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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Full Count » Mike Carp, Felix Doubront and the challenges of player discontent on a struggling team

They don’t see the numbers? Of course they see the numbers. It’s why Doubront is not starting. I’ve been watching him all the time he’s been with the Red Sox. He’s a mediocre lefty with a fastball that has dropped three miles in velocity over the last few years. Throwing 89 MPH with crappy control and mediocre command does not make for an effective starting pitcher. Maybe his agent should explain this to him.

“I just want to be a starter and stay there. If I stay (with the Red Sox), they have to know I have to be a starter. If I go, the other team is going to give me this chance to be a starter,” Doubront told Jason Mastrodonato of MassLive.com. “The thing is, if the (Red Sox) say I have to prove myself, I already did man. … It’€™s [messed] up. So if these guys say I have to pitch to prove whatever, no, they already know what I have. I showed them what I have, as a reliever and as a starter.

“For me, they don’€™t see the numbers, they don’€™t care what I’€™ve done in the past. It’€™s hard to be happy like that with these guys.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 27, 2014 at 06:35 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: cry baby, felix doubront, red sox

Full Count » Mike Carp explains why he requested a trade from Red Sox

Trade? He need not worry. Before he knows it, his agent will get him a nice AAA gig with the Pirates.

Edited for grammar. :/ Jim.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 27, 2014 at 12:53 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: mike carp, red sox

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Full Count » Sources: Red Sox agree to deal sending Jake Peavy to Giants for minor leaguers

Hopefully what the Red Sox received in exchange will help them in the future.

Edit: MLB Trade Rumors reports:

The Giants have acquired Jake Peavy from the Red Sox, CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman tweets. The Red Sox will receive pitching prospects Edwin Escobar and Heath Hembree, ESPN’s Buster Olney tweets.

Not a great haul, but two lottery ticket lefties.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2014 at 11:46 AM | 56 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, jake peavy, red sox, trades

Friday, July 25, 2014

Kemp’s agent Stewart on trade talks: ‘Sometimes change is good’

“Eight years is a long time to be in one place,” Kemp’s agent Dave Stewart, the former star pitcher, said by phone. “Sometimes change is good. This might be the time to change.”

Stewart hinted at that a week ago, first expressing an openness for Kemp’s to be dealt to another team, preferably one that would play him in center field, a proclamation that mostly surprised Dodgers folks for its timing; he had played 42 of the past 44 games at the time.

Well, the trade talks are on, and if anything, the rhetoric has been bumped up a bit.

It’s clear things aren’t going the way Kemp sees them. It’s just as clear the Dodgers are starting to see it his way in terms of the possibility of a trade; they are no longer saying they won’t deal Kemp (or any of the other four established outfielders), and they are mentioning his name to potentially interested teams, as baseball writer Danny Knobler first said on twitter.

Five teams are said to have shown interest, or at least talked to the Dodgers, and you can be sure L.A. will keep in touch with those teams.

There’s little question Stewart is right. It’s probably time for Kemp to go….

Word is, via FOXsports.com, which first suggested Kemp’s openness for change, is that they’ve checked in with the Mariners, Rangers and Red Sox to gauge interest. Two other teams, one in the NL, is said to have shown interest. Yet, it may not be so easy. He has $117 million to go through 2019.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 25, 2014 at 03:17 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dave stewart, dodgers, mariners, matt kemp, rangers, red sox, trade rumors

SoE: AN IDIOT IN EXILE

Johnny Damon was a major league baseball player for 18 years. He won a World Series with the Red Sox in 2004 and another one with the Yankees in 2009, which is why he once said, “Being a baseball player is so great.” He said the game “was fun,” and winning championships was even more “fun.” He learned how to have “fun” with the A’s and then taught his teammates with the Red Sox and Yankees how to have “fun.” His concept of “fun” was mostly that of a young boy. “I could buy different toys,” he said. “Jet Skis, boats, motorcycles, all the stuff that baseball affords you the privilege to buy.” His first wife, Angie Vannice, explained that her husband “plays better when he’s buying things. He likes to shop more than anybody.”

The Peter Pan of baseball, it would seem….


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Fivethirtyeight: Billion-Dollar Billy Beane

Billy Beane should have never written this article.

Now that we have a sense of Beane’s performance and how much it would cost to replicate it, let’s turn back to the Boston Red Sox and their failure to sign him (or even to offer him anywhere near his worth)....

But some of that money was spent and some of those wins came before the Red Sox attempted to hire Beane. To be conservative, let’s just look at the period since Henry made Beane his offer: In the last 12 years, the Red Sox spent $1.714 billion on payroll, while the A’s spent $736 million. We can then break down what it could have looked like if Beane had worked for the Red Sox like so:

  Let’s say it would have cost Boston the same $736 million that it cost Oakland to get the A’s performance with Beane.
  At the hypothetical $25 million-per-year salary I suggested earlier, Beane would have cost the Red Sox another $300 million. (It’s possible that Beane would have wanted more, but it’s even more possible that they could have gotten him for less.)
  The difference in performance between the A’s and the Red Sox over that period (where the Sox were as successful as at any point in the franchise’s history, and the A’s were supposedly stagnating after Beane’s early success) has been about 50 games for Boston. Since we don’t know exactly how good Beane would be at procuring additional wins above his Oakland performance, let’s assume that the Red Sox would have had to pay the typical amount teams have paid for wins in the period to make up the difference. According to the year-by-year price of wins from my calculations above, those 50 wins (taking when they happened into account) would have a market value of about $370 million (though this might have been lower with Beane in charge).

If we combine these — the price of the A’s performance ($736 million) plus Super-Expensive-Billy-Beane’s salary ($300 million) plus the additional 50 Red Sox wins at high market estimates ($370 million) – merely duplicating their previous level of success still would have saved the Red Sox more than $300 million relative to what they actually spent, and that’s with reasonably conservative assumptions. That’s money they could have pocketed, or spent making themselves even better.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 24, 2014 at 09:47 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, billy beane, moneyball, payroll, red sox

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Three Moves The Red Sox Should Make - Tony Massarotti - Boston.com

1. Trade Jake Peavy.
2. Trade Will Middlebrooks, Garin Cecchini or Deven Marrero (or some combination of the three).
3. Trade Felix Doubront or Andrew Miller – or both.

1. If they can get something truly useful for him (like a good young outfielder), trade him. If not, hold onto him.
2. It’s always good to trade players when they have the most value. With Middlebrooks and Cecchini, that’s definitely not the case. Although Marrero has had a really good year, I suspect most teams are like me and would like to see him hit again next season or in the AFL before really investing in getting him.
3. Doubront is in a similar place to Middlebrooks and Cecchini. I’d try to reclaim some of his value before I ship him off. Miller, on the other hand, has never pitched better. For now, I’d keep him. If the team keeps playing well and is closer to the top of division near the end of the month, the Red Sox will certainly be able to use him down the stretch. If the team goes 0-6 the next week, by all means get what they can for him.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 22, 2014 at 08:23 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Monday, July 21, 2014

Former first-round pick Karsten Whitson focused on proving value after 11th-round selection - Over the Monster

Really? No regrets?

Sure, Whitson lost nearly $2 million dollars by going to college, but the now 22-year-old has no regrets.

“College was easily the best four years of my life,” Whitson said. “I can’t wait to get back in the offseason and work out and get up with some old friends. I think it helped me a lot as a person and as a player. It matured me and was able to walk away with that degree, so mom and dad were happy and it was good.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2014 at 08:17 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, red sox

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Bradford: The A.J. Pierzynski problem was worse than anybody could have imagined

Maybe he was sending the pitcher a Yo?

A microcosm of Pierzynski’s approach was mentioned by more than one of the backstop’s former teammates, who revealed his propensity to spend a significant amount of time looking at his phone while at his locker during games. In one instance, after a particularly rough outing in which the starting pitcher had been pulled early in the game, Pierzynski could be found staring at his phone while the pitcher gave off the appearance of being an emotional wreck just a few feet away…

From the dugout, he would yell across the field at the opposition, or ridicule umpires during replay challenges. It made many cringe. This wasn’t the Red Sox way, the one that a World Series run had been built on.

And those flaws in his game that the Red Sox felt could be managed were becoming unmanageable. Pitchers started to express their preference to pitch to David Ross, with Pierzynski perhaps the team’s worst receiving catcher since Javy Lopez swept through town in 2006. He also made little effort to fall in line with the rest of the lineup in regard to seeing at least a few pitches, a frustration that came to a head when he grounded into an inning-ending double play on a first-pitch fastball after the Red Sox had loaded the bases with three walks in Seattle.

But the Red Sox couldn’t hit, and Pierzynski at least represented an opportunity for some offense. Wednesday, it was deemed that dynamic wasn’t worth keeping him around.

Prior to the Sox’ win, a group of about six or so players gathered over by where Pierzynski’s locker used to be, including a few position players. Later, one of the participants revealed it was the first time this year that he had hung out over in the corner, where the lockers of Ross, Jake Peavy and Jon Lester also resided. Listening to voices throughout the room, it was clear the catcher’s exit had opened previously closed doors in that room.

 

The District Attorney Posted: July 10, 2014 at 10:42 AM | 79 comment(s)
  Beats: a.j. pierzynski, aj pierogi, red sox, technology

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Red Sox part ways with A.J. Pierzynski

Cold Pierogi?

The Red Sox decided to move on from A.J. Pierzynski on Wednesday when they designated the catcher for assignment. The team called up prospect Christian Vazquez from Pawtucket to take his place.

eddieot Posted: July 09, 2014 at 02:53 PM | 81 comment(s)
  Beats: a.j. pierzynski, christian vazquez, pawtucket sox, red sox

Jake Peavy could be traded, but Red Sox aren’t giving up on season yet

Boston wouldn’t mind using talented rookie Rubby De La Rosa in the rotation, and Peavy is currently blocking his path. Additionally, Peavy, a loser of seven straight (though much of that is due to a lack of support) may frankly be better suited to go back to the NL at this stage of his career.

Give up?  When were they ever trying?

Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: July 09, 2014 at 11:55 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, white flag

Monday, July 07, 2014

Daniel Nava’s playoff beard… on a baseball card!

One person recently opened a pack of 2014 Allen & Ginter from Topps baseball and pulled a card of Red Sox outfielder Daniel Nava that includes real strands of hair from the playoff beard he grew during Boston’s 2013 World Series championship run.

The card pulled is serial numbered 8/25, which means 25 of these Nava beard cards can be found in this year’s Allen & Ginter set.

Dear Topps,

Just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should.

Sincerely,

Sports Card Collectors


Sunday, July 06, 2014

John Lackey on Nelson Cruz: ‘There are things I’d like to say, but I’m not going to’

Lackey: Unnatural Tissue.

Saturday night left a bitter and disgusting taste in the mouth of John Lackey.

It wasn’t so much the 10 hits, five runs and 120 pitches over just 5 2/3 innings. It wasn’t even taking the 7-4 loss to the Orioles on his record, dropping him to 9-6 on the season.

It was the man who did the most damage against him, including a laser beam homer to left in the fifth. John Lackey clearly hasn’t forgotten or forgiven Nelson Cruz.

“I’m not even going to comment on him,” Lackey said. “I’ve got nothing to say about him. There are things I’d like to say, but I’m not going to. You guys forget pretty conveniently about stuff.”

Lackey was clearly referring to Cruz’ suspension for 50 games for PED violations in 2013, which he believes has been overlooked by the media in general. Cruz, now with 27 homers on the season, also went yard off Lackey in second game of this season back on April 2 in Baltimore. Cruz finished the night with the first five-hit night of his career, including two doubles, two singles and a home run. Seeking the cycle, he was thrown out at third base in the eighth inning trying to stretch a double into a triple.

...There was nothing funny, though, about Cruz’ night to Lackey, who has expressed distaste in his comments towards the Orioles’ slugger in the past. After his first start of the season in Baltimore on April 2, Lackey expressed displeasure towards giving up a home run to Cruz due to the hitter’s history with performance enhancing drugs. Cruz was suspended for 50 games at the end of the 2013 season after being linked to the Biogenesis clinic in Miami. Lackey’s feelings towards Cruz seemingly carried over into his postgame comments Saturday night.

“Multiple things,” Lackey said in April when asked if his frustration regarding a two-run home run he allowed to Cruz was due to a pitch or the shallow left field in Camden Yards. “More than that, probably.”

Repoz Posted: July 06, 2014 at 12:56 AM | 115 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, red sox

Friday, July 04, 2014

Manny Ramirez, now player-coach for the Triple-A Iowa Cubs, encourages prospects to ‘follow the rules’ | cleveland.com

Manny not being Manny.

“Manny gave me as many problems as he gave anyone, probably besides (former Red Sox manager Terry Francona) in his time in Boston. He’s responsible for most of the gray hairs on my head. So it’s not something that we entered into lightly,” Epstein said.

I talked a lot to Manny, and he seemed like a completely different guy… he’s grown for the better. “But people do change. I talked a lot to Manny, and he seemed like a completely different guy… he’s grown for the better. He’s open and honest about all the mistakes he’s made in the past and he wants to fix that by being a positive influence on young players,” he said.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 04, 2014 at 08:52 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, indians, manny ramirez, red sox, terry francona, theo epstein

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Sources: Alfredo Aceves suspended 50 games after positive drug test

Former Yankees and Red Sox pitcher Alfredo Aceves was suspended 50 games after a drug test came back positive for a so-called drug of abuse, major league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Juicer.  I had always hoped he was just naturally that insane but it turns out he had some help.

Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: July 03, 2014 at 02:43 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: drugs, red sox, suspensions, yankees

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Angels acquire Rich Hill from Red Sox

Rich Hill has spent all season at Triple-A and now the Red Sox have traded him for cash considerations the Angels, who immediately called up the left-handed reliever.

This season at Triple-A for the Red Sox he posted a 3.23 ERA and 45/17 K/BB ratio in 39 innings, holding opponents to a .206 batting average and zero homers.

 

Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: July 01, 2014 at 11:39 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, red sox, trades

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Mike Napoli calls Masahiro Tanaka an ‘idiot’ after hitting game-winning home run to beat Yankees

Dum Dum boys.

Masahiro Tanaka probably would agree.

If, in a tie game, you throw a two-strike, two-out pitch over the middle of the plate to a hitter who can knock the ball out of the ballpark—with first base open and a guy on deck who couldn’t get a hit with a tennis racket—well, you’ve just made a colossal mistake.

And so, after first baseman Mike Napoli lined Tanaka’s belt-high fastball into the first row of the right-field bleachers on Saturday night for his 10th home run, giving the Boston Red Sox a 2-1 lead in the ninth inning (and an eventual victory), he wanted to make sure his teammates knew what he was thinking.

As he high-fived the hollering Boston bunch on the top step of the dugout at Yankee Stadium, Napoli screamed: “What an idiot!”

The comment by Napoli, who had struck out against Tanaka in his previous two at-bats, was caught (loud and clear) by the FOX broadcast.

Repoz Posted: June 28, 2014 at 11:12 PM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, yankees

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Going back to old stance paying dividends for Jackie Bradley Jr.

He has to do something.

Bradley has changed the position of his front foot from a straight-on approach to more of an open stance — a noticeable change when the team arrived in Oakland. It’s seemed to work, as the outfielder is 6-for-20 on the trip.
What Bradley has done is essentially go back to the stance he employed until his first exposure to the major leagues in 2013. Bradley’s struggles at the big-league level at the beginning of last season — he went 3-for-31 to start his career — led to a closing of the stance.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 26, 2014 at 06:51 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: jackie bradley jr, red sox

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

David Ortiz apologizes for bashing official scorer; call reversed

In any event, Ortiz got his hit, as official scorer Bob Ellis on Monday switched his ruling from an error to a hit.

Let the baby have his bottle.

Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: June 24, 2014 at 01:40 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: big whiny baby, bs, david ortiz, red sox

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Frustrated Ortiz rails against error call - ESPN Boston

If the scorer changes the call, should the pitcher then stop the game and start yelling at the scorer?

The official scorer, Bob Kelly, after viewing a couple of replays, charged Mauer with an error. When the inning ended, according to several reporters watching, including Kyle Brasseur of ESPNBoston.com (I’d gotten up to use the restroom), Ortiz could be seen yelling at the press box, making a thumbs-down motion several times to indicate his displeasure with the call.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 19, 2014 at 09:23 AM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: bullshit, red sox

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Red Sox designate OF Sizemore for assignment

Sizemore hit .333 in spring training and started in center field on opening day when he homered in Boston’s 2-1 loss at Baltimore. But in 52 games, he hit .216 with two homers and 15 RBIs.

He lasted a lot longer than I expected.

Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: June 18, 2014 at 03:51 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dfa, health is a skill, red sox

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Red Sox Feel Void Without Stricken Colbrunn

It was a terrible trip because the Sox went 2-7 in Cleveland, Detroit, and Baltimore. It was a terrible trip because the Sox lost six straight after the return of Stephen Drew, then watched Drew strain an oblique muscle and miss the entire Oriole series. It was a terrible trip because the Sox were six games out when they left Boston, and they are nine games out as they ready themselves for Tito and the Tribe Thursday night at Fenway. It was a terrible trip because of interminable rain delays in Baltimore at the end of the junket. It was a terrible trip because the Red Sox can . . . not . . . hit (one run in 27 innings at Camden Yards). And they were dangerously close to going 0-9 on the tour through traditional American League cities.

Most of all — for the Sox ballplayers, manager, coaches, and support staff — it was a terrible trip because hitting coach Greg Colbrunn suffered a brain hemorrhage on the final day in Cleveland and was still at the Cleveland Clinic when the Sox returned to Boston in the early hours Thursday morning.

A baseball team is much more than 25 guys playing three-plus hours of hardball every night. A baseball team is a multilayered family with individuals from diverse cultural, educational, and economic backgrounds.

Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: June 12, 2014 at 08:55 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Villani: Red Sox should lock up John Lackey while they can | Boston Herald

Make Lackey play out his contract. If he decides to retire, as has been hinted, the Red Sox still hold his rights.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 12, 2014 at 08:29 AM | 189 comment(s)
  Beats: john lackey, red sox

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Cherington: Sox ‘going to get better’

I have complete confidence in my own decisions too.

Walt Davis Posted: June 10, 2014 at 10:16 PM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, wishes are fishes

Baseball Hall of Famer Carlton Fisk charged with DUI

Carlton Fisk, one of the greatest catchers in Major League Baseball history, was charged with driving under the influence after driving into a cornfield in New Lenox, Illinois, police said Tuesday.

Robert Pawlisz of the New Lenox Police Department told CNN that Fisk, who caught in more than 2,200 games for the Boston Red Sox and the Chicago White Sox, was treated and released from a hospital.

Fisk, 64, was also charged with the illegal transportation of alcohol and a lane use violation for crossing over an oncoming lane of traffic. He posted bond Monday night.

Publius Publicola Posted: June 10, 2014 at 02:13 PM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

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