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Ask Nick: Why not more blame on ownership and management?

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff  April 24, 2012 02:03 PM

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If Ben Cherington can solidify the bullpen, the season may not be lost, right?
Ethan, Westport, Conn.
Agreed. It's far from over. It's really all about what they do from here. Valentine said, "We've hit rock bottom." Yup. That's right. As the manager, it's up to him to put people in better places. We all know Bard would be a solution they should try as the closer. That one's a no-brainer. The front office just doesn't seem to be on board with that.

Is Marlon Byrd going to be the answer to the Red Sox' problems?
Allen, Venice, Fla.
Lot of things not quite right at the moment. It's awfully tough to make meaningful evaluations in April. I think people always fall into that trap. It doesn't mean you shouldn't try different things and I think they're making that attempt. Teams just don't make big trades at this time of the year, so they're not going to be able to dramatically change things right away.

What is up with John Maine? I read the Sox signed him to a minor league deal, but I have not heard anything since. There was mention of using him in the bullpen.
Russ, Merrimack, NH
Slow starting out of the gate. Still in extended spring training trying to work his way to Pawtucket.

We have noticed on the Sox broadcasts a guy always sitting behind home plate with a set of yellow headphones on. Our assumption is that he works for the team (he usually is in a shirt and tie), maybe serving as a broadcast coordinator with the umps? Can you shed any light on this mystery?
Jimbo, Vienna, Va.
No mystery. It's Jeremy Kapstein, pioneer baseball agent, former CEO of the Padres and long-time advisor to Larry Lucchino.

I was wondering why the Redsox are waiting to bring up Aaron Cook from Pawtucket? Also, if this occurs, do you think Daniel Bard will be asked to close out games?
Art, Waltham
I believe Cook should have started with the team. They've wasted three every good starts at Triple-A (2-0, 1.35 ERA). Sure Bard would move to bullpen if that happened.

Five home runs off Beckett, five home runs off Buchholz, and the common denominator was Jarrod Saltalamacchia was the catcher. He sets up his target poorly. He is way past the time he should go to the Mariners or Royals or down to the farm. What do you think time for a change at catcher?
Bob, Fairbanks, Alaska
I always blame the guy who throws the baseball. You may be right about Salty's defensive ability, but two veteran major league pitchers have to know where to throw it.

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