Schilling on Valentine, Francona and more
February, 8, 2012
Curt Schilling was on SportsCenter (video above) and Mike & Mike this morning (click here to listen) and discussed a ride range of baseball topics. While it’s not the first time he’s addressed either of these situations, he talked more about Terry Francona’s departure in Boston and Manny Ramirez as a teammate. He also talked about Bobby Valentine and whether he’ll have immediate success with the Red Sox.
On SportsCenter, Schilling talked about Valentine and the challenge he’s facing and also touched on Francona’s. Here’s are some higlights:
-- On Valentine and the tough job he faces: “I don’t know what the chemistry is going to be like. It was clearly one of the reasons why they failed at the end of last year and one of the reasons why all the issues going into the offseason. Bobby’s got a tough job. He’s gonna spend the entire spring answering very few questions about baseball and on the field and a lot of questions about fast food and the clubhouse and that’s unfortunate -- having said that, getting the chance to spend a year around Bobby last year, and getting to know him and then watching how he’s handled himself coming in there … I don’t think you could ask anything more if you’re the Red Sox. I think there’s going to be a sense of accountability he’s going to walk in asking for and demanding that probably should be the way it works out now.”
-- On his initial reaction when Valentine was hired and his thoughts now: “I just didn’t see the fit. My perception of Bobby as a manager is the Mets. And I wasn’t a Bobby guy when Bobby was with the Mets. He’s clearly a very different guy now, he’s matured as a manager and as a person. You can never get around the fact that he’s a baseball lifer and guys like that tend to make things work. Having spent a year with him now and watching how he’s handled it, I think he’s probably one of the few guys that can turn this thing around and make it work right away.”
-- On Francona’s departure and how it was handled: “It was disappointing. Everything that he had done to bring them two World Series and the fact that they kind of kicked him out the door … was incredibly disappointing, but it’s a business and there are egos and reputations and all the things involved that no one wants to see involved, and ultimately I think that they did him a great disservice in the things that they said and did when he left.”
Schilling also discussed Francona’s exit on Mike & Mike and touched on Manny Ramirez as a teammate among other things:
On Ramirez: Schilling said that deep down Manny was "a genuinely good kid." He called him "stunningly talented" with a bat in his hands on days he wanted to play. But he said there were times he felt cheated as a teammate because Manny clearly didn’t want to be on the field.
He also talked about Manny's return to baseball and said that teams that are interested in signing him need to know that Manny is what he is and “buyer beware.”