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Buster Olney, ESPN, on Sox closer situation

May 1, 2013|

Buster Olney joins Mut and Merloni to discuss Andrew Bailey retaining the closer role despite Joel Hanrahan being ready to go, the coaching staff, and the umpiring in MLB.

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But -- ID 37 WEEI told you to the Boston Police Department weeded out. We've taken three suspects in custody with connections to the marathon bombing some more news on that the last couple minutes. CNN's report says the Department of Homeland Security source of firsthand knowledge and the investigation. Says to the students. Are for New Bedford, Massachusetts UMass Dartmouth they've also been arrested on charges of making false statements to investigators a conspiracy to obstruct justice. A third students been arrested who is a US citizen the source said Boston Police. Added via Twitter quote please be advised there is no threat to the public in addition Pete Williams. And NBC news reporting that the three suspects have been arrested today. Are roommates at the accused bomber joke our -- Are suspected of removing items from his dorm room at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth so. Wouldn't be suspects in turn opened the plan the bombing there's one source who won his report that says they had they know prior knowledge. Of the bombing but it sounds like there's going to be a scenario here where these guys are roommates with Joseph Carr. He comes back and they may have removed items. From their dorm room or apartment where they live together off from that -- authorities closed in on this was. Last Thursday Friday. Where follow that story told you all day during our show about we talk to our our connections UMass Dartmouth in the joke hard. I'd signed in at the pool on Tuesday it was party and smoke weed on Wednesday of people there. In that area at night getting report that he is roommates animal -- structure just an honest you know if you get more information -- -- -- -- you can. Pieces do you support the cause. Is that what you hope the guy out. What I brought a lot of -- right now but if they removed items from the hole from the dorm room. That could have been a laptop with the information or cellphone info lower some like that that's. That's the -- terrorist right. That's that's their right aiding a terrorist. So as we get more information on that will certainly pass along but the -- Austin police saying no threat. In this case and that there's no indication that the three suspects at any prior knowledge. Of the bombing sources said the FBI is investigating this for about ten days taken into custody today an arrest about Boston Police. Joining us on the AT&T outline ESPN's -- roaming. On and off the top -- I gotta -- On David Moehler the the grounds keeper there there at Fenway Park was an awesome story -- holing guys worked on that but. Lot of stuff there I didn't know about him and it was out really well done should be congratulated for the work. I appreciate that. And it was used to that one of those things. Where I I'd literally this is before an opening day game retouched yankees three years ago. And get ready go on the air and I didn't know gave before war. This conversation really it and he was walking -- tonight Agassi and add to get underground keeping. And -- -- told it is unbelievable story about Melanie got out of it -- the high school senior and he got hit by Clark. Maybe that person ran him over in front of the McDonald's many of these terrible injuries and it ended his baseball career. And then he wrote to -- grounds keepers and it would looking for ways to stay in baseball. Without. You know you don't see where he's in situation which he couldn't play. And then he gets the -- of the Brewers and gets run over by a car but again by a woman he drove on the field at county stadium who'd been out of that. You know had been basically locked up before that and just unbelievable. Stories that he told and you know what I. -- a strong person to go through what he's gone through the night and again that you know had a report of the producer did a great job of that. And I really took a lot of -- my conversations with -- It is good man works hard -- it takes pride in what he does and I wanna wanna ask you bought this Red Sox team right now because a look at last night's game and and little blip on the radar in -- starting pitcher has been so good not so much last night the bullpen is being great maybe not so much last night but. Overall in general eighteen -- right now it's it's been a ball pitching with this team your thoughts on the early start. Yeah they -- the other than a baseball tonight if you know they ask it's OK what's the best story of the first month that I did read that to me without a doubt. And of course going forward you have everything it happened at the merit on -- and people around the country are going to be. I think the following a red -- more rallying for the more. But the big thing is he's just the turnaround Andy from the NL last year where you guys remember that last game against the Yankees where. They just looked like he didn't wanna be there and now you see them investigating you see them. Doing things it's. You know making all the adjustments that they need to make. To do well you see the impact Ortiz -- coming back. And I did think that that what happened. With Hanrahan daily tells you a lot of that sort of where this team that I think in the last five years. The team with the best its leading scorer without a doubt. Has been the Tampa Bay Rays where you know 22 players will shave their head for a cancer charity and then all the that every person in the organization doing it. And we got a sign that in the -- Hanrahan handle this situation because he's got a lot at stake. -- -- perspective free agent. You know two to step out of that role warning that the Red Sox have been talking about internally within your relievers is don't worry about role. Just worry about you know what you do when the phone rings and that's exactly the conversation that's been taking place with the rays. In recent seasons and that's part and sometimes to -- the players. But the fact that Hanrahan and he's you know bought into it and supportive of it I think it's a great sign for this. But -- taking a step further it's beat not only are they supportive of -- they trust this coaching staff buster we have a conversation yesterday about the sustainability of the start and to me. This coaching staff deserves a ton of credit from where they were a year ago to now and that conversely we talked Brian Butterfield last soured. What -- old Bulls had to say in Maryland the -- these guys get their beneath Littleton. Land -- buster no drop closer that would've been drama last year with a guy that was here and in this case Carroll says the right thing. They know what they're confident and that manager and they trust the manager this year. Well I told you -- last week when you add to what they -- -- with a -- and a well if you look at the history teams that situation. They'll give the guys -- job back to the guy and I think that's what they would do you cannot do that. To your point if there are questions about the motive of the manager in -- there's other side issues going on and Joseph Maddon. They've developed a trust with the players in Tampa Bay in the fact that he -- the players now trust Maryland and that certainly is going to be -- back in history with the team. For the guys have been there. And for what's being said behind closed -- from player to player. You know -- he came back. That'd be great -- I totally agree with you and cute you know when you're talking about the moratorium -- Brian Butterfield. You know John figured -- -- lifers and guys too when you're around Brian Butterfield for five minutes. You know that all he cares about is winning immediately I was passed over for the managerial job. By the Toronto Blue Jays and they put him back on staff what does that say about him and what does that say you know about how the players -- gonna feel. About having a guy like that by the side all season long. There's doubled as his team I want to get your thoughts of -- different things outside of boss near what they think these two players number one as well metal Brooks I think that he is a huge part. But the -- disorders off to a tough start we forget the only as both 350 big league at bats so we're not sure what he is the other guy. I think we might know what he is Jared Saltalamacchia. The type of hitter -- May be inconsistent behind the plate what you hear about those -- -- Who got the -- middle wrote that he simply has to be put himself in a better position when it comes to count. I'm not you think that the played in that sounds simple. You know Josh Hamilton deal with the exact same thing where the fact that he Danks is this something that they pitchers are gonna take advantage of and I'm sure that that's in the reports there are being sent back to -- -- I'm hearing from some of the advance guys. Where they stand. That he just simply is really pumped up to the plate and he needs to. Reduced that level of adrenaline that he has in his bat can be a little bit more relaxed in the Saltalamacchia. I think that you know I've heard this from executives said the teams that they say that. They think that the Red Sox will be looking for an upgraded that position that you know and possibly even before. The trade deadline at some point that -- Feel like dead you know given the amount of money that they're paying him that he's got to perform better than he's been. How he's performing at the beginning of this year that was. You know an interest moment last night. Where that happens in Egypt interfered with by the umpire doesn't say a word about it. Does -- the -- admitted after the game. Well and that I gotta be honest with you haven't heard a lot of things to a lot of players in the years that that's not as much of the surprised me but what's surprising to me that. There that there isn't that instinct there wasn't there in that case let we're just it doesn't immediately character and you know exactly. Been an all. I mean I don't you know like it. -- that I know every rule the rule book but if we've all been in this situation at second. -- knew it would make you you bought me. And and at least put here you -- coach you're coaching your manager in the dugout. Probably are aware Italy in a position with a command at the question. Expedite you do wonder how the dominoes would have fallen. -- they say something to home plate umpire and all played a part did OK I'll go talk to my guys in the other. Umpires they -- looked like he actually hit you on as usual lines are back. And he had as Peter would fork on a couple weeks go on year on your podcast -- talking about umpiring and baseball questions there. My guess is that they might be have some conversation about what happened in Tampa Bay -- -- Chicago between. Kelly in the dubbed the whole plate umpire and David Price because as you told that story mark topped in rope that story Tampa Ive never heard a scenario. Where an umpire -- is at a pitcher and then after that. Claims the pitcher lied about what he heard and what the umpire said on the field that's a bad -- before those guys. Yeah and that's why I think whether we hear about it or not or they try to covered up by saying well he took a vacation. Why do you think he is -- -- now you've got to face to -- -- sanctions because. You can verify that and let's -- two guys that you got Joseph Maddon. And David Price and Jeremy and Alex and and other members on that team also in the same thing we heard -- and they have feel like. In basically every partner out that they can go back and get some information. It doesn't look good and eight. Yeah you know it's one thing to go back and forth -- a player but when you you won prompted yelled something like that. He intact that's what he did that the major problem and I know from talking with people Major League Baseball. In those situations they don't want the umpire rendering an opinion like well he lied or he's a liar. To the media they want the umpires to file their reports. And at that point to have a back and forth in Major League Baseball as opposed to accusing a player or something because of course now. Spinning it forward. There's a game involving race and Tom Alley and it's something happened there was gonna go. They had a problem in the past and that's why they want the umpires to keeping behind closed doors and indoors and that's why I think that -- ain't gonna face some sort of a fine or suspension. But let me ask what -- Toronto blue Jay team sucks -- right now other questions about his bullpen coming into the year. They've been pretty good. I'm a firm believer even a bad start guys played their level and if track record and an Al Reyes. Loss hurts this team but still I don't think this -- Blue Jays team is out of it yet. Well I really do and I think we've learned here because we've all made that mistake where at the end of -- were like well that that -- -- and we've seen teams come roaring back we saw that with the Oakland Athletics several times. But the one thing that really concerns you is is the that's the -- stuff we're seeing -- the rotation. You know he's got shots and didn't get back to being what he wasn't -- he certainly hasn't looked at saint the last year and a half. It was Mark Burly. Going to be different when you face American League team than what he's been. He'd during the course of his career -- it was RA -- gonna become more consistent. I was out I was gonna pick the the Blue Jays to win that division when I flew to Florida but then I was around that team and you -- the bullpen that was a concern for me. But also the idea throwing together so many people for the first time. And you had John Gibbons who can manage it there yet. But it's a whole different cap the players and how to deal with Kobe -- as to who's not viewed as someone who takes instruction well you know Brett Lawrie. You know Jose Batista right away -- questions okay you've got to talk to about how we deal with umpires. I think we kind of learned. That when you throw a bunch of guys together like that that -- to take longer than we expect but the most important thing it they got to get better stuff out of that rotation. I'll say in the division and ask you about the Yankees are they have a timetable buster when Mark Teixeira might be back in that lineup for the. I talked to Brian Cashman the general manager less than an hour ago. You know mark he -- progress has been. Steady but it is certainly been slower than. I think that. Maybe they had hoped initially. He's taking some swings now. The big thing with the -- to -- as any kind of setback that he's probably gonna face season ending surgery because it's it's that type of injury the Yankees are totally got hurt. Look at his 70% chance he comes back this year he did this setback in his the other 30%. That he's going to be done Curtis Granderson making a lot of progress. And no he could be sent out for game sometime in the next week. I think that the Yankees are feeling really good about the start how they're playing. But I think they're also very aware of sort of how fragile it is considering the names that the throwing in the lineup every day it's really an amazing job work. You know they pulled Nichols out of their couch cushion to get some of these guys and these guys to play well. Lester last one for me is Jason Collins told his -- Sports Illustrated and I thought that. You're one of the guys that talks to players more than anybody that we talked to and -- wondering about the response that you -- cross Major League Baseball and is baseball ready for that for an active player to come out that their game of the world. Well I -- in 199394. I covered Billy bean who came out after he retired. And you know I talked to Billy since Jason Collins announcement we look back at that team and would it have been a good time. And it -- opinion that baseball. Would be conference baseball. Dan and a lot of other sports because of it just the nature of the sport and and he's feeling you're out on the field every day and there's a lot of standing around time and and stick culture of it. Do you feel different I think in general I think the players are progressing. A lot of relate to the idea that the mirror society that this is growing feeling of you know what who cares. If there -- -- cares. You know what a guy doesn't own time and an and I think also and this is a real -- guys you know for years it was -- force someone like Billy Beane to come out because the reaction. Well we sought this week that period on the other side now where if you say something about it out loud. The backlash that you're gonna say is enormous look what happened who have Mike Wallace. The wide receiver from the NFL when he -- something out he got hammered. And don't even if you're not comfortable with it. It's probably Smart to keep that yourself and I thought about this. If you're a player now. You're not -- -- that you know what I'm not comfortable playing with Simmons black I'm not comfortable playing with the -- and white are glad. You're gonna shut your mouth even if you feel that way in I think going forward that's the way players are going to be when it comes to playing with someone who might -- -- Buster great stuff is always appreciate it will talk you next Wednesday. Buster only BS PN joins us every single week at this time and buster course. Occupier friends that -- -- of Nashua Bob Draper recovery go see him. Check out the all new Toyota Nashua megaplex during their ongoing spring saving sales event comes -- While the buzz is all about. By heiress restoration specialist and by Cole space 92 break welcome backed -- about one of the big games tonight. And Bruins and Maple Leafs Indy Britain will join us wanna popping up Bruins tickets for tonight's game that's right. Game one we're sending you to that game. 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