Saltalamacchia disappointed in All-Star snub

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Saltalamacchia disappointed in All-Star snub

SEATTLE -- Jarrod Saltalamacchia had left little doubt that he was hoping to be chosen to the American League All-Star team, so when he failed to make it Sunday, there was some obvious disappointment.

"It's tough,'' acknowledged Saltalamacchia. "I definitely wanted to make it. I felt like I deserved it. But at the same time, A.J. (Pierzynski of the Chicago White Sox, who wasn't chosen) deserved it as well. You look at that and see that and it's tough, you know. But it's not the end of the world.

"We've still got a lot of the season left. (I'll have) four days of relaxation and then hit it hard in Tampa (where the Red Sox resume the second half of the season).''

Mike Napoli of the Texas Rangers was voted as the American League starter behind the plate while Joe Mauer and Matt Wieters were chosen as extras.

Saltalmacchia leads all major league catchers in homers (15) and leads American League catchers in slugging and extra-base hits. For him, just to have the numbers for consideration is gratifying.

"I think the biggest honor for me is the fact that my teammates are walking around telling me, 'Hey, man, you should have made it,' '' said Saltalamacchia. "That means more to me than anything because those are guys who see what I go through on a day-to-day basis and go to war with every day.''

Saltalamacchia said he won't treat missing out on the team as extra motivation to prove people wrong, since he believes that can be counter-productive.

"I've been there, done that with my time in Texas,'' he said. "I'm over all of that. I think I'm going to try to keep the same approach I had in the first half and I think I'm going to be alright.''

Going to the All-Star game would have been nice, but the success he's enjoyed in the first half is its own reward.

"Where I was at three years ago and where I'm at now,'' he said, "it's a complete turnaround. I'm happy and I'm proud of myself. Like I said, it means more to me that my teammates recognize what I do, rather than fans or other teams. They don't see what I go through and what we all go through together.''

"I hope he's not disappointed; I hope he's proud of the way he's played,'' said Bobby Valentine. "I hope he's ready to build on it. He's played like an All-Star. That you don't get selected is just a number's game. He's taken a step in this first half and I hope he can continue to improve on that.''

Pedro Martinez tells WEEI Ortiz will make comeback this season

Pedro Martinez tells WEEI Ortiz will make comeback this season

Never say never?

While Red Sox officials said at the team's annual Winter Weekend at Foxwoods on Saturday that they'd be traveling to the Dominican Republic to talk to David Ortiz about a role with the team, Pedro Martinez told WEEI he sees Big Papi returning to his old role - designated hitter - this season.

CSN's Trenni Kusnierek and WEEI's John Tomase talked to Martinez on their show Saturday at Foxwoods and Martinez said his old teammate would be making a comeback despite the long, emotional farewell tour last season. 

For the full interview with Martinez, click here.

Red Sox executives Tom Werner, Sam Kennedy and Dave Dombrowski made no mention of Ortiz returning as a player when talking about their Dominican trip. Ortiz has repeatedly said he is going to stay retired. 

Chris Sale on leaving White Sox: 'Time for both sides to do something different, I guess'

Chris Sale on leaving White Sox: 'Time for both sides to do something different, I guess'

MASHANTUCKET, Conn. -- While there’s a deal of anticipation going into Spring training with the four Killer B’s, David Price and Pablo Sandoval’s shot at redemption and Rick Porcello looking to be something similar to his 2016 self, there’s one name that trumps them all.

Chris Sale.

The lankly lefty received an ovation from fans at the Friday night Town Hall, kicking off Red Sox Winter Weekend. With his consistent success, there’s reason to be excited.

But there’s also reason for apprehension given the way Sale’s departure from Chicago was depicted. But he’s made sure to clear the air.

“I wouldn’t say . . . ya know . . . I loved my time in Chicago,” Sale said when asked if it was time to leave the Windy City. “My best baseball memories are there [and] will be there forever. I love the city; I love the people in the organization.

“It was time for both sides to do something different, I guess. I talked to (White Sox Senior V.P.) Rick on the phone, I talked to (White Sox pitching coach Don) Coop (Cooper). We’re all cool, it’s fine. We understand where both of us are, it happens in baseball, but I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Chicago.”

He didn’t seem irritated discussing the issue, and certainly wasn’t timid -- we all know that’s not in his DNA.

He genuinely seems excited to deal with the large sum of Sox fans and to call a new place home -- in a city his wife’s fond of no less.

But ultimately, he’s focused on winning, nothing else.

“Every time I’m out there it’s gonna be all I got,” Sale said. "Every time, no matter what. Can promise you that.”