John Farrell

Red Sox manager John Farrell meets with veterans in attempt to turn around season

John Tomase
May 31, 2015 - 11:15 am

Red Sox manager John Farrell met with five veterans for 45 minutes before Sunday's series finale against the Rangers in an attempt to halt this latest losing streak at two games. The players in attendance, according to the Providence Journal, were David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia, Hanley Ramirez, Mike Napoli, and Pablo Sandoval. "There was a group of guys that I had in to talk about a number of things," Farrell said. "I guess the short version of it would be for us to play with some aggressiveness and some smarts inside the game situation. Without getting too detailed. But it was an opportunity to meet with our veteran group, to reemphasize the importance of the role that they provide to the younger players and how they go about and execute inside the game." The meeting -- at least the third of the season -- came in response to the team's worst effort of the year in an 8-0 loss to the Rangers on Saturday night. The Red Sox made a half dozen mental or physical errors while also getting no-hit into the sixth inning by right-hander Chi Chi Gonzalez in his big league debut. At 22-28, the Red Sox rank last in the American League East. Their minus-47 run differential projects to a record of 20-30. Rather than maintain the status quo, Farrell called on his veterans and made it clear that as leaders of the team, others will follow their example. "Well, I guess the best way to describe it is that there was an opportunity for them to speak," Farrell said. "I wanted to get their feedback, I wanted to give them some additional expectations that exist, some ideas that I think need to be carried out, and it was a chance to talk through those and what do we do going forward." Farrell was the only member of the coaching staff in attendance. "You're always looking for opportunities to identify things and make changes or adjustments as you feel is the right way to go," he said. "Ultimately it comes about how we go out and play the game in a smart way, but yet not be what I thought last night was a very tentative approach to the game."