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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Pablo Sandoval has improved defensively - The Boston Globe

I bet this means fans shouldn’t make snap judgement on players. Of course, most of you already know that.

But that has started to change. Since the break, Sandoval has played with more efficiency at third base and become a reliable defender.

It’s something teammates and coaches have noticed.

“I certainly have,” interim manager Torey Lovullo said Wednesday before the Red Sox played the Chicago White Sox. “Moving very well laterally. The first-step quickness, he’s getting to a lot of balls. There’s been an overall upgrade in his game.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 27, 2015 at 09:03 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: pablo sandoval, red sox


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

In a season of losses, Don Orsillo’s firing the worst of all - Boston Red Sox Blog - ESPN

I don’t get angry about very much when it relates to baseball. It’s a game. Getting rid of Orsillo, however, makes me feel angry.

Even as the team’s play frequently crossed over to the unwatchable this season, Orsillo and Remy remained as dependable as ever. Blaming the broadcasters for NESN’s tanking ratings this season is about as plausible as attributing global warming to a faulty exhaust pipe. Orsillo and Remy were witnesses to a collapse, not the cause of it.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 26, 2015 at 09:22 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: don orsillo, red sox

Full Count » Hanley Ramirez: ‘I think with me at first, we’re going to have a better team’

The guy has been an infielder his whole career. I’m sure he’ll be more comfortable at first than in LF. Although I don’t expect him to be great there, I do believe he’ll be more than passable at the position, until David Ortiz retires and he moves to DH.

If you expected Hanley Ramirez to resist playing first base — surprise! He’s completely on board.

“I think with me at first, we’re going to have a better team on the field, competing every day,” Ramirez said on Tuesday in Chicago after working out at first before a game against the White Sox.

The turnabout certainly comes as a shock given the team’s reluctance as recently as a week ago to even work out Ramirez at first this season. But the arrival of Dave Dombrowski as president of baseball operations and the departure of general manager Ben Cherington apparently contributed to Ramirez’s change of heart.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 26, 2015 at 06:51 AM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: hanley ramirez, red sox

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

ESPN Takes Schilling Off LLWS Broadcast After Anti-Muslim Tweet

Schilling retweeted a post that said, ‘‘Only 5-10% of Muslims are extremists. In 1940, only 7% of Germans were Nazis. How’d that go?’’ The post was soon removed from his Twitter feed.

Only 5-10% of Curt Schilling’s tweets are racist. How’d that go, Curt?


Don Orsillo will not return on Red Sox telecasts next season - The Boston Globe

NESN is getting rid of the very entertaining and likable Don Orsillo. Orsillo is immensely popular among all the Red Sox fans I know. Do any of the Sox fans here disagree?

According to industry sources, Orsillo was never a favorite of Joseph Maar, NESN’s vice president of programming and production/executive producer who arrived at the network in July 2012. Last year, Maar implemented the policy of having its broadcasters — Orsillo and analyst Jerry Remy, in this case — take in-season breaks.

I’m really shocked by this news. Here’s Maar’s, and the Red Sox Twitter feeds, in case you want to voice your displeasure.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 25, 2015 at 02:35 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: don orsillo, red sox, television

Nick Cafardo | On Baseball: Move Hanley Ramirez over, or move him out? - The Boston Globe

At some point, Ortiz will be done. That point will come sooner rather than later. Tell Ramirez he’s going to play first base, left field and DH next season. Play him there.

The problem is, he doesn’t work hard on his defense, according to team sources. The one time he did work was in spring training, when he was out before and after practice and games.

But once the season began, the extra work stopped.

Ramirez has been unwilling to go out and practice, very similar to Yoenis Cespedes last season in that regard. Cespedes barely worked on balls off the Green Monster and refused to move to right field.

With all the criticism Ramirez has taken from media and fans, while making $22 million a year, one would think that he would do everything in his power to improve.

As poor of a fielder Manny Ramirez was, he was out before most games working on his defense.

According to team sources, the team believes the more Ramirez works, the more susceptible he might be to injury.

Last week, the day after Dombowski was named president of baseball operations, Ramirez was seen taking fly balls off the Wall with outfield coach Arnie Beyeler. Was it for show?

Jim Furtado Posted: August 25, 2015 at 10:12 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: hanley ramirez, red sox

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Nick Cafardo | Sunday Baseball Notes: Who will Dave Dombrowski hire as Red Sox GM? - The Boston Globe

I love Mookie Betts. There is no way the Mets would trade Harvey for him, though. No. Way.

My suggestion of trading Xander Bogaerts for Matt Harvey has drawn interesting responses. Mets people hate it because Harvey is a movie star in New York. Red Sox people hate it because they love Bogaerts. Baseball executives mostly think the Mets would need to get more for Harvey. Fascinating discussion.

Philadelphia isn’t a good fit. Cherington has a patient, long-term mindset. In Boston, fans and sportswriters talk about long-term but demand instant gratification. Milwaukee and Miami seem like the best fits for him.

Cherington, former GM, Red Sox — Cherington should have no shortage of job opportunities. With his farm-building skills, the consensus among baseball executives is that the two best places would be Milwaukee and Philadelphia. Also, don’t rule out San Diego, where Padres CEO Mike Dee knows Cherington from their time together with the Red Sox.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 23, 2015 at 10:54 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: notes, red sox

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Madden: Who’s the boss now? Helter-skelter dealing and spending by Dodgers and Red Sox make Yankees

Unbelievable.

As for Castillo (.286/.318/.415, three steals, three doubles in 46 games entering Saturday), he spent most of the season either at Triple-A or on the disabled list, obviously falling far short of the 2015 projections (31 doubles, 22 HR, 32 steals) by Bill James, Red Sox owner John Henry’s resident sabermetrics fraud. James, who ought to be Dombrowski’s first “exit velo” candidate, also projected Allen Craig — whom Cherington acquired last summer from the Cardinals with pitcher Joe Kelly for John Lackey in one of the worst trades in Red Sox history — to hit .280 with 30 doubles, 15 homers and a .280 average. Craig ($5.5M) is at Triple-A Pawtucket and Kelly was pitching to a 6.11 ERA through Aug. 1, while Lackey, earning just $502,000 due to a special covenant in his contract, is having one of his best seasons (10-7, 2.87 ERA/1.201 WHIP) for the Cardinals.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 22, 2015 at 08:12 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, red sox, yankees

Thursday, August 20, 2015

The Dave Dombrowski hire: Whom it impacts - Boston Red Sox Blog - ESPN

Some more info about the change at the top in Boston. It includes some interesting quotes, including this one:

Dombrowski said he saw an MLB network segment this spring in which Ramirez was ranked the No. 1 left fielder in baseball entering the season.

“I remember at the time saying, ‘How can people make that statement when they don’t know if he can play left field or not?”’

So, he’s clearly not a fan of “The Shredder”.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 20, 2015 at 08:33 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dave dombrowski, red sox

Peter Gammons: Dombrowski signing ushers in newest chapter in Red Sox baseball - GammonsDaily.com

Peter Gammons take.

His trusted associates with the Tigers, many of whom went back with him to Florida, all thought from the outset that Boston was where he wanted to go. “John Henry felt him out about the job when he was buying the team,” says one of those associates, “but Dave didn’t want to work with Larry (Lucchino). But that was a long time ago.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 20, 2015 at 06:47 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Ben Cherington surprised by Red Sox’ decision | Boston Herald

Ben Cherington explains his departure.

Update: Here’s another article, which contains a great quote.
Unselfish approach bites Ben Cherington

“This is a grown-up business,” Cherington said. “The GM of the Red Sox isn’t maybe ever fully responsible, but he’s certainly fully accountable. We knew some sort of change was coming. There has to be some sort of change after two years of this.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 20, 2015 at 06:45 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: ben cherington, general manager, red sox

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

SoxProspects News: Scouting Scratch: Yoan Moncada

He’s still just 20.

Moncada has soft hands, plenty of range, and a plus arm that is more than enough for second base, but he seems to forget the fundamentals and lose focus there. His misplays during the series included: not staying down on the ball, trying to backhand a ball rather than surround it to get in front of it, attempting to make an off-balance throw rather than setting his feet, and issues on the transfer. On more difficult plays, Moncada showed plenty of effort and a willingness to dive when the occasion called for it, so even though he did not always make the play, the effort was there. He needs to clean up the easier, more routine plays. Those lapses in fundamentals are easily fixable and could be seen as teachable moments, but if he does not tighten things up at second, it’s hard to project him to stay at the position long-term.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 19, 2015 at 09:15 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, red sox, yoan moncada

Dave Dombrowski in Boston: ‘Things sure changed in a hurry’

The Nationals? That’s very surprising.

Dombrowski, who interviewed three hours last Thursday at the MLB owners’ quarterly meetings with the Red Sox, told USA TODAY Sports that he also had a formal interview with another club, and spoke with a third club. One of the clubs, according to a person familiar with the talks, was the Washington Nationals.

The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on condition of anonymity due to the sensitive nature of the topic.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 19, 2015 at 08:40 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: dave dombrowski, general managers, nationals, red sox

Frank Wren reportedly ‘leading contender’ for new Red Sox GM - Over the Monster

Marc Normandin with some insight on Frank Wren’s possible role with the Red Sox.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 19, 2015 at 07:52 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: frank wren, general managers, red sox

Boston Red Sox’s move to hire Dave Dombrowski and part ways with Ben Cherington the right move, but not one to celebrate in this blood sport | FOX Sports

I don’t believe the Red Sox will de-emphasize the numbers. It’s all about best integrating scouting and sabermetrics.

The Red Sox will not completely abandon the numbers; these days, all teams blend the subjective and objective, only to different degrees. Dombrowski’s first task will be to undo some of the mess that Cherington created, whether it’s dumping Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval, just one of them, maybe others. But once Dombrowski gets rolling, the Red Sox could be formidable again quickly, considering their vast resources and wealth of young talent.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 19, 2015 at 01:35 AM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: ben cherington, dave dombrowski, red sox

Fangraphs: Red Sox Hire Dave Dombrowski

And now, two weeks later, Dombrowski has landed a new position, taking the title of President of Baseball Operations with the Red Sox. As part of the transition, GM Ben Cherington will be leaving the organization, and Bob Nightengale reports that former Braves GM Frank Wren is the most likely candidate to replace Cherington. Wren was ousted in Atlanta in part because the team had fallen behind the curve analytically, so a Dombrowski/Wren combination would make for one of the more old-school front office tandems in baseball today.

Cloude Atlas (Voxter) Posted: August 19, 2015 at 12:47 AM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, tigers

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Danny Salazar sharp as Indians beat Red Sox | MLB.com

My personal worst losing streak is now up to eight. Not many bright spots in last night’s game. Jackie Bradley is a phenomenal outfielder. Hanley Ramirez is not.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 18, 2015 at 08:03 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: danny salazar, indians, red sox

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Good mechanics key to surge by Jackie Bradley Jr. - The Boston Globe

If Bradley can hit .250/.340/.420 he’ll be a first division starting centerfielder. I hope his recent spurt is not a mirage.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 16, 2015 at 09:53 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: jackie bradley jr., red sox

Boston Red Sox turn to Matt Barnes in pitching rotation - Boston Red Sox Blog - ESPN

Matt Barnes is not a major league starter without some big changes to his repertoire. Unfortunately for me, he’s scheduled to start on Monday, when I have tickets. It looks like my personal Red Sox losing streak is about to get a new record.

With Steven Wright going on the seven-day concussion DL after being struck with a batting practice fly ball earlier in the week, Boston Red Sox interim manager Torey Lovullo announced that right-hander Matt Barnes will take Wright’s turn in the rotation on Monday.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 16, 2015 at 09:32 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: matt barnes, red sox

Friday, August 14, 2015

John Farrell, Red Sox Manager, Diagnosed with Lymphoma

Can this Sox season get any worse?

Per Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald, Farrell will begin chemotherapy Tuesday at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and bench coach Torey Lovullo will manage the team for the remainder of this season.

Farrell described the lymphoma as “localized and highly curable,” per NESN.

eddieot Posted: August 14, 2015 at 05:36 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: cancer sucks, red sox, standup2cancer

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Comcast Sports: Should the Red Sox trade Xander Bogaerts for Matt Harvey?

On Town Fair Tire Sports Tonight, both Bob Ryan and Bob Neumeier think that shipping Bogaerts to the Big Apple in exchange for a young, Mets ace should be done, although Ryan isn’t so sure it’s Harvey the Sox should be targeting.

“I would send Bogaerts in a heartbeat for Harvey, for [Noah] Syndegaard, [Jacob] deGrom, any of the three,” declared Neumy.

I can’t even listen to this at work, but I couldn’t resist posting.  Who is the crazier fanboy here - me for thinking this is insane, or a Red Sox sportswriter/fan for thinking this is possible?

Lassus Posted: August 13, 2015 at 07:42 AM | 56 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Red Sox interested in adding Pat Gillick to front office - Over the Monster

Pat Gillick is an extremely astute baseball decision maker. If this report is true, it’s clear that the Red Sox question the team’s decision-making at the top of baseball ops. As they should. Hopefully, they are just working to improve Cherington’s advisory team because I believe his *process* is, overall, the right process.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 12, 2015 at 10:28 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Boston Red Sox hire former Los Angles Angels GM Jerry Dipoto as consultant

The Boston Red Sox have hired former Los Angeles Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto as a consultant to help in player evaluation and offseason planning, the team confirmed Wednesday. The role is not a permanent position.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 12, 2015 at 04:44 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: front office, red sox

red sox - Reluctant reliever: Red Sox’ bullpen fix might start with Joe Kelly - WEEI | Rob Bradford

There is an easy fix for Joe Kelly. Pitch better as a starter. If not, prepare yourself for the bullpen.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 12, 2015 at 06:52 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: joe kelly, red sox

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