDs -- He takes as much responsibility for actions that anybody any young player ever been around. Any -- quite. He's like some people down Baker's if -- the production has been their natural wanting that we continually trying to support Bartlett he can only do much. But because he care so much and what you work -- it you know I think that's where you -- continued on maybe a little longer than we might expect it's. They John -- aren't just a follow up on that a little bit did you initiate I'm guessing since he said it didn't bother him. Did you initiate the conversation was Zander and why do players sometimes have the defense that side of the game. Impact their offensive side. It in baseball it's not a two week games so much as other sports. Well -- like I did this year because. As Michael mentioned -- you're around people every day and you give -- censor what their body language is suggesting what they're. Actions are are letting you know in Dayton -- in the net those -- inflation's. Compare and contrast. Clearly it's a good days and they're not so we'll look at Alexander. Whether he Jackie Bradley brock's old guys that are in early stages of that when you see it you wanna come out. I get ahead of it especially Kenny called me and sit out and they in the non threatening way and just. What brings out -- deal with. So you know those those things as far as the conversation how would initiate it yeah that that took place in my hand based somewhat fortunate. The defense aside how they can play into it you know sports is clearly all our confidence in whether you're content defender. Sometimes that can. Not be put aside our compartmentalize. When you're in the batter's box as reaching a torrential. I'm not sure it suggesting that -- the other work but you see it carry over from one side or the other. We -- have a situation we would to have to drop a guy down who's young obviously talented you've seen the ability to drive the ball right center and up the middle and replace -- And then it goes away which you also concerned about the overall. Message -- sensed him. How hard is that and is there a point at which she almost half it's -- been overturned the switch to tough -- and say you know what does what would do what is best for the team deal with it. And meanwhile you deal with it and you deal with it it you deal with the 'cause the world's -- -- -- if things don't work out and that helps take the pressure off. Well prior -- moving down and you know that was part of district conversation just on some things that have been seen. As well movement cars in the in the in the lineup which doesn't sound startled look in the they're placed a lot of political more in depth and others. But struggled most you know five spots in order dropping him down it felt like it was here this there's -- -- my reason for this overseeing. Just sort of -- -- is not look like well we we lost confidence that's not the case. He's an important player who assembled the people forward and I -- that aren't you -- got a little little breather and in the ordering it and actually yesterday's move was about. John for a number of seasons now the Red Sox have had an offensive philosophy which includes seeing a lot of pitches working deep counts. Try to get into the bullpen of the opposing team as quickly as he can. I wondered how AJ Pierzynski was gonna fade into that overall philosophy. And when I watch a pitcher walked the bases loaded last night. And he swings at the first pitch he sees and makes an out it really drives baseball fans crazy -- it -- the manager. Well you know -- -- what they -- after the bat and then also you know his comments after game. That you when he felt like you got to pitch in the area that in -- and it didn't quite work out so. You know. Last -- Bears struggle as command early on your right you don't walk the base of the order shall. We knew we knew full well when we sign -- date this was destroy our record was an aggressive type of hitter not. Not of the same Boehner for like the -- the correct Trevor not the same. Approach that. Many of marketers use which we will fully accepting that we felt like all things combine AJ was a good fit for me. Length of contract to a left in the theater veteran presence all those are things fit what our needs work. We were I think that -- that's the hitter war or against. I try -- what she can you could argue that being patient and seeing pitchers and working at guard debate. Being down in the count early early in the count a lot currently well shall. -- last night. He ground out the first pitch when we worked a 25 pitch inning. It it didn't work out saying it's because you're aggressive. I know that's something we're we'll live with a hot and cold streaks -- purses. Where does he stand as a game caller in your opinion. You know I thought -- I think if you look at what he's done over the course of his career what he's done this year with certain pitchers on our staff is in very good. You certainly very quick parable of the game the work pace of the game which is for the benefit of the team on the field. Pitcher included in John Lackey work -- that have worked out standing the other I think you first brought it worked while you're at at -- So you know to -- you have -- -- Colts. But he he likes to establish an aggressive style much like you doesn't it in the batter's box he's an aggressive player. And it's gonna look to set the tempo of the game caller in relation to par and over try and if you look back on the pitching staffs and he's handled all young pitchers and better and I certainly our success. -- Clay Buchholz is going to be here so what's the roster move on to accommodate Clay Buchholz. Well we haven't announced that yet we're still working through a number of things and -- -- -- -- that's coming through in the next few hours so. But not into and out here are honest call. Is it made -- still working things -- my question. That I wanted to ask is when you look at your rotation you've got some promise -- coming back he's mentioned it. You have. Recruit Ian and too broad and options here in the -- look at Jake Peavy and where we're staring right to the -- July. In -- say is it time to maybe you look at. Something else always is would we be surprised conceivably by the roster -- -- No I don't think there have been a good -- would be surprising if they're they're one of three ways with that Christian. Space will be created match either option of young pitcher. To AAA. So -- goes on several -- trade during the you know but those are the three avenues that we can pursue and I do know that that -- is always working at ways improve. Our roster and that includes. Competition from within -- you bring up rupiah and Brandon those guys have done an outstanding job there in practice. The decision making going forward. To the -- -- looking at every -- thing to do probably assembled the younger I mean but because approaching so well. I don't know we will just willing to which right now and that's why everything is being exhausted up and so game time to -- to make the most. Felt like a trade at Akron that -- the job not hindsight is always 20/20 knowing what you know now knowing that he's old for his last 23. It's Stephen Drew get rushed to the big league roster sooner than he was ready for. Now. We felt like -- there was a target number that backs. To get accomplished to get him in game. Speed in rhythm. And and yet. I recognize scenery you know he's in the stretch -- just lecturer of allfirst last week three. But I I can't say that it was because of ten or fifteen laps or accept a minor league level. He Italy bringing a player backing him and everyone else's game streak is gonna require some. Some absorbing some bombs all -- -- going to the right. Our job now is time for the animal -- in question where. A listener just to have dinner review possibility of having -- review if you selected. Today's question. Comes from Brian barter Bryant -- Arlington he wants to know -- distractions like Ortiz arguing about and error take away from team focus. On winning baseball games. No not at all beaches so while there's respect in beautiful battle inside between game they -- at the plate we got on the mound. You know that there's a competitive spirit I think that everybody. Chairs and sometimes that's sort of the more vocal and and displayed a little more than others but. That -- those are common occurrence is not from David but in general those are common occurrences that. You know as part of the team you'd you'd accept and you stay focused at what. What the task at hand and right now that put together a complete game that we can you know get out of -- this sort of slide our. Did you have any idea that. Joseph Torre was gonna release that statement before he did or did you learn about it just like the rest of Austin. As as you get you know before we go public or -- again it an email on it put. I didn't know in advance notice that there was going to be here statement. Made -- show about the incident. And your. I look at David that's what you he's passionate he's competitive he washed away and we all share. It and I respect what he says. And you know our little world together and then there's a process that is in place and when you consider -- second course. It was reverse was there so I think he had some. Ground to stand on even though it's a little more demonstrative -- the Laguna which is good Torre's statement. Well I actually you know -- -- I didn't my statement because he is going it's got to look at the situation where. I think the thing that stood out -- -- What a player hole should be looked upon differently than -- visit our other words and I would second this is an even playing field. They're they're a integrity and their social order after a hole they and those decisions might are always be accurate that's why that review system in place. So. You know I think Joseph has done and the tradition is committed to and all the until batters he's got such perspective as a former player coach and manager that. I think it strides in the right way to answer the right things. I know that the World Cup has gone on in the clubhouse was Luis Suarez biting a topic of discussion in the clubhouse. I think also depiction of the shoulder and you know -- There there was a recent offensive -- that it in the minor league where you're fighting took place but you know I think what happened on a competitive playing field but. Crazier things have happened I guess. John we appreciate time as always we'll talk to you next week. Our guys are Red Sox manager John -- brought you by our belly insurance town fair tire and Mohegan Sun. Will take a break will get to the -- with you at 6177797937. The AT&T -- line -- 37937. It's dale and Holley with Tom. WE yeah.