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Thursday, February 04, 2016

Don Orsillo makes new home with Padres | MLB.com

The Padres have a great announcer.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 04, 2016 at 03:07 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasters, don orsillo, padres, red sox

The Wainwrightization of Rick Porcello | FanGraphs

Great stuff from Jeff Sullivan.

Granted, there are similarities between lots of great players and lots of inferior players. The limitation of the pitch-comp system is it says nothing about consistency, and I can’t imagine Porcello yet trusts his curve the way that Wainwright has trusted his. One still has to assume Wainwright commands the pitch better, and then there’s also the matter of Wainwright having the cutter, which is better than Porcello’s. The effectiveness of a pitch is in part about the effectiveness of the other pitches, so Porcello still has a lot of proving to do. The point isn’t that Rick Porcello turned into Adam Wainwright when nobody noticed.

The point is simply that Rick Porcello’s curveball has evolved into something extremely similar to Adam Wainwright’s curveball. You can choose how much to make of that. If nothing else, it’s something to watch for.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 04, 2016 at 02:45 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: adam wainwright, cardinals, pitching, red sox, rick porcello, sabermetrics

Friday, January 29, 2016

Inaugural Red Sox women’s fantasy camp is a huge hit - The Boston Globe

This is different.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 29, 2016 at 07:06 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Friday, January 22, 2016

Red Sox considered more moves in January, but right deal wasn’t there | Boston Herald

In the 2016 Hardball Times Annual Jeff Zimmerman did a great study of draft pick value. His study estimated that the 12th overall pick produces about 4.1 WAR overall and 2.7 surplus WAR (which he defines as “how much of the WAR is surplus compared to similar players on the free-agent market”). At $8 million per WAR, that makes the value of the 12th pick at around $21.6 million.

Surrendering their unprotected 12th overall pick in the 2016 draft was also unappealing, though the Sox ran calculations to determine the value of their pick and considered forfeiting it only if they were making up for the lost value in an affordable contract or beneficial trade.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 22, 2016 at 06:50 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Who conned the Red Sox out of a contract?

Per Bill James, who’s in a much better position to judge than the rest of us:

We get all kinds, but there are more highly motivated professionals than anything else. In the thirteen years I have been in Boston I guess we have had three players who basically conned us out of a contract and then showed up with no apparent desire to earn their money; can’t give you names, obviously, but it does happen occasionally. None in the last five years. Occasionally you get players who, after signing what they know is their last big contract, don’t seem highly motivated, and are kind of just going through the motions.

No names. But we have a range. 2003-2010, if we assume James is being precise (and given that we’re talking about Bill James with time to choose his words, that seems safe). And if this doesn’t have you curious enough to play guessing games, well hell, you’re a stronger/better person than I am.

So, who are the three players?

My guess is Brooks CON-rad.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 21, 2016 at 01:42 PM | 64 comment(s)
  Beats: bill james, red sox

Saturday, January 16, 2016

red sox - Dustin Pedroia has no use for defensive metrics, or another season like last one - WEEI | Rob Bradford

Some good points by Pedroia. Of course, the defensive numbers aren’t perfect. Despite this quote, if you read the rest of the article, it’s clear he knows there is some truth in the numbers.

To be honest with you, I don’t read into defensive metric stuff because that’s not what I believe in defensively,” he said. “If you’re in the middle of the field, you have to know what pitch is going to try and be executed and it’s my job to try and position myself. If the hitter stays inside the ball, and I’m playing him to pull, if our guy executes his pitch and he takes a good swing and shoots it up the middle and I don’t get to it, that’s good hitting. There are times our pitcher makes his pitch and the guy smashes one into the 3-4 hole and I’m standing right there and I don’t have to move one foot, does that mean I don’t have any range? No, that means I’m smart and I position myself in the right area to make a play. Defensive metrics, I don’t think they hold that (into account). That’s why you go back to the eye test. You watch the game, you know who’s a good defensive player out there. It’s common sense. If Chris Davis is up I’m probably not going to play him up the middle. He’s going to slam balls in the hole with topspin, or he’s going to hit the ball in the air the other way, so it’s pointless to have that many defenders playing on the left side of the field and that’s why we bring guys over because the spray chart shows.

“Defensive metrics, I don’t know what they use. I don’t necessarily care. My job is that there are a lot of people that are going to factor into how I play second. I connect with the first baseman. I’m always talking to the shortstop. We’re all helping each other out. That’s it. We all have to be on the same page, help each other out, position ourselves correctly and execute pitches. If we do that hopefully everybody’s zone rating is great. The bottom line is to prevent runs, and have a plan and execute that plan. If we do that, that’s all you can do.”

Jim Furtado Posted: January 16, 2016 at 07:52 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: dustin pedroia, red sox

Monday, January 11, 2016

Nick Cafardo: The case for and against Manny Ramirez’s Hall of Fame bid - The Boston Globe

Ahh, no.

2. Another brilliant marketing move by Fenway Sports Group, introducing Tessie as Wally the Green Monster’s sister. It may lessen the appearance load for poor Wally.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 11, 2016 at 06:12 AM | 101 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, indians, manny ramirez, notes, red sox

Friday, January 08, 2016

Wally the Green Monster… has a sister

Her name is Tessie. She’ll be at the Winter Carnival later this month. I assume that’s not the end of it.

(Link goes to a video production at mlb.com.)

villageidiom Posted: January 08, 2016 at 09:19 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: mascots, please make it stop, red sox

Manny on PEDs, Hall: ‘Sometimes you think you’re doing right, but you’re not’ | Chicago Sun-Times

Why would players already talented enough to play at high levels in the majors, already capable of making millions in the game, capable of lasting a decade or longer in the majors, take performance enhancers? Take the chance?

After all, those are the players in question when it comes to the Hall of Fame debate – exemplified most by Bonds and Clemens if you believe the timelines of their alleged uses.

“Life is like that. You make mistakes,” Ramirez said. “Everybody makes mistakes. We’re humans. You’ve made mistakes; I’ve made mistakes. Everybody.

“Like I say with some of my friends, I could tell you, `Look at that guy: He’s a cheater, he uses steroids.’ Maybe you smoke weed. Maybe you do cocaine. Maybe you cheat on your wife. Maybe you’re a drunkard. It’s the same.

“Nobody’s perfect.”

Jim Furtado Posted: January 08, 2016 at 07:05 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, indians, manny ramirez, red sox

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Evaluating the Prospects - Boston Red Sox (FanGraphs)

Long-term, the cupboard is still well stocked with young talent, and the Red Sox should have enough in the pipeline to contend not only in 2016 but beyond as well…

(Andrew) Benintendi’s combination of a high ceiling and low risk makes him the top prospect in the organization. Look for him to move quickly through the system, with his power likely being the last tool to fully develop as he hits his way into the upper minors.

Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: January 06, 2016 at 08:40 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, red sox

Dave Dombrowski has one more offseason issue to deal with - The Boston Globe

It wasn’t just last year.

If last winter taught us anything, it’s that selecting which major league teams are the offseason winners or losers is a pointless exercise. The Red Sox were among the big “winners” a year ago, then finished in last place, 15 games out.

I wish the Boston writers would get off this bandwagon. The Red Sox didn’t sign Hanley for his fielding. Ramirez was hitting last season before he ran into the wall and hurt his shoulder. I fully expect him to hit again. Selling low on him now makes no sense when you consider this is Ortiz’s last season. He will be a permanent DH soon enough.

Yes, Dave Dombrowski obtained ace starter David Price, hard-throwing closer Craig Kimbrel, impressive set-up man Carson Smith, and useful righthanded-hitting outfielder Chris Young. Four good moves, no doubt. But the offseason is not yet a success because Hanley Ramirez remains the first baseman.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 06, 2016 at 06:34 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

FIVE THINGS LEARNED TALKING HALL OF FAME WITH MIKE LOWELL

“The Tim Raines thing really baffles me. I don’€™t think anybody would argue that Rickey Henderson isn’€™t a Hall of Famer. He’€™s absolultely a Hall of Famer, first ballot. I look at what Tim Raines did for a good 8-10 years in the National League and he’€™s basically Rickey Henderson.

“Schll’€™s another one. If you did something extraordinary in the postseason, you get bonus time. For me Curt was so outstanding, and had some moments, especially in ‘€™04 with the sock. I think those should push you over the edge. It’€™s not like he did it just once. He’€™s a guy who is lower than he should be. Edgar Martinez is another guy who should get more consideration.”

Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: January 05, 2016 at 06:45 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, marlins, red sox

Red Sox Sell Babe Ruth for $100,000 Cash

Johnny Igoe, Ruth’s business manager, who is in Boston, having recently returned from the Pacific Coast, notified Ruth last evening by telegraph of his sale to the New York club, and at 11:30 received the following telegram from “Babe”:

“Will not play anywhere but Boston. Will leave for the East Monday.”

Igoe gave as a reason for Ruth’s objection to playing with any club other than the Red Sox, that the big fellow had invested his money in the cigar business in Boston and that he wished to be here as much as possible to look after his business. Also, that because of his associations here he preferred to play with a Boston club rather than any other.

Alex Speier of the Boston Globe linked to the original article from the Globe in 1920 about the sale of Ruth.  As you would expect Lucchino made sure the Sox got their licks in as Ruth left town.

Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: January 05, 2016 at 05:01 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, transactions, yankees

Monday, January 04, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-4-2016

Ogden Standard, January 4, 1916:

Star ball players have been trembling in their shoes since the peace pact between the National and American leagues and the Federals has been ratified lest their high salaries would be lopped off.
...
Tris Speaker will be the first to have his salary cut down. The salary of fifteen thousand simoleons, which went to him in pay checks in exchange for helping Mr. Lannin win pennants and world championships…is a thing of the past, according to the report circulated [in Boston].
...
But despite the fact that his salary is to be reduced, Speaker will undoubtedly be seen cavorting around in center field…Indeed, it is pointed out, where could he go now that there no longer is a Federal league to offer fabulous salaries to underpaid and overworked ball players.

Man, that’s bogus. Anyway, trying to cut Spoke’s salary in half backfired on the Sox. Unsurprisingly, Tris refused to take that kind of pay cut, so Boston traded him to Cleveland for pitching prospect Sad Sam Jones, a replacement-level third baseman, and a huge pile of money.

Speaker led the league in batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging with the 1916 Indians. Four years later, he managed Cleveland to a World Series championship.


Sunday, January 03, 2016

Reuniting Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion, and David Price…. with the Red Sox? - Bluebird Banter

I agree. Not gonna happen.

vacation from baseball was rudely interrupted by a tweet pointing to a post by Ian over at The Blue Jay Hunter, which, in turn, points to Jerry Crasnick’s “MLB Most Interesting People in 2016” column at ESPN that had this juicy nugget buried in the part where he named Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion the 10th and 11th most interesting persons in Major League Baseball (emphasis mine):
“But much of the attention in Toronto will focus on Bautista and Encarnacion, who combined for 79 homers and 225 RBIs and helped scare the daylights out of visiting pitchers at Rogers Centre in 2015. Both sluggers are eligible for free agency in November, and their hazy futures will be an inevitable piece of the narrative this summer in Toronto. The buzz is already building that one of the two will eventually land in Boston as Ortiz’s DH heir at Fenway.”

Jim Furtado Posted: January 03, 2016 at 09:17 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, edwin encarnacion, jose bautista, red sox

Wednesday, December 30, 2015


Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Red Sox ZIPS Projections

[bq]The object of considerable attention among the authors of this site, it’s probably not inaccurate to suggest that infielder/outfielder Mookie Betts is riddled with virtue. Or perhaps, afflicted by virtue. In either case, what he’s done is to parlay wide-ranging competence into a star-level profile. He’s projected to produce nearly a 20-20 season while also recording a strikeout rate of about 12%. He certainly doesn’t possess the skill set typical of a right fielder, but he’s equipped to produce wins anywhere, given an opportunity.[/bq]

Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: December 29, 2015 at 11:35 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: projections, red sox, zips

Sunday, December 27, 2015

NESN: Dave Henderson, Who Hit Memorable Home Run For Red Sox, Dies At Age 57

RIP. Thank heavens he’ll be remembered for the home run in the Championship Series and not the one he hit in the World Series.

Henderson spent 14 seasons split between five organizations (Red Sox, Seattle Mariners, Oakland Athletics, Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants). He slugged 197 home runs in 1,538 career regular-season games and earned an All-Star selection with the A’s in 1991.

The man known as “Hendu” will be remembered as much for his infectious personality as his on-field accomplishments. Red Sox fans certainly won’t forget Henderson’s two-out, two-strike, two-run homer in the ninth inning of Game 5 of the 1986 ALCS. It kept Boston’s season alive and opened the door for the Red Sox to defeat the California Angels in seven games to advance to the World Series.

JEe (Jason) Posted: December 27, 2015 at 01:18 PM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: 1986, alcs, athletics, obituary, red sox

Monday, December 21, 2015

Red Sox to retire Wade Boggs’ No. 26 next May

#26 is also the number of beers Wade Boggs can consumer in a 30 minute ceremony.

The Red Sox announced this afternoon that they will retire Wade Boggs’ No. 26 number in a ceremony on May 26.
Boggs, who wears a Red Sox cap on his Baseball Hall of Fame plaque in Cooperstown, N.Y., will have his number placed on the right-field roof facade at Fenway Park in a May 26 (get it?) ceremony next year.
The Red Sox’ criterion for placing uniform numbers on the right field facade have shifted in recent years from a formerly strict requirement that players had to retire as a Red Sox and be in the Hall of Fame in order to be so honored.
Exceptions have been made, including Johnny Pesky and Pedro Martinez most recently.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 21, 2015 at 02:38 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, wade boggs

ESPN Sunday Night Baseball Returns for 27th Season as Exclusive National MLB Game of the Week

Hope you like Red Sox vs. Yankees!

Sunday Night Baseball to document Boston Red Sox icon David Ortiz’s final season across four early appearances;
The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox renew their rivalry three times, including back-to-back weeks (May 1, May 8, July 17);
NL West rivals: Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants will square off twice (April 17, June 12);
The Pittsburgh Pirates and Andrew McCutchen to appear on Sunday Night Baseball for third consecutive season (June 12), 8th appearance since 2014;
Special Sunday Night Baseball doubleheader on June 12: St Louis Cardinals at Pittsburgh Pirates (5 p.m.); Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants (8:30 p.m.);
The Arizona Diamondbacks, led by new ace Zack Greinke, to make first appearance since 2008 (July 10);
The Houston Astros, led by Carlos Correa, to make first appearance since 2013 (April 24)

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 21, 2015 at 12:12 PM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: espn, mets, red sox, royals, sunday night baseball, yankees

Peter Gammons: Reconstructing Gillickism in Boston - GammonsDaily.com

Peter Gammons says nice things about Dave Dombrowski.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 21, 2015 at 11:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dave dombrowski, general managers, red sox

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Holes in Red Sox infield may need patching - The Boston Globe

We’ll have to wait and see on Ramirez. Bogaerts took a leap forward last season. Pedroia had hamstring problems and should return to Gold Glove form. Sandoval looked much better in the second half than the first. Other than Ramirez, I don’t expect the infield defense to be a problem in 2016.

The Red Sox will enter 2016 with what could be one of the worst defensive infields in baseball. That topic hasn’t received much discussion this offseason, overshadowed by the acquisitions of pitchers David Price, Craig Kimbrel, and Carson Smith, and outfielder Chris Young.

But defense and run prevention have become more important in today’s game. The Red Sox infield comes up short unless there’s marked improvement by each positional player.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 10, 2015 at 08:11 AM | 69 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Red Sox CF Mookie Betts Makes World Series of Bowling Debut, Tops out at 249

Mookie Betts, strike thrower

Betts — who, according to Pat Bradley of NESN.com, has four perfect games to his name—made his professional bowling debut Tuesday at the Rolltech PBA World Championship in Reno, Nevada.

Although he didn’t add to his perfect-game total, the 23-year-old outfielder made a good first impression.

eddieot Posted: December 09, 2015 at 04:26 PM | 56 comment(s)
  Beats: bowling, mookie betts, red sox

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

This offseason, Red Sox sticking with Plan A - The Boston Globe

I’m not buying the difference. A GM only goes to Plan B when Plan A isn’t an option. Does Speier think Dombrowski wouldn’t have gone in other directions if his preferred plan wasn’t doable?

Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2015 at 12:15 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Monday, December 07, 2015


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