Curt Schilling

Curt Schilling on D&C: Red Sox 'not getting fixed this year'

July 24, 2015 - 6:47 am
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ESPN baseball analyst and former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling made his weekly appearance on Dennis & Callahan on Friday to talk about the Red Sox' post-All-Star-break struggles. To listen to the interview, go to the D&C audio on demand page.

The Red Sox have lost eight straight, including the first seven contests since returning from the All-Star break. With the Sox now 12 games out of first place in the division, Schilling said that the team will not be able to remedy itself this season.

"I think the first answer is that it's not getting fixed this year. It's not. I don't blame [general manager Ben Cherington] in some ways, but you have to in others. It seems like every single move he's made since the final day of the season last year has been bad," Schilling said.

According to Schilling, there needs to be accountability for the team's disappointing results, but that doesn't necessarily mean firing anyone in management.

"Somebody's got to pay. That's the thing. I think that, if I'm running the team, I don't know that I fire anybody, but I think there's some readjustments that need to be made," Schilling said. "There's not a Band-Aid to put on this, there's multiple gaping wounds that need to be healed."

Schilling was definitive when asked if the Red Sox should fire manager John Farrell: "No."

"I certainly think he needs to get better as a game-manager," Schilling added. "I've seen situations where I go, 'In my mind he got outmanaged or he was outplayed.' But this, to me, is on the players. One hundred percent on the players. You can't make Joe Kelly suddenly start missing bats, you can't make guys take extra outfield work off the wall."

Schilling said that the Red Sox' troubles can be traced back as far as 2010 and 2011 with the signings of albatross contracts like John Lackey and Carl Crawford. While those players are no longer on the roster, Schilling says the organization is still feeling the ill effects of those decisions.

"When you brought Theo [Epstein] here and you allowed the baseball ops people to do their jobs, what happened? What happened was exactly what you're seeing in Chicago with the Cubs," Schilling said. "When you let smart baseball people do the job you pay them to do without mucking it up, generally you see good things happen.

"One of the reasons the Red Sox are sitting where they're sitting is because they did muck it up and they went after Carl Crawford and John Lackey, and I think Theo was very clear and adamant they didn't want to do. There's still fallout from that mess."

With Pedro Martinez being inducted into the Hall of Fame and having his number retired by the Red Sox, fans and players alike have looked back fondly on memories of the former ace. Schilling had nothing but positive things to say about his former teammate.

"For a period of time, he was the best pitcher that ever lived. His run, I think, is heads and shoulders above everybody else. ... I made sure if we weren't on the bench or had a game, I was watching him pitch," Schilling said. "He was the only guy I ever made sure I watched because the stuff that he did I don't think you'll ever see again."