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Torey Lovullo, Red Sox bench coach, on his new role

Nov 6, 2012|

The newest Red Sox bench coach joins Mut and Merloni to talk about the type of baseball John Farrell likes to play and what fans can expect from the 2013 Red Sox.

Transcript - will not be 100% accurate

Final hour -- -- ID three point seven WEE I've spent a lot how the baseball today John McDonnell former. Errors on the -- back infielder given us to take on the Red Sox manager John Ferrell play from a 2011. Is still there -- -- former. That's a former as a -- Beckett Boston bomber blue Jay. They go in your pushed from the come back. Super utility guy John McDonald and joining us now on the AT&T outline AT&T forgy LT. With speeds up to ten times faster than three GAT and T rethink possible isn't Toronto now the bench coach of the Boston Red Sox toward global -- -- a little Dario. I'm doing these guys how are you. I'm doing great but he got a confirmed something here before we get up and talk baseball Alou tells I mean our producer Joey all the time. He was the heart and all that 2006 team. In Buffalo oddity in that -- 73 games and always says that Tim Laker if you let him play a little bit more and let him bat the middle the order you would have been better than five games over 500 that year. You know the problem I've listened to him too much and that other one only 74 games I've done what I -- -- -- land -- would probably done a lot better but I won't say that. Tim Laker -- few the other bad is my initiation into AAA it is challenging level and they got a how. At a guy like Lou and I do you mean that series we would lead you to help me out quite a bit of it could be our conversation that. He's not a result of the big leagues again so I don't really spend much time with them that he is everybody -- I tell you here in 2010 and -- up at night come back to this organization. After leaving go to Toronto just used your feelings of coming back and be part of the Red Sox organization. -- is our cliche. But I'm I'm part of a Red Sox Nation I'm excited about it. Initially when it was starting to happen. You know it was a surreal feeling I was gonna have the opportunity to come back. It speaks for itself and the real supplement. Talked about by people outside of it when you're inside the circle in your part of such a great organization. From top to bottom -- the ownership all the way to the last. Player on the roster pretty spectacular play. Sure it's been a tough twelve months to say the least I think with the fan base in this organization and not necessarily sure that has to do with talents more about perception. Now how do you guys sort of changed that feeling because it is an opportunity kind of a turn things around here. Well I think. I I think. It is we look at it for external it and look at it from a team that was playing against the Boston Red Sox look like they work. Going through a lot of change that a number of injuries a lot of heart soul of their team. With David Ortiz and it was just a different feel walking into Fenway Park play against the Red Sox and a lot of young columns that got exposure to some meaningful baseball. -- he's going to be on in the elite so. Moving forward from that we feel like we're gonna already happened and established younger players that are good that it was some of the players that have been there. That carried the Red Sox for a couple of years it poppy. Dustin Pedroia Jacoby and it should be really good mixture of guys. And you know look in -- -- will be one step further noted a lot of free agent market and get some really key acquisitions. It could be a really quick -- I'm not make any promises but. We understand that there's tradition and attitude and mindset. And I know -- talking with John -- he's going to be moving or first and foremost in that area that aspect it was a ought to -- not -- something. Come in here play against the Boston Red Sox. You better be prepared. In terms of how quickly this came together Torre you know as John gets interview and the thing goes down and in Toronto. It allows this thing to happen did you know right away it be an option here for you to come back in and rejoined John on this Red Sox cap and a bench coach role. You know. Unfortunately debate on materialized. At a different pace than you want to you know everybody has been excellent baseball. Internally you know you want it happened yesterday but it -- -- that in -- hit the ball very very slowly the talk was happening at the end of the year. It was a difficult time for how difficult time for everybody within our -- every single day in Toronto and I thought John was it was very. Very solid in his approach to two run in the blue gay people when it finally did happen. And he -- transition over you know we have talked about. A couple of different things a couple different role he got -- I'd be interested. You know it was time of the the permission was granted from the Toronto Blue -- and I can move forward. And you know until it happens in the league agreement -- made so that handshake is not. You don't -- me take anything for granted but it was something we talked about for a few days when we have the opportunity you know. And I couldn't stop thinking about how bad I want -- like that happen when it finally did happen it was pretty special moment. Unlike the situation last year that one of the issues was communication Bobby comes in here and lot of the guys that Terry Francona had are still remaining. You guys already between yourself and Butterfield in John of course Marty. John talked about important it -- -- one voice you know and being on the same page. But he better in a situation where maybe you haven't been on the same page how difficult that can be. Yeah well. It is is that this question you question. First -- all you're right there there is that there isn't certain comfort level at all -- of that that -- myself and John. Initially but it's going to be our job to include let that happen. So we move forward together as a unit now. Just -- natural connection there's no doubt about from from playing togethers teammate who you know. He's working for him -- director of player development -- game and being in the same dugout. Trying to put them out member. We have a progression that is pretty special so any at the end going to be my job or ideas out out out there out of it kind of project for captain and in not not -- so much in the moment like he's happy he's got make key decisions. Right now. I -- fork -- a little bit and get outside of the moment which. I intend on doing now I'm prepared to have up overstatement but -- prepared -- out moment where he doesn't agree and prepared to have the ability yet. Communicate on a very professional level we have a pretty special out pretty pretty special. Relationship. You know we did have a couple of disagreement we did have a couple situations on or the first base coach for the problem -- is that he's the manager. And there're couple along with the birth -- but it took it. I took advantage of some of the freedom that I have rent and have -- -- made a mistake. You know there's a chain of command he you can say what you want how -- want and and whatever you want and whatever -- whatever Tony walked up to me shake it off and come back. And that was not report absolutely should make sure a lot of communication is wide open at all times. You -- mentioned it yet running into outs we we've heard and and John told us it's a very aggressive team so for your perspectives got a coach first and was was moving guys around. What does that mean what are you view it aggressive offensive baseball team as -- You know it it and I don't want to speak we're done but I just I know his attitude now knowing his mindset. You want to put pressure on the defense you want pressure on these bad and we all know. You know any -- liable to make a mistake because he is because somebody's making an aggressive base running decision and popular might -- his head up to the peak of somebody's seat he might be golf courses that are. It is put pressure on the defense make mistake and not that we're gonna run them out intentionally. Is that we're going to be aggressive with our mindset for the opposition the game -- -- and we know. You know the past two years we played against the the -- corner of the Anaheim Angels -- the Tampa Bay Rays. Or some other aggressive baseball team and around the bases put pressure on you we had to prepare work in our pregame strategy. But they have it up this is what's happening in the coming down the pipe and from the mountain look up on the field is a different mindset. And the attitude of that -- happened may be out and make them make plays. -- take it one step further and say that not only -- a decent field but he put that in his mind from a pitcher's standpoint. That the pitcher feel I guess I gotta get the ball all play a little bit quicker. I got to be aware of what's going on them constantly about how the great pick off move -- about it is there was there's one negative thought. We have the advantage and a strong mind and -- From playing and I know you feel that that pitch that broke up like that apple is a little up out of the way the wind up in the gap and I noticed that very successful. But we have an executive adult pretty well Toronto I do want to say that. You know we we ran it -- an out -- very aggressive I think we're second or third in the league -- installed base percentage. We did a lot of really really good thing but I think the fans that understand what the good got to take a little bit of the bat we're gonna have -- moment and that moment. You know Torre have -- played with -- Morrow and Cleveland as well as you know in India when I heard some of those comments in the year kind of shook my hand that thought about it's it was this that. At the same Omar that I remembered got a played every day or is this an aging veteran it's not happy he's in there. I asked John this question and he said he that really wasn't the case of some miscommunication what did you see because accountability has been a big topic here in the last twelve months here Red Sox Nation. Yeah you know he recorded points for it come out and in the platform than it did. I think or should have known that he wanted to -- something that we can get that much attention that it should've done internally. Dawn of the great all of you keeping things out. The door is always open there's another baseball cliche but really as a true statement John always welcome got to come in there. And in the special thing about John and now when there's a play for the time for somebody come in there. And he uses the opportunity to get better understand what that player trying to say. He's not good news group we have pushing in and out that -- and making sure that you're happy Donald Shell and they'll get better for me those conversations. Whitley said you know may have had the merit in May not you know who -- But what I didn't know is that the coaching -- work relentlessly. On teaching and tutoring. The coaching staff -- there and all on the day of the younger players grow and learn there was a lot of early work in the got -- -- that. We ought to understand the players need to go about their performance function of the popular and better job of that they have to be dialing it up there developed there. We didn't hesitate to go out work in any any areas that we were charges. On a daily basis when we felt like it was needed whenever construction he would be made -- ride on it. So -- -- don't work that out -- not I don't want it I don't want to say anything other than what I can say I know that I thought. -- and probably the opinion was that accurate. I would say probably not. Yeah you know you know kind of -- this team is going to be there's a lot of lot of moves maybe to be made for this team with a young team veteran team. But I wonder like -- John -- a lot of ball you know pollen that rain a little bit with that team is nothing better than having you know players. Talked to other players read the message come from a manager that they should police themselves we've got a young team that get in Toronto was it. But we look back you say well I want these guys to understand the game that maybe I should have done more this situation where we expected them to know the game anymore and they're capable of that point a career. -- question I think players players is the most powerful explanations as most powerful training -- And I think in the Boston red hot or not you have a number of great candidate that can step up there to get that job done -- that he message. And then that really reinforced by the coaches as manager or bite the vs the manager can make that statement and it can be reinforced by a player there's no better. Moment. In no better situation. That you can you can use. To get that job done you know indicate the truck there were so many young players there were so many rosters and it. And we lost our leader we lost so -- see that hit me in it. That guy where he would go in there and teach train and reinforce. So what we thought that the dynamic that chemical change it was halted for an imbalance and and and might have thrown a ball off a little bit. And then we were a team without without at thirteen without a leader and when that happened we started to lose games after the trading deadline we fell out of contention quickly there was a -- a high degree of frustration. And being -- and out of control now is it is that the coaches that job. Could control that absolutely I think that we we were kind of we try to monitor that we're trying to push for were trying to do the best that we. But it just happened so -- that we -- able to get back together. Our last one for me obviously it's it's different between teams but it seems to me that baseball the last six or seven years is change in this way that. The way the -- CBA works. Lot of younger players get an opportunity early and they they spent a year in double lame bone again Manny Machado Baltimore always a good player but a little bit a time in the minor league level. He jumps up does that change all the bench coach when you look around baseball you see a lot of veterans. The normally we get a one or two year deal late in their career are being replaced by younger players and rosters are younger and 20122013. Yeah right on the head there's no doubt about the game has changed transition over the past ten years we've definitely got like Tony La Russa. And Jim -- those special you know they're they're legal cocaine Cowboys. That had an old style and kind of -- evolved and changed understood what it was it was going -- some of the younger players today. The dynamic inside the -- out is definitely changed. These veterans there there's just so strong president and those that can teach the game the other players and they're willing to listen. And -- sport that's what we're looking for a young player you got to identify the key guys. And are gonna walk in there and you don't title in that area that debate because. We've seen in the -- Is that young players walk in with a -- it was a nice thought and thought with a two or three year contract all very well deserved. But they haven't -- it is and they haven't they haven't given the game what they need to and I think that. It goes back to a lot of the old coaching slot he's we've got to respect the game and respect your teammate. And I know that got on the job in the active. Or appreciate the time out or appreciate give a couple minutes of breaking down that 06 Buffalo roster with Laker and look at all these other guys -- that great insight. I'd love to gather appreciate time you know. I -- Red Sox spent coached horrible joining us on the AT&T hotline AT&T forgy LT he. We speeds up to ten times faster than three GT AT&T. Rethink possible so a couple of veterans. On that 06 Buffalo team. As -- fought it sounds like not a -- and last. I think it and that summer we should have been better Ritson down there any Francisco Ryan Garko. And a few Ryan Garko 7368. -- Cabrera. I -- -- a young history will -- talking a -- I put out on the players on the assists for 7368. A blend the talent that was -- that's not a coach it was our fault. 92 break will continue on with your phone calls and a 2 o'clock in the big shows 6177797937. Vocal when you're.

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