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Episode 4 Summary
Randy Mobley, President of the International League, talks to Steve and me about his earliest memories of Pawtucket back in the 1970s and how excited he is for Mike Tamburro’s Hall of Fame induction in August at McCoy Stadium.
Dan Barbarisi, the New York Yankees’ beat writer for the Wall Street Journal joins the show in the third segment to chat about the differences between Red Sox and Yankees fans, along with how he thinks the Yankees look headed into 2012.
The show wraps up with Chris Mellen, the Director of Scouting for SoxProspects.com. Chris breaks down some of the promising talent in Boston’s farm system and tells us who he’s looking forward to scouting in Ft. Myers.
Thanks for listening!
A short while ago, PawSox fans on Facebook and Twitter submitted questions to our very own Pete Sachs in an off-season edition of “Ask Arnie.” Because of his question, Gregory Levinsky won four tickets to the double-header on April 7 thanks to our 125 Tickets in 125 Days promotion. We’ll make sure to keep the Ask Arnie feature going throughout the season. Thank you to all of the fans who submitted questions.
PawSox Fans: Do you evaluate yourself as a manager by the success of your teams? Or by the success of individual players making it to the major leagues?
Arnie Beyeler: I like to measure success with both. The priority is getting players to the next level – no matter which level that may be. That’s what it’s all about in the big picture, but I think winning is also a big part of a player’s development. Players learn how to win by playing the game the right way.
PSF: How much notice does a Triple-A team get when a player is called up?
AB: If the player is a starting pitcher or a young position player, sometimes they get a few days notice. However, the majority of the time they get told after a game and immediately leave to meet their new team whether in Boston or on the road the next day.
PSF: Which PawSox player(s) have the best chance to make the leap this season from good to great? Who is a dark horse this season to shine in Pawtucket that fans may not know about?
AB: That’s not a fair question for me to answer because we think all our guys have the opportunity to play in Boston in the future. With their help, it’s our job as development guys to make them better. Sure, some are closer than others, or may fill a need at the next level better, but we have a very talented group that we feel are just waiting their turn to get the opportunity to succeed up there.
PSF: How much different is the process of strength and conditioning for your players now compared to 10 or 15 years ago?
AB: Keeping fit has turned into a year round job due to all the money available at the major league level. Players can’t sit home and expect to keep their jobs anymore without getting stronger and better in the off-season. It’s very competitive at every level and as a result we ask a lot out of these guys.
For example, players lift weights throughout the season on a consistent basis depending on our travel schedule and their roles on the team. Pitchers lift the day after they throw and starters have a strict four-day workout routine between starts. It’s a little tougher with relievers since they could pitch any night. Position players do the organizational shoulder strengthening program at least twice a week and are expected to do an upper and lower body workout at least once per week. With our travel schedule that can be tough to accomplish. Keep in mind, all of this is on top of their daily work on the field (fielding, batting practice, etc.).
PSF: What are your impressions of the brand new JetBlue Park?
AB: The sight of the complex is very impressive. One of the differences between JetBlue and Fenway are the seats in the middle of the green monster with a net in front of them. The dimensions are the same: Pesky’s pole and how the wall jets straight back behind it, the deep triangle in center field, the bullpen nook in right-center and the angles down third base line.
PSF: Were you very familiar with Bobby Valentine before he took the Red Sox managerial job? How much are you looking forward to working with him this spring?
AB: Bobby Valentine has been a much respected figure in baseball for quite a while so I am familiar with that aspect of him. Prior to Spring Training, I had never met him or worked with him. His enthusiasm is contagious and he’s proving to be a great teacher of the game. He’s been extremely energetic and detailed oriented in his first couple of weeks down here and is very hands on in everything we do on each field with all the players.
So there you have it, the first “Ask Arnie” of 2012. Feel free to email or tweet me anytime with a question you’d like us to ask him while I’m in Ft. Myers March 18-25. Thank you again to Pete Sachs with the PawSox for coordinating all of the questions.
I’m off to record PawSox Insider with Steve Hyder. On this week’s show we’ll have International League President Randy Mobley, New York Yankees’ Beat Writer for the Wall Street Journal, Dan Barbarisi, and Chris Mellen of SoxProspects.com. You can listen to the show on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. on 920 WHJJ.
Now that we’re under a month away from Opening Day here at McCoy Stadium, it’s amazing how much things are really beginning to ramp up around the ballpark. Our sales team is staying later each night and are constantly making phone calls throughout the day. Our maintenance crew is giving a face-lift to some of the field level suites, and our graphics team of Kevin and Bonnie are clicking, highlighting, dragging and dropping like a couple of crazed computer programmers.
Despite the recent frenzy, PawSox President Mike Tamburro took some time this past weekend to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday by reading some classic storybooks to some young PawSox fans.
Although it appears as though Mike is reading a storybook, I’m willing to go out on a limb that Mike is actually telling these kids, “McCoy Stadium is the most affordable, family-friendly entertainment experience in New England. Do any of you like soda and popcorn?”
All joking aside, Mike, who was recently elected to the International League Hall of Fame, is one of the hardest-working, most well-respected executives in all of minor league baseball. It says a lot about your organization when the team president makes appearances like this.
Report from the Fort
- Early indications are that PawSox third baseman Will Middlebrooks has really impressed new Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine:
“His offensive acumen is well beyond his years,” said Valentine. “He’ll see a pitcher that he’s seen before and be able to pull down that menu of pitches he throws, understand the speed, the angles, the programs that a pitcher uses to try to get a hitter out.”
Read the rest of what Valentine had to say in this article written by Alex Speier.
- Speaking of Speier, he conducted a terrific interview with future PawSox outfielder, Alex Hassan. Here’s my favorite quote from Hassan during their conversation:
In case you missed it, Episodes 2 and 3 of PawSox Insider is now available for your listening pleasure on iTunes. We’ve already received over 500 downloads from our first two shows of the year and hope that you continue to listen “on demand” via iTunes as the season approaches. You can listen on your computer or download the shows to your phone, iPod, or other portable .mp3 player and take us wherever you go.
- Joe Castiglione – “Voice of the Red Sox”
- Ryan Kalish – Red Sox outfielder
- Ben Crockett – Red Sox Director of Player Development
- Arnie Beyeler – PawSox manager
- Brian MacPherson – Red Sox Beat Writer, Providence Journal
- Alex Speier – Red Sox Reporter, WEEI.com
- Thanks to my most recent subscribers: clemson28, jws02673, and kenfish1. We’re up to 48 subscribers now and I just might have to conduct a brief email interview with my 50th subscriber. Just think, world-wide fame could be yours if you happen to be lucky No. 50. Subscribing is easy: just enter your email address in the empty box in the top-right corner of this screen and click “Subscribe.”
- Along those lines, thanks to all my loyal readers who have helped to get this blog off the ground. In two months you’ve given me over 11,000 hits and made this the top-read minor league blog during the month of February. I’m so grateful for your continued support.
After some minor technical issues, our PawSox Insider podcast page on iTunes has been fully updated and now has the two most recent episodes of the show.
PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler joined us to talk about Spring Training, his early observations of JetBlue Park, and what it ‘s like working with Bobby Valentine. Joe Castiglione, the long-time “Voice of the Red Sox,” spoke to us from Ft. Myers and talked about his excitement for the upcoming season. In the final segment, Alex Speier, Red Sox reporter for WEEI.com, talked with Steve and me about Valentine, Andrew Bailey, Jose Iglesias, and what he watching for in 2012.
Episode 3 Summary
Ryan Kalish phoned in from Spring Training in Ft. Myers and talked about how his rehab from shoulder and neck surgery is coming along. In the third segment of the show, Ben Crockett, the Red Sox Director of Player Development, chatted about how he’s transitioning into his new job and what his day-to-day is like during Spring Training. To wrap up the show, Brian MacPherson, the Red Sox beat writer for the Providence Journal, talked about his recent visit to Spring Training and what he feels are the most interesting storylines to keep an eye on entering the 2012 Red Sox season.
Thanks for listening to the show; we’re really excited to now have it on iTunes. As always, if you ever have any ideas or suggestions for the program, don’t hesitate to let me know.
It’s been a big day for me so far.
First, I had a delicious steak burrito from Chipotle for lunch, and to make it even better, I snagged a parking space directly across the street (parking is at a premium on Thayer Street in Providence). Secondly, I just learned that Katy Perry’s new single, and my latest iTunes download, Part of Me, is now #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. It’s her seventh song to be ranked first on the list, and yes, I love me some Katy Perry.
Enough with why I can’t stop smiling. Here’s the buzz from Day 2 of Spring Training in Ft. Myers and the rest of baseball.
- Bobby Valentine commenting on short stop Jose Iglesias per Alex Speier of WEEI.com:
“My first impression … is that he can catch it. I bet you he can throw it after he catches it, too.”
- Valentine discussing if Boston could “afford to receive no offense from their starting shortstop in the AL East”:
“Probably not. My fast brain says, probably not.” (The “fast brain” comment is referring to Daniel Kahneman’s book “Thinking, Fast and Slow.”)
- Maybe my favorite quote of the day so far comes from Dustin Pedroia per Nick Cafardo discussing off-season workouts:
“I was trying to straight body build, man. I hit cage bombs.”
“Fort Myers resident Eric Engelman purchased the domain name for $8 last March after learning of the [Red Sox] new facility’s name. ‘I just thought it would be fun to have,’ Engleman told The News-Press. Engelman, 30, is a Cubs fan, but he decided to play a joke and have the site link to the Yankees home page.”
One of my favorite guys in all of baseball, Tampa Bay Rays‘ manager Joe Maddon, on Manny Ramierez signing with Oakland per the New York Times:
“I guess I’m overtly forgiving … I’m not bothered by it, because he and I became friends … He’s a complicated person, and it goes way deeper than I know … I know a lot of people are going to be not very happy about it, but then again, he’s actually playing within the rules … We’ll see. I mean, this probably exceeds the number of chances you thought he would normally get, but still I think he’s a likable guy.”
- Alex Speier asking PawSox third baseman Will Middlebrooks for a scouting report on new acquired pitcher Chris Carpenter whom Middlebrooks faced recently in the Arizona Fall Leauge:
“I only faced him once. All I remember is he threw hard and had good stuff. He was one of the guys who was a later-innings guy, who came in and threw hard — good, hard stuff: hard fastball, hard slider. It was definitely good. … He didn’t have any control issues against us.”
Some quick house keeping … In case you missed it earlier today, our weekly PawSox Insider radio show is now available on iTunes, HipCast.com, and via RSS. Also, I’d like to thank my latest subscriber, amanda.c.lanser. You can subscribe by entering your email address in the box at the top-right corner of this page.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to finish memorizing the words to Part of Me.