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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

WaPo: Bobby Doerr, Red Sox Hall of Famer and teammate of Ted Williams, dies at 99

Bobby Doerr, an all-star second baseman who was the oldest living member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and who, with his friend and teammate Ted Williams, helped make the Boston Red Sox of the 1940s perennial rivals of the New York Yankees, died Nov. 13 in Junction City, Ore. He was 99.

Bobby Doerr on B-R.

Junction City on Wikipedia.

Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: November 14, 2017 at 10:34 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: deaths, red sox

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Red Sox prospect Daniel Flores, 17, dies of cancer

Terrible news. This must be devastating to his family.

Red Sox catching prospect Daniel Flores died Wednesday of complications from cancer at the age of 17, the team announced. He had been hospitalized in Boston, receiving treatment.

“Everyone at the Red Sox was shocked to hear of Daniel’s tragic passing,” Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said in a statement. “To see the life of a young man with so much promise cut short is extremely saddening for all of us.

“On behalf of the Red Sox organization, I would like to extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to Daniel’s family.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 08, 2017 at 06:45 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: daniel flores, red sox

Nick Cafardo: Can Alex Cora’s analytics plan take the Red Sox to the next level?

This.

“Not everybody has to take pitches. I get it, working the count. Is it worth it to work the count? Guys are throwing 98-99, you hunt for a pitch to do damage with, that’s going to help us out.”

A lot of good stuff in this one.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 08, 2017 at 06:11 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: alex cora, analytics, red sox

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Red Sox Won’t Avoid Going Over Luxury Tax Threshold « CBS Boston

Break open the piggy bank.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2017 at 11:28 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Monday, November 06, 2017

How Alex Cora’s stint as an ESPN analyst helped prep him to be a manager

I missed Cora’s time at ESPN because, frankly, MLB Network’s coverage of the game is far superior. Nevertheless, I’m sure his media time will serve him well in Boston.

“I think it served him well in that sense,” said ESPN’s Eduardo Perez, a former big leaguer who has known Cora and his family for decades. “Watching the game from a media standpoint, you’re paying attention to every team and seeing all the angles. It slows the game down for you once you go back to the field.

“Being around Alex when he was in the studio, he was always seeing something that you knew he thought could be a competitive advantage. I’m sure he used that in Houston and he will with the Red Sox. He learned a lot about the game and himself.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 06, 2017 at 08:38 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: alex cora, red sox

Sunday, October 22, 2017

WaPo: d MLB’s newest managers are Red Sox’s Alex Cora and Mets’ Mickey Callaway

The World Series has yet to get underway, but a pair of MLB teams have already found new managers for the 2018 season. On Sunday, the New York Mets reportedly tabbed former Cleveland Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway to fill their vacancy, while the Boston Red Sox went with Alex Cora, who is a bit tied up at the moment as the World Series-bound Astros’ bench coach.

Boston will have to wait until Houston finishes battling for a championship against the Los Angeles Dodgers before it can formally introduce the 42-year-old Cora, who has spent the past year with the Astros after being an ESPN analyst for several years following his final MLB season in 2011.

Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: October 22, 2017 at 11:01 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: managers, mets, red sox

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Alex Speier: What will it mean if Red Sox exceed the luxury tax threshold in 2018?

On the Red Sox and the luxury tax.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 18, 2017 at 10:00 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Nick Cafardo: Brian Cashman and the Yankees followed the Red Sox’ blueprint — and may have done it better

“I tried to take what successful franchises like the Red Sox and Indians did and what Theo and Ben and [Indians president of baseball operations] Chris Antonetti were doing and how they handled their young players with their amateur scouting and drafting and building a farm system. I looked at everything,” said Cashman, who has won five championships.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 15, 2017 at 08:34 AM | 72 comment(s)
  Beats: notes, red sox, yankees

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Bradford: The real reason Dave Dombrowski fired John Farrell | WEEI

It’s not complicated. John Farrell wasn’t Dave Dombrowski’s guy, and only one of them was leaving town.

The Red Sox president of baseball operations fired his manager Wednesday morning, offering meager crumbs of explanation during a morning press conference. But talking to players who witnessed the dynamic between the two over the course of the last seven months, it became pretty clear how we got here.

Players believed Dombrowski and Farrell didn’t get along. Whether their disagreements were worse than those between other president/GMs and managers, the clubhouse perception was that the head-butting had reached advanced levels. Once players form such a narrative among themselves, it becomes a problem. And it was.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2017 at 09:21 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: dave dombrowski, john farrell, red sox

The story behind the Astros-Red Sox video that went viral - Houston Chronicle

Yankees fans are back out from under their rocks.


Silverman: Dave Dombrowski is on the clock now | Boston Herald

Maybe they could use a guy who loses his mind once in a while (or feigns it). I’d like to see someone in the Maddon/Bannister/Hurdle/Lovullo mold, a guy who gets the numbers but who really connects with players emotionally. It’s a tall order, I know.

The John Farrell who departed is the same John Farrell who not only endured his share of barbs without losing his mind and temper (at least in public) but who also won a World Series and two division titles while managing a baseball team in Boston.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2017 at 08:18 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: dave dombrowski, red sox

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Peter Gammons: Moving on from the anticipated departure of John Farrell - GammonsDaily.com

I don’t see Ausmus as a fit.

This is an important decision. The window here closes soon, where the Yankee window is just opening. The good young Red Sox players are soon going to make big coin. According to MLBTraderumors.com, Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley, Jr., Tyler Thornburg, Xander Bogaerts, Eduardo Rodriguez, Joe Kelly and Drew Pomeranz stand to make between $30-35M in arbitration this winter. If so, they will take the payroll within $20-25M of the luxury tax threshold. So forget Eric Hosmer. Maybe J.D. Martinez, who as a left fielder-DH, would necessitate trading a Bradley for the $6M he likely will make.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 11, 2017 at 09:23 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Who the Boston Red Sox should hire as their next manager

No thank you [to Ron Gardenhire].

Alec Cora sounds interesting. I’m not sure Boston is the best first job though. Torey Lovullo was a missed opportunity. Most of the others are bad fits or tired retreads. One interesting name I heard is Mike Redmond. He got his first job out of the way. He’s open to sabermetrics. He also seems like a good guy who relates to players well.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 11, 2017 at 08:57 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, ron gardenhire

Red Sox dismiss John Farrell | MLB.com

Another manager gets dismissed.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 11, 2017 at 09:41 AM | 108 comment(s)
  Beats: john farrell, red sox

Evan Drellich: Eric Hosmer’s leadership, J.D. Martinez’s power fits for Boston Red Sox

Eric Hosmer isn’t a good fit. In this big boom era they need more power.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 11, 2017 at 06:38 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Dustin Pedroia contemplates surgery, and his future

I look forward to seeing Statcast numbers for infield defense.

Meanwhile, the knee injury impaired other potential contributions. His defensive range may have been diminished. He graded as two runs below an average second baseman, according to Baseball Information Solutions (Fangraphs, by contrast, had him as 6.7 runs above average, as measured by Ultimate Zone Rating). His baserunning ranked near the bottom of the league, as he took an extra base just 16 percent of the time on hits while getting thrown out seven times.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 11, 2017 at 06:34 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: dustin pedroia, red sox

Monday, October 09, 2017

Rookie monster HR, Boston ‘pen stop ‘Stros | MLB.com

Not a big day for throwing slow roller to first, however.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 09, 2017 at 08:55 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, red sox

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Astros’ ability to get two-strike hits causing fits for Red Sox in ALDS - Houston Chronicle

Back to the future. Is a better two strike approach the big new thing?

Hinch would not share exactly how the Astros teach pitch-recognition: “Some stuff we do behind the scenes to be able to recognize the difference between a fastball and a breaking ball, breaking ball and a changeup. So that’s about as far as I’ll go with you.”
...
“All of it,” Betts said. “They don’t strike out much. They put it in play a lot. One to nine, they can just bang. The way their lineup is built, I’m sure it’s tough to pitch to.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 08, 2017 at 07:26 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, red sox

Friday, October 06, 2017

Astros at leading edge of analytics and their success is proof positive

A lot of good stuff in this one.

“You’ve always got to be questioning what you’re doing well and working on the things you do poorly,” said Hinch. “If you’re on the back end, following these massive trends, whether the use of technology or the use of analytics, imagine how far out in front the other teams are. I think that intellectual curiosity and fear is what drives you to get better faster.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 06, 2017 at 06:36 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, red sox, sabermetrics

Three homers by Jose Altuve highlight Astros’ Game 1 win - Houston Chronicle

Astros beating Red Sox hitter up in the zone. Altuve just beating baseballs.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 06, 2017 at 07:16 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, playoffs, red sox

Nine Innings: The Red Sox looked bad, but that doesn’t mean it’s over - The Boston Globe

Sox down one. That Verlander guy is pretty, pretty good.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 06, 2017 at 07:10 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, playoffs, red sox

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Kevin Millar Recalls Confronting Dan Shaughnessy During 2004 ALCS « CBS Boston

“I remember sitting in the room with David Ortiz and we were watching ESPN, and John Kruk said something about our defense or something, I forget what it was,” Millar said. “And I’m like, ‘Who in the hell does he think he is talking about our defense?‘ So the thing about it is this: When you’re working with a team — and I know sometimes we gotta say what we gotta say — but at the end of the day, is it worth it to bash your own team or say something? I’m not saying [Eckersley] bashed anybody. I’m just saying in general. Players watch, players know, players read, so when you say something or write something like Dan Shaughnessy wrote the article that called us a pack of frauds, did he not think I was going to say something to him the next morning? Did he just think 100,000 people saw it but the Red Sox [didn’t]? We see and read everything, and don’t let players tell you different.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 05, 2017 at 11:05 AM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: kevin millar, red sox

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Red Sox have nothing to celebrate after another loss to Astros

Two more tries. And the Yankees can help out.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 30, 2017 at 08:34 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Clinching scenario: Chris Sale could use a rest

Neither case is ideal. Eight days is a long time between starts.

Red Sox manager John Farrell said Tuesday night he hadn’t decided whether Chris Sale would pitch again in the regular season. If Sale did, it would be in the regular-season finale on Sunday. But that would mean he would face the Houston Astros, with a potential rematch four days later in Game 1 of the Divisional Series.

Of course, this all presumes that the Red Sox clinch the AL East.

If Sale doesn’t pitch, he’ll get eight days’ rest until he makes his first career playoff start.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 27, 2017 at 07:58 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, red sox

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Pain, no gain for Red Sox in loss to Jays | Boston Herald

Mookie Betts left the game in the eighth inning with left wrist pain, Eduardo Nunez reaggravated his knee injury and left in the fifth inning and Drew Pomeranz, the Red Sox’ clear No. 2 starter, lasted only two-plus innings, allowing five runs while pitching with lower-than-normal velocity for the second straight game.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 26, 2017 at 08:30 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

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