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Sam Kennedy on OMF: Lots of 'internal conversations' on Pablo Sandoval

John Hand
July 13, 2017 - 2:09 pm

Red Sox President Sam Kennedy joined Ordway, Merloni & Fauria on Thursday and weighed in on possible options for Pablo Sandoval when he finishes his rehab assignment in Triple-A Pawtucket, which expires on Monday. To hear the full interview go to the OMF audio on demand page. 

“We have a big decision coming up. [Sandoval] is coming off a rehab assignment. We’ll see how that plays out here in the near future,” Kennedy said. “There has been a lot of conversations internally, but I’ll leave it at that. We’ll see what Dave [Dombrowski] decides to do here in the next day or so.

“We would like to get as much out of every player in our system, whether it is the major league or minor league level. What I would say is I get the sense from this ownership, as I always have, that they are willing to do everything it takes to win that means specifically to win the division too. Wild card is great, we got into the wild card and actually won a World Series coming through wild card, but that one game playoff is a scary proposition. We are doing everything we can to win that division. We’ll see. It is going to be an exciting couple months ahead, starting this weekend with the Yankees coming in.”

Following are more highlights from the conversation. For more Red Sox news go to the Red Sox team page at

On making baseball more marketable: “I would say this. I learned this back in the early 1990s when I was with the Yankees: there is only so much you can do. You can’t fake it; you can’t force it you got to let the team chemistry play out. The win dance repeat thing had nothing to do with the Red Sox marketing department that was very authentic with Chris Young, Andrew Benintendi, Mookie and Jackie [Bradley]. It’s Something they like to do. It’s our job to promote that and support it. You can’t make these things up. It has to be authentic, real and genuine. The young stars we have, thanks to our baseball operations ability to scout, develop and draft players, is really exciting and it bodes well for our future and in some cases the future is right now because these guys are preforming at a high level.

On trade deadline: “We have had a very good first half, 3.5 games up in the American League East. I think we are on pace to win 90, 91 games, or something like that, but it doesn’t feel like we’ve clicked on all cylinders. Our offense has been inconsistent, we had some injuries in our pitching rotation earlier in the year. I think we are very well positioned. It goes without saying we’re examining the third base situation very closely. Dave and John Farrell are dealing with that. You always want to add pitching, pitching and more pitching if you can because it seems postseason baseball seems to always coming down to that. The market is just starting to develop.”

On Red Sox TV ratings being down: “It’s something to be concerned with for sure. As an industry we’re always concerned about any diminution of interest or eyeballs, listenership or attendance. We examine all the data as often as possible. It’s really important. It’s hard to point at any one factor, but I will say if you look at the Bruins, Celtics, Patriots, Red Sox and Revolution all sort of live sports have seen a dip and a drop in ratings generally across the board. I think it’s probably a result of the explosion of choices consumers have on the internet, on television with different platforms, different games, different content can be viewed whenever, however you want. Those of us in live sports need to be focused on it all the time. It’s something we are concerned about and spend a lot of time talking about. The way to deal with it of course is to make your product as compelling as possible I do think baseball is headed in a very very good direction under Rob’s [Manfred] leadership. You saw an example of that at the all-star game with the emergence of a lot of these young stars. We have our work cut out for us, but we have a concern with a dip.”