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Friday, February 15, 2019

The Red Sox motto for 2019 spring training: ‘Turn the page’

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Hoisting the Commissioner’s Trophy, rolling down the streets of Boston in duck boats, and everything else that comes with a World Series title is all fine and dandy.

But if there’s one way to describe the Red Sox’s approach to the upcoming season, it’s “Belichickian.” The past is the past. They’re “on to 2019.”

At last year’s trade deadline, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman unintentionally provided the Red Sox with a rallying call that helped spark a championship run and a boatload of merchandise sales. Cashman stated that when the Yankees go head-to-head with the Red Sox, they “do some damage against them.” And thus, “Do Damage” was born.

Funny- I always pictured Bob Seger as being more of a Tigers fan…

QLE Posted: February 15, 2019 at 06:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, slogans

Chris Berman Will Be One of the Red Sox Announcers This Year

Legendary sportscaster Chris Berman will be a part of WEEI’s Red Sox broadcasts this season. Berman will call select games in a busy 2019 rotation alongside Red Sox Hall-of-Famer Joe Castiglione(via WEEI press release):

“In adition to McDonough, Lewin and Impemba, Chris Berman, broadcaster for ESPN; Lou Merloni, on-air personality for WEEI; Dale Arnold, on-air personality for WEEI; Tom Caron, studio host for NESN; and Dave O’Brien, television voice of the Red Sox for NESN, will also call select games as part of the broadcast play-by-play committee. O’Brien will call a select number of nationally televised Red Sox games.”

While Berman will always be known for his NFL work, he is no stranger to baseball having called numerous games as well as the Home Run Derby.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 15, 2019 at 06:19 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Dave Dombrowski “happy” with Red Sox roster despite bullpen concerns

The Boston Red Sox don’t have a closer with spring training about to begin, but the architect of the team’s roster still feels pretty good about where things stand.

Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski didn’t add any marquee free agents to his roster over the winter, and he has yet to find a replacement for star closer Craig Kimbrel, who remains unsigned on the free agent market. However, Dombrowski is content with the group that will open the 2019 season.

“We are happy with where our roster is,” Dombrowski said Monday on NESN’s “Red Sox From Fort Myers” show. “We’re in a position where, basically, positonal player-wise we have the same club back. Starting pitching-wise we really have everybody back. Bullpen, of course, is the one area which will get a lot of discussion and I’m sure will be focused on by people. But we like a lot of our arms and a lot of our people out there. But basically the club is back—we know we should have a good club unless something happens where you get decimated by injury but you hope that never takes place. We have the foundation of having a good club, and I think they’ll be prepared to come back and battle and see if we can try to repeat.”

Mind you, given the team’s performance last year and given the fact that it feels like one can do rather well with a wandering hobo as a closer (ask the 2010 Giants), it’s hard not to believe that Dombrowski has a point.

QLE Posted: February 12, 2019 at 05:26 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bullpens, dave dombrowski, red sox

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Red Sox want Betts for ‘whole baseball career’

BOSTON — Whether the Red Sox can keep Mookie Betts from testing free agency will be a hot topic until, well, he either hits free agency or agrees to a deal.

At the least, ownership has a continued, stated interest in locking him up long term, as would be expected with the American League MVP.

“He’s one of the great players of our generation,” Tom Werner said Friday at Winter Weekend. “Obviously, if we have conversations, they will be private, but it’s our hope that he’ll be a Red Sox player for his whole baseball career.”

 

QLE Posted: January 19, 2019 at 06:43 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mookie betts, red sox, tom werner

Monday, January 14, 2019

Did J.D. Martinez contract the Drake curse? Red Sox can prove otherwise

Did J.D. Martinez derail the Boston Red Sox’s 2019 season before it even began?

The Red Sox slugger posted an Instagram photo Saturday of himself hanging with rap superstar Drake in Las Vegas.

That would appear to be harmless—until you remember the Drake Curse.

Unfortunately, I’m neither Irish enough nor curly enough in the hair to make a living rambling about this curse in the popular press- anyone here want to give it a go?

QLE Posted: January 14, 2019 at 08:35 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: curse, drake, goofy, red sox

Friday, January 11, 2019

Steve Wright, Red Sox agree to $1,375,000, 1-year contract

BOSTON- Knuckleballer Steven Wright and the Boston Red Sox agreed to a one-year contract for $1,375,000, a raise of $275,000, in a deal that avoided arbitration.

An All-Star in 2016, the 34-year-old right-hander started the 2018 season late following left knee surgery and a 15-game domestic violence suspension. He made four starts and six relief appearances, went back on the disabled list in late June because of the knee, then returned in September.

Well, at least he can return to the comedy-club circuit if pitching doesn’t work for him….

QLE Posted: January 11, 2019 at 06:09 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, steven wright

Dustin Pedroia Set to Start Running Next Week

There really hasn’t been any positive news about Pedroia for a long while. We know he’ll put in the work to come back,whether his knee will comply is the question.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 11, 2019 at 06:04 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dustin pedroia, red sox

Monday, January 07, 2019

MLB rumors: Red Sox didn’t find Jackie Bradley Jr. trade to their liking

The Boston Red Sox need to figure out which of their upcoming free agents in 2019 and 2020 to pay long-term, and that’s going to create a lot of tough decisions.

The Sox could get ahead of those decisions by trading one or more of their veterans who are up for free agency in the near future. One of those players with free agency on the horizon is outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr., and The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reported Saturday that Boston looked at trading the 2018 American League Championship Series MVP but didn’t find a package that made sense.

It appears that talks truly broke down when he refused to talk to management about his Jackpot Wad.

QLE Posted: January 07, 2019 at 08:24 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: jackie bradley jr., red sox, trade talk

Thursday, December 27, 2018

It’s worth repeating: Alex Cora has a challenge ahead

Dustin Pedroia — Second base was a revolving door in 2018, somewhat solidified by Ian Kinsler, who has since signed a two-year deal with the Padres. Cora would love nothing more than to have Pedroia for the entire season. That is very much up in the air. Pedroia as always remained optimistic in recent comments to this reporter, even though the doctors who performed his complicated cartilage restoration surgery never figured out a pertinent rehab for the knee.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 27, 2018 at 09:24 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alex cora, red sox

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Red Sox owe $12 million in luxury tax, showing why they’d want to shed payroll

Wondering why the Red Sox would consider trading key contributors such as Rick Porcello and Jackie Bradley Jr.? This might be a big reason why.

According to the Associated Press, the Red Sox owe around $12 million in luxury tax payments after having the highest payroll in baseball this past season. The Nationals are the only other team to pay the tax, but their total was down around $2 million.

The Red Sox will also face a new penalty. Because they were $40 million over the luxury tax threshold ($197 million), their first pick in the 2019 MLB amateur draft will be dropped 10 places (From 33 to 43). For a team with a somewhat depleted farm system, those spots matter.

Of course, these are only issues if you let them be ones….

QLE Posted: December 16, 2018 at 04:29 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: dollah dollah bills, y'all, luxury tax, red sox

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Red Sox hire former Angels scout Morhardt, who was responsible for drafting Mike Trout

As a scout for a professional baseball team, your resume is spearheaded by the big-name players you’ve been instrumental in scouting, drafting, and signing.

When your resume says “Mike Trout,” well, safe to say ears will perk up.

The Red Sox hired Greg Morhardt, the former Los Angeles Angels scout responsible for leading the charge to draft Trout, the consensus best player in baseball. Morhardt identified Trout as having the potential to be a Mickey Mantle-type player, and he certainly nailed that take.

Morhardt will take over as the Canada scout for the Sox.

Wouldn’t it make more sense to send him to South Jersey?

QLE Posted: December 15, 2018 at 03:39 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: greg morhardt, mike trout, red sox, scout

Thursday, December 13, 2018

UPDATE: WEEI denies it will change Red Sox broadcasts to a talk show format – HardballTalk

I’m not sure what’s going on but this idea sounds kinda silly.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 13, 2018 at 10:22 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasting, red sox

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Source: Red Sox need to be blown away to trade Xander Bogaerts, rumors “overblown” | NBC Sports Boston

My prediction is, Bogaerts isn’t going anywhere this season.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 12, 2018 at 09:27 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, xander bogaerts

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Bradford: Dustin Pedroia and his biggest battle | WEEI

This doesn’t sound hopeful.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 11, 2018 at 06:30 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: dustin pedroia, red sox

2019 ZiPS Projections – Boston Red Sox | FanGraphs Baseball

Some of the comps are funny.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 11, 2018 at 11:15 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: projections, red sox, zips

Can the Red Sox Survive Without Craig Kimbrel? They Seem to Think So

LAS VEGAS — The winter meetings press conference to mark Nate Eovaldi’s return to Boston may be the last major news the Red Sox make this winter. Coming off a 108-win season and a World Series title, the defending champions seem poised to have a mellow offseason. So far, Dave Dombrowski’s front office has brought back Eovaldi and World Series MVP Steve Pearce, but beyond that, it’s been all quiet on the AL East front.

One notable casualty of that approach: Craig Kimbrel. The All-Star closer looks like he’s fallen out of Boston’s plans, if Dombrowski’s comments during Monday’s press conference carry any weight. “We’ll see about the financial aspect of it,” he told reporters when asked about reuniting with Kimbrel. “Our payroll is significant at this point. So we’ll see what takes place.”

Translation: The 2019 season will probably feature a new closer for the Red Sox for the first time since ’16, Kimbrel’s first in Boston. Whether that end-of-game reliever ends up being an internal option—Dombrowski mentioned setup men Ryan Brasier and Matt Barnes as possibilities to close, and that the Sox may go into spring training without a set decision there—or a cheaper, shorter-term signing than Kimbrel, who is reportedly seeking a six-year deal, remains to be seen.

The vast majority of relievers are essentially expendable? Who knew, except all of us?

QLE Posted: December 11, 2018 at 04:42 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: craig kimbrel, red sox, relievers

Saturday, December 01, 2018

Red Sox approaching organizational crossroads post-World Series championship

BOSTON — Months before he and the rest of Red Sox ownership celebrated on the field at Dodger Stadium, team CEO Sam Kennedy acknowledged some of the uncertainty clouding the future.

Now that the Sox have won under president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski, any drop-off in the coming years will be hard to criticize. The Sox moved all in, so to speak, and it paid off. Risky as it may have been to focus so heavily on the major league roster in the present — rather than focus on both the present and sustainability for years to come — the ultimate goal was achieved.

“We are all in to try and win a championship this year, there’s no denying that,” Kennedy said at the All-Star Break in Washington D.C. “I think anytime you make a decision for the short term, there has to be a long term impact. The question is, how much did you sacrifice or give up for the long term? And in baseball, you don’t know the outcome. You really — you can’t appreciate decisions that were made sometimes for four or five or six, seven years down the line.

Mind you, phrased this way, every team is at the crossroads at the end of every season.

QLE Posted: December 01, 2018 at 07:14 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, the crossroads, what to do next

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Tickets for Yanks-Red Sox in London in June cost $38-$493

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball is charging princely prices for its first games in Britain.

Premium seats at London’s Olympic Stadium will cost 385 pounds ($493) for the games between the New York Yankees and World Series champion Boston Red Sox on June 29 and 30. The top non-premium seats near the infield cost 320 pounds ($410).

Seats in the outfield corners go for 270 ($346) and 220 pounds ($282), according to a chart on Ticketmaster’s website. The ones behind the outfield fences go for 120 pounds ($154).

Ever get a feeling that MLB would mug us on the street if they thought we had a few bucks in our wallets?

QLE Posted: November 29, 2018 at 07:45 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: dollah dollah bills, y'all, greed, london, neutral site games, red sox, yankees tickets

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Heyman’s Latest: Mets, Machado, Red Sox, Dodgers, Marlins

Jon Heyman of Fancred hears that the Mets have decided they’d rather spread their money around to various areas than splurge on Machado.

Oh good, more mid-tier free agents.  THAT IS WHAT THEY ALWAYS DO AND FAIL.  A 3 WAR player isn’t an “impact bat.”  It’s a supporting cast member.

Adam Starblind Recommends SportSpyder.com Posted: November 18, 2018 at 06:41 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, dodgers, mets, red sox

Saturday, November 17, 2018

The View is Always Better When You’re the Lead Dog

Mike Trout, the best player in baseball, was not named American League MVP yesterday.

He does, however, join a pretty exclusive club.

gehrig97 Posted: November 17, 2018 at 08:26 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: albert pujols, mike trout, mookie betts, mvp, red sox, stan musial, ted williams

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Yelich, Betts Win MVPs

Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts was named the 2018 American League Most Valuable Player on Thursday, adding an appropriate finishing touch to a magical year for a team that won a franchise-record 108 regular-season games and its fourth World Series in 15 seasons, and Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich earned the NL MVP honors after leading Milwaukee to an NL-best 96 wins and a return to the playoffs for the first time in 2011.

Jose is an Absurd Kahuna Posted: November 15, 2018 at 06:54 PM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, brewers, red sox

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Red Sox’ Dave Dombrowski basks in culmination of hard work | Boston Herald

“It’s hard to win,” Dombrowski said. “I think we were talking about it, seven out of the last eight years, been in the postseason and won divisions, and never got the world championship. It just shows you how hard it is. A lot of good players, a lot of great players, and it’s just something special when it winds up happening. It’s hard to put into words. People spend so many hours working, and you fall short a lot of times, and sometimes all of a sudden it comes together for you and you’ve just got to be thankful.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 30, 2018 at 02:18 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dave dombrowski, red sox

Monday, October 29, 2018

Red Sox homer their way past Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers for World Series title – Orange County Register

Just listened to Bill Plunkett on with the Mad Dog. Dodgers fans are lucky neither of these two guys are running the Dodgers.

My favorite part of the interview was Russo asking, “Will the Dodgers, upstairs in their front office, will they recalculate a little bit, realizing that this interchangeable two-team match-up approach may not necessarily be the best way to go if you want to win the whole thing? Will this loss make them look at that?”

Plunkett replied, “I doubt it. I’ll put this gently. There is a certain arrogance about that front office. They do believe that they have, that they know more than anyone else, just by a hair. They don’t lord it over them or anything, but they think they have figured out the right way to go about this, and I don’t think they are going to deviate from it. I honestly don’t. I think they’ll look at this year and they will say, ‘Ya, know, we almost did it again, even though we lost our best player, one of our two best players, Cory Seager for the year in May. Even though we started the season without Justin Turner, our other best player, for the first forty games. Overcame injuries that had the entire starting rotation on the DL at one point. Ah, ya know, put things together and overcome other stuff along the way.’ I think they will look at it that way and say the plan is not the problem. That it just didn’t work out this year for those other reasons.”

“Yeah, that’s a stupid approach,” was just the beginning of Russo’s response where he also suggested a 22-YO front-office employee, who rides his bicycle to the park without socks, was responsible for Kiki batting third, which was another of the Mad Dog bones that he couldn’t let go.

Honestly, the conversation made my head hurt.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 29, 2018 at 01:45 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, red sox, world series

Why Steve Pearce’s heroics meant something more to his Boston sports-loving family | WEEI

Considering how the Red Sox had been infused in the Pearce family for more than 50 years, witnessing Pearce serve as the offensive hero for the newly-crowned World Series champs was the kind of punctuation few could have ever imagined. And the disbelief didn’t end with the family’s patriarch.

In among the Pearce family’s on-field celebration was Steve Jr.‘s younger brother, Chad. One look at his wallet allowed for a glimpse into the family’s passion for Boston sports, with “Patriots” imprinted into the leather. Oh, and then there was his young son, who he named “Brady” but called “Tommy.” You can probably guess why.

The Boston sports fanaticism had clearly been passed down.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 29, 2018 at 11:28 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, steve pearce

Price silences October critics while Kershaw gives more fuel to his

No two pitchers of this generation have carried more of a burden from their postseason travails than Kershaw and Price. The dissection of their performances and the myths that have risen from such autopsies have never been fair. There have been disappointments, to be sure. There also have been enough successes to suggest that either star lefty has some innate flaw that prevents them from succeeding in October is madness.

Nevertheless, the baggage that accumulates from such tales piles up over the years. It’s heavy. It’s cumbersome. The questions never cease, the curious inquiries looking for an explanation that mostly doesn’t exist. The only one that makes any sense is that all along, it’s only been baseball and the guys on the other side are pretty good too.


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