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Red Sox manager John Farrell joins MFB, 8-13-14

Aug 13, 2014|

The Red Sox have an early game today, so manager John Farrell spoke with Lou, Christian and Tim about Joe Kelly and Allen Craig. John is optimistic about Kelly's athleticism. He also said he'd love to have Jon Lester back in a Red Sox uniform. Also, he admits that he has been called out for an Ice Bucket Challenge.

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John how -- thanks a lot for joining us today and the mid day shelf. Yeah good morning guys sorry all right let's start off with the obvious with Joseph Kelly pitching last night a second time got a chance to see him and a Red Sox uniform and for the fans that have not seen him pitch the St. Louis Cardinals before and wondering what you thought of payments start one which economists start to last night and give us to compare and contrast and also if you. Have a thought on now where Allen Craig is in his rehab to talk about the cardinal guys that came over from John Lott for John Lackey. You know the what they were Joseph Kelly is he's athletic he repeats his delivery I thought last trying to get more power was stopped them and Saint Louis. And when you sit there in the dugout particularly from the third base side you get a real. Appreciation for our quick Islamist. The last right up to 97 but good actually to a secondary principal curve ball and slider. A muddled -- a little bit to find last night early on but but settled in and a budget just to. I think equality right handers that we're still getting to know but clearly there's a there's a lot there to like him. I would Allen Craig he's he's -- them off the DL but to it tomorrow when we get back home. I don't know go through a full round of BP and start to get more baseball activity on the field. Page on which were you surprised that Joseph Kelly stole third and that was that he's gonna -- I mean I do given the green light. And it's been awhile but the pictures stole a base and a group for the Red Sox. The only like 45 years ago but still. -- and not completely surprised but. Clearly. You know late close you know if you didn't take him for an urgent taken seriously it was a loading times -- about 16517. It took -- the heck of an athlete and that's the one thing we've come to see. Just salad just -- removed brawl you know how repeats his delivery he beats out an infield base hit over in Saint Louis. A base hit again last night so not surprised at all that he took him additional -- feet. So much so it's just real quick on Jackie Bradley junior I know you guys are constantly evaluating your players especially young ones we know how good he is in center field and his guys -- all out there. But at what point. Do you decide that you've kind of seen enough either you're not able to see him at the plate every day anymore -- for the past. Couple games that you think it's Smart to kind of put him back down in the minors and let him got to play every day and get more wraps. Well clearly we backed him up every -- -- that that's been that's been clear where we're trying to get some literally work to take hold and and I really felt the the game he came in. Saturday night in Anaheim where -- nineteen innings there were better at bats in that. In that game -- You know that the tough thing is -- or not -- in the traction of the adjustment studies shown an early work and then turn over the game there's still some length -- -- -- swing. And Sunday with a -- a formidable lineup again today. But no we haven't gotten the point where you know are we best serve. Course there's Jackie best served look with having some of these adjustments in green a little more pocket. You tell you before your start -- eyes on Jacqui and will -- well that same category with -- it seems like. Playing these guys every day especially now -- we are in the standings without helping determine even more so what they are in the futures that battle kind of between you and Ben -- try to win that game. But the best lineup out there but maybe you he wants to see more these guys playing every day try to work through it. Well I I wouldn't say it's a battle I think we're all. Trying to combine. All. All sides of them and that's to get this much of a read as we can on those guys and and the fact that you guys were talking about now you know -- bulls Norfolk. You know 750 at bats in the big league so there's a little more about. But he you know -- a track record there's not a long track record with -- little bit more one jacket approaching probably 500 plus at bats. So you know we're we're getting a pretty good idea of you know what what has transpired and then. You know in most cases more of a mixed bag because the first your -- up in the first 600 plus at bats. -- thirty plus home runs and and that still being searched for you know it. Maybe to transition and play out a little more consistently here. Particularly at a power position at third base and you're looking for more production there there there that I think it's pretty clear you know. Jackie you know. The defense is to me is what allows it is still much incomparable right in the lineup because it's superior defense that is -- the best central defense in the game right now so. And at the same time -- article should go up and win as we've been doing all the more plates and work and were trying to combine the two. John perilous OW BI afternoon game for the Red Sox today joining us amid days cemetery. John there was a story in the Boston Herald today Jon Lester says that he's gonna keep this house here in the Boston area he does still think about perhaps coming back to Boston once the season is over and Oakland. I'm wondering what if any influence you may have in that regard about may be trying to talk him into coming back to Boston once a season is over. Well yeah. I think we were all of -- Jon Lester you know backer and a Red Sox uniform. We also know that wants free agency and opens. You know he's gonna have an opportunities are in the right it's -- the market can bear Foreman. -- will be a number teams that are interested in -- durable as productive. He's done it in Boston there's a great comfort level with everyone here. And I and I found his comments to be encouraging -- that you know what he's looking for the total package not just the highest dollar in -- I think. That always sit well with anybody who reads it and particularly where where she spent the majority of his career so we -- there's deep roots here. -- -- was in his home one of those homes are still here but. I think in the end you know. He's gonna know the world very you know I think I have a strong interest in them but at the same time he's he's -- local mayor right now until that point comes that's probably about the most insight on. John I think I know -- -- ask this but I'll ask anyway when you see him pitch the way he's pitching for Oakland right now what goes through your head is it gosh I'm happy for John there's a how was she was still here. You know how. -- yeah within the obviously answers which was she was a guy that was it was here but. You know that didn't come to fruition that didn't get ironed out and I felt would -- was able to bring back Q and assessed but -- -- An incredible return for for pitcher who. It talented in his own right is probably two months or three months in one place and we have to address our offense in its. Particularly our outfield offense in and human services as fit that bill for us. And were lucky and fortunate and really glad this year. Speaking assessor is John so looks like he's gonna be left fielder for the remainder of the season. -- was there any chance you guys are gonna put in right just to kind of see how we would handle it give a little taste of it before next -- -- Well our our initial thought was it was to get him in right field just because of you know in this -- Allen Craig and on the deal you know the range obviously projects from Craig to be left just listen in in right field. But you know that the fact -- were also transitioning you know to. Middle of the order type guys in the trying to make and feels comfortable possible. Allen -- DL obviously slowed that transition affable guys when Allen comes back. You know there there -- some -- just to keep the more they played the most number of games and even though Allen might not have. The same range as units in the outfield we may still look put Craig in right field just just to keep that comfort and allow them to get you know produce offensively as they've done. If we look at. UN just down the road has been curricular we have plenty of time in spring training with the ballpark -- has had the identical dimensions in Fort Myers. And we can do at that time so I think for the time being were probably standing pat with you mentioned last. John has been a difficult season for Clay Buchholz and got a lot of young guys down a bit. Is it that's been around a little bit and still somewhat inconsistent also mechanical issues too but it seems to me that he. It's almost like he's gotten really cutter happy and get away from that TC -- both so good for him last year is that a confidence thing is that because of mechanical issues. You know I think -- who -- early on this year when. She might out of had the same you know same consumers we have at the beginning of last year. In when things weren't going those consistent as. You know they work the same period of time he went to was -- a little bit more. I thought the other night was probably the best stuff he's had all year and we're starting to see that two seamer and the action to a the more consistent with the year ago. And I -- more than anything he was so aggressive on the on the play well this was some pitches to get ahead in the count early and I think it's time to play can be a little bit to fine. And maybe have a tendency to pitched backwards at times a little bit too much -- not trust. That two seamer like you can but bless -- felt was more vintage -- couples. -- I don't last spring trip that was -- bring to he had a clock on him even in bull pens in spring training to deliver the baseball is that an ongoing process up in difficult for Khaleda. Understand as far as delivering the baseball -- so much time. Yet I think we got Saddam base there there's the you know the everyone's natural clock -- kicks in and his use -- slow the game down and and maybe dictate the temple. In his own way and beat you would want approach to dictate the temple and ideally. You'd like that could be may be as quick as you can but yet under control still executed play go the other way and the -- does slow something down and you know while we continue to try to emphasize -- -- quicker tempo and and a better overall pace. We can't take someone out of what. Seemingly is their comfort zone. In the not same cause another distraction but. They'll make him feel comfortable and that's a delicate balance as we go through. John -- -- -- said last week that it isn't on the agenda necessarily go out and try to find in case and hope that you can create a pitching staff and an -- will emerge are you alright with that approach or would you prefer -- -- Ben and the rest the front office gotten try to get a guy who has a clear cut designated number one. Well here here's a thing with you know everyone is gonna look at Jon Lester and he's developed into a number one pitcher. We've got guys with the ability the talent to do the same -- and you know I think. You know when you start the labels starting pitchers one to three year or and then you get the back -- guys but the two and three don't want our guys that perform their way into it so. We know that the cost of pitching is astronomical. -- Having -- guys that have the ability to grow into those. Designations those number one -- starters and so we have guys with that type of stuff here. And we've got to provide the opportunity to grow into that put justice say that we have to go out and get a number one. That that guy is is one pitch away from becoming. Possibly in active and I think that's where. We feel like we've got talent it's huge for our rotation right now do I expect us to make additions to the rotation probably. What to what level we bring in it remains to be seen them you know what is that the cost out on the open market. The John have you been nominated yet for the ice bucket challenge. I have been in your god is tomorrow all is it okay so you gotta get creative plan he can't give way to secrets. Borders from the Fenway but oh we'll get some -- got a couple people in mind that I want past the bunker. Dive into the cold -- But -- a -- to let people get. You know what it -- -- what a great idea yeah its it's gone viral spread quick. And obviously for great cause. And you know I've been nominated by Mike MB over BC and with -- radius and all of these. Going through and having come to know him and and it's a great recognition and certainly for a great cause. By time now for the question of the day when asked John -- a question visit WEI dot com slash Mohegan. You submit their question -- college weekly interview of chosen. You can be dining with threats judgment John Ferrell at Mohegan Sun today's question of Ricky source it is after full four full months of instant replay John. Have you learned about challenging calls and what adjustments. With a beat made in 2015 open. Well we trust the process so we have internally you know you. The awkwardness I think everyone has become a little bit accustomed to with the time that you've got to go out make small talk waiting for. You know the different angles to be reviewed. You know I think there's been times were you know you roll the dice with what we term is even internally as inconclusive so. It depending on the inning depending on you know the importance of the situation you may not have conclusive evidence but you'll. You'll take a gamble with that nonetheless. I would like to see it taken completely out of the manager's hands and become. The decision of someone independent that is reviewing every game every play. But that's just just my thoughts but I think in the end we've we've pentagon is growing pains and overall it's been a positive addition. Tell you guys change -- all I was sick on the issue for you guys and you've made a couple of changes in how you kind of look at these replays and different guys you signed that. You know I don't I don't know that we can make really any changes what's what's currently in place the familiarity the technology is there. Ideally the game could use the -- being replayed quicker. But I I don't know how much you can speed up the current technology but I think everybody is focused on the pace of the game and sometimes these reviews. Some can take longer than others but. Still you know I I. Unless there's wholesale trade or major changes to the system that's in place. I don't know that we make in the internal changes. -- to compensate anyway. John thanks a bunch for coming Allen has greatly appreciated and at best what today against the Cincinnati Reds.

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