Curt Schilling

Curt Schilling on D&C: Hanley Ramirez in 'position to be embarrassed' in left field

April 22, 2015 - 5:27 am

Former Red Sox pitcher and current ESPN analyst Curt Schilling joined Dennis & Callahan Wednesday to discuss the Boston Marathon and how the Red Sox look in the early weeks of the season. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page. Among the topics discussed was Hanley Ramirez'€™ defense. While the free agent acquisition leads the Sox with five homers and 12 RBI, his play in left field has not been promising after spending the vast majority of his career as a shortstop. Schilling said Ramirez' struggles are not for lack of trying and credited the 31-year-old for not making a stink out of his situation. "It'€™s hard, and I'€™m not making excuses, but at this point in your career, bravo that he hasn'€™t said boo about moving," Schilling said. "But he'€™s putting himself in a position to be embarrassed and playing as hard as he can play. There'€™s nothing you can do about that. "There'€™s nowhere else in my mind to put him defensively, because, for me, left field in Fenway -- and I say this because it'€™s the only word I can come up with -- might be the easiest outfield position because there'€™s so much less ground to cover. You'€™ve got to figure out the wall, you'€™ve got to figure out angles and the ladder, but that doesn'€™t take that long. And you'€™ve got one of the best defensive coaches in the game in Brian Butterfield, so I'€™m hoping he gets that left field thing because I'€™m not sure there'€™s options there." Kirk Minihane then raised the point about average fielders such as Manny Ramirez succeeding in left field in Fenway Park. "Manny was actually --€” when he wanted to be --€” was very, very good," Schilling responded. The Red Sox sit atop the AL East with a 9-5 record, making them the only team in their division currently above .500. Schilling said the first impression hasn'€™t surprised him, but that the team'€™s starting pitching hasn'€™t been where he'€™s expected it to be. "I don'€™t feel any different," he said. "The first three weeks, four weeks, first month, I always try to sort it out and look and decide. Their starting pitching, which I expected to be better, hasn'€™t been, which is something that'€™s probably a little worrisome." Four of the team'€™s starters have ERAs of 5.74 or higher, with Rick Porcello sporting a team-worst 6.63 mark. "When you bring contact pitching into the American League East, I'€™ve always found it works less than you'€™d like it to," Schilling said. "[Wade] Miley, he did alright last night, and Porcello, but it'€™s tough. It'€™s tough to be a guy who relies on defense to get outs in this division."