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Drellich: Buck Showalter should own up to his cheap shots

Drellich: Buck Showalter should own up to his cheap shots

BOSTON -- Come on Buck, who are you kidding?

Buck Showalter’s reputation for going after teams in the press precedes him. The Orioles manager should have just owned this shot.  

Instead he doubled down on Wednesday, reinforcing he feels the Red Sox have talked too much about how sick they’ve been. 


Then he attempted to blame the media for simply hearing him properly.

“Am I trying to needle the Red Sox? No,” Showalter said. “That’s ridiculous, but appreciate you trying to go down that road, that’s typical.”

His own words clearly said otherwise.

“That’s how you read it,” Showalter said. “Wasn’t meant that way. What else?”

Verbal sparring can be clever and it can be clownish. Trying to play the “Nothing to see here!” card was clownish.

A day earlier, Showalter basically accused the Sox of being whiny, if not weak. There was too much talk about the flu for Showalter’s taste.

“I know we’ve got a lot of guys that aren’t 100 percent with it, but so do a lot of clubs,” Showalter told Orioles reporters Tuesday, unprompted by a question. “So nobody really wants to hear somebody else complain about it. Our guys have done a good job not broadcasting it to the world.”

This whole thing is kind of pointless, in the end.

What’s the best result for the Orioles: maybe an angry Red Sox coach or player would read one less scouting report because he’s distracted? On the flip side, bulletin board material could actually help the Sox.

But you take a shot as a major league manager, well, that doesn’t usually go by the wayside.

When the subject was raised to Showalter on Wednesday, he didn’t even let a reporter get his full question out before the mockery began.

“Buck, with the Flu, with the Red Sox,” the question began, before Showalter interrupted.

“The Red Sox are the only ones that have it. I didn’t know that,” Showalter said. “Nobody else has it.”

The reporter said he was unsure of that.

“Everybody in the whole league’s got it,” Showalter said. “Seems to get broadcast more here.”

He’s funny. And obvious.

Sox manager John Farrell on Wednesday was asked if he was surprised by Showalter’s comments from the day before.

“No,” Farrell said icily. 

No one in baseball is.

Showalter was asked what the Sox could do differently if players were not showing up to the park because they're ill. What does Showalter expect, that no one would notice Hanley Ramirez was missing in Detroit?

“I’d talk about it too when a guy doesn’t show up at the park, wouldn’t you?” he said. “No, I’d do it the same way.”

Yes, he’s done it the same way for a long time: taking shots all over the place.

It would be just as easy to acknowledge his own tired tactic.

Red Sox minor leaguer Oscar Hernandez suspended for second positive drug test

Red Sox minor leaguer Oscar Hernandez suspended for second positive drug test

Red Sox minor league catcher Oscar Hernandez has been handed a 50-game suspension for a second positive test for a drug of abuse, our own Evan Drellich reports.

Hernandez signed a minor league deal with the Red Sox in January and currently is on the Triple-A Pawtucket roster. The 24-year-old will be able to return in late May.





Wright suspended 15 games for violation of domestic-violence policy

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Wright suspended 15 games for violation of domestic-violence policy

Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright will be suspended 15 games for violating MLB’s domestic violence policy, NBC Sports Boston has learned. The league is set to make the announcement Friday.

Wright, working his way back from right knee surgery, has to serve the suspension when healthy. Potential time on the disabled list to begin the season would not count. Wright is not expected to appeal.

Wright was arrested at his Tennessee home in December following an incident involving his wife, Shannon. Wright was charged with domestic assault and preventing a 911 call, which are misdemeanors in Tennessee, and released on a $2,500 bond.

The case in December was retired by the Williamson County courthouse. If Wright commits no other offenses for a 12-month span, the charges are expected to be dropped.

Fifteen games matches the lowest suspension MLB has given out in relation to a domestic violence case since the league and players union agreed to a policy in 2015. Mets pitcher Jeurys Familia was suspended 15 games in March 2017.

"It's a situation that, it sucks not only for me, but for my family, for the team," Wright told reporters in Florida on Thursday. "But I try not to think about it. When MLB comes out with their discipline, or if there's going to be discipline or not, it's just going to go from there."

Wright said this spring that he did not harm his wife.

“We’ve been going to counseling. We’ve been working through it,” Wright said. “We’ve been trying to do as much as we can to put it past us, but it’s hard. Because MLB is doing their investigation and it’s in the limelight. It’s really hard on a personal level to get past something that’s constantly being thrown at you. But I did it to myself. It’s one of those things that I’ve got to live with the consequences that came from my actions that night.”