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Buster Olney, ESPN, on condition of J.A. Happ

May 8, 2013|

Buster Olney joins the show to talk about the potential of pitchers wearing protective gear on the field after J.A. Happ took a line drive to the head. Buster also discusses the Sox pitching situation with the injuries in the bullpen.

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We talked her body Basra only of ESPN will get their Red Sox. We'll get to Red Sox issues here buster appreciate the time is always Tom Caron in for Lou. When you saw the JA -- thing last night what started to go through your mind as the guys covered baseball for a long time and a fortunately has seen a bunch of these around the game. Yeah Bryce Florie who always comes to mind and I met -- when he was in class today and the Padres organization and then I was covering the Yankees tonight that he had -- -- line drive by Ryan Thompson. The united I did some stories on him after he left baseball. And then I'll always remember him. -- -- compelling story about what he's sitting out on the mound after getting hit by the ball basically right on the right eyeball. Where he was asking if this -- was still there. And and he tried to come back and I say it was greatly affected. You know that the metal component to it and and he's one of baseball's great you know great guys and you know he's teaching down and in teaching history heavily down at South Carolina now. And these corners basically ended by that I know he's remembers stories. That -- -- told me he visited pitch for the Mets pitcher for the Padres. And he'd been hit repeatedly I think ten times in his first five years in the big -- there's something about the way pitch yet that corner is a right handed pitcher that. He would do it and I estimates of what was the worst one. Instead walked Kevin Mitchell you remember that the big slugger who -- at 454050. Homers a couple of times. He drove the ball back through the middle and hit wall early in the very upper thigh. And he never saw the ball coming. And I -- Wally you're standing here talking in the world view. In India -- still think about that because he's kidding -- held at a dorm and who are speaking he broke out in goose bumps in the cold sweat. And he can't imagine you know what these guys have to deal with -- they try to come back from that type of thing. And I do. We want them done a lot of great work for us he's a producer ESPN on this whole issue in the whole issue. Line perhaps. And we're talking this morning about it and and you know the the fact is is that we're talking about. -- -- he's getting better -- get more guys throwing harder. He had more guys in throwing and higher velocity. Which only means that would've brought it back to the middle it's coming back faster in a lot of cases and that's why the number of instances. Of this happening is actually been on the increase according to research the Willie -- And Major League Baseball. For good reason is concerned because the sixty feet six tensions not gonna change. And -- you talk about lying cap but then you look at last night and hits off the ear of Pappas financially I mean. You know it's hard to imagine any sort of head protection that would protect the area he took that line drive off of last. Well have you guys and from what do we -- we'll -- -- down -- -- -- It is having a difficult time coming up the -- cap and if you go beyond you know line Kapanen. And maybe even with a line cap but -- didn't get the initial response from a lot of players which is. You know what I'm also aware that -- it's kind of weird you guys remember a few years ago when David Wright. -- a bit oversized helmet. And there was definitely -- sort of old school push back on style. Now in 2007. Michael it was a coach and my only Jews killed by a line drive and after that Major League Baseball. Basically made a rule saying all the base coach is apt to. Wear a helmet and initially. The it was pushed back on that. And now we don't even notice we do know that every coach wears a helmet but I think when you're talking about pitchers going out there. You know wearing some kind of a cage. Right you know they were rated like cricket players cricket batters. I think that you know -- we a long long way from from players ever agreeing to do something like that. And hopefully dozens could take some terrible accident with a taken them more seriously. You know buster I I've helped with youth hockey coaching over the years in USA hockey now forces all the youth hockey coaches to Wear helmets on the ice because. There have been catastrophic injuries where -- it will blind -- to coach him lose his edge com undertake the coach and on Internet. -- obviously as you said is a kickback anytime you try to change coaches didn't wanna Wear helmets on the I'd take that advisors in the NHL which is still an ongoing debate and I larger everybody in the NHL agrees you're better off with a -- a protector. So we get back to baseball it would seem if you're going to do anything like that you almost have to do it. At some sort of youth level at some sort of high school or college level and let it grow in. And what we talk about that. Why has there never been more of a -- at the NCA or high school level to get rid of the cubs' bats because those are the things to me that ball is just exploding -- the pitcher. From somebody huge high school and college. All the bad I think so that -- -- in recent years they they feel like I have. Decelerated. The ball I differ from lack a better way to describe it that they do think that that situation getting a little better and I totally agree -- -- At any connect the change would happen literally take place these guys to have me you know kids are learning -- a pro ball because it. It's not only have a style component but let's say yeah you know let's pick out -- an older -- you know Ryan Dempster. Let's say MLB that you know we wanna have had protection and not a pitcher you know what -- mechanical issue -- -- because. You know the way Egypt and try to head over hand and suddenly has some sort of behavior device. I mean that would not be something that could be embraced overnight by anybody no matter what the risk was. Because religious. You know literally Alter how these guys would have to throw the baseball. And so your point is well taken that -- -- back -- -- and hit the ball. The -- he keeps accelerating we get more more than that it thinks it's only natural that this conversation did take place it would have to first take place in Little -- We're talking about stroll Levy SP -- every single week at this time as for the Red Sox dealing with. A lot of injuries and one of the results is a move in the rotation buster they're gonna go Felix do brought into the pan. They -- for start but Alan Webster was awesome the first time now they have scouts around him. Think he's thrown a hundred with a Derek -- likes water right now Pataki is there a chance that. Now Webster pitches well tonight in this does spot start that he ends up replacing Felix you brought long term and the Red Sox rotation. I don't think there's any question that what their plan is is to get Brian back into the rotation because he had value. Big painted. You know certainly they weren't happy necessarily with the conditioning but date. In order to maximize what he is probably better off in the big picture having him back in the rotation the guys you know week. We will talk about in a small sample size and he and you have to look at the big picture in those type of issues. But these players can absolutely -- an issue with a one game. If someone comes up and they look fantastic. They can help to plan my goodness look at Jackie Bradley and spring training I don't think any with the Red Sox didn't didn't go to at a Fort Myers thinking we opened here this tidbit. He forces went into the situation and I think. I don't think it's gonna happen but I think you always leave open the possibility that it could happen because it. Pitched so well that the Red Sox say you know what. We're trying to win and it looks like it's going to be a -- -- division and at this -- the difference maker we keep that but again I don't think that's what the thinking going into it. Dissolve gets an opportunity to close football paley and Hanrahan out and you know when you hear forearm injury for a pitcher is that something that would lead to believe it could be a bigger issue if they don't be careful here would -- and the Red Sox closer. No idea and I that general -- privately say to -- through the years they look when we -- form we're really talking about a potential -- -- now I don't know what's wrong with Hanrahan. You know hopefully -- used to some sort of a muscle strain. But typically does lead to an outlook saying but I will say that I think the Red Sox. You know or uniquely positioned to deal with -- because. To Dallas stopped probably the best stuff -- that ball and I remember early in spring training talk with David Ross. And he -- -- he's just caught the Dow on the open for the first time. And he said to me that I think that's the best splitter that I've seen. Since I -- John Smoltz. And you know that the type of electric stuff that he had no I think for the -- like he's he's going to be. You know feeling and that -- than. You know whether or not down the road simulated Taylor wrote that gets moved in aid back into release spot as he -- -- -- later today. Check the trade market during the course the year you know quality bears -- made available by it seemed like the Astros. You know -- know who knows maybe they decide that they have to. -- credit that it can come up and -- someone who can help them and that's the reason why they are not doomed by all the issues because he does provide depth. Buster obviously we talk so much last week here Boston about the whole clay -- colds the situation after pitching up in Toronto we've heard. Major League Baseball has reviewed the video they have found. Nothing that would indicate he was doing anything it is a case closed as far as Major League Baseball is concerned. I think it is an -- -- -- guys you know we all grew up with stories of. One Whitey Ford was pitching how -- he wanted to catch your it would cut the ball. As these returning with a with the machine guards how they would you know. Over the ball would muttered put some sort of subsidize it to the ball stayed in the game we get it -- -- -- game. A ten days ago in Detroit it was kind of rainy. And it was kind of a messy night and I ran up to -- and I don't -- -- home plate umpire between innings -- to figure out -- and how often thrown the ball he said. Up pretty much the nice piece that just about every kind of ball -- any kind of surface and generally speaking you guys know that's how it is now. You know where. That didn't Alter rotated out of the game so often it's not like you can load up one half of the ball. With a great effects without people really noticing it it is doing something really bad now. I've also had been accused only that they will try to get some sort of -- -- big you know they might put a little -- dark. Someplace but not in in a way that either they gonna try to begin our parried but they're literally trying to get a grip on the ball and when he talked to pitchers. They say -- get these by Antarctic to be able to grip the bat. How come we can't do that you know is -- not loaded up big on one side I really don't think you can -- at the ball in the game pursue its short time why not. It's a great point and last night on our show Tim Wakefield. Was talking about the resin bag you know. In an effort to speed of the game that the -- bag now -- all the way back off on do we -- pitcher walking off the edge of the -- to touch the resin bag and if as we've shown -- really is just banging that resin bag against -- get a little bit of a better grip. You know we try to speed up the game the last thing we need is guys walking off the -- to -- the resin bag right. Yeah exactly and and that's all they're going for I think -- -- Some sort of composite something that. In that they can have -- did you get a little bitty package is especially when we're talking about games played early in the season. Did you hear pitchers talk all the time when he gets colder it feels like you're throwing a pool ball and it just trying to get a little bit more grip in fact I. I kind of wish baseball would liberalize the rules to make it clear. That you know -- Putting some sort of you know and liquid on your arm and then putting -- on your arm. He's not a bad thing is it allows you to see your point content to be able to do you know gap and and be able to get a grip on the baseball. Buster last one for me you link to a today in your daily column David Ortiz stocking less hot starts from hard work not steroids Dan Shaughnessy I asked him some questions yesterday. Tom and I've gone back and forth on this and and maybe it's just going to be -- for the next exit -- years while this new testing policy. Goes in a place that any player a certain age too successful. Is going to be asked these questions or via at least. Rumored right you see an end to this at all or is this gonna continue to be something we talk about in Major League Baseball. Now it's gonna go on forever as long as we covered baseball this could be part of the conversation actually had a conversation spring with David about. Steroids and and and how he felt angry. Dad a lot of I'll you know a lot of that's gone on in the last few years we're -- clearly has been used to ride these performance enhancing drugs that he thinks it. It reflects poorly -- all of them but that's the way it goes so they repeat that answers to more questions. The other night I actually had a thing to Melky Cabrera who has had a nice couple days but generally speaking is open yet it's 300 points lower this year. The last year and I just tweeted it out. That these numbers are down so much Chipper Jones actually tweeted back. He said boy that's a surprise sarcastically. And I you know a lot of people are saying you know that's not fair to suggest that and my feeling is. You know like it is and it's the players are upset about it then they can blame the guys can use in the past they complain that people didn't do anything about it for twenty years. Yeah ideally you know buster the only state -- about that was I just always said I think you have to suspect everybody. But it gets it becomes very slippery slope when he started you know. Say individuals that do examined just because their numbers are so good when a guy you know we -- Derek Jeter last year people that's -- while you must be taking something I mean it gets to the point where. It's not fair to individually call our guys whereas I don't believe you can be a suspicious of the entire industry. Yeah and you could have your private suspicions and our jobs at the web I've always -- You know when their Bartolo Cologne came up a couple of years ago was suddenly -- heck out of the ball. Do I think it might be something going on you're darn right I think everybody did in baseball Melky Cabrera picture about the -- Yet -- think it but can't really -- that they get busted after that to me it's all fair game. Buster is always great stuff enjoy the week we'll talk -- -- Wednesday. Our great insight from Basra only obvious -- joins us every single Wednesday at this time buster joins us. He's brought you by our friends at Toyota of Nashua go see them go see Bob Draper wreck debris. And the older Toyota national megaplex during their on going springs savings sales event and comes through with the buzz is all about. By an arrest restoration specialist and Michael space 61777979378. TT tech line. 37937. Your phone calls and they follow up to. He's roster decisions that are what you will be for the Red Sox including Alan Webster in the long term. Prognosis for him in this rotation of --

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