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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Yankees say good riddance to David Ortiz, the best to ever own them | New York Post

But Ortiz is the Yankees killer to end all Yankees killers. He is the one who has given more night sweats to more Yankees pitchers (and Yankees fans) than anybody, mostly because he has played for a team (and for a city) that has been the object of Yankees obsession from the moment he arrived.

It is fair to wonder if the Red Sox’s epic, operatic drought that stood at 86 years in 2004 might not now be at 98 if not for Ortiz, whose walk-off homer won Game 4 of the 2004 ALCS, whose homer over The Wall the next night kick-started a comeback in Game 5 that he ended with a walk-off single, who added another homer for kicks in Game 7 as the Sox completed their historic comeback.

Yankees fans grumble about Ortiz, about the fact that he’s never been accorded the kind of scorn other PED scofflaws have (he allegedly tested positive in 2003, when testing was supposed to be anonymous and there were no actual repercussions for steroid use; Ortiz has always said he never “knowingly” took steroids). And they may not be happy to be honoring him.

But they’ll be delighted to see him go.

And that may be the biggest compliment of all.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 27, 2016 at 09:47 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: david ortiz, red sox, yankees

Scoreboard operator tells the inside stories of Fenway’s Wall

“Legend has it that Manny came in and went to the bathroom,” he says. “He did come in, but he wasn’t going to the bathroom. There isn’t a bathroom back there; there hasn’t been one since I started.”

Ramirez came in many times, says Elias.

“We’d talk everything except baseball,” he says. “Even if he hit a home run the inning before. He’d ask about my kids, we’d talk family, he loved cars, and he was very nice to us. We had a lot of laughs. Sometimes we’d give him fruit. He’d have a little snack.’’

Jim Furtado Posted: September 27, 2016 at 07:12 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: fenway park, red sox

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Theo Epstein has Cubs looking like a winner

Of course, Ben Cherington showed patience, which got him booted.

Despite the success, Epstein admits he made mistakes near the end of his Red Sox tenure.

“I got in too much of a rush to build an uber-team and got too aggressive in free agency rather than relying on the things we did well as an organization — scouting, player development, and trying to find undervalued players.’’

Jim Furtado Posted: September 25, 2016 at 08:18 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, general managers, red sox, theo epstein

Nick Cafardo: Yes, John Farrell belongs in Manager of the Year conversation

I would vote for Francona.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 25, 2016 at 08:06 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: managers, notes, red sox

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Joe Kelly might be unlocking his potential as a reliever - Sports - providencejournal.com - Providence, RI

Joe Kelly needs command, whether he’s starting or relieving. To this point, all he’s been is a tease.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 21, 2016 at 07:09 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: joe kelly, red sox

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Clay Buchholz on Evolving

Laurila drawing insight from Buchholz on pitching.

I think the cutter is the best pitch in baseball, as far as the stats go. Actually, I know that for a fact. [Red Sox director of pitching analysis and development] Brian Bannister and I were talking about that awhile ago — the numbers on guys who throw cutters. It’s the best pitch in baseball, in front of the split. Hard-sinking changeups are the third-best pitch. A four-seam fastball is the worst pitch as far as hard contact and batting average on balls put into play.

...

The game has evolved. When I got called up, a lot of guys were high-ball hitters. They would take that pitch and hit it out. You were taught to throw the ball down, down, down. Now everybody is worried about their bat path and how they can get that ball going down and lift it. There are a lot more low-ball hitters in the game today than there were 10 years ago.

villageidiom Posted: September 20, 2016 at 02:50 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: brian bannister, clay buchholz, pitching, red sox

Monday, September 19, 2016

Hanley Ramirez homers twice as Sox sweep Yanks | MLB.com

Porcello has 20 wins. Hanley has put the Red Sox on his back this week. When does the Panda get activated?

Jim Furtado Posted: September 19, 2016 at 06:01 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: hanley ramirez, red sox, yankees

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Baseball Savant - Video | baseballsavant.com

This is a nice piece of hitting.

Xander Bogaerts homers (20) on a line drive to left field. Jackie Bradley scores.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 18, 2016 at 10:37 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, xander bogaerts

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Red Sox got short end of deal in Preller suspension

The closer you look at Padres general manager A.J. Preller’s 30-day suspension by Major League Baseball for his part in the Drew Pomeranz-Anderson Espinoza deal on July 14, the more you realize the punishment doesn’t fit the crime.

The Red Sox should be upset they didn’t receive compensation. What happened, according to major league sources, is the Padres didn’t input important information about Pomeranz’s injury history — especially regarding an injury he was receiving treatment for — into a major league medical data base in which teams can obtain up-to-date medical information on any player.

The Red Sox, according to a major league source, found the missing info when they conducted their own MRI on Pomeranz’s shoulder and elbow and found what the Padres had been hiding.
...
Red Sox chairman Tom Werner went to the airwaves on NESN’s pregame show Friday and said, “I think it’s fair to say, and I’m being politic, that we were extremely disappointed in the decision. We feel that some wrong was committed and it’s important to have a level playing field, and the Padres didn’t play on it. I’ve probably said more than I should be saying, but we were disappointed in the decision.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 17, 2016 at 07:44 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: a.j. preller, padres, red sox

Friday, September 16, 2016

Tony Massarotti: I Was Wrong About Hanley Ramirez… This Year « CBS Boston

I usually just ignore Tony Massarotti’s columns but this one popped up on my feed. Tony Massarotti is pretty much wrong about everything. This is just one small example.

All together now: we were wrong about Hanley.

OK, fine.

I was wrong about Hanley.

At least this year.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 16, 2016 at 09:29 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Hanley Ramirez blast caps wild comeback as Red Sox stun Yankees | Boston Herald

I went to bed a little early last night and missed the big comeback. It was a big, happy surprise.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 16, 2016 at 08:25 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: hanley ramirez, red sox

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Padres GM A.J. Preller suspended 30 days over the Drew Pomeranz trade.

The league has suspended Preller for 30 days:

Major League Baseball has completed an investigation into the July 14th transaction in which pitcher Drew Pomeranz was traded from the San Diego Padres to the Boston Red Sox.  MLB’s Department of Investigations conducted the thorough review, which included interviews with relevant individuals from both Clubs.  The findings were submitted to Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr.

As a result of this matter, Major League Baseball announced today that A.J. Preller, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Padres, has received a 30-day suspension without pay.

The statement says nothing else of substance. It does not say what, exactly, Preller did wrong.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 15, 2016 at 05:14 PM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: a.j. preller, cheating, drew pomeranz, medicals, padres, red sox, suspensions

Orioles’ Mark Trumbo hits 42nd home run | MLB.com

A nicely pitched game by both teams. One big blast makes the difference.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 15, 2016 at 06:59 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, pennant race, red sox

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Steven Wright injury: Headed to Fort Myers to initiate throwing program; Red Sox regular season in jeopardy | masslive.com

Dumbest move ever?

Wright originally injured his shoulder in early August while diving back to a bag as pinch-runner on the west coast. He landed on the disabled list, but upon his return in late August, Wright still felt symptoms and was not nearly as effective on the mound as he had been during his All-Star worthy first half.

Wright went for a second opinion on the shoulder in Los Angeles while the club was on its most recent west coast road trip. There is no structural damage, however, the inflammation is preventing him from throwing freely.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 14, 2016 at 07:23 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, red sox, steven wright

How one World Series play 30 years ago shaped a beautiful baseball bromance | For The Win

Thankfully, I can now laugh at 1986.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 14, 2016 at 12:11 PM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, red sox

Monday, September 12, 2016

David Ortiz moves into 18th on home run list | MLB.com

This is far down on his list of big homers but it’s meaningful nonetheless.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 12, 2016 at 07:03 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, david ortiz, red sox

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Boston Red Sox plan to leave Yoan Moncada on bench down the stretch - Boston Red Sox Blog- ESPN

The guy is an incredible talent. That talent needs to be refined.

Farrell said Moncada can benefit from simply watching games from the dugout and asking questions of his veteran teammates.

“If you notice in the dugout, he’s in and around a number of guys, and that’s done on purpose to just walk through game situations, to think the game, to rehearse certain things,” Farrell said. “When he finds himself back in the spots, hopefully he’s lived it in his mind a little bit.”

Said Moncada: “What I’ve learned, basically, is that you have to have patience and learn from every situation. It’s been a tough week, but it’s all a part of the process and what I have to do to be in the big leagues.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 11, 2016 at 09:33 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, yoan moncada

You know who’s not surprised by what Dustin Pedroia is doing? Dustin Pedroia - WEEI | Rob Bradford

The Laser Show has been operating at full power this season.

It’s impossible to know how Pedroia’s future will unfold. He is signed with the Red Sox through 2021 after his eight-year, $110 million extension. (He would have been a free agent after last season under his old deal.) Using this season as a guideline, however, and the Red Sox should be optimistic regarding the evolution of their second baseman.

But here’s the problem: Why many sit back and look at what Pedroia doing with some sense of amazement, such a reaction doesn’t resonate with the infielder. This is exactly what he expected all along.

“I am who I am,” he said. “Show up and play and help us win.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 11, 2016 at 08:51 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: dustin pedroia, red sox

Nick Cafardo: Ben Cherington’s ‘mistakes’ not so bad anymore

Ben Cherington got hosed.

Surely, those two players will be high atop Boston’s list of candidates for Ortiz’s potential replacement. Carlos Beltran, Mark Trumbo, and Mike Napoli would all be candidates as well. Or the Red Sox could fill the vacancy from within. But signing a big-name hitter would mean giving up a No. 1 draft pick.

The Red Sox don’t need to fill the DH spot. With the 80 man bullpens the team could use the spot to get an extra position player onto the roster and to use the spot to rest their position starters.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 11, 2016 at 08:31 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: notes, red sox

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Emergence of Sandy Leon has saved Red Sox at catcher - Sports - providencejournal.com - Providence, RI

Leon credits his transformation to winter-ball work with his manager Eddie Perez and general manager Carlos Guillen in Venezuela. Leon ditched a crouched stance at the plate and stood taller, which has allowed him to use his hands more readily.

“He learned how to use his hands,” assistant hitting coach Victor Rodriguez said. “He used to lean down and then come up with his swing, which created a lot of rotation…. When you focus on your hands, you eliminate movement with your body.”

Leon was able to work on that every day over the winter in a game setting in Venezuela, and he said his swing clicked late in the winter-ball season and into the Caribbean Series. He’s carried that good feeling over into spring training, the first half of the year in Pawtucket and now his first major exposure to the big leagues.
“Here, we haven’t told him anything,” Rodriguez said. “Whatever he’s doing is good.”

His numbers this year are baffling.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 10, 2016 at 10:07 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, sandy leon

Red Sox rout Blue Jays; AL East lead at two | MLB.com

I remember when 20 wins really meant something. Nevertheless, right now his pitching places him 8th on WAR ranking for starters in the AL. If he wins at least a couple more games, it will be interesting to see what the voters do.

Right-hander Rick Porcello became the Majors’ first 20-game winner this season by limiting Toronto to a pair of runs while striking out seven over seven innings during Boston’s 13-3 victory. He scattered six hits and walked just one as the Red Sox increased their lead atop the division to two games over the second-place Blue Jays.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 10, 2016 at 08:16 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, red sox, rick porcello

Friday, September 09, 2016

Nine Innings: Pedroia’s season is similar to his ‘08 MVP year, but he has no shot at winning now

Pedroia is having a great year. He’s not the M.V.P.

Steve Lyons, in his usual nonsensically earnest Steve Lyons way, tried to make the point during Tuesday’s NESN broadcast that Dustin Pedroia’s numbers this season are very similar to his stellar stats in 2008, when he was named the American League’s Most Valuable Player, and thus that should mean he ought to be a candidate for the award this year. Well, no. Pedroia is having a wonderful season — he’s actually hitting .326, just as he did in ’08 — but part of the reason that he won the award eight years ago is that it was fairly thin pool of candidates. Justin Morneau of the Twins and Pedroia’s teammate Kevin Youkilis finished second and third, and an argument can be made that Youk should have won. This year, though, there are two better candidates on Pedroia’s own team — Mookie Betts and David Ortiz — as well as 4-5 other players around the league with a strong case, among them Mike Trout, Josh Donaldson, Jose Altuve and Manny Machado. Pedroia was outstanding in 2008, and he’s been outstanding this year. But Pedroia, who is tied for 10th in the AL in offensive WAR (5.3) with Francisco Lindor and George Springer, is worthy of down-ballot votes, not serious consideration.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 09, 2016 at 09:36 AM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: dustin pedroia, red sox

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Josh Beckett: Red Sox ‘Made Up’ 2012 Injury, Left Him To Take Blame « CBS Boston

I’m glad that’s cleared up.

“I wish everybody would have known the whole story,” said Beckett. “I’ll finish with this … Aaron Cook had an opt-out in his contract, I was pitching terrible – which is my fault – so we made up an injury so that [the Red Sox] could call him up, so he didn’t opt out and go to the Yankees. That was a thing, but I don’t think that that’s actually legal to do. I don’t think you can just phantom DL somebody.

“That’s the whole thing that I had a problem with is that nobody really stood up, and that’s when I knew it was kind of the end [of my time in Boston],” he added. “You don’t have anybody in the organization backing you either … so that’s when I knew, this is what the end looks like.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 08, 2016 at 01:54 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: josh becket, red sox

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Dave Dombrowski says Steven Wright was not rushed back | Boston Herald

Pinch running with one of your best pitchers is dumb.

“Again, we were confident in the initial diagnosis that there wasn’t anything structural that was going to hinder or prevent him from pitching, or put him in a position where he was doing any additional harm,” Farrell said. “So that’s not denying he’s still feeling the effects from that in the last two outs, we’ve just got to let it quiet down.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 07, 2016 at 08:00 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, red sox, steven wright

Sunday, September 04, 2016

The education of Yoan Moncada

New York wanted Moncada at $25 million. Hastings said another team was over $30 million. The Yankees refused to budge. Hastings said Moncada would go elsewhere. The Yankees pulled their offer. Hastings called Eddie Romero, the Red Sox’s VP of international scouting, and said: “We’ve got a deal.” Just like that, over the course of two minutes, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound, switch-hitting infielder with game-breaking speed, legitimate power and a jeweler’s eye went from being convinced he was a Yankee – “I really thought that’s where I’d end up,” Moncada said – to the Red Sox.

Moncada, Hastings and Mesa started high-fiving. Jo sat off to the side, quiet. They stopped celebrating and looked at her. Jo was never quiet. They wanted to know what was wrong. Nothing, she said. It’s great. She just … it was surreal.

“I feel numb,” she said.

Silence permeated the kitchen until Moncada broke it.

“And I,” he said, “feel rich.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 04, 2016 at 10:43 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, yoan moncada

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