McAdam: Sveum's Sox past not an issue


McAdam: Sveum's Sox past not an issue

In his two seasons as third-base coach with Red Sox, Dale Sveum violated the cardinal rule of that particular job: he got noticed.

Like referees and offensive lineman, the goal of a third-base coach is to not draw attention to oneself.

But a series of aggressive decisions, in which Red Sox baserunners met with an unfortunate fate at the plate, put Sveum squarely in the crosshairs of fans and media.

Sveum left after the 2005 season to join the Milwaukee Brewers' coaching staff -- where he's been for the last six seasons -- but he's still recalled in Boston, not altogether fondly, for his job as the Sox' third-base coach.

The experience of winning a World Series in 2004 and a 95-win season in 2005 were terrific. Sveum called Boston "the ultimate place to ever be," in speaking with reporters after his day-long interview.

But the memories of the criticism linger and Sveum was (mostly) unapologetic.

"The thing about the passion of the fans here and the media," said Sveum, smiling at the memory, "it was kind of, I don't want to say it was comical, but if you do the same thing in Milwaukee, there's nothing really said about it. And don't get me wrong, I made a couple decisions that I'd like to have back and maybe a comment or two in the paper that I'd like to have back after Dave Roberts got thrown out in Tampa.

"I don't want to say it didn't faze me because I know my baseball knowledge and I know that most of those guys getting thrown out is just part of the game and how it all comes out and the dynamics and the odds of a guy throwing a ball that perfect to home from 250 feet away are very slim, and it just happened to happen quite a bit in a two-week span, I think it was."

The second-guessing and criticism that Sveum endured has led some to believe that the Red Sox would have a hard time hiring him as their new manager.

But if they weren't interested, they wouldn't have interviewed him. And new general manager Ben Cherington insisted that Sveum's performance as third-base coach wouldn't impact the team's thought process as it searches for a new manager.

How he performed in one job, Cherington pointed out, isn't relevant for another.

"I don't think so," said Cherington. "We wouldn't be hiring him as third-base coach. If we're signing or trading for a player who we think is going to do a really good job in right field, then we'd make a mistake making him a shortstop. I don't see how that's relevant.

"He's done a lot of different things in baseball. He's been a third-base coach, a bench coach, he's been a hitting coach, he's managed in the minors, he's obviously played for a long time. We're looking at the entire body of work."

In fact, to the contrary, Cherington hinted that the controversy that surrounded some of Sveum's decisions may actually work in his favor.

"In some ways," said Cherington, "I think his experience as a third-base coach is a benefit to him. He's been through some adversity in Boston and a lot of our candidates won't have been through that."

Red Sox place Pomeranz on DL, but he may not miss a start

Red Sox place Pomeranz on DL, but he may not miss a start

Roster flexibility, something of substance, or a combination of both?

The Red Sox on Thursday placed Drew Pomeranz on the brand new 10-day disabled list because of a left forearm flexor strain.

"It's become more and more clear he's not ready to begin the season," John Farrell told reporters, including The Providence Journal's Tim Britton, on Thursday morning.

The Sox don’t need a fifth starter, Pomeranz’s potential spot, until April 9. He can be activated before then. So, in effect, the trip to the DL frees up an extra roster spot.

Farrell said the team hopes Pomeranz will be able to make his scheduled start but "is certainly not guaranteeing it."

The situation could prove an interesting look at how MLB handles its new 10-day disabled list. If Pomeranz continues on his previously planned schedule, the Red Sox could be seen as simply be using the 10-day DL to their advantage. But Farrell spoke earlier this spring about how he expected MLB to highly scrutinize trips to the DL.

Pomeranz’s forearm is known not to be in the best of shape, considering he went for a stem-cell injection this offseason.

Porcello 'feels as good as I've felt all spring' in Red Sox' 5-3 loss


Porcello 'feels as good as I've felt all spring' in Red Sox' 5-3 loss

Rick Porcello and Drew Pomeranz combined to allow all five of the Red Sox' runs in Boston's 5-3 loss to the Minnesota Twins.

Porcello finished his start by fanning four, allowing four hits and earning two runs over four innings. Pomeranz followed in the next four innings with four strikeouts, five hits allowed and three earned runs. Pomeranz allowed ByungHo Park's eighth-inning, two-run homer, which ended up being the game-winner.

Porcello, however, was optimistic after the loss.

"The buildup was good," Porcello told reporters, via "Today I felt as good as I've felt all spring. At this point, I'm ready to go. I'm looking forward to the start of the season."

While the Sox offense was able to get three runs off Ervin Santana in his 4 2/3 innings, they struggled against the Twins' next five pitchers. Xander Bogaerts (2 of 3) and Pablo Sandoval (1 of 3) managed homers. Hanley (3 of 3) Ramirez had a double, and Dustin Pedroia (2 of 3) had two singles.

Kyle Kendrick will start Thursday in the Sox' final Spring Training series against the Washington Nationals. First pitch is at 1:05 p.m. ET.