On a conference call to discuss the firing of pitching coach Bob McClure and the Carl Crawford's upcoming Tommy John surgery, Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said the dismissal of McClure was "performance-based," but that the Sox also have to look inward at their pitching struggles.
“He’s a quality guy, a good coach," Cherington said of McClure. "It just didn’t work out the way we’d hoped. Whenever it doesn’t work out, we have to look at ourselves first and ask what, if anything, we could have done differently to make it work better, so we’ll do that, but it just wasn’t working out. We felt like we needed to make a change. We felt like the right thing to do was to give everyone a fresh start and Bob will get a fresh start, and I fully expect him to get a good opportunity somewhere else.”
Red Sox starters rank 25th in a majors with 57 quality starts, while Boston's 4.30...
The Red Sox announced the firing of pitching coach Bob McClure Monday, something that general manager Ben Cherington called a "performance-based decision."
McClure was in his first year with the Sox after being named pitching coach in December of 2011. Randy Niemann, who had been serving as the team's assistant pitching coach, was promoted to pitching coach with McClure's dismissal.
This season, the Red Sox rank 23rd in the league with a 4.30 earned run average. Their rotation has produced 57 quality starts, which is 25th in the league.
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The Red Sox announced Monday that outfielder Carl Crawford will have Tommy John surgery on his left elbow Thursday.
The decision comes after the outfielder met with the team Monday to discuss the next course of action regarding the injury. Crawford, 31, has said that he was told by Dr. James Andrews that he would need the operation to repair the torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left arm, which is his throwing arm. The recovery time from Tommy John surgery for position players has been said to be somewhere between six and nine months.
Crawford, who had offseason wrist surgery and missed the first 89 games of the season, hit .282/.306/.479 this season with three homers, 19 RBI and five stolen bases in 31 games this season.
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FOXBORO -- Tom Brady will not play against the Philadelphia Eagles in the second preseason game of the year, according to a tweet from the Boston Herald's Jeff Howe.
Part of the concern of head coach Bill Belichick could lie in the fact that Brady and the offensive line was roughed up in club's preseason opener on Aug. 9. He was just 4-for-7 for 30 yards, with a strip-sack fumble and a three-and-out to start the game. The other concern is Philadelphia's front four, a group that sacked Pittsburgh quarterbacks seven times and hit them seven other times in a 24-23 Eagles win on Aug. 9.
Celtics assistant general manager Mike Zarren "is a serious candidate" to replace Rod Thorn as 76ers general manager, according to Sports Illustrated's Sam Amick.
Considered C's president Danny Ainge's right-hand man, Zarren has earned a reputation as the numbers guy behind the C's study of advanced statistical metrics and the complex NBA salary cap. Former Trail Blazers assistant general manager Tom Penn and former Hornets GM Jeff Bower are also considered leading candidates.
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Patriots DB Duron Harmon joined Glenn, Lou, and Christian, and he discussed the team needing to come together after losing Gronk, and the turnovers in the Jets game can propel them to create more turnovers.
We check in with former Patriot Heath Evans, now with the NFL Network, for his complete analysis on the win over the Jets in NY.
Dale and Michael talk with Patrick Chung after a win over the Jets on Sunday.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the 'Dale and Holley Show' talk about what the Celtics will need to do in order to be considered one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference along with the Cavs.
WEEI's Mike Petraglia talks with Josue Pavon about how the Celtics are looking better with Al Horford back on the court and the overall toughness of this team.
Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen preview the Celtics season. Will Jaylen Brown be an impact rookie and prove he was the right pick at #3? Will the Celtics win the Atlantic Division? Is the season a failure if the Celtics don't advance past the first round of the playoffs?
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase talk with Curt Schilling to get his reaction to Dan Shaughnessy and Jon Heyman's comments about not voting for Curt for the Hall of Fame again based on some of Schilling's comments on social media.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are taking some calls and reaction to their interview with Curt Schilling in regards to Major League Baseball's Hall of Fame voting. We also hear about Rob's upcoming working vacation to the Dominican Republic for the David Ortiz Charity Golf Classic.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are talking about Dan Shaughnessy's column about how he would no longer vote for Curt Schilling for the Hall of Fame. They then talk with Curt Schilling getting his thoughts on the whole situation and whether he would rather make the HoF or the Senate.
Hour two of Saturday Skate after a Bruins 2-1 over Buffalo, with Ken Laird and Rear Admiral debating the status of Krejci, Chara, Krug and Bergeron.
The first hour of Saturday Skate starts up against the third period of Bruins - Sabres, so Ken Laird and Rear Admiral give some Red Sox hot stove and Rob Gronkowski thoughts before moving into Bruins - Sabres game reaction
Ken Laird and Ty Anderson chat Bruins after a 2-1 win in Florida improved the team's record to 5-4.
Damien Woody joined K&C and shared a story regarding a conversation he had with Bill Belichick in the training room in Foxboro.
In the 9 am hour Gerry and Kirk mocked the Belichick press conference and took a call from Jim the Wrestling Goon who is not a fan of Amani Toomer.
In the 8 am hour Gerry and Kirk talked about a brutal answer by Dan Shaughnessy regarding Bill Conlin'sn spot in the Hall of Fame.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian are less than surprised that Bill Belichick won't comment further about Gronk than the released statement. Speaking of statements, how weird is it that the Gronkowski family is releasing joint statements with the Patriots?
Orthopedic surgeon to the pros, Dr. Thomas Gill of Steward Health Care joins Glenn, Lou, and Christian in the wake of Gronk's back injury. He talks about different types of disc injuries, and one type of fusion which could potentially prevent Gronk from playing football. He also commented on the unique situation of a joint statement between the Patriots and the Gronkowskis, and clarified his role in Gronk's arm surgeries.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian wonder how the man who shot former NFL RB Joe McKnight can be free of charges and walking around the streets of New Orleans.
Dale and Michael check in with the playmaker Michael Irvin on a Friday.
We open it up in the final portions of hours 3 and 4 on a Friday.
Hour two in it's entirety.
Kirk Minihane, WEEI Podcast King, talks to the Podcast Godfather Adam Carolla about his new documentary about Le Mans, the backlash from the Election, and his time with Donald Trump on the Apprentice. The audio quality isn't great but the conversation is.
Kirk Minihane is a non-believer, Larry Johnson is a preacher, when Larry found Kirk doesn't believe in God he challenged Kirk to allow him on to the podcast to talk about religion and faith. Kirk and Larry have a tremendous conversation about God and Larry tries to convert Kirk into a believer.
Kirk Minihane sits down with Barstool Sports contributor and podcast host John Feitelberg. Kirk and Feitelberg talk about the rise of barstool, the sale of the website, what it is like to work for Dave Portnoy, and their live podcast shows at the Wilbur Theater.
Ben, Alex, and Russ talk about how Toronto winning the MLS cup will be best for the league, the FIFA Player of the Year award, and the tragedy in Brazil.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis finish out the week recapping the Friday edition of Kirk and Callahan, with critiques of Dale & Holley's Keefe announcement and more.
Kirk & Callahan producers Ken Laird and Chris Curtis are back together after a few days apart to dish about all things K&C show, this after a Thursday Reim-Job.
In the 7 am hour Gerry and Kirk discussed the hiring of Rich Keefe and the announcement yesterday on Dale and Holley.More from this show
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In the 6 am hour Gerry and Kirk discussed the latest season ending injury for Gronk and the joint statement released by the team last night.More from this show