Curt Schilling

Curt Schilling on D&C: ‘Knowing Ben [Cherington], there’s a plan in place’

July 16, 2015 - 7:38 am
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ESPN analyst and former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling joined the Dennis & Callahan Show on Thursday morning to talk about the Red Sox, the All-Star Game and Pete Rose. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page. Schilling said there aren't many teams in the majors who have declared themselves sellers at this point, including the Red Sox. While Clay Buchholz might have been an interesting piece for the Sox to consider dealing, Schilling noted whether or not Boston missed the boat on trading him before his injury might not be a question the team is asking. "I think the way they played going into the break, I don't know what their thought process is," he said. "I would imagine, like everything else and knowing Ben [Cherington], there's a plan in place, and if that plan is to add a piece at the break, then they're not actively shopping anybody. I think a lot of teams are in that gray area. There's the Nats of the world and the Royals, and then at the deadline I think you're going to see 25-ish buyers and four to five sellers." The former pitcher said he'd be surprised if Mike Napoli sticks around unless he starts hitting again. The Sox open the second half with a four-game set with the Angels this weekend, a team he has a .333/.453/.739 career slash line against, although one good series might not be enough unless it gives him a jumping off point for an extended stretch. "I like Mike and I hope things work out, but it's getting to the point where, given the contract, [the Red Sox] certainly could walk away because it gets back to what they think," Schilling said. "Do they believe they're legitimate contenders? ... That's the question, what they truly think and believe about where they are." Following are more highlights from the conversation. For more Red Sox news, visit the team page at weei.com/redsox. On Larry Lucchino's comment that this team is in a similar position to the 2004 team: "No no, no no no. Yeah, no that's scary because we were on our way to scoring about 4,000 runs and we had, counting Bronson [Arroyo], four, five, six starting pitchers and the makeup was completely different inside that clubhouse." On the Home Run Derby ratings going up and the All-Star Game ratings falling: "I don't know what you guys thought about the Home Run Derby, but I loved it. I thought it was a great event and the All-Star Game, it's tough. I was surprised, I'd be surprised that they were down just because there's so much good, young talent, but ratings are going to be changing over the next five to 10 years for everything because of the DVR. People don't have to watch stuff when you put it on television. They can watch it when they want. Now that entertainment's at a point where you can watch what you want, when you want, where you want and how you want, the dynamics and the financial strategies for television are changing dramatically." On Pete Rose: "At every turn he said 'I never bet on baseball, I never bet on baseball' and people said 'Oh, he never bet on the game, never bet on his team' and it's proven wrong on every turn. ... The thing about it is, this is the classic what you hear is 10 percent of what's out there. The amount of stuff from everything I've heard is breathtaking, and the depth of it is breathtaking. ... Pete Rose in Philadelphia and in Cincinnati can do nothing wrong for baseball. In those cities, I like the thought of him being a part of, in a tangential sort of way or on the periphery, helping the game because he loves baseball. That's never been in doubt ... there's a poster on every clubhouse wall of every single team from rookie ball to the big leagues and it covers one rule and it's very specific, you're done for life if you're caught gambling."

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