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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Hanley Ramirez hits three home runs vs. Giants | MLB.com

Hanley had a huge day, including a homer after getting hit by a pitch. Pomeranz looked good for three innings, then got rocked.

“Every time I get hit, that fires me up,” said Ramirez, who, along with his teammates, were clad in the throwback Red Sox uniforms from 1975. “I think it makes me a better player when I get hit, because I get so angry. You know, sometimes Hanley’s just not Hanley. It’s somebody else.”

When asked if he said, “I’ll getcha back,” to Suarez after getting hit by a pitch in the fourth, Ramirez wholeheartedly laughed before refusing to confirm or deny the comment.

“Don’t ask me that,” Ramirez said. “That’s a secret.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2016 at 06:48 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: drew pomeranz, hanley ramirez, red sox

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Brian Johnson made a bold decision to tackle anxiety head-on

Alex Speier did a great job on this article. I wish Johnson well.

For now, for Johnson and the team, there is not a need to draw a line to a future destination.

Johnson is back to enjoying life both on and off the mound. And that is enough.

“The biggest thing for me is that it’s one day at a time. I’m not looking a month ahead. If I go out there and pitch well, awesome. If I don’t, it’s one game,” said Johnson. “I haven’t thought about [getting back to the big leagues] once, to be honest with you. I was so far off from that to where it was the last thing to cross my mind, to be honest. Now, I’m honestly not even worried about it.

“If I get my name called, I know I’ll be ready this time. I know I’ll be able to help and be healthy, mentally and physically. This is the first time in a while I can honestly say that. I feel good. The biggest part of that is that I feel like I can contribute at an elite level where I left off before.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 20, 2016 at 10:46 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: brian johnson, red sox

Friday, July 15, 2016

Kopech Hits 105 MPH Against Wilmington

Between the Groome signing and Kopech coming back, Dombrowski may have felt trading the 18 year-old Espinosa would be a loss the team could overcome.

opech sat at 98 mph last night, but he touched 100 mph and beyond on a regular basis. That’s nothing new for a pitcher who sat at 100 mph in his high Class A debut for four innings at Carolina.

But even for a pitcher who regularly throws 100 plus, the 105 jumped off the page when the Salem pitchers turned in their charts after the game.

“We did have a reading of 105. We double-checked. Another gun beside ours had 105 as well,” Salem manager Joe Oliver said.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 15, 2016 at 07:09 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: michael kopech, prospects, red sox

Red Sox agree to terms with top draft pick Jason Groome

After a month-long courtship, the Red Sox have their Groome.

According to multiple major league sources, Jason Groome, the team’s first-round selection (No. 12 overall), agreed to terms with the Red Sox in advance of Friday’s deadline to sign. The 17-year-old lefthander out of Barnegat (N.J.) High School received a $3.65 million bonus.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 15, 2016 at 06:29 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: jason groome, prospects, red sox

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

How a young Big Papi beat Griffey, A-Rod in the greatest home run derby you’ve never heard of | ESPN.com

It seems almost inconceivable now, given the risk of injury and the overall unwillingness of most big leaguers to give up a precious day off. Back then, though, two years after a players’ strike wiped out the World Series, in-season barnstorming trips to minor league affiliates weren’t uncommon.



The Mariners, fresh off an appearance in the American League Championship Series in 1995 and contending again in ‘96, were set to play a doubleheader July 30 in Milwaukee. After wrapping up a homestand on July 28, they traveled to Appleton, where the Timber Rattlers had demonstrated their commitment to the Mariners by building a new ballpark two years earlier.

...

JOHN McLAREN, MARINERS THIRD-BASE COACH: The word was we weren’t going to be able to play but we’re going to try to give the fans something to grasp onto. Someone came up with the idea of doing a home run derby, so we went looking for hitters.

...

Rodriguez, who hit 14 homers in 248 at-bats in Appleton’s old ballpark in 1994, volunteered to participate. And by popular demand, Griffey was talked into competing, too. The Timber Rattlers countered with outfielder Luis Tinoco, hitting coach Joaquin Contreras and Ortiz, who was in the midst of a breakout season in which he batted .322 with 18 homers, 93 RBIs and a .901 OPS.

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ORTIZ: I was hitting balls onto the highway, bro. Like, it was crazy. I could see they were impressed with what I was doing, and they were the guys in the big leagues. I was just playing A-ball. It was fun. I’ll never forget that.

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[GARY HORCHER, TV REPORTER FOR WBAY, ABC AFFILIATE IN APPLETON]: Ken Griffey Jr. was standing by A-Rod when Ortiz started hitting his first couple shots. It was a different noise. Some guys, it sounds like a thunderclap, and other guys it doesn’t generate the same sound. This was like a hammer clattering against something really percussive. I remember everybody kind of winced. We looked over for Griffey’s reaction, and I remember Griffey kind of looking up and smiling. But A-Rod was going, “Oh my god!” I remember after one of Ortiz’s shots, A-Rod was like, “Look at that guy! I ain’t got a chance.”



RODRIGUEZ: I think we were all wondering why he wasn’t coming back with us to the Kingdome. We wanted to take him on the plane with us.

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[MIKE GOFF, TIMBER RATTLERS MANAGER]: I can’t remember how many he hit, but I know he hit a bunch. He wasn’t just hitting them to right field. He was hitting them all over the ballpark, and it was a good-sized yard. It wasn’t a small yard. To hear that Alex said, “We should take him back to the Kingdome,” I think that’s bulls—- to be honest. I think some of [the Mariners] were embarrassed by what Davey did to them in that competition—and I loved every single minute of it.


Sunday, July 10, 2016

Drellich: Three trades in, Dave Dombrowski still has holes to fill | Boston Herald

The Red Sox aren’t making a big deal.

“You’ve got to start with one,” Dombrowski said of how many starters he seeks. “I hope we get one. It’s not an easy starting pitching market out there. There’s a lot of clubs looking for starting pitching and there’s not a lot of starting pitchers out there.

“You can get starting pitching. I assure you I can pick up the phone and get a starting pitcher. But is it a starting pitcher that helps you? So that’s sort of the key there.”

What are teams asking for? Exactly what you’d think.

“The names we don’t want to trade always seem to start the conversation,” Dombrowski said.

He didn’t specify, but Yoan Moncada and Andrew Benintendi are obvious names.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 10, 2016 at 07:50 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, trade rumors

Saturday, July 09, 2016

Red Sox acquire Brad Ziegler from D-backs | MLB.com

Several hours after Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel revealed discomfort in his left knee, president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski made a significant move to fortify the bullpen, adding righty reliever Brad Ziegler in a trade with the D-backs.

To acquire a pitcher who has 81 career saves, including 18 this season, the Red Sox parted with two Minor League players: Right-hander Jose Almonte and infielder Luis Alejandro Basabe.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 09, 2016 at 11:27 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, red sox, trades

Friday, July 08, 2016

Aaron Hill provides depth for Red Sox

Not a blockbuster but hopefully he can help out a third. It’s not a big move but they didn’t really give up much.

The Red Sox kicked off their midyear process of filling needs, dealing for Brewers second baseman/third baseman Aaron Hill in exchange for Triple A righthander Aaron Wilkerson and High A second baseman Wendell Rijo.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 08, 2016 at 01:48 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, red sox

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Red Sox add Brian Bannister to coaching staff | redsox.com

In an effort to get better results from a pitching staff that has struggled for much of the season, the Red Sox have given Brian Bannister a role on the coaching staff, effective immediately.

Bannister was hired last September to be the team’s director of pitching analysis and development. He will now work along with pitching coach Carl Willis to help the Major League club on a daily basis.

Due to Major League rules, Bannister won’t be in uniform during games. But he will be on the field during the pregame hours both at home and on the road.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 06, 2016 at 09:43 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: brian bannister, red sox

Sunday, July 03, 2016

Firing manager John Farrell won’t solve problems of the Boston Red Sox - Boston Red Sox Blog- ESPN

“I mean, I only gave up three earned runs,” Buchholz said, inconceivably, after briskly handing the ball to Farrell and storming off the mound, a bad look that Farrell said he addressed with Buchholz after the game. “It wasn’t the worst performance I’ve had all year.”

Easy to say when you have a 6.31 ERA as a starter. Farrell could say only that he’s “not ready to commit” to Buchholz making his next start, which is an indictment to the manager’s lack of options at his disposal.

As it is, Farrell must pin his hopes for winning the series on right-hander Sean O’Sullivan, who will be recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket to start Sunday. O’Sullivan’s ERA in two previous starts for the Red Sox: 7.84.

The walls might, in fact, be closing in on Farrell, even more after Saturday night, and if Dombrowski chooses to fire the manager, it will satisfy the masses.

It just won’t solve the Red Sox’s real problems.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 03, 2016 at 07:32 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: john farrell, red sox

Is this the end for Clay Buchholz in Boston?

No, when you pitch like crap game after game your manager will lose confidence in you. The Red Sox have put Kelly in the bullpen. It’s time they put Buchholz on waivers.

“It was a quick exit,” said Farrell. “We’ve had a chance to talk about it. I know he’s frustrated.”

“Yeah, we talked,” Buchholz said. “I still didn’t want to come out of the game.

“You’ve got to earn that right. I understand that. I’ve been here for a long time. It’s not my first go-round. I’ve had some ups and downs here in my career. That’s the game. You’ve got to earn the right to stay out there in those situations, and I guess I haven’t earned it.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 03, 2016 at 07:09 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: clay buchholz, red sox

Saturday, July 02, 2016

Buckley: We can celebrate David Ortiz without Ted Williams comparisons | Boston Herald

That’s some good company.

What happened was that it was Big Papi’s 522nd career home run. And diehard Sox fans don’t need a calculator to know that 522 is one more than 521.

As in the number of home runs Ted Williams hit during his iconic, Hall of Fame career.

Yes, it’s true Ortiz also passed Willie McCovey and Frank Thomas, themselves the owners of 521 home runs. Sure, that’s a swell angle: With one swing of the bat, Ortiz stepped past not one, not two, but three Hall of Famers.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 02, 2016 at 08:43 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: david ortiz, red sox, ted williams

Friday, July 01, 2016

Source: Red Sox banned from signing international amateurs for a year - Yahoo Sports

On MLB Radio they were saying the ban is for the next two years. Has anyone seen anything definitive?

The Boston Red Sox were banned from signing any international players for the next year and had five of their teenage prospects declared free agents on Friday after a Major League Baseball investigation showed they circumvented signing-bonus rules last year, a source familiar with the situation told Yahoo Sports.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 01, 2016 at 02:40 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: international free agents, red sox

MLB Penalties For Red Sox International Signings Could Come Soon - BaseballAmerica.com

Major League Baseball could penalize the Red Sox over their 2015 international signings before this year’s signing period opens on Saturday, international baseball sources have told Baseball America.

The penalties being considered, according to those sources, include signing restrictions for the upcoming 2016-17 international signing period, and possibly making several of Boston’s top 2015 international signings free agents, who would then be available to sign with any team.

The timing of the disciplinary action is significant. Several Venezuelan players were expected to sign contracts with the Red Sox on July 2, but if these penalties are imposed, those players would no longer be able to sign with Boston. That includes 16-year-old outfielder Roimer Bolivar, the No. 31 international prospect on Baseball America’s Top 50 international prospects list.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 01, 2016 at 07:54 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: international free agents, red sox

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Firing Farrell Will Satisfy Bloodlust, Fix Nothing

I said it a week ago, and I’ll say it again—Farrell may be part of the problem, but he’s certainly not the reason the floundering Red Sox are suddenly in a virtual tie with the Blue Jays for second place in the AL East. And firing him would let his players off the hook when they don’t deserve it.

No manager is blameless when his team plays .385 ball for a month, but Farrell’s sliver of blame pie could barely feed a waif compared to the 1,600-calorie slab that is his roster.

A new manager won’t magically fix David Price’s 4.74 ERA or propensity for allowing deafening contact. A new manager won’t reach October with the bottom two-thirds of the rotation pitching like John Wasdin. A new manager can’t win with a Triple-A bench or Marco Hernandez, Deven Marrero and Ryan LaMarre getting key at-bats because there’s nowhere else to turn.

Farrell’s not the reason Koji Uehara hangs half his splitters, and he’s not the reason Craig Kimbrel keeps triggering heart attacks. He’s not why Clay Buchholz can’t get out of his own way, Jackie Bradley hasn’t hit in a month, or Travis Shaw once again resides below sea level.

Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: June 30, 2016 at 11:49 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: managers, red sox

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Report: Red Sox, Jason Groome Far Apart In Contract Negotiations « CBS Boston

He doesn’t stand to to lose money in the long run? If he gets hurt, he loses a lot of money. If he doesn’t pitch as well next season, he loses a lot of money. If he doesn’t sign and gets to the the majors one year later, he loses a lot of money. Unless the Red Sox try to get him for less than slot, he might want to roll the dice. Otherwise, he’d be foolish to hold out. 

Groome holds the leverage in holding out for a big-money signing bonus, as he previously opted out of a commitment to Vanderbilt and instead elected to choose junior college. The move allowed him to become eligible for next year’s draft, so if he opts to not sign this year, he doesn’t stand to lose money in the long run

Jim Furtado Posted: June 28, 2016 at 03:57 PM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, jason groome, red sox

Eduardo Rodriguez sent to Triple A after another Red Sox loss | Boston Herald

Yesterday’s performance was brutal.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 28, 2016 at 07:03 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: eduardo rodriguez, red sox

Sunday, June 26, 2016

15 hitters contenders could try to acquire at the trade deadline

The Boston Globe’s Sunday Baseball notes column.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 26, 2016 at 03:39 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: notes, red sox

Are we getting a glimpse of life after David Ortiz?

Holt will be back soon.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 26, 2016 at 09:43 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: brock holt, clay buchholz, david ortiz, red sox

Thursday, June 23, 2016

How badly have the Red Sox fallen off in June?

My manic depressive Red Sox fan friends are in a panic. Deep breaths, deeeeeeeeep breaths, people.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 23, 2016 at 09:32 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Drellich: Red Sox must be smart in signing of top pick Jason Groome | Boston Herald

“We’re hopeful to still sign him,” president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said. “We went into there with open eyes. We know what his demands are from what his agent passed on to the clubs. We think we can sign him, but only time will tell.”

Despite a fantastic curveball and a fastball that’s climbed to 97 mph, Groome slid because of dollar demands and concerns around his makeup. One major league general manager emphasized Groome didn’t slide just for money.

But the Red Sox, who rarely have a chance to land a top-five talent, have that chance here. And he wants top-five money. The pick where the Sox took Groome is slotted for a bonus of $3,192,800.

Going into the draft, Groome’s camp made clear to the Red Sox in multiple conversations Groome wanted the dollars slotted for the No. 4 pick, about $5 million. That might make $4 million a floor in negotiations with the Sox.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 21, 2016 at 11:26 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: jason groome, red sox

David Ortiz of Boston Red Sox says he regrets season-long celebration that has come with his planned retirement

The retirement tours are too much for us too Papi.

Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz says he regrets announcing that this will be his final season in the majors.

The Dominican star feels overwhelmed by all the attention he has received, which he said has affected his extended preparation time before each game.

“I’m too busy. I have too many things to do. I barely have time to do anything,” Ortiz told ESPN Deportes following the Red Sox’s win over the Seattle Mariners on Sunday. “It’s very difficult for me. If I had even imagined that it would be so difficult, I wouldn’t have announced anything. There are too many people I have to pay attention to, and on top of that I have to prepare for a game.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 21, 2016 at 09:19 AM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: david ortiz, red sox

Full Count » John Farrell explains decisions made in Red Sox’ extra innings loss to White Sox

I don’t believe Farrell is a great manager. Having said that, his moves weren’t the problem last night.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 21, 2016 at 08:34 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: john farrell, red sox

Monday, June 20, 2016

Red Sox promote Yoan Moncada to Double-A Portland

It looks like a road trip is in my future.

Andrew Benintendi is about to have some company.

Top prospect Yoan Moncada has been promoted to Double-A Portland, the High-A Salem Red Sox announced on Twitter on Sunday night. Moncada hit .307 with a .427 on-base percentage and a .496 slugging percentage in almost 300 plate appearances with Salem, including a remarkable 25 doubles and 36 stolen bases in 61 games.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 20, 2016 at 11:19 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew benintendi, red sox, yoan moncada

Red Sox place Rusney Castillo on outright waivers

Well, this is an expensive mistake.

Since he was placed on outright waivers Saturday, Castillo would clear Monday. He’s still owed $32.5 million over the next three seasons, with a $13.5 million option after 2019. Because of that price tag, Castillo is likely to go unclaimed and be outrighted to Pawtucket. He will no longer be on the Red Sox’ 40-man roster.

Castillo’s contract was record-setting for an amateur international player, surpassing the $68 million deal that Jose Abreu signed with the White Sox in 2013. The Sox outbid the Tigers, Phillies, Giants, and Mariners for Castillo’s services, hoping that he would make the kind of immediate impact made by fellow Cubans Abreu, Yoenis Cespedes, and Yasiel Puig, who became All-Stars after coming to the majors.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 20, 2016 at 08:36 AM | 76 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, rusney castillo

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