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Sounding off on Nomar, Pedro and Kim from spring training

Gordon Edes (Moderator)
01:00PM
Hey, everyone, greetings from F-L-A. I'm not at the ballpark, so I can't give you any updates on the action, but I'm happy to answer your questions. And rumor has it that it's snowing back home?
VTBear
01:00PM
Hello Gordon! Regarding the possibility of Nomah going to the Yankees, isn't his arm strength and more importantly his throwing mechanics as ill-suited to second base as anyone could be?
Gordon Edes (Moderator)
01:03PM
I don't really believe the Nomar in pinstripes speculation, and I certainly don't believe that at this point in his career, Nomar would be wild about switching positions. But there is no better contract leverage in the world than having George involved in the bidding. A sidearming second baseman who likes to throw on the run? Not ideal, but I'm sure if he had to Nomar could make the adjustment.
SeanB
01:04PM
Gordon, Do you feel that Henry and Co are going to make a hard run at presenting Nomar a contract or is this the last chance before the rebuilding begins?
Gordon Edes (Moderator)
01:05PM
I haven't gotten any indication yet, even privately, that the Sox are preparing to increase their offer to Nomar. The word I'm getting is that the free agents who will stay are the ones the club feel are willing to do so at close to their price. so there could definitely be a last-hurrah aspect to this season
Gordon Edes (Moderator)
01:05PM
I haven't gotten any indication yet, even privately, that the Sox are preparing to increase their offer to Nomar. The word I'm getting is that the free agents who will stay are the ones the club feel are willing to do so at close to their price. so there could definitely be a last-hurrah aspect to this season
Gordon Edes (Moderator)
01:07PM
Sheesh, two questions into the chat and i'm already repeating myself. But at least you don't have to look at my mug shot with every answer, like in some past chats
Zeke Mowatt
01:07PM
Arroyo looked great yesterday and should be the 5th starter. What do you think. ?
Gordon Edes (Moderator)
01:08PM
Zeke, way too early to make that call. The Sox definitely prefer to keep Arroyo in the pen than to have him start in Pawtucket, but beyond that, the preference is for Kim to fill the No. 5 spot. You cant have a $5 million long man.
Gordon Edes #1 Fan
01:09PM
Gordon, Tell me, what do you think will be done to keep the groundskeepers at Fenway from getting into fistacuffs with visiting teams in the bullpen. Thank you.
Gordon Edes (Moderator)
01:10PM
Like the handle. From what I understand, all groundskeepers will be forced to wear the same mittens BK Kim wore after he flipped off the Fenway crowd, to discourage any future fisticuffs
POORBOY
01:11PM
IF TROT NIXON IS NOT READY TO GO OR REQUIRES SURGERY ,WHO WILL BE THE STARTING RIGHT FIELDER?
Gordon Edes (Moderator)
01:12PM
Poorboy, in talking to the Sox medical people, Nixon is a long way from requiring surgery. The injection they were planning to administer today should go a long way in easing the discomfort he feels from the bulging disk in his lower back
CurlyhairedLifePartn...
01:13PM
Gordon: Does Curt Schilling plan on shutting his trap and concentrating on pitching anytime soon?? He has been a GREAT pitcher in MLB, but so was Tom Glavine, and he became a joke last year. At some point, enough with the SoSH posts, the civil war games, the Hummer, etc.
Gordon Edes (Moderator)
01:15PM
CHLP, that's all part of the Schilling package, and really, while in the course of his career his outspokenness has tended to rub management and teammates the wrong way, it's a relatively small price to pay for what he brings to the ballpark every fifth day. You don't have to worry about Schilling's focus on the task at hand: His preparation borders on the manaical
KevinWinterWonderlan...
01:16PM
Gordon - How have the dealings been with new Sox manager Terry Francona? We hear mixed things from the fans in Philidelphia.
Gordon Edes (Moderator)
01:18PM
Kevin WW, he has come just as advertised in his dealings with us: very well-spoken, personable, helpful...of course, he hasn't lost a game that matters yet, so we'll see how that develops. He took a lot of criticism in Philly, and that didn't leave him with a sour personality, so I think he'll be fine here
callglenordwayathome
01:19PM
Gordo, What's your take on Schilling getting pissed at the media for publishing quotes he makes on the Sons of Sam Horn Web site? My two cents: the Internet is a public forum, so whatever he says he is for public consumption, regardless if he couches it by saying everything is off the record. Thoughts?
Gordon Edes (Moderator)
01:22PM
I haven't talked to Curt directly about this, and I imagine I will sooner or later, but I kind of feel the same way you do. Curt is a public figure, what he says is newsworthy, and whether he says it on the radio or a website or to a reporter with a notebook, if it's out there, he has to expect we will report it if we deem it newsworthy. Now I understand at least some of the SOSH folk feel otherwise, as does Curt, so I do feel an obligation to have that conversation with him at some point.
.BruceAllenIsFruity
01:22PM
Gordon, how often do you read SOSH?
Gordon Edes (Moderator)
01:25PM
For those of you who may not be familiar with SOSH, it's a fans' web site that frequently contains informed discussion about the Sox and other baseball-related subjects. There probably isn't a day in which I don't look at the message board to see what folks are saying. I rarely jump into chats, but I find the message b oards very useful for a number of reasons: to get a sense of what fans are talking about, to consider perspectives that are often different from mine, to pick up tidbits I might otherwise have missed that some sharp-eyed SOSH member might have spotted, and just for the fun of it.
xosder
01:26PM
I have always been excited about the kids that are on their way. Are there any prospects on the way that we should be excited about? Will there be anyway that they will replace anyone on this roster? It is reminding me of the mid 70's when there was no chance for a kids to come in.
Gordon Edes (Moderator)
01:33PM
Sorry for the delay. Catcher Kelly Shoppach and 3B Kevin Youkilis will be closely watched in Pawtucket this season to see how close they are to the big leagues. SS Hanley Ramirez, the organization's top prospect, is back on track after some behavioral issues and will either be in Double A Portland or Sarasota. The club loves the young pitching in Sarasota--Jon Lester, Abe Alvarez, Juan Cedeno, Chris Smith--and 2003 top picks David Murphy and Matthew Murton should be in the Sarasota OF. And I like the Charlie Zink story, the kid trying to make it as a knuckleballer
jaymayo
01:34PM
Why don't the Red Sox bend their rules and retire Johnny Pesky's number? His years of dedication and service more than merit the honor.
Gordon Edes (Moderator)
01:35PM
If you've read me, you know how fond I am of Johnny. Naming the spring-training practice field after JP last week was a great step--it meant the world to him--and it wouldn't surprise me at all if the Sox gave it some serious consideration
playball
01:35PM
Why is Nomar so defensive about the steroid issue? He has said that when those that are accused are tested they will ALL prove their innocence. He can't really believe NO ONE in baseball uses steroids - can he?
Gordon Edes (Moderator)
01:37PM
I think Nomar raises some valid concerns regarding the privacy issues involved with drug testing--not just for steroids, but any drug testing. And because he bulked up so much a couple of years ago, he's heard the whispers and is adamant that he not be accused without just cause. Is that defensive?
JimEd
01:37PM
Gordon, what effect does the steroid scandal have on Jim Rice's chances for the Hall of Fame...I am assuming similar stars like Billy Williams, Tony Perez, Willie Stargell etc, were also not on steroids but they got in...stats are pretty even with Rice...Is it just a forgone conclusion that nothing will get him in?
Gordon Edes (Moderator)
01:39PM
I think it bears little relevance on whether Rice goes to Cooperstown. To date, he's been rejected by voters not in comparison to the cartoon character sluggers of our present time, but in relation to his contemporaries, and has been found lacking. I do put him on my ballot, but I understand the arguments of those who feel he falls short--mostly because of longevity--of belonging to the best of the best.
Gordon Edes (Moderator)
01:39PM
I think it bears little relevance on whether Rice goes to Cooperstown. To date, he's been rejected by voters not in comparison to the cartoon character sluggers of our present time, but in relation to his contemporaries, and has been found lacking. I do put him on my ballot, but I understand the arguments of those who feel he falls short--mostly because of longevity--of belonging to the best of the best.
Gordon Edes (Moderator)
01:44PM
Both the Yankees and Sox, as members of the AL East, play teams in the NL West. The Yanks get the Rocks, Padres, D-Backs and Dodgers. The Sox get the Rocks, Giants, Padres and Dodgers. One team gets Arizona, the other SF. Then there is the "natural" rivalry thing--the Yanks play the Mets in two series, the Sox get the Braves and Phillies. That's a good reason to hope the Mets are improved
MarkBorezo
01:44PM
Do you think Pedro and Nomar will be sporting Yankee pinstripes next year ?
Big Dog
01:46PM
Is it true that you are going to be a regular chat guest on Manny's new website? And that Manny will be giving out dating and tax tips?
Gordon Edes (Moderator)
01:48PM
Mark, I think Pedro is a better bet than Nomar to be in the Bronx next season. Dog, I commend you on your list of suggested names for Manny's website on your site, bostondirtdogs.com. Funny stuff. Manny was about as loose as anyone has seen him with the media before yesterday's game
LeftOut
01:49PM
Kim's Shoulder: is it or isn't it a problem?
Gordon Edes (Moderator)
01:50PM
Sox medical people insist that Kim's shoulder is OK. His biggest problem they say, is his tendency to overdo things in his workouts. They tell him to rest, and the next thing they see is he's doing 100 pushups in the outfield. But it definitely bears watching.
peskypollock
01:51PM
why does the rest of the country see Luccino as a real A-hole, while no one in Boston does?
Gordon Edes (Moderator)
01:53PM
The rest of the country, peskypollock? That may be a bit of a reach. Larry is a very aggressive, demanding executive who is not afraid to step on some toes. He had a falling out with owner John Moores before he left the Padres, and his battles with Steinbrenner are real, not WWF theater. There was much talk that he and John Henry would not hit it off, but the 8-year contract extension he got from JWH would suggest otherwise
Gordon Edes (Moderator)
01:54PM
one last thought about Lucchino: He certainly can take a bow for Theo, can't he?
Ironhead
01:55PM
Gordon, do you think Pokey Reese will get 500 ABs as the second baseman, or do you think Bellhorn and Reese will split time?
Gordon Edes (Moderator)
01:56PM
If Pokey hits at all, he could get the vast majority of playing time, otherwise, Bellhorn will get some ABs, too. I think a 400-200 split is more likely.
rajwolv
01:57PM
Gordon, Do you think McCarty has any chance of sticking as a LHP out of the bullpen? If not McCarty, does Malaska have a shot to make the roster
Gordon Edes (Moderator)
01:58PM
McCarty, not shot--as a pitcher. As for Malaska, he's got a decent shot if the club elects to take a second lefty, though pitching coach Dave Wallace admitted he knows little about the lefties competing for the job. That may be Francona's last decision of the spring, whether to take a second lefty
Deaniac
01:59PM
Do you have to be short to be a sportswriter?
Gordon Edes (Moderator)
02:02PM
Are you suggesting I'm a shrimp, Deaniac? My colleague Bob Hohler is a good 6-4; ask him. Frank Deford, the great Sports Illustrated writer, was tall. Art Thiel in Seattle is around 6-4, 6-5. And I'm at least 5-10 in my socks!
Free Jags
02:03PM
Gordon, 17 questions in 53 minutes? That's pretty sad. Jackie MacMullen answered over 20 questions in her 30 minute chat prior to the Super Bowl.
Gordon Edes (Moderator)
02:04PM
C'mon, Jags, I thought I was moving right along, except for one glitch while I was tracking down some minor league stuff. But I'm glad someone's keeping score.
swilla00
02:04PM
So, was Nomar dodging the Yankees or is he hurt?
Gordon Edes (Moderator)
02:06PM
If he hadn't shown up at the yard, I might have wondered if he was trying to stay out of sight? But why play hurt in March? After this much time, I think Nomar doesn't deserve that kind of 2d-guess.
fat guy in a taupe s...
02:07PM
Gordon – In your Notes column from yesterday you criticized Andy Van Slyke for claiming Barry Bonds takes steroids without any evidence. Yet in the next paragraph you imply that there are NFL players using steroids and getting away with it, without any evidence. Isn’t this a double standard?
Gordon Edes (Moderator)
02:09PM
FG, I think there's a difference in singling out a guy by name, like Van Slyke did in Bonds' case, and noting that in the NFL, where some players have been busted for steroid use, there are guys who are getting away with it.
disco1392
02:10PM
Why does everyone think you cant let stars walk in a contract year. Mo Vaughn is the perfect example as to why it is ok to let some people walk. Does anyone think Clemens would have had the same #'s had we resigned him?! I say let Nomar, Pedro and anyone else walk. So long as the management does not pocket the $$. If they go spend it on quailty players than no one should care. If we keep the stars than GREAT, but next year if my team is missing Nomar and Pedro but has spent the $$ on Chavez, Vidro and Russ Ortiz than thats fine too. I want an entertaining competative team regardless of the players names.
Gordon Edes (Moderator)
02:11PM
Disco, that's a sane, reasoned, take on the subject, one worth closing the chat on. Thanks, everyone. Hope we do this again soon, and drop me a line in the mailbag.
 

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