Victor Martinez, who is expected to be the Red Sox' primary catcher this year after splitting 2009 between catching and first base, told WEEI.com's Lou Merloni that he does not agree with suggestions that he is at a point in his career where a transition to first base or DH is likely.
“Everything that I’ve done in my career has been done as a catcher,” Martinez told Merloni. “Just because I played a few games at first base doesn’t make me a first baseman.”
Martinez acknowledged that his work behind the plate suffered in 2009 while he split time between positions. His footwork and arm action both became issues, resulting in him catching just 11 percent of attempted base stealers after he came to the Sox.
Martinez also discussed his preference to remain with the Red Sox following this year. Even so, the free agent-to-be told Merloni that he did not want to discuss a...
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- New Red Sox third baseman Adrian Beltre arrived in camp on Monday and said signing with Boston in the offseason for the chance to win a World Series was worth giving up a multiyear offer from the Oakland A's. "I haven't been in this situation a lot before," Beltre said. "I've been on teams that have been good but not good enough to even get into the playoffs. It's something that I consider myself taking a little risk to put a ring on my finger." Beltre and David Ortiz were among the players seen in the clubhouse on Monday morning on reporting day for all position players. For more, including audio and video from reporting day in Fort Myers, visit the Full Count blog.
After an Oregon football player was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of intoxicants — becoming the fourth Ducks player arrested in the past month — one of his teammates left an obscenity-laced comment on his Facebook page because he apparently mistakenly thought the arrested player had been kicked off the team. He wasn't, but the player who left the comment was. Read more about the interesting situation there, plus get caught up on the day's top stories — including a couple of impressive NBA comebacks that, unlike the Celtics' game in Denver, ended with victories by the teams that rallied — plus videos, trivia and more, at Monday's Morning Mashup.
Thirty years after the Miracle on Ice, the United States men's hockey team shocked Canada Sunday night at the Vancouver Olympics, pulling off a 5-3 win over the host country to advance to the quarterfinals of the tournament. Brian Rafalski scored two goals and added an assist, while goaltender Ryan Miller made 42 saves in the win. Click here to read more.
Bode Miller finally won his elusive gold medal Sunday to complete one of the most unlikely Olympic comebacks ever. Four years after a miserable outing at the Turin Games, the New Hampshire native won the super-combined for his third medal in as many events at Vancouver. Seventh after the morning downhill run, Miller took the gold ahead of Ivica Kostelic of Croatia. Silvan Zurbriggen of Switzerland claimed bronze.
Dale brings up Stephen Gostkowski and how he's becoming automatic, almost as automatic as Vinatieri was during his time in Foxborough. They discuss Gostkowski's ranking among other kickers this season.
Cleveland has struggled on offense this season and now with questions at QB, that doesn't help their situation. The trade of Trent Richardson to Indy earlier this season hurt the run game, so as Price says, it's starts and ends with Josh Gordon who has been on an absolute tear the last couple weeks. Talib will definitely be on Gordon, but he'll have help over the top. Chatham compares the way the Pats will play Gordon today to the way they played Julio Jones in Atlanta. The injuries have caught up to the Pats on defense where they've struggled as the season rolls on. They'll look to gain some confidence against the Browns this week.
The boys start to break this 1pm game down. Dale explains the rebuilding process that the Browns are in, but Matt and Chris say that they do have some quality players that have been looked over because of the overall performance and team record. Price mentions the CB's and specifically Joe Haden who can really shut down WR's. Brady will look to take what the Browns give him underneath with Amendola, Edelman and Vereen. Gronk has been huge! Also, how many carries will Ridley get today?
Eagle checks in to give Grande and Max a perspective on the Brooklyn Nets after they acquired Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett via trade earlier this summer. He breaks down what he thinks the future holds for the Nets after completing this blockbuster deal.
Sean Grande and Cedric Maxwell take some time and look back at the history between the Celtics and the Lakers, specifically the legendary rivalry between Magic and Bird. Legendary broadcaster, Ian Eagle, checks in to give the Brooklyn perspective as KG and Paul Pierce settle into their new home. Sean and Max also reveal the behind the scenes details surrounding Max’s famous “I got the ball” moment.
In the first hour of this edition of the Celtics Summer Cooler, Grande and Max analyze the trade that sent Fab Melo out of Boston. Also in this hour, Max sets the story straight about his history with Larry Bird.
Rob Bradford and Alex Speier talk with Jon Lester about contract negotiations, losing a teammate like Jacoby Ellsbury, the World Series run, and looking ahead to 2014.
Rob Bradford and Alex Speier are back witht he Hot Stove Show. They talk about Jacoby Ellsbury signing with the New York Yankees, the Red Sox signings of AJ Pierzynski and Edward Mujica, and wrap it up with Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester, who talks about the World Series run, losing a teammate like Ellsbury and looking towards 2014.
The Red Sox new catcher, A.J. Pierzynski, joined the show to discuss his reputation as the most hated man in baseball. He also said that he turned down multi-year deals to come and win in Boston.
Shawn Thornton joined the show and discussed the teams long layoff leading into their game tomorrow night in Montreal. He told the guys that he anticipates fighting being a part of hockey for years to come.
Lucic joins Danny Picard to talk some hockey after the team’s overtime win against the Carolina Hurricanes. Danny asks Lucic about David Krejci’s game winner yesterday and hockey outsiders that are trying to change the game.
Shawn Thornton joined the show fresh off his big night at MSG and talked about his recent goal scoring prowess. Shawn said that no matter who his line mates are he is always going to be a fourth liner.
Kirk Minihane answered any and all questions from the listeners and John and Gerry.
The New York Post's Joel Sherman joined the show with his thoughts on jacoby Ellsbury's signing with the Yankees. He said that if it were up to him he would have given the money to Robinson Cano over Ellsbury.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane. They discussed how Ron Burgundy has officially jumped the shark and played sound of him on Dan Patrick.
Peter King joins Mut and Merloni to go across the NFL and address the latest news. He discusses Kubiak's firing, Tomlin's fine, and Dennard's possible suspension.
Brick makes his weekly appearance on Mut and Merloni and discusses the Bruins loss to Montreal and the hit on Johnny Boychuck.
Michael Fabiano, fantasy expert and Yankees fan, gives his opinion on the Cano signing, discusses Julian Edelman's rising fantasy value, and actually suggests starting Ryan Fitzpatrick
We check in with Herm Edwards on the Pats, Stevan Ridley, and a great many things around the NFL.
We stir up a pot of crap when we debate the world cup and the popularity of soccer... pro callers, con-callers, plus Jack Edwards!
We tackle four topics at 4PM.
Ryder talks with WEEI.com's Chris Price about the Patriots upcoming game with the Cleveland Browns, and Stevan Ridley's status on the team.
Alex joins the show and gives his thoughts on the Jacoby Ellsbury deal, and what prospects the Red Sox have to fill the hole left in the lineup, or trade pieces to get a player who can fill the void.
John talks to Rob and gets his thoughts on the Yankees signing Jacoby Ellsbury, the Red Sox signing AJ Pierzynski, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia signing with Miami.
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Jackie Mac joins Mut and Merloni to discuss Rajon Rondo, the Celtics, and the Jacoby Ellsbury deal with the Yankees.More from this show
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