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Curt Schilling on D&C: 'I lay very little of that blame' on John Farrell

June 17, 2015 - 5:56 am
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ESPN baseball analyst and former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling made his weekly appearance on Dennis & Callahan on Wednesday morning to talk about the state of the Red Sox and manager John Farrell. To hear the interview, go the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

Dustin Pedroia said this week that the team was attempting to tune out the media because of the negativity over the team's poor play. Asked if the players could get inspired in an effort to tell those who say they "suck" that they were wrong, Schilling said: "But they do suck. Listen, I've been in that position. One game doesn't I think turn you either way. I think they recognize that. That was a good win [Tuesday]. The win in some ways was kind of one of those things where you've got to look at it and go, 'Hey, this is what we can do.' But you've got to show up and you've got to get it done every day. They're not doing that. They're struggling to do anything consistently right.

"I think a lot of people are shocked by it. When we went into the season, I can remember everybody talking about a 900-run offense and all this stuff. I was one of the naysayers, and I was crucified for it at the winter meetings. But I wasn't a huge advocate of either one of their big signings offensively [Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval].

"They haven't hit the ball consistently well, they haven't pitched consistently well. If you don't do one, you might be able to manage for a little while; if you can't do both consistently, you're going to have a long year."

While the Sox are camped in the cellar of the AL East, Schilling said that he doesn't blame Farrell for the team's lackluster performance.

"I think he's as qualified as anybody," Schilling said. "I can't help but go back to the fact that, at the end of the day, no matter what you say or how you act as a manager, your players have to play. Your players have to play and these guys aren't getting it done. I lay very little of that blame ever on a manager's doorstep."

According to Schilling, the size of the Boston media and the magnitude of the scrutiny on the team serves to magnify the team's problems.

"As good as anybody can ever be at that job, people still make mistakes," Schilling said. "This is a market, this is a place where, if you're not winning and you make a mistake, people scream louder than they do in other places."

In general, Schilling said, people look to blame managers when teams don't play up to expectations. The blame, he said, should be aimed more at the construction of the team.

"I don't think [Farrell] can be bad at anything as far as being a baseball guy is concerned, but at the end of the day that's where people go when teams lose, for the most part, is the manager's office," Schilling said. "I look at it as much in this situation as who put this team together and how it was put together as you do who's running the team day-to-day."

Listen to the complete interview below:

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