Rick Porcello

Rick Porcello

There is little doubt Rick Porcello would get an invitation to pitch in the World Baseball Classic. When you win the American League Cy Young, as the Red Sox pitcher just did, it is only natural your services would be in demand.

But according to Porcello, he will be politely declining the opportunity.

Speaking on the Dale, Holley & Thornton Show Thursday afternoon, Porcello explained why he has no intention to play for Team USA in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.

“I’m not planning to compete in that at this time,” he said. “Knowing the season I had this year, the workload I had, the toll it takes on you, I just feel like if I’m going to give the Boston Red Sox 100 percent best effort and try and go out there and duplicate the workload I put forth this year, I can’t be ready to pitch in competitive games in March.

“The other thing is the one thing that really worked for me last year was taking spring training extremely slow and just focusing on my delivery and not focusing on the results and really just concentrating on some little things that take some time to develop. I think I would be sacrificing that opportunity by competing in the World Baseball Classic. My loyalty is first and foremost to the Boston Red Sox and that’s kind of my focus. I could be completely wrong. I’ve never done it. But I’m not really willing to take the chance of not preparing well enough to have a good season for the Red Sox.”

Some pitchers who have already committed to playing for Team USA include Tampa Bay’s Chris Archer and Max Scherzer of the Nationals. Red Sox players believed to be participating are Eduardo Rodriguez, Sandy Leon, Xander Bogaerts, and Hanley Ramirez. David Price was listed on Team USA’s preliminary roster, but it is he hasn’t yet publicly committed to playing.

The tournament begins for Team USA March 9, with the championship game being held March 22 in Los Angeles.


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Rob Bradford
Dale and Holley with Thornton speak with Rick Porcello for his thoughts on winning the 2016 Cy Young Award.

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Mookie Betts will have to wait his turn.

Mookie Betts

Mookie Betts

Mookie Betts will have to wait his turn.

The Red Sox outfielder finished second in the American League MVP race, losing out to Mike Trout. The Angels’ 25-year-old outfielder, who now has two MVPs, out-distanced Betts, 356-311, with Trout receiving 10 more first-place votes (19-9).

Trout joins Barry Bonds as the only two players to finish first or second for five straight seasons, with the Los Angeles star having now won the award two times.

Betts’ finish marked the 13th time a Red Sox player has finished in second-place, with Jacoby Ellsbury (2011) and David Ortiz (2005) the last two players to accomplish the feat.

The only other two players to pick up first-place votes were Texas’ Adrian Beltre and David Ortiz of the Red Sox. Ortiz finished in sixth-place, with Jose Altuve, Josh Donaldson and Manny Machado placing just behind Trout and Betts. All six players were named on every one of the ballots.

Chicago’s Kris Bryant claimed the MVP for the National League, earning all but one of the first-place votes. (Washington’s Daniel Murphy finished second, narrowly edging the Dodgers’ Corey Seager.)

Betts received 17 second-place and four third-place votes.
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Rob Bradford

Making his first radio appearance since the Red Sox were eliminated from the postseason via a three-game sweep at the hands of the Indians in the American League Division Series, John Farrell touched on a variety of topics when appearing on the Hot Stove Show Wednesday night.

John Farrell. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports)

John Farrell. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports)

Making his first radio appearance since the Red Sox were eliminated from the postseason via a three-game sweep at the hands of the Indians in the American League Division Series, John Farrell touched on a variety of topics when appearing on the Hot Stove Show Wednesday night.

In an interview with Mike Mutnansky, John McDonald and Rob Bradford, the Red Sox manager explained his thoughts on his contract status, the plan to replace David Ortiz, and a variety of other topics.


My contract is what it is. The terms, it’s not like it needed to be negotiated. It’s in place, and continues to be in place. My focus has always been our team and what goes on on the field. Once you sign a contract you’re out trying to do the best job you can.


It wasn’t an option, and it was if I was coming back. And when you win the AL East, you log 93 wins, we had a number of challenges as a team throughout the course of the year, so, again, I thought there probably would be a point and time when the season was over … You’re always going to have dialogue with your general manager and Dave and I have had daily conversations over the course of the year and we still do now. Our conversations are frequent. I thought there would be a time once the final our was recorded, whenever that was going to be, that we would have that type of discussion. The fact that it happened in the manner it was, knowing he was probably going to be hit once I walked out of the room, that’s the way it happened.


If you don’t have a DH of David Ortiz caliber you would like to be able to rotate guys through to get them off their feet while you keep their bat in the lineup just to keep guys fresh. I think a lot of people might point to Hanley as the guy who would assume or take over David’s role. But Hanley has done a very good job at first base. He’s still got a lot of years ahead of him just from a defensive standpoint. We have to pick our spots to get Hanley off his feet, but we’re not talking about somebody who is hampered in any way. He’s still capable of playing 140-plus games at first base. So we would like to keep that flexibility open and rotate guys through.

The one thing we don’t know is how the market is going to unfold … Personally, Pablo Sandoval, the work that he’s put in, I think he has a chance to impact our club in a strong way next year, and we need him to. This is a guy who has three years remaining with us and we need to make Pablo a productive player again. So the flexibility with the DH role, that would be an advantage for us.


Ideally you have a guy who has the capability of closing games out. That doesn’t mean he’s been a front-line closer all ready. … When you have an eighth-inning guy that means he has put-away stuff, and he likely has a strikeout pitch … Where this pitcher comes from, it remains to be seen.


I think the role fits his personality.


I think we’re going to have a pretty good number of guys. (Went on to mention Eduardo Rodriguez, Sandy Leon, Xander Bogaerts, Hanley Ramirez, Criag Kimbrel, Mookie Betts, Dustin Pedroia, David Price, and Rick Porcello as possibilities.)


He’s the most prepared pitcher I’ve ever been around.

Click below to listen to the entire interview with John Farrell

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Kate Upton didn't take kindly to her fiance, Justin Verlander, not winning the AL Cy Young Award. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)"Everything that drowns me makes me wanna fly."

Mut, Rob and John McDonald talk with the Red Sox skipper about how he was informed that he would be returning to manage the Red Sox in 2017. They get John's thoughts on the Red Sox bullpen and 8th inning pitcher. They also ask about the tall task of replacing David Ortiz at DH, and Farrell's thoughts on Rick Porcello and the Cy Young Award.

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Mut, Rob, and John debate who will win the AL MVP between Mookie Betts and Mike Trout.

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Moments after Rick Porcello claimed the American League Cy Young Award, an explosion took place on Twitter.