Pedroia takes a stand


Pedroia takes a stand

I just got through reading Dustin Pedroia's conversation with Rob Bradford, and I came away pretty impressed. (If you haven't read it yet, catch the highlights over here.)

Most of all, I just think that Pedroia's really honest here. Remember when everything came out at the end of last year and essentially every player in that clubhouse skirted around discussing what really happened? When whether it was a matter of saving his own face, or not ratting out a teammate it was like pulling teeth to get anyone to admit that there was even a problem?

Right, well in this interview, there's none of that. Without hesitation, Pedroia addressed every issue. And while in some ways, it sounds like he's making excuses, I don't think that's the case. He admits that he shouldn't have called out Bobby V or taken that (what I'm sure was a hilarious) photo when his manager was passed out. He admits that he should have found a way to make it to Johnny Pesky's funeral. But in doing so, he's just trying to explain his thought process, however wrong it may have been. He's just being open and honest. He's being accountable. What more can we possibly ask for?

Personally, it would have been nice if he spoke out on the whole "That's not how we do things around here" issue a little sooner. It might have gone a long way had he taken this stand "It came out wrong. I messed that up. No question about it. Obviously I don't want to call out our manager by any means. I've never been put in that situation before and I didn't know how to respond. I regret that all that happened." immediately after incident took place.

But hey, there's nothing we can do now. And it's not like Pedroia was the only one screwing up. There's barely a guy in that clubhouse who hasn't made a big mistake or two over the last year.

It's just nice that some of them are finally ready to own up, so everyone else can move on.

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Pomeranz gives up three runs in Red Sox loss to Blue Jays

Pomeranz gives up three runs in Red Sox loss to Blue Jays

Starter Drew Pomeranz gives up three runs on five hits in four innings of work in the Red Sox' 3-2 loss to the Blue Jays on Friday.

Lou Merloni breaks down Pomeranz's start and explains why he should be in the starting rotation to begin the season.

Sox' lack of homegrown starters an understandable problem to Yanks' Cashman

Sox' lack of homegrown starters an understandable problem to Yanks' Cashman

The dearth of homegrown starting pitching for the Red Sox is talked about almost as much as every Tom Brady post on Instagram.

Red Sox fans may take some solace in knowing their team isn’t the only one dealing with this problem.

In an interview with's Mark Feinsand, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman didn’t talk about his team’s pitching problems in context of the Red Sox. But the explanation the longtime Yanks boss offered should sound familiar. 

In the biggest of markets, time to develop properly is scarce.

“Yeah. It's a fact,” Cashman said when asked if criticism of their pitching development was fair. “I think part of the process has been certainly where we draft. Because we've had a lot of success, we've not been allowed to tank and go off the board and therefore get access to some of the high-end stuff that plays out to be impactful. Part of it is we can't get out of our own way because we don't have the patience to let guys finish off their development, because if you possess some unique ability that stands out above everybody else -- whether it was Joba Chamberlain, Ian Kennedy, now [Luis] Severino and before that [Bryan] Mitchell and Shane Greene -- we're pulling them up before their development is finished.

“Teams like Tampa Bay, for instance, they're going to wait until they have their four pitches down and their innings limits are all exceeded at the minor-league level; they're very disciplined in that approach as they finish off their starters. For us, if I'm looking at my owner and he says, ‘What's our best team we can take north?’ 

“Well, ‘We could take this guy; he's not necessarily 100 percent finished off, but we can stick him in our 'pen. He can be in the back end of our rotation, because he's better than some of the guys we already have,’ and then you cut corners, so I think that probably plays a role in it.”

Not everything is circumstantial, though -- or a deflection. 

“And sometimes we don't make the right decisions, either, when we're making draft selections and signings and stuff like that,” Cashman continued. “On top of it all, playing in New York is a lot different than playing anywhere else.”

We’ve heard that last part about Boston too, here and there.

Cashman was complimentary of his current Sox counterpart, president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski, whose team Cashman has compared to the Golden State Warriors.

On his feelings when he first heard the Sox were getting Chris Sale:

“When that trade was consummated, that was the first thing I thought about, which was, 'Wow, look at what they've done,' ” Cashman said. “I know how it's going to play out for them. Listen, Steve Kerr does a great job managing that team -- oh, I mean John Farrell. It's a lot of talent and with talent comes pressure to perform. I think Dave Dombrowski has done everything he possibly can to provide that city with a world championship team. They've got 162 games to show it.”