Friday, October 15, 1999

Manager pulls plug on Jimy-TV




        NEW YORK — The up-close sounds of the game turned into the sounds of silence for Boston Red Sox manager Jimy Williams.

        Williams was wired for sound by Fox Television during Wednesday night's first game of the AL Championship Series, won by the New York Yankees 4-3 in 10 innings. He said he wouldn't do it again after a discussion on strategy was broadcast.

        “I can't do it anymore,” Williams said before Thursday night's second game. “I just don't feel right.”

        He said he understands the value of bringing baseball closer to fans by broadcasting discussions.

        But when Mariano Rivera entered Game 1 to start the ninth inning, Williams asked coach Dave Jauss the prospects of stealing a base on the reliever. The agreement with Fox, he said, precludes broadcasting conversations about strategy.

        Michael Weisman, Fox's executive producer for baseball, said Williams and Jauss discussed that strategy if leadoff hitter Jason Varitek reached base. After Varitek grounded out, the conversation was broadcast, Weisman said.

        “I don't know when they played it,” Williams said. “I wasn't watching TV.”

        “I spoke to Jimy about it, and he has no problem,” Weisman said. “The information about Rivera's move to the plate, anybody in the stands can time it.”

        He also said Williams had an on-off switch “and, believe me, he turned it off throughout the game.”

        And, it seems, until further notice.

Ailing Garces There were some raised eyebrows when Boston reliever Rich Garces left Wednesday's game after two hitless innings.
        On Thursday, it became clear why. His arm was bothering him.

        “He couldn't go back out there the next inning,” Williams said.

        Garces had been one of Boston's most effective relievers, posting a 1.55 ERA and 5-1 record in 30 games this season. On Wednesday night, he left after the sixth inning with Boston ahead 3-2.

        Derek Lowe relieved him and gave up the tying run in the seventh.

Magnificent Mariano Nearly three months ago, Rivera allowed a run.
        Really.

        Since that game against Tampa Bay on July 21, the Yankees closer has pitched 35 innings in 31 games without letting an opponent cross the plate. Rivera pitched two scoreless innings Wednesday night.

Yankees 3, Red Sox 2 AB R H BI BB SO Avg.5 1 2 0 0 0 .5003 0 0 0 2 2 .1255 0 0 0 0 1 .1004 1 3 2 1 1 .3755 0 3 0 0 2 .375 3 0 0 0 0 2 .1431 0 0 0 0 1 .0003 0 2 0 0 0 .4293 0 0 0 0 1 .0000 0 0 0 0 0 ---0 0 0 0 1 0 ---0 0 0 0 0 0 ---3 0 0 0 0 0 .1431 0 0 0 0 1 .0000 0 0 0 0 0 ---36 2 10 2 4 11 AB R H BI BB SO Avg. 4 1 1 1 0 0 .2863 0 1 0 1 0 .4293 0 1 1 1 0 .2503 0 0 0 1 1 .2503 1 1 1 1 0 .1433 0 0 0 0 2 .0001 0 0 0 0 0 .0003 1 1 0 1 2 .3333 0 0 0 0 1 .4293 0 2 0 0 0 .66729 3 7 3 5 6 Boston 000 020 000—2 10 0 New York 000 100 20x—3 7 0 LOB—Boston 13, New York 8. 2B—O'Leary (1), Varitek (1), Knoblauch (1). 3B—Varitek (1). HR—Garciaparra (1) off Cone; TMartinez (1) off RJMartinez. RBIs—Garciaparra 2 (2), Knoblauch (1), O'Neill (1), TMartinez (1). SB—Offerman (1), Knoblauch (1). CS—Ledee (1). S—Varitek, Brosius.IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA66 3 3 3 5 120 4.050 0 0 0 1 0 6 0.00 1 0 0 1 1 22 0.00IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA7 7 2 2 3 9 128 2.570 1 0 0 0 0 3 0.00 0 0 0 0 0 8 0.000 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 1 10 0.00 2 0 0 0 1 22 0.00 Gordon pitched to 1 batter in the 7th, Stanton pitched to 1 batter in the 8th, Watson pitched to 1 batter in the 8th. Inherited runners-scored—Gordon 1-0, Nelson 1-0, Watson 2-0, Mendoza 3-0. IBB—off Watson (Merloni) 1. HBP—by Nelson (Stanley). PB—Girardi. Umpires—Home, Morrison; First, Reed; Second, Clark; Third, Scott; Left, Tschida; Right, McClelland. T—3:46. A—57,180 (57,545).
       



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