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Thursday, October 27, 2016

David Ortiz, Kris Bryant win 2016 Hank Aaron Awards for best hitter in each league.

Wednesday evening at Progressive Field, Red Sox icon David Ortiz and Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant were announced as the winners of the 2016 Hank Aaron Award. The award is given annually to the players deemed the best hitters in their league.

Yeah, okay.

Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: October 27, 2016 at 12:39 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, cubs, red sox

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Arizona Diamondbacks land Red Sox exec Amiel Sawdaye

The exodus of talent leaving the Red Sox over the last year does not fill me with hope.

The Diamondbacks’ new-look front office continued to take shape Monday with the addition of Red Sox executive Amiel Sawdaye, who will become the club’s senior vice president and assistant general manager, a source said Monday night.

Sawdaye, who has been with the Red Sox since 2002, will be the second in command to new General Manager Mike Hazen. The two overlapped in Boston for 11 years.

Sawdaye ran the amateur draft for the Red Sox from 2010 to 2014, during which time the club selected Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr., Blake Swihart and Matt Barnes, among others. He spent the past two years as vice president of amateur and international scouting.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 25, 2016 at 06:54 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, general managers, red sox

Monday, October 24, 2016

How two men brought hope back to the Chicago Cubs | FOX Sports

I’ve been impressed by Arod’s work as an analyst. He clearly works hard to prepare for the broadcasts.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 24, 2016 at 07:01 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, cubs, red sox, theo epstein, yankees

Friday, October 21, 2016

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Citgo sign could be landmark on the move | Boston Herald

I don’t get the attachment. It’s an advertisement, not a landmark.

“What if changing the location improves visibility? How do we allow for the serendipity of that approach?” said Rosanne Foley, executive director of the Boston Landmarks Commission.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 20, 2016 at 09:53 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Catching position has quantity, questionable quality

Leon had a great season. I’m still having trouble buying into having him as the Red Sox starter. I still think a Swihart/Vazquez combo (with Swihart also getting some games in the outfield) is there long-term answer behind the plate.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 20, 2016 at 09:28 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: blake swihart, christian vazquez, red sox, sandy leon

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Red Sox staffers open up at Saberseminar

Tippett said the Red Sox are about a half-game behind their own 2016 projection, which he shared as a graph in a slideshow. The team appears headed for right around 90 wins, based on the graph.

Tippett sees a connection to the 2011 club that fell apart in the final month.

“I predicted to myself as I was putting the slides together that somebody would think I’m predicting a September collapse,” Tippett said. “I am not predicting another collapse in September.”

Tippett felt in the early going of 2011 that everything, truly everything, was going the Sox’ way. To some degree, he saw that this year as well.

“I said to myself, and I might have said to some of my colleagues (in 2011), I hope we remember how well things are going on later on when this normalizes,” Tippett said. “This year, kind of similar pattern with our starting pitching. . . . Couple of really good starting pitchers who have done well and we’ve won a lot of games with them pitching. We’ve had a lot of starters that put up a lot of ugly numbers and somehow fare close to .500 in those games.

“Offensively, like in 2011, a lot of things were going well early. Mostly our in-play batting average from our lineup.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 18, 2016 at 05:38 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, saberseminar, tom tippett

Monday, October 17, 2016

Red Sox may well hire next GM from within

General Manager or Assistant General Manager?

Jim Furtado Posted: October 17, 2016 at 03:47 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, red sox

Red Sox’ coach Chili Davis deserves to be in manager ‘Pipeline’

Davis has worked his way up the coaching ladder. He has yet to manage in the minors, but that seeming prerequisite has been disproved in recent years as ex-players have stepped straight into the big chair.

The challenge that may be more difficult, though, is finding the right person, the right organization, to hire Davis — to take a chance on him, even if the bosses don’t know him from, say, 20 years ago.

Davis has been with two of the most progressive organizations around in the A’s and Sox.

But Davis is African-American, and black candidates have simply had a harder time getting hired in top baseball operations jobs, from the field staff to the front office. Hispanics and women are under-represented as well.

Dave Martinez, Sandy Alomar Jr., Alex Cora, Pat Listach, DeMarlo Hale and Tarrik Brock are just a few minority candidates who are close to the top, but not quite there. Lloyd McClendon is available, so is Dave Clark.

It’s an issue MLB is keenly aware of, and is trying to improve — but there’s a long way to go.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 17, 2016 at 06:19 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: african-americans, chili davis, red sox, selig rule

Arizona Diamondbacks name Mike Hazen general manager

The Diamondbacks named Mike Hazen their general manager on Sunday, hiring him away from the Boston Red Sox, where he was serving as second-in-command to Dave Dombrowski.

Hazen, 40, spent the previous 11 seasons working for the Red Sox in a variety of roles, beginning as director of player development in 2006.

“Mike’s background is the perfect balance of scouting, player development and analytics, which will all play an important role going forward,” Diamondbacks CEO Derrick Hall said in a statement. “He’s a natural leader, who we feel fortunate to have been able to hire, and we welcome him and his family to Arizona.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 17, 2016 at 06:19 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, kim ng, mike hazen, red sox

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Dombrowski has major decisions ahead

Nick Cafardo’s latest.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 16, 2016 at 01:50 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: notes, red sox

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Sean McAdam: Red Sox Will ‘Zero In On’ Edwin Encarnacion As Free Agent « CBS Boston

No thank you. Use the DH spot to give guys breaks. Spend the cash on upgrading the bullpen.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 13, 2016 at 02:23 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: edwin encarnacion, red sox

red sox - Why Red Sox are misreading situation by not picking up John Farrell’s option - WEEI | Rob Bradford

He’s coming back in 2017. I don’t agree with Bradford about 2018. If the players buy in and the team is successful next July, you can pick up the option. If the players don’t buy in and the team is playing below expectations, you can fire him.

Here’s what I’m getting at: Either the Red Sox are sold that John Farrell has earned the right to be the face of this franchise or he hasn’t. There’s no in between But that’s right where the Sox are trying to wedge this situation into.

They should have already realized Farrell’s option now has to be picked up.

Sure, those screaming that the manager shouldn’t have been brought back for 2017 would shriek louder if the announcement was accompanied with news of a guarantee for 2018. So what? The negative noise toward Farrell is going to continue regardless, so that really isn’t even part of the equation.

What Dave Dombrowski has to understand is how unique a situation this is.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 13, 2016 at 06:41 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: john farrell, red sox

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

When you’re wrong, you’re wrong and I was wrong about demise of Cleveland Indians |

The Indians will have their hands full against the Blue Jays.

Corey Kluber walked up to me Monday night in the Indians clubhouse at Fenway Park, poured a beer over my head and said, “Thanks.”

I knew what he meant, but he was definitely thanking the wrong guy. He should have been thanking himself and his teammates for sweeping the Boston Red Sox in the American League Division Series.

On Sept. 17, I said the Indians were done. I said their postseason dreams were over before they began. I wrote that after watching Carlos Carrasco walk off the mound with a broken right hand. Carrasco’s injury followed the loss of Danny Salazar on Sept. 9 to a right forearm injury.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 11, 2016 at 08:11 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, playoffs, red sox

Monday, October 10, 2016

Indians vs. Red Sox Wrapup | 10/10/16

Congrats to Indians fans!

Jim Furtado Posted: October 10, 2016 at 10:03 PM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, playoffs, red sox

Cleveland Indians need to slay the ghosts of Fenway Park—Terry Pluto |

Tomlin vs. Buchholz, anything can happen.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 10, 2016 at 08:46 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, playoffs, red sox

Nick Cafardo: Why does playoff pressure get to some pitchers but not others?

Someday Bogaerts will end up at third base. That day is years away.

I wonder if Xander Bogaerts will wind up a third baseman after all. He didn’t have a good year at shortstop according to defensive metrics, with a minus-0.1 WAR and minus-10 runs saved. It didn’t look that bad, but if you go by the numbers it wasn’t great. The one thing about defensive metrics is they tend to change from year to year. We’ve seen plenty of examples, including Dustin Pedroia. His defensive metrics weren’t good in 2015, but they were spectacular in 2016.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 10, 2016 at 07:53 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: notes, red sox

Sunday, October 09, 2016

What can a manager do to spark a baseball team? | Boston Herald

Panicking is not the answer. Overthinking is not the answer. The Red Sox played poorly for two straight games. They did the same thing during the regular, more than once. Although the stakes are higher, their approach and attitude need to be the same. Today is a new day; they need to go out and play their best and let the chips fall where they may.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 09, 2016 at 08:18 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, red sox

Saturday, October 08, 2016

Terry Francona, Cleveland Indians pushing all of the right buttons as they attain 2-0 lead in ALDS |

“Sometimes good players make you look smarter than you probably are,” Francona said after the 6-0 win.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 08, 2016 at 08:31 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, playoffs, red sox

Red Sox young stars appear to have stage fright

Overreact much?

Is the stage too big for them?

This is a group that’s been used to the no-pressure view from the basement the past two years. Now suddenly they’re in this high-pressured environment, where they’re expected to win. After all, the Red Sox were the favorites in this series. There weren’t many people who picked the Indians. Not with the Indians suffering two major starting pitching losses to two of their best guys in Danny Salazar and Carlos Carrasco.

There’s just no way the Red Sox should be down, 2-0. No way. Unless, of course, their players underachieved. And that’s precisely what has happened. They can’t even blame it on Craig Kimbrel.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 08, 2016 at 07:58 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, playoffs, red sox

Drellich: When the Red Sox don’t hit, they don’t win | Boston Herald

Alternative headline: When Red Sox pitch poorly, they don’t win. Thank you for the astute observation Evan Drellich.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 08, 2016 at 07:50 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: playoffs, red sox

Friday, October 07, 2016

Indians win ALDS Game 1 over Red Sox |

The balls were flying out of Progressive Field. At least they were until Cleveland went to the pen.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 07, 2016 at 06:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, playoffs, red sox

Thursday, October 06, 2016

red sox - Meet the man who played a pivotal role in transforming Hanley Ramirez into playoff first baseman (it’s not who you think) - WEEI | Rob Bradford

Hanley did a nice job over at first base this year. He wasn’t a Gold Glove first baseman but he played well enough to keep himself there next season.

“I prepared myself to be in this position, and we’re here,” Ramirez said. “That should be your mentality every spring training, if you’re not, you’re a loser. Your mentality has to be playing in October and celebrating in November. That’s why they sign you and give you everything you need to help you win a championship.

“When you have a lot of positive stuff in your mind and you know where you want to go and where you want to be and you push, not to the limit, but through the limit, nothing can stop you. That’s a good example right there. Since spring training everything has clicked.”

Added Gutierrez, “I’m happy for him. When you spend so much time together and you see a guy that’s passionate and driven to win, driven to be successful, it is gratifying to know that he has been successful. Especially when you’ve spent so much time with that individual trying for that success. It was an amazing offseason.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 06, 2016 at 09:52 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: hanley ramirez, red sox

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