Hall of Fame baseball reporter Peter Gammons made his weekly appearance on the Mut & Merloni show Wednesday to talk about the Red Sox and other baseball news.
The Cubs recently fired general manager Jim Hendry, and there's been speculation that Red Sox GM Theo Epstein might be willing to listen to an offer.
Said Gammons: "I think he'd have interest. I don't know right now if, with a year to go [on his contract], whether he would. … We're talking about one of the best jobs in baseball."
Added Gammons: "It's a great job. Having gone even longer than the Red Sox without winning, if you win in Chicago, win a World Series in the next six or eight years, that city's yours forever. And that's not the worst city to have as your own fiefdom."
John Lackey's solid performance Tuesday night in Texas may have given him the edge over Erik Bedard in the battle for the No. 3 spot in the Red Sox' rotation, but the former Mariner doesn't appear to be far behind.
"I think right now it's Lackey's," Gammons said. "But I think that they think that after five starts -- I know Curt Young feels this way -- that they may really see a turning the corner in Bedard. Bedard's stuff has been very good. With his swing-and-miss stuff, he can go throw five or six innings in a playoff game against a good team and put up a pretty representative start. And that's important if -- if -- they get [Bobby] Jenks back."
The Red Sox are in solid position for a postseason berth, but Gammons stressed that they should not take the division race lightly.
"If the Tigers win, you don't really want to be facing Justin Verlander twice in a five-game series. But I'm sorry, starting out a series in Texas is not something you want," Gammons said. "If you're a wild card team, you'd have to start out in Texas and win three straight series on the road to win the World Series. I think it does matter whether you finish first or not."
Added Gammons: "I look at Texas and I see those big three left-handed power pitchers, and [Alexi] Ogando is the fourth starter and Colby Lewis is a 5, and all the additions they made to the bullpen. I think they're really scary. They get [Adrian] Beltre back, they're going to be much better. I don't think I'd want to have to play three out of five against Texas in Arlington.
Looking at options to improve the Sox, Gammons suggested they take a close look at a player such as Twins outfielder Jason Kubel, although he doubted someone of Kubel's stature would fall to them. That might make injured outfielder J.D. Drew that much more important.
"You just don't know about J.D.," Gammons said. "If he's healthy, he could put on a great month. … If you don't go and pick somebody up outside, then J.D. becomes really important."
With catcher Ryan Lavarnway impressing in his brief stint in Boston, Gammons was asked about next season's possibilities.
"It's really hard to carry three catchers, especially in the era of 12 pitchers on a roster," Gammons said. "He may be able to be the DH against left-handed pitching. … I have trouble saying. 'OK, he can be the backup catcher,' and letting Varitek go, just because what I perceive -- and I don't watch at the ballpark every afternoon -- what Varitek does. It's still only going to be Year 2 of Saltalamacchia. He's a safety net for him. He's great with the pitchers. He can be great for Lavarnway."
Added Gammons: "Maybe you carry all three. I have trouble saying we can the door on Varitek. Maybe statistics show he's not going to hit another year and all that kind of thing. I plead prejudice because of my profound respect for Varitek, but I think that's tough to do."
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We check in with Danny Ainge for our first talk to him since the Celtics season ended last weekend. We talk about the future of the team, KG, Pierce, Doc Rivers and more, as Danny directly answers the rumors being floated by ESPN's Stephen A. Smith.
Jackie Mac joins the show to discuss the trade rumors swirling around Paul Pierce, KG, Doc Rivers and the Celtics. She also discusses the future of the Celtics head coach.
Stephen A. joined the program to discuss the trade rumors he has reported regarding a possible trade including Doc Rivers and the Clippers. Stephen A. also told the guys that he has heard that Danny and Doc may be tiring of working together.
Ben joined the program to discuss the return of Terry Francona and said that he always had a good relationship with the former manager. Ben added that he thinks Ellsbury is in a slump due in part to the amount of left handed pitchers the team has faced.
Salty spoke with Joe Castiglione & Dave O'Brien after he helped his team to a 6-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox tonight. The Red Sox return to Fenway after going 6-3 on the road trip.
We check in with Red Sox Manager John Farrell live from Chicago and get his take on a good week for the Sox, a tough series since then in Chicago, and other team related notes.
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Cleveland Indians hottest team in baseball, yet remain last in attendance May 19, 2013 By AJ Kaufman 6 Comments There’s a scene in Major League where Bob Uecker, portraying the radio voice of the Indians, bemoans, “In case you haven’t noticed, and judging by the attendance you haven’t, the Indians have managed to win a few here and there, and are threatening to climb out of the cellar.” Well, that was nearly 25 years ago and fictional, but today’s reality is that Cleveland has won 17 of its last 21, and currently tops the AL Central with a mark of 25-17. No one in the majors is better than the Indians in the past month (20-7). That’s great news. The bad news, however, is the Tribe somehow remain in the MLB cellar when it comes to attendance. How can this be? The fact that I wrote on this same topic almost to the day last year – when only Tampa Bay drew fewer fans than Cleveland - may be even more troubling. Though roughly 34,000 watched a walk-off win Friday night against Seattle, perfect weather and free caps weren’t enough to draw more than 36,000 Saturday and Sunday combined. What did the Indians do in those tilts? They nabbed another walk-off win on Saturday, then the Indians crushed the great Felix Hernandez Sunday behind Justin Masterson, arguably the AL’s best pitcher right now. Fun fact: The Indians have already faced eight Cy Young Award winners in 2013: Bartolo Colon, R.A. Dickey, Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Jake Peavy, David Price, Justin Verlander and Hernandez. They have won seven out those eight matchups. Simply astounding. This offseason, the much-maligned Indians front office finally made a legitimate attempt to improve the team through free agency. I’m not talking an Ubaldo Jimenez-like trade, but rather smart acquisitions that brought veterans Mike Aviles, Michael Bourn, Jason Giambi, Scott Kazmir, Brett Myers, Mark Reynolds, Drew Stubbs and Nick Swisher to Cleveland. In addition to being a fantastic place to watch a game due to great egress and ingress, with extremely affordable tickets, the best promo lineup anywhere, Jacobs Field boasts overall, cooler, less muggy summer weather than most Midwestern locales. The team also lowered beer and hot dog prices to $4 and $3 respectively. What other professional stadium in any sport offers that? I have visited 28 of the 30 current Major League Baseball stadia, and few top The Jake when all angles are considered. I say that as a baseball fan, not an Indians fan. As for the putative “economic” angle, these are the same people who spend insane amounts of money to watch terrible football every fall and show up in decent numbers for putrid basketball in the winter. Irrespective of season length, those sports charge up to 10 times the price for a ticket, and the atmosphere isn’t half as fan-friendly as baseball. I understand fans’ lack of willingness to get on board to some degree. A decent recap of Cleveland’s decade of “rebuilding” can be read here and the team suffered a horrific collapse last August. However, in addition to all the benefits of attending games at Jacobs (now Progressive) Field, fans should also realize the team has potential and often exceeds preseason aspirations at any point without warning. Cleveland hosts the rival Detroit Tigers — heavy favorites to repeat as AL Central champs — Tuesday and Wednesday nights before hitting the road. The temperature should be pleasant at first pitch each evening so you’d expect The Jake to be full to watch the best hitter on the planet right now — but don’t count on it.
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Mut and Merloni discuss the Derek Dorsett, Brad Marchand, and Shawn Thornton altercation and how great it was.
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