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Saturday, April 18, 2015



Friday, April 17, 2015

Clay Buchholz sorry for effort | Boston Herald

(Ten) million dollar arm, ten cent head.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 17, 2015 at 06:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: clay buchholz, red sox

Thursday, April 16, 2015

PawSox want $4M a year from RI for Prov. stadium | wpri.com

Help recoup the cost? This is a bad deal for Providence and Rhode Island.

Skeffington said the new owners would put up the $85 million required to design and build the ballpark, but would seek state and city subsidies after it’s finished to help recoup the cost. They also want a 30-year lease on the land – at $1 a year – from the I-195 Redevelopment District Commission and Brown University, with an option to buy it at fair market value at the end of the lease.

The team is asking state lawmakers to approve a guaranteed 30-year state lease of the new stadium that would commit taxpayers to pay about $5 million a year in rent, which would come out to $150 million over the life of the lease. The team would then sublease the stadium back from the state for $1 million a year, putting the net cost to taxpayers at $4 million annually, or $120 million over the life of the lease.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 16, 2015 at 06:57 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: minor league baseball, red sox, stadium deals

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Red Sox starters: The Big Five or Five Easy Pieces?

Week 1, rave reviews. Clay Buchholz at the top of his game, newly minted Rick Porcello with a strong debut marred by one bad pitch, Justin Masterson triumphantly returning, Wade Miley battling the Bombers and Joe Kelly dazzling them.

Second go-round, not so much: Only Porcello so far this week has managed to complete five innings. Buchholz was hit with a seven-spot in the first inning Sunday night in New York and gave up 10 runs (9 earned) in 3⅓ innings in the Bronx. Masterson was gone with two out in the fifth Tuesday against the Nationals, after a yield of seven runs. And on Wednesday, Miley, who pitches like he is on speed dial, was Made Miley in his Fenway debut, out of the game with one out in the third, charged with seven runs.

The Red Sox are doing their level best to improve the run scoring environment.


Boston - Baseball Prospectus: THE INCREDIBLE VERSATILITY OF BROCK HOLT

Of course, this set-up forced them to put Hanley Ramirez at 3B last night.

This combination of skills is the first, and biggest part of why the Boston Red Sox are starting the season with an unorthodox bench. I took a survey of all 30 teams on RosterResource.com, and Boston appears as one of two teams that run the same guy out as the team’s only bench shortstop AND the team’s only bench third baseman AND the team’s only bench center fielder (along with the Indians and Mike Aviles).

(If you didn’t notice already, Baseball Prospectus has rolled out some team-centered sites.)

Jim Furtado Posted: April 15, 2015 at 08:25 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Monday, April 13, 2015

Betts behavior: Boston phenom does it all | MLB.com

This is a good day. (Click through and watch the videos.)

Jim Furtado Posted: April 13, 2015 at 06:54 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: mookie betts, red sox

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Angell: Sox 6, Yankees 5, in Nineteen Innings

Anybody can stay up till one in the morning. What eats at you, numbs you, puts you into coma watching is the bottomless party: another pop-up, or another three-hop infield grounder that ends the inning and rolls around the next, on and on, perhaps forever. BB ad infinitum.

As stated, I’m glad I wasn’t there—and believe or strongly guess that the the later, game-tying Yankee runs were greeted by outer cheers and inner groans by some or many in pinstripes last night.

It’s all in “Henry V,” or sorta:

  And gentlemen in England now-a-bed

  Shall find themselves bless’d they were not there.


Saturday, April 11, 2015

Robothal: Phillies need to get real if they want to deal Hamels to Red Sox

OK, can the Phillies stop asking the Red Sox about center fielder Mookie Betts and catcher Blake Swihart now?

So, is it over? Will the Phillies simply turn their attention to teams other than the Red Sox when trying to move Hamels? Or might the Phils come to their senses and target the next layer of prospects in the Sox’s bountiful farm system?

I would imagine that the Sox’s view of the Phillies’ stance can be summed up in two words: “Their problem.”

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: April 11, 2015 at 01:33 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: cole hamels, phillies, red sox

Friday, April 10, 2015

Q&A With “Growing Up Pedro” Author Matt Tavares

In your readings, what have you found that resonates most with kids?

Tavares: I’ve been sharing the book quite a bit a schools and store events, and kids seem pretty fascinated with Pedro’s childhood. I think the fact that Pedro was so small makes kids automatically relate to him. In the opening scene of Growing Up Pedro, Pedro is upset because he wants to play ball with the older boys, but his big brother, Ramon, tells him it’s too dangerous because they’re using a hard ball. Kids really relate to that. Most children have been in situations where they wish they could play with the older kids, or wish they were bigger or stronger. Pedro is the perfect hero for those kids.


Thursday, April 09, 2015

Red Sox Sell Most Expensive Tickets And Beer In MLB At Fenway Park « CBS Boston

Going to Fenway certainly isn’t cheap.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 09, 2015 at 09:14 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Red Sox collecting Justin Mastersons | FOX Sports

Good stuff from Dave Cameron.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 08, 2015 at 11:08 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: justin masterson, red sox, rick porcello

Monday, April 06, 2015

Red Sox Sign Rick Porcello To Four-Year Extension

Dude’s on track to make a whole lotta money in this sport.

The Red Sox announced that they’ve signed right-hander Rick Porcello to a four-year contract extension that covers the 2016-19 seasons… Alex Speier of the Boston Globe reports (on Twitter) that Porcello will be guaranteed a sizable $82.5MM over the four years. Per Speier, Porcello receives a $500K signing bonus before earning $20MM in 2016 and 2017 then $21MM in 2018 and 2019. Porcello was already slated to earn $12.5MM this season after avoiding arbitration this winter.

For the 26-year-old Porcello, there’s certainly risk involved in taking a long-term deal at this juncture, as he was set to hit the open market just six months from now at the age of 27. However, while he’d have had a chance at a lengthier deal, the $20MM+ annual salary is likely one that few would have foreseen a year ago, when the former first-round pick entered the season with a career 4.51 ERA and a career-high of 182 innings.

The District Attorney Posted: April 06, 2015 at 08:23 PM | 105 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, rick porcello

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Bad call by Cubs in sending Kris Bryant to minors - Sports - The Boston Globe

Lost of good stuff in Cafardo’s notes columns. This tidbit is a little silly.

And Swihart might not be the catcher long term.

There are whispers about changing his position because he’s so athletic.

Whispers by who? Why would the Red Sox move Swihart?

Jim Furtado Posted: April 05, 2015 at 01:43 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: blake swihart, cubs, kris bryant, red sox, sunday notes

The New Yorker: Ways to Stay Sane in Baseball

This offseason, a few ball clubs announced new initiatives to support their players’ mental health. The Red Sox created a new department of behavioral health, headed by Richard Ginsburg, the co-director of the PACES Institute of Sports Psychology, at Massachusetts General Hospital. The Washington Nationals began spring training with a new position known as “life skills” coördinator. The former player Rick Ankiel was hired for the job, and will work specifically with the club’s minor-league teams—where such a position is arguably needed the most. Most minor-league players earn less than two thousand dollars a month and have to cover their own housing and living expenses. Insufficient funds and relatively few days off during a five-month season—which extends well beyond that if you consider spring training and winter ball—separates players from their families and loved ones for long stretches of time. And, after you’ve dedicated your life to the game, there’s the pressure that comes from the belief that you’ve only achieved success if you make it to the majors—a dream that, even for a player in the minor leagues, will likely never be realized.

Remember how curious it seemed when McGwire admitted to seeing a sports psychologist for years?

Cloude Atlas (Voxter) Posted: April 05, 2015 at 11:15 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mental health, minor leagues, nationals, red sox

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Where’s the Beef: Can the Red Sox Survive Their Crap Starting Pitching?

But that pitching staff … holy shit. I’m far from the first person to notice that the starting rotation will be a weak point for Boston, but if anything, I think we’ve underplayed the implications of Rick Porcello being the Sox’s best pitcher.1 Boston is attempting to win a championship behind a starting rotation comprised of three youngish guys who aren’t nearly as good as people seem to think they are (Porcello, Wade Miley, and Joe Kelly) and two older guys (Clay Buchholz and Justin Masterson) who were a lot better five years ago than they are now. Typically, that approach doesn’t end well. Certainly not in the American League, and definitely not when the team in question plays its home games at Fenway Park.

What bugs me about this rotation isn’t so much that it’s going to be bad — though, don’t get me wrong, that bothers me a great deal. It’s that there’s no upside, no 2013 Francisco Liriano or similar reclamation project. It’s just five guys who are in their late twenties or early thirties and sort of are who they are at this point.

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: April 01, 2015 at 12:57 PM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Neyer: Ortiz isn’t a bad guy—or a Hall of Famer

Look, you can believe that Ortiz wasn’€™t “€œcheating”€ or not. But without naming names, shouldn’€™t we assume that players were gobbling up just about anything they thought would make them better baseball players? Especially if their pals were doing the same thing? It does seem that Ortiz has internalized the standard excuse, that drugs were to “€œsustain workouts”€ instead of, you know, help him hit the ball 20 feet farther than before. But there’€™s every reason to think that players a dozen years ago just didn’€™t care what they were taking, until there were drug tests that actually mattered. In this respect, Ortiz was probably no different than . . . oh, maybe half the guys in professional baseball a dozen years ago.

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: March 31, 2015 at 02:55 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: david ortiz, red sox, steroids

Monday, March 30, 2015

Red Sox trade for new catcher with Christian Vazquez sidelined - Over the Monster

According to the report, the Red Sox pick up catcher Sandy Leon from the Nationals for cash. They plan on using him as a backup for Ryan Hanigan.

The Red Sox will end up without their expected starting catcher, as Christian Vazquez is set to receive a second opinion from elbow expert Dr. James Andrews. While that won’t happen until Wednesday, the Red Sox aren’t taking any chances, and have added another catcher to the organization just in case. Sandy Leon, a 26-year-old backstop in the Nationals’ organization, is now with Boston according to Leon himself. To make room for him on the roster, the Red Sox placed Vazquez on the 60-day disabled list.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 30, 2015 at 10:25 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Did David Ortiz admit to more than he realized with his Players’ Tribune editorial?

Interesting speculation on the Ortiz piece from Calcaterra.

So let’s go back to David Ortiz. He claims he’s been tested 80 times in the decade or so there has been drug testing. That’s an awful lot of testing, especially when you consider that the blood testing just started last year. And that, until last year, the number of in-season random tests was less than half of what it is now. Given that a player not “in the program” gets, at most, four tests a year and more likely 2-3 (less before last year), what possible basis could there be for Ortiz to be tested as often as he claims he has been other than a previous positive test?

rufus was here Posted: March 29, 2015 at 08:36 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: david ortiz, peds, red sox

Hanigan is bummed out about injury to Vazquez | redsox.com

This doesn’t sound too promising.

“When you find out what the deal is, all you can do is feel for the kid,” said Hanigan. “He was pumped up, excited, ready to go. It’s just a tough thing, but he’ll be back.”

All the Red Sox have said for sure is that they found “something” in the MRI conducted on Vazquez.

If that something includes ligament damage, Vazquez would face the possibility of Tommy John surgery, a fate that Orioles catcher Matt Wieters faced last year.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 29, 2015 at 12:08 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: christian vazquez, red sox, ryan hanigan

Friday, March 27, 2015

Red Sox catcher Vazquez to have MRI on elbow | Comcast SportsNet - CSNNE.com

Vazquez hasn’t caught in a major league game in two weeks after experiencing some discomfort in the elbow in a game against the New York Yankees. Subsequently, Vazquez experienced some pain in his triceps after altering his throwing motion somewhat to compensate for the elbow soreness.

He threw to bases Thursday, but did so at less than full intensity - per the Red Sox’ request.

“There’s a little bit [of restriction] there,’’ said Vazquez of the discomfort he experiences with his elbow. “I’ve got more in the tank. But I want to be 100 percent to help the team. I need to be ready to help the team win. That’s my Be ready and healthy. Because this is my first time hurt. I’m a little said with myself.’‘

Jim Furtado Posted: March 27, 2015 at 11:06 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: christian vazquez, red sox

For Mookie Betts, milestone marks changed approach - Sports - The Boston Globe

There is a reason the Red Sox won’t include Betts in a deal for Hamels. He a very smart *and* physically-gifted player.  He understands that taking walks should never be the goal. They should be a byproduct of a batter not getting pitches to hit. He also understands that the game is about constant adjustments. Not every gifted players gets that. (See Javier Baez for comparison.)

“[Big league] pitchers are just around the zone more. I feel like you have to swing a little more. You can’t go up there taking,” said Betts. “I kind of learned last year that you can’t go up there taking. You’ve got to be ready to swing it. That’s how [Derek] Jeter got 3,000 hits. He wasn’t up there taking. That’s kind of why my approach is a little more aggressive than it used to be, which is all right. I feel like it works both ways – it cuts down on strikeouts and it may cut down on walks, but that’s OK. I’ll take [walks] when they come, like today. I feel like I didn’t really get a good pitch to hit, especially with guys on second and third, and ended up working a walk from there

“I think [the more aggressive approach] just kind of just developed over last year, especially against [big league] pitchers. They’re kind of in the zone with everything. I feel like if you go up there taking, you’ll be 0-2 in the blink of an eye,” he added. “It’s not something that I think about. It’s just something that’s naturally been an adjustment, the same way I always say – I feel like I just make natural adjustments.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 27, 2015 at 10:54 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mookie betts, red sox

David Ortiz writes The Dirt

Big Papi wants to know if you’re taking steroids.

I’m buying an over-the-f***ing-counter supplement in the United States of America. I’m buying this stuff in line next to doctors and lawyers. Now all of a sudden MLB comes out and says there’s some ingredient in GNC pills that have a form of steroid in them. I don’t know anything about it.

If you think I’m full of it, go to your kitchen cabinet right now and read the back of a supplement bottle and honestly tell me you know what all of that stuff is. I’m not driving across the border to Mexico buying some shady pills from a drug dealer. I’m in a strip mall across from the Dunkin’ Donuts, bro.

bbmck Posted: March 27, 2015 at 08:53 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, ortiz, peds, red sox, testing

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Tony Massarotti Details Phone ‘Conversation’ With Shane Victorino « CBS Boston

I can’t listen to Felger and Massarotti on the radio. They are the two biggest, factless blowhards on Boston sports radio. When faced with undeniable facts which refute whichever crazy premise they have expressed, the words “I was wrong” have never been expressed.

Felger added: “He’s backtracking today. That’s what I think. That’s my opinion. But it’s only an opinion.”
Mazz said, “I don’t know that he’s backtracking. I think he realizes he said too much. That’s what I think.”

They also have terrible, silly opinions about the Red Sox. If they were in charge of the Red Sox, the Sox would be perennial also-rans.

Felger and Mazz also agreed on one thing: They’d both trade Mookie Betts for Cole Hamels.

Yes, they irritate me.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 26, 2015 at 03:58 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, shane victorino

Grantland: 2015 AL East Preview

Welcome to Grantland’s 2015 MLB division previews. From now through next week, Jonah Keri and I will analyze each team in each division, focusing on offseason triumphs and failures, roster strengths and weaknesses, telling projections, revealing stats, and off-field story lines, and wrapping up with our over/under verdicts on each team’s projected record. As always, all overly pessimistic opinions should be blamed on the well-known grudge we bear your team, and only your team, because of that thing it did to us that one time that we’re still extremely bitter about.

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: March 26, 2015 at 12:23 PM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, orioles, rays, red sox, yankees

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