Aug 15, 2014|
Larry joined the show to discuss last nights festivities at Fenway.
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The front office report. Brought you -- new turf care Toshiba business solutions and New Hampshire Motor Speedway joining us on the eighteenth -- -- is Larry Lucchino Larry good morning how are you. Two questions I guess personal number one. Did you think it was a chance that Tom Moore was gonna come out yesterday's commissioner it's likely -- you think of the overall choices man Purdue's permissions. On the first question I absolutely thought there was that was a possibility that that topic levity was not some kind of -- Protest candidate he was a guy -- and there was full look like he is being made me. That he but much like the best presentation. Of the group and had some real passion that support did and so I think there was it indeed a possibility. Of him being elected. Having said that it was you know what several ballot and pick their final election was on the seventh ballot. And I think that. In the collection that we may just upset very graciously afterward just -- it was a good wasn't he did. Be very experienced. Person. And I think he benefited. Delete did there's all listed from the process. Because a lot of issues and threats for the game challenges facing us in the future articulated by and I think that that dialogue. Will lead to -- To look better a better game of baseball goes forward. What will be different now under rob Manfred Larry. Well certainly he's a different person that Bud Selig but there has been an office for twenty years here. And then. As a different person it was a different temperament. Different background. It's hard to predict. Predict perfectly what will be different. But it's his but it management style will be different the league office. The commissioner's office shall be. Anchored in New York City. I think that as city. Witnessed duty at the time. Was the general notion of the debate yesterday I think problem world Celia. Mandate to liberate him bring about a change in the in the league baseball govern itself. And and -- articulated. Five challenges facing big game. And I think that. There was general agreement. -- was drops. On and on several of them might think he can receive change in the product coming -- I think it is the media. Serious drive for a younger and more diversity in base I think Agassi. And -- approach -- modern approach to technology. And that general effort to to grow the game needs some of the point that Tom was stressing. It is the presentations. And we're all proud to. Of the process because it. It did allow us to debate important issues and Tom did that he hit it a remarkable job it is to -- that bias and that independent. It's actually a highly supportive of John Edwards spoke. Very. Eloquently in favor of dollar as well. So there is there will be some changes -- heard of that certain. What about their -- criticism Larry I first us -- we read bill Madden on Monday -- and Shaughnessy I think the next -- dissent dismisses joke he did this he did this he did this -- deal. The question you always get to his. What is Warner do for the Red -- support over here commission today I think I would ask you first question can you tell me what Tom Warner does day in and dale for the rest. Well you know this day. Yes I can -- is that he is that instrumental in every major decision we make at the Red Sox. He is his titlist Germany ran -- our both our quarterly board meetings as well he handles the interaction. With all of the partners. And keeps our our ship afloat and harmonious. But he also is involved day to day you know we I talked to him almost every day if not every day. And in -- there's not a major policy decisions made major. Financial decision. Major -- in this city see actually runs and -- I think dutifully. Because of the solution backed -- is just the right guy to. To run that operation as well. He's chairman at Liverpool -- -- very busy guy but he keeps he keeps I think is at number one glove award got up to this. Position it was there it's such services is leveled -- Red Sox -- baseball so he just. Is that very active that it dated date there and very active that larger policy decisions financial decisions well. Can you confirm the rumor that rob Manfred. Uses email unlike. Bouncing -- and I -- is that true. Would rather sit prolific. Peace will most to me is almost 45 years. Does it feel like you stab them in the back. Like I hadn't does he feel that you just that you and John Henry step by. I mean obviously you had a good relationship with Selig and you did not vote for his protege. Yeah I think -- the important thing there isn't productive -- agree -- on everything or through one and get there's a wait for that. Did state that discussion. The lead to a better outcomes better resolution. And I think that's. That's part of what happened yesterday species the top stories he would need for change in the gain and improving the product. Attracting younger fans. -- in adapting to new technologies -- -- to platform points it Tom brought about and I think that. Rob will adopt many of them and I think that and he agreed recently that -- them. And I think it did there will be it could it result. Growing -- -- yesterday I don't think there'll be any labored hard feelings that means. Graduated Dell I think it's fifteen votes in the first ballot they think get the NFL. To lose significant. Opposition. To hand took a couple of ballots they had to get him elected. So I do I think there's it owners have a way of letting this thing -- and position it that it does it Irving mayor. Good morning Larry's saying hello there -- that matters. Yes that is a long time. I missed -- -- -- really did no idea I'm doing good thanks and doing a good look at an obituary it's. None of your Larry my imminent demise -- send in the -- very well rested relaxed the human spirit I looks good. Kiki is that you get a go to high ceiling doesn't like to say they. Well I hope this high tech I hope I haven't my ship hasn't civet Larry is if you were commissioner which I think you should have been but if you wore what would step one be for Larry Lucchino and get this game. Kind of current so respect. Well I will I will speak from my com's platform because I thought it was so. So good so powerful he talked about improving the product. Only eight Thomas the enormously successful -- legendary television executive. Because he cared about the product and shoot he came up with where. Quality shows because the issue of change America. And I think that that focusing on the they. Product it particularly the legs and -- And pace of the game this probably the most at a critical question of sort. Do you this is USA today story that. Implies that. Meant for it would be up for eight pitch clock would be supportive of a pitch clock. Are we talking about possibly under this new commissioner it is step. That drastic. Larry. Well that was just actually part of do the -- Warner platforms well. Consider it to be. They. More aggressive actions such as the distraught. Or. In a day between innings flocked to make sure that the brakes did not last -- longer than they were -- connected to date and I'm glad to hear that I'd pop a few media. Rob did not say that it is. It is so -- breakdown for the presentation to left. There's a smaller group that I was and so I didn't know that he would it adopted that are currently has an open mind towards that. I think that's a very positive steps and we have a rule that says the -- supposed to pitch within the twelve seconds. The time he receives the ball wait there's nobody on base and that rule is. -- you know as far as I know I can't remember the last time -- -- it was ever enforced. But that's general look at. You know the weekly Jon Lester question here he talked to too -- Kansas City until tomorrow -- that Henry told him. But the rest -- prepared to make an aggressive offer in the offseason but he thinks that other teams may try and blow him away I guess my question would be what is an aggressive offer for Lester. Put figures here -- nothing if not consistent. Which America together and -- that's -- all wanted to. To discuss the the details of any any possible negotiation and Ernie previous negotiations had the catalyst that. I'm afraid it's it's against the rules it's difficult peppering of. Always it was Lester with Lester Lester telling the truth when he said Henry's for the -- such preparing to be aggressive toward Lester in the Nazis. And even that I think is probably too closely -- we love Jon Lester. Say the solution great it's great good luck and when he's a free agent we -- -- -- talk about it. Do you think one of your top starters the office and the number one -- two star in 2000 to fifteen. Do you think he's not here yet you think it's someone we don't know yet. To -- question because there are. So many entities and organizations. Some awful we have just seen a little bit of and get a sense of there. The future possibilities of their high ceilings. But certainly haven't seen Henry L one and and it about protecting him to be the gate command at the top of their rotation but he -- top of their rotation stuff at some point in the in his career. And there are some other. -- it would be a case on the trade market so it's it's a little -- is it it's actually possible. To say that I do think that. You'll be someone that. It is a possibility that playbook culture returning to this. It is the career norm or -- possibility of younger pitchers are stepping. Larry you as an organization seem more forgiving of Roger Clemens transgressions. Than I am or than the baseball writers of America are. Do you plan to retire his number 21 even if he doesn't get into Cooperstown and you haven't given it to anyone yet. You know we haven't had a number of uniforms and eventually. Set aside and -- over the possibility of of retirement. But there has been. No discussion on the subject. I'm I've been a party to. And I do think they -- votes to get into the Red Sox both players -- ultimate. Judge Henry Tom Warner. -- Mike Gordon and you must do by ourselves there are things that. It done by an independent panel that includes sports writers as well. I think we always hear from people Larry I know I do -- Wade Boggs 126 retired. He had heard that the a fair bit myself on. Again it probably have to go to the did that the panel of hall of fame selectors there I think 1516 people on that. But. But the -- maybe the short answer is that. -- people think of him more as a as the the players from other teams and even though -- glorious career whether it's -- so we can't make. I think he's in the -- that they -- post news ready and match your body and the Yankees. So these days identity. Get a little bit mixed. During during the time that's best guess like I can offer. Clemens still maintains it yesterday with and it beat in the press comments he never did steroids in -- or nothing it was because of -- -- -- he knew what -- Slater his career your baseball -- you better effort subtle Clemens did. If 4243 years old do you think Roger Clemens ever did and EPDs. Pull it. I don't have played an answer to that question I will say that he first put in question. I did get around this you -- at one point we were contemplating. Trying to bring him back here after Iraq in 20022003. And his. And it worked out so where legendary. He showed us the that an indoor basketball court and weight room. That he had at his place. And they did at that pace and intensity of his work out on the subject of discussion and I heard from other folks with third parties about it too. But I do think that he is he people he worked extremely hard in intensively. But I'm not -- -- go into the question of whether or not there's any idea evidence and -- mission. -- He said you weren't on the panel were you on board for this do you agree with their choice to put him in. The Red Sox elephant you do do you think it was appropriate last night to have him on stage with Pedro the greatest player greatest pitcher. In that we've ever seen a risk selection of Foreman a guy we most most of us presume assume was -- -- -- -- In my opinion I think we have cattle did the right thing it was a spectacular night from all indications so last night. That was the that was classic thirty no bar and including. Just basically alone I'm not sure gonna as illustrious -- is. Popular class doesn't Tikrit it this year. Would you be comfortable with Manny being in the Red Sox Oliphant. You know that's up to the panel. Would actually I'd be comfortable -- -- ask me I would partly due to be comfortable and they vote. You simply said you think -- should be in the -- -- Serbian. I don't know I don't know what that I think he was an extraordinary player when he this year. And I think he's certainly should be a candidate. -- that's also. Okay thanks Larry -- -- -- about Lester next week. Your world curricular clubs only injected some much good work separate him meter back -- -- that they that's not on the Internet. He going to be in this gig that would be a big fan base you would like candlelight like Peter's yet. I appreciate types like -- mart until about a yankees. And -- a bachelor okay. They're -- -- -- and does not want me -- your Mears and it's now many he would have really intense workouts you are seen used as I saw him one time he worked out really really hard hours in the legend. -- their work 6177797937. More for Red Sox hall of fame. Last night we'll talk some more about the -- commissioner stuff as well.