The most up-to-date content on the planet
this just in
 RSS
WEEI » This Just In » Farrell addresses Aceves conduct concern
Sun, 02/17/2013 - 3:51pm  

Farrell addresses Aceves conduct concern

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The buzz circulated throughout Red Sox camp, and no one could make sense of it. Everyone played the role of speculative arm chair psychologist while wondering: Did you see it? Did you hear about it? What on earth was Alfredo Aceves doing?

Sunday marked the second day of live batting practice, in which pitcher’s face their teammates from behind the protective “L” screen. The exercise is meant to give pitchers an opportunity to build arm strength while introducing a hint of the competitive adrenaline that will characterize games. It also helps hitters to get used to seeing pitches at game speed.

But when it was Aceves’ turn to throw to Jarrod Saltalmacchia, Jonny Gomes and Mauro Gomez, he did not throw at full speed. He did not even throw at batting practice speed. For about 15 pitches, he simply lobbed the ball to the plate, at approximately the speed at which a pitcher might toss a ball into an umpire if he wanted to replace it.

Members of the Sox staff were flummoxed. Triple-A pitching coach Rich Sauveur tried to get Aceves to pick up the pace. Manager John Farrell asked the pitcher if he was okay; Aceves responded that he was, but kept lobbing the ball to the plate. Finally, pitching coach Juan Nieves visited the pitcher on the mound, at which point Aceves finally started throwing with something resembling the intended intensity of the exercise.

At the conclusion of the session, Farrell summoned Aceves to discuss the pitcher’s approach to his first live batting practice session of the spring.

“The one thing I’ll say about that is that he didn’t go through the drill as intended and we’ve addressed it,” said Farrell. “He’s healthy and it’s been addressed.”

Aceves likewise had little to say about what either Nieves or Farrell told him.

“It’s in the team. Stays in the team,” he said.

And what did he get out of his session?

“We get through a lot of work coming through the spring training. I’m pretty satisfied with today,” said Aceves, who characterized the session live batting practice as “whatever is usual for me. And also usual for every single of us. Try to train another day of the spring training.”

The behavior was, of course, bizarre in its own right, but in Aceves’ case, the matter appears more disconcerting because it echoes other disciplinary concerns that the Sox had with the right-hander towards the end of last year. He was suspended for three games in late August after he ripped off his uniform in the bullpen in a game when Andrew Bailey was asked to record a save. When he returned from the suspension, he got into a dugout disagreement with Dustin Pedroia during which he brushed aside manager Bobby Valentine. Later in the month, he walked off the back of the pitcher’s mound when Valentine came to pull him so that Aceves would not have to cross paths with his manager. At the end of the season, Aceves showed up later and later, long after his teammates had arrived at the park, often less than two hours prior to game time.

All of that happened with Valentine as the manager. Farrell was committed to starting the year with the proverbial clean slate.

“Start everybody fresh,” Farrell said of his approach. “What took place last year I can’t speak to first-hand. I can get background on certain situations. I think it’s important that not only Alfredo but every other guy in our clubhouse, we build that relationship and earn that trust along the way. … Still getting to know [his personality]. Just from across the field, he’s a heck of a competitor and a very talented pitcher. I’m starting to gain my own personal history with him right now. We had a part of that discussion today.”

Farrell had talked with Aceves during the offseason, both about his expected role for the 2013 Sox — though he will be stretched out as a starter in spring training, assuming that all five slated starters emerge healthy this spring, Aceves is ticketed for multi-inning relief duty — and about the necessary commitment to the team if he was to be a contributor.

Farrell has repeatedly praised his talent, versatility and durability. But those traits will only impact the Sox if Aceves can show the ability to fit into the team.

“What you mentioned that is most important there is what our team concept is,” said Farrell. “There are 25 individuals on this team, but there are certain things that are going to be accepted, and I think those are normal in any kind of clubhouse or team setting. If someone strays outside of that, that’s our job or my job to make it clear on what’s expected.”

Farrell had a chance to do just that today, “reinforcing what we set out on Day 1 on our full-squad meeting,” the manager said. “We’re good.”

Based on track record, however, it is fair to wonder whether that remains the case, and if so, for how long.




Audio On Demand

MMQB's Peter King with Da…

MMQB's Peter King with Dale, Holley and Keefe

We had an impromptu visit from Peter King from SI / MMQB to our Fenway Studios and decided to talk some NFL and Patriots with him.

Phil Perry, CSNNE on the Patriots and NFL free agency

Pete talks with The Senator, Phil Perry about the Patriots trading for Dwayne Allen, ruling out a return to New England for Martellus Bennett. They also talk about the potential future of Patriots backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo and some of the big names in NFL free agency

NFL SUNDAY...the final segment of the year -- 2-5-17

Pete, Thornton and Price give their final thoughts and predictions for the Super Bowl.

LaVar Ball with Dale, Hol…

LaVar Ball with Dale, Holley and Keefe

Dale, Holley and Rich Keefe discuss NBA lottery pick Lonzo Ball with his very outspoken father Lavar Ball. The guys touch on the Celtics, his feud with his sons' high school coach, Lonzo being better than Steph Curry and much more.

Kirk and Callahan- Will Isaiah Thomas win a title in Boston? 3-7-17

Kirk, Gerry, and Alex Reimer discuss whether or not Isaiah Thomas will win a title in Boston.

Kirk and Callahan- Celtics lose after Thomas mishandles the ball 3-6-17

Gerry, Kirk, and Trenni react to the Celtics loss against the Suns.

Andrew Benintendi Player …

Andrew Benintendi Player of the Game Interview 04-23-17

Joe Castiglione and Tim Neverett talked to the Sox left fielder, who had five hits in the Sox win in Baltimore.

Bradfo Sho, Ep. 26: Merloni, Schilling talk getting revenge

Rob Bradford is joined by both Lou Merloni and Curt Schilling to discuss the recent controversy involving Manny Machado, Dustin Pedroia, Matt Barnes and their respective teams. The two former major leagues offer insight to how baseball handles (and should handle) hitting batters as an act of revenge, with their own stories of involving similar situations as the one that unfolded in Baltimore. They also break down the decision to take Chris Sale out of his last start after eight innings. The former pitcher and batter cover it all from every angle.

Mookie Betts Player of the Game Interview 4-20-17

Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts after he provided the big hit in the 10th inning driving in 3 runs as the Red Sox beat the Blue Jays 4-1. Mookie talks about playing behind a pitcher like Chris Sale, and the amount of strikeouts from Sale lightens his work in the outfield.

The 1972 Bruins

Highlights

Saturday Skate - Bruins and the All-Star break

Guys talk the Bruins season so far and the All-Star Break

Saturday Skate - Firing Claude

Guys discuss if or when the Bruins will fire Coach Julian

K&C- The Globe was lookin…

K&C- The Globe was looking for more; Crazy Al calls in twice; Jason La Canfora wants Pedroia to pay 4-24-17

Hour 4. The guys think the Globe was looking for more with Brady, possibly a Trump connection. Crazy Al joins the show multiple times.

K&C- Kirk battles Gerry and Mut over Tom Brady’s Best Buddies relationship; Is Brady’s relationship transparent?; Marching for the climate 4-24-17

Hour 3. Gerry and Mut defend Brady while Kirk thinks it’s a little suspicious. Callers weigh in on the Tome Brady piece. Climate marches are taking place across the country.

K&C- Celtics win, Brady’s work with charity; Headlines with Kirk 4-24-17

Hour 2. Gerry, Kirk, and Mut discuss the Celtics win against the Bulls and continue their conversation about Brady and Best Buddies. Headlines with Kirk features a new accusation against Sean Hannity.

OMF - Sox-Orioles rivalry…

OMF - Sox-Orioles rivalry grows as Barnes headhunts Machado; Pedroia airs out laundry during the game, 4-24-17

Hour 3 - The guys talk about the rivalry that is building between the Sox and Orioles as Matt Barnes threw at Manny Machado's head. They also talk about Pedroia's actions during the game and his comments after the game.

OMF - Boston Globe attacks Tom Brady's philanthropy. 4-24-17

Hour 2 - The guys talk about the Boston Globe article attacking Tom Brady and his charity work. Pete Abe's is an idiot saying his twitter account was hacked but in fact he is just an ass man.

OMF - Bruins knocked out, IT carries Celtics to game 4 win. 4-24-17

Hour 1 - Glenn, Lou, and Christian react to the Bruins losing another overtime game and being knocked out of the playoffs by the Senators. They also talk about the Celtics and Bulls series and how the Celtics were able to win another game in Chicago.

Sox vs O's base-brawl, an…

Sox vs O's base-brawl, and why Dustin Pedroia embarrassed himself

Dale, Holley and Keefe discuss all the hijinks and shenanigans that went down in Baltimore this past weekend, and why Pedroia should be embarrassed for his apologetic nature towards Manny Machado.

Bruins don't have enough to advance... post-season post-mortems

Dale, Holley and Rich Keefe discuss how the Bruins failed in this series, and where they should head now and for the future of this franchise.

Celts even the series at 2 games a piece - did Rondo make that much of a difference for Chicago?

Dale, Holley and Keefe discuss a comeback weekend for the Celtics, who have now evened the best of seven series vs Chicago at two games a piece.

Ep. 57: Garry W. Tallent,…

Ep. 57: Garry W. Tallent, founding member of the E Street Band

Kirk Minihane, Springsteen super fan, is joined by Garry W. Tallent, founding member of the E Street Band. Kirk and Garry talk about what it's like on tour with Bruce, how the band goes about selecting songs for the tour, Garry's projects away from the band, and Garry's upcoming solo tour that will bring him to the New England area.

Ep. 56: Howie Carr

Kirk Minihane, future radio hall of famer, sits down with current radio hall of famer Howie Carr. Kirk and Howie talk about Howie's latest book Kennedy Babylon. If you like famous people engaging in sex scandals, hard drug taking, and murder this is the podcast for you. Its a fascinating look at Boston's most famous family and the problems that took the family down.

Ep. 55: Kirk has a proposal for Callahan and the Producers

Kirk Minihane, host and overlord of the morning show, brings Gerry Callahan and producers Chris and Ken into the studio to hear his show proposal. Kirk is thinking about making some changes to the morning show and wants to hear his crew's opinion.

Ever-Green with Holley an…

Ever-Green with Holley and Keefe Ep 3: Celtics pull even with Bulls

Keefe, Holley, and Ben talk about how the Celtics tied their series with the Bulls after a terrible start, why Gerald Green is starting and making an impact, and where is Jaylen Brown?

Sports Check Up - Ep. 11: Christian Fauria and Dr Gill talk about Baseball season

Christian Fauria and Dr Gill talk about the beginning of the Baseball season. Why players need as much time as they do to get ready for the season, and what they should be doing in their offseason.

The Real K&C - Burials, recaps & contentions 4-24-17

Ken & Chris are back at the postgame recaps after a Monday K&C with Mut.

Red Sox Review with Danny…

Red Sox Review with Danny Picard: Did Dustin Pedroia throw Matt Barnes under the bus? 04-23-17

Danny talks about the Red Sox and Orioles game and the fireworks in the 8th inning when Matt Barnes threw at Manny Machado. Pedroia was shown talking to Machado saying he wouldn't have thrown at his head and Danny wants to know how bad does this make Pedroia look throwing a teammate under the bus.

More from this show

K&C- The Herald and Globe…

K&C- The Herald and Globe refuse to cover Hernandez’s sexuality; Bob Hohler’s piece on Tom Brady and Best Buddies 4-24-17

Hour 1. Mut joins Kirk and Gerry. The guys can’t believe neither Boston newspaper covered the Hernandez sexuality story. Over the weekend, the Globe’s Bob Hohler wrote a slanted piece about Tom Brady’s work with charity.

More from this show

K&C- The Globe was lookin…

K&C- The Globe was looking for more; Crazy Al calls in twice; Jason La Canfora wants Pedroia to pay 4-24-17

Hour 4. The guys think the Globe was looking for more with Brady, possibly a Trump connection. Crazy Al joins the show multiple times.

More from this show

K&C- Celtics win, Brady…

K&C- Celtics win, Brady’s work with charity; Headlines with Kirk 4-24-17

Hour 2. Gerry, Kirk, and Mut discuss the Celtics win against the Bulls and continue their conversation about Brady and Best Buddies. Headlines with Kirk features a new accusation against Sean Hannity.

More from this show

K&C- Michele McPhee says …

K&C- Michele McPhee says Aaron Hernandez had a relationship with a man in Connecticut 4-20-17

Michele McPhee joins Kirk, Gerry, and Alex to talk about Hernandez’s suicide and the accusation that she may have contributed to his suicide.

More from this show

News & Analysis