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Monday, March 02, 2015

Full Count » Finally healthy, Dustin Pedroia proclaims ‘I’m not messing around’

I love this guy.

“I don’t care. Numbers are numbers,” said Pedroia, who hit a combined 16 home runs over the past two injury-plagued seasons. “We’re here to win the World Series. I don’t care about any of that. If people don’t know that by now ‘€¦ We won the World Series and I hit nine home runs and everyone said I lost my power. Well, I’ll lose my power if I win the World Series. What is everyone’s job here? Win. We don’t give a crap about anything else.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 02, 2015 at 11:05 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dustin pedroia, red sox

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Sox scout booed at church in Northern Cal - Boston Red Sox Blog - ESPN Boston

Funny story linked in the Lauria article.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 01, 2015 at 08:46 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, pablo sandoval, red sox

Friday, February 27, 2015

What Rick Porcello learned while surrounded by aces in Detroit - WEEI | John Tomase

Rick Porcello talks about what he learned from the other starters in Detroit.



Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Lucchino: No ‘palace intrigue to report’ - Boston Red Sox Blog - ESPN Boston

Right. Sure. Nothing to see here.

Red Sox chairman Tom Werner, echoing the comments of principal owner John W. Henry the day before, also said that Lucchino’s place in the pecking order remains the same as always, calling it a “mistake” that a masthead on the team’s website listed Gordon above Lucchino. The team’s media guide will list the top three names as unchanged, even though FSG is the parent company of the Red Sox and Gordon is the second-biggest shareholder in the team, behind only Henry.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 25, 2015 at 09:42 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

David Ortiz Goes Off In Epic, Expletive-Filled Rant On Speed of Game Changes - Extra Bases - Boston.com

David sounds like he’s getting a bunch of fines.

Edit: Embed removed because autoplay could not be turned off. Jim.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 25, 2015 at 05:30 PM | 56 comment(s)
  Beats: david ortiz, red sox

Monday, February 23, 2015

Pawtucket mayor: New PawSox owners didn’t give us a chance - providencejournal.com

One thing for certain…the taxpayers will get screwed.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 23, 2015 at 11:02 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: minors, red sox

Red Sox land Cuban prospect Moncada

On Twitter Jesse Sanchez from MLB.com says

Cuban INF prospect Yoan Moncada agrees with Red Sox on a deal in $30 million range.

UPDATE: Link updated to MLB.com article.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 23, 2015 at 09:14 AM | 223 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban free agents, red sox, yoan moncada

Allen Craig out to prove his worth with Red Sox - Sports - The Boston Globe

If he hits this spring, he’ll be playing somewhere.

“I’m pretty confident that the best players are going to play. That’s the way it’s going to be, and I’m going to go out there and do the best that I can. ... I have something to prove every spring training, but I feel like this spring training is extra important for me to go out and prove myself and just get ready for a really good season, which I’m looking forward to.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 23, 2015 at 05:56 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: allen craig, red sox

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Pablo Sandoval challenges Boston.com’s Steve Silva to workout contest - Over the Monster

Steve and I were middle and high school classmates. As I jokingly commented on his Facebook status, “I can verify that Steve was the fastest kid in 7th grade. Unfortunately, that was his athletic peak.” I’m sure the contest will be amazing.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 22, 2015 at 07:11 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: pablo sandoval, red sox

Wednesday, February 18, 2015


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Former Cubs coach Wendell Kim dies at 64

RIP Windmill.

Former Cubs coach Wendell Kim died Sunday near his home in suburban Phoenix after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 64.

Kim’s widow, Natasha, confirmed her husband’s death on Monday.

Kim was a major league coach for 15 seasons with four teams — the Giants (1989-1996), the Red Sox (1997-2000), the Expos (2002) and the Cubs (2003-04). Kim was known for his aggressive style as the Cubs’ third-base coach and was dubbed ‘Wavin’ Wendell.”

Although Kim’s tactics weren’t always successful or popular, he never skirted responsibility with the media. He also was popular among players he coached and managed in the minors.

“He let me be me,” said Padres announcer and former major league pitcher Mark Grant, who won 16 games for Kim at Class A Clinton in 1982 and went on to pitch parts of eight major league seasons. “He was not a manager who put his fist down. He knew who I was. I loved the man.’‘

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 17, 2015 at 11:59 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: coaches, cubs, expos, giants, red sox, wendell kim

Thursday, February 12, 2015

The Linebacker Who Couldn’t Hit

A 6-foot-2, 220-pounder with a rare blend of strength and speed, he was the youngest of four brothers to star at Grant Union High. The eldest, Syd’Quan, was drafted by the Denver Broncos in 2010, but would always tell people, “Wait until you see Shaq. He’s better than all of us.” Shaq became the country’s top-rated safety, turning down Oregon and Cal-Berkeley (Syd’Quan’s alma mater) for Washington; he was the Huskies’ most-prized recruit in more than a decade. He’d go on to become an All-America, starring on defense, special teams and even, briefly last fall, at tailback.

But as a high school senior, having just fended off the last of the college recruiters, it was indeed the Red Sox—the baseball Red Sox—on the line.

Hey Shaq, we just want to gauge your interest in playing professional baseball.

Neither party knew it at the time, but that phone call launched what would be the worst career in the history of professional baseball.

Bourbon Samurai Posted: February 12, 2015 at 04:09 PM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: nfl, prospects, red sox

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Massarotti: How The 2015 Red Sox Have Become Most Expensive Club In Team History « CBS Boston

Tony Massarotti finally writes something somewhat interesting.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 11, 2015 at 02:47 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Monday, February 09, 2015

THE TOP 10 MLB LINEUPS FOR 2015

2. Blue Jays: Were Dalton Pompey more established, Michael Saunders and Justin Smoak more reliable and second base not such a worry, I’d strongly consider the Blue Jays for the top spot on this list. Alas, those are, of course, all big questions.

Still, there is a lot to like about a lineup that begins with Jose Reyes, Russell Martin, Jose Bautista, Josh Donaldson and Edwin Encarnacion. Those are five steady on-base presences and a middle of the order that can straight-up mash.

There are big questions to be answered in Toronto, but you’d be hard-pressed to find (on paper, at least) a lineup with a better top five.


Saturday, February 07, 2015

Dearth of homegrown pitchers has hurt Red Sox’ rotation building - Sports - The Boston Globe

How much do we apportion the blame to their draft scouting and to their player development system?

Jim Furtado Posted: February 07, 2015 at 10:58 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, sabermetrics

Thursday, February 05, 2015

SB Nation/OTM: Red Sox, Wade Miley agree to contract extension

This should buy Miley a ton of gluten

The Red Sox have avoided arbitration with Wade Miley once and for all, signing their newest southpaw starter to a three-year, $19.25 million contract extension with a club option for a fourth year.

Originally, Miley was slated to become a free agent in 2017. Now, thanks to the addition of the option year (valued at $12 million with $2 million in incentives according to Bob Nightengale), Miley will remain in Boston through 2018 so long as the club still wants him around.

Commissioner Bud Black Beltre Hillman Posted: February 05, 2015 at 04:12 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: arbitration, red sox, wade miley

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Cole Hamels will still cost the Red Sox Blake Swihart - Over the Monster

The Red Sox should not trade Swihart for Hamels.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 03, 2015 at 06:57 PM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: blake swihart, cole hamels, phillies, red sox, trade rumors

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Red Sox notebook: Following surgery, Mike Napoli feels refreshed and ready - Sports - The Boston Globe

This does not sound like a fun way to spend an off-season.

“I couldn’t do it anymore, feeling the way I was feeling,” he said. “I was like, ‘I need to have the surgery or I’m not going play anymore.’ That’s how bad it was.”

Dr. Leonard Kaban, the chief of oral and maxillofacial surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital, broke Napoli’s upper and lower jaw and moved them forward. That doubled the space in his airway.

Kaban inserted a titanium plate and several screws to reconnect Napoli’s jaw. Napoli spent two days in intensive care and experienced “10 days of pain.” Then came six weeks of a liquid diet. Nearly three months later, Napoli doesn’t have feeling in his lips and chin because of nerve damage that may not heal for up to a year.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 25, 2015 at 07:01 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: mike napoli, red sox

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Pedroia ‘ready to go,’ sees Sox rebounding | MLB.com

In case you were worried.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 24, 2015 at 07:00 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dustin pedroia, red sox

Friday, January 23, 2015

Don’t expect Red Sox to acquire an ace for rotation - Sports - The Boston Globe

The Red Sox don’t feel a *need* to overspend on an ace right now.

“Look, starting pitchers who perform at the highest level and do so consistently and are relatively young and near their prime, those guys are hard guys to get and are valuable and cost a lot, whether it’s dollars or talent,” he said.

“We’re trying to put ourselves in a position where we have that caliber of pitching and hopefully we have some of it internally and maybe some of it still has to develop. There’s no question a team benefits from having high-end starting pitching performance. It’s just a question of how to get that. We looked at all sort of things.”

Triple A lefthanders Brian Johnson, Henry Owens, and Eduardo Rodriguez could emerge as solutions. Former first-round pick Anthony Ranaudo is another option.

“We think we have enough pitching talent to put together a good pitching staff, one that can help us contend in the division,” Cherington said.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 23, 2015 at 09:23 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Making the Case for a Strasburg/Betts Trade | FanGraphs Baseball

Neither side is comfortable with the deal which suggests that perhaps it’s a reasonably fair proposal? Really? David Cameron writes some enjoyable articles at times. I’m glad, though, that he’s not the GM of the Red Sox.

In talking with people in the game, neither side seems comfortable with the deal, which suggests that perhaps it’s a reasonably fair proposal, or at least in the ballpark of being reasonable on both sides. I know I’m higher on Betts than most, and if you place a very high value on frontline pitching, perhaps you think the Red Sox should add a sweetener to the deal. This isn’t so much about trying to say that Betts are Strasburg are equivalent in value as it is to say that the Red Sox and Nationals are currently setup to help each other about as well as two organizations have been in some time.

It’s almost certainly not going to happen, but as far as speculative trade suggestions go, this one seems to make as much sense on both sides as any I can remember.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 22, 2015 at 07:41 PM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: mookie betts, nationals, red sox, stephen strasburg

Friday, January 16, 2015

red sox - Red Sox banking clubhouse culture won’t go south - WEEI | Rob Bradford

Here’s a pretty good article about chemistry with an interesting perspective on the clubhouse dynamic between Spanish and English speaking players.

“With non-English-speaking players, they try to learn English as quickly as possible or shy away from it immediately,” he said. “The American players either really see an effort that they are trying to endear themselves, or they feel the Hispanics are sticking together and they feel they are alienating themselves. So the dynamic can be tricky. When you’re looking at the Red Sox, having a decent number of Latin guys is a plus when you have a guy like Rusney Castillo because he really hasn’t spent a lot of times in the minor leagues and to have that ability to talk to someone that he can relate to is pretty important.

“But overall, Hispanic, Japanese, American, whatever it is, I think you have to earn the respect of your teammates by the way you go about your business. That is universal in baseball when it comes to having a good clubhouse. Are there guys who can bridge the gap a little bit? Yes. I’ve heard that Hispanics only hang out with themselves, but it’s not that. It’s when you’re stretching and everybody is having a conversation you kind of want to understand what everybody is saying, and when you don’t speak English well you’re going to go to a guy who speaks Spanish.”

Jim Furtado Posted: January 16, 2015 at 06:13 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: chemistry, red sox

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Boston Red Sox may have to sell low on Jackie Bradley Jr. | masslive.com

The false urgency some writers try and project onto teams is seemingly everywhere. The Red Sox don’t *need* to do anything with Bradley this year. Doing so would be trading low on him. He can play in Pawtucket or make the team as a 4th/5th outfielder this year. The team can decide what to do with him in the future.

It’s too bad the Red Sox don’t have any room for him. He’ll show up to spring training and say that he’s fighting for a spot on the major league roster, that he has to show the coaching staff what he’s capable of and maybe he’ll get a chance to play. But that hardly seems fathomable on the current roster. The Red Sox will need to either trade him or a different outfielder before opening day, otherwise they’ll risk starting the season with too many veterans forced to accept back-up roles.

And one former prospect/current Gold Glove contender stuck in Triple-A without a chance to prove anything he already hasn’t.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 14, 2015 at 06:21 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

New Red Sox scouting director on lookout for next Kevin Youkilis - Sports - The Boston Globe

With the 7th pick in the 2013 draft, the Red Sox selected P Trey Ball. To this point, the pick is questionable. He’s still early in his development, though, so maybe this will work out for them.

Of course, Rikard won’t just be in charge of searching for hidden gems later in the draft. For the second time in three years — but just the third time in nearly half a century, thanks to their dismal 2014 season — the Sox hold one of the top 10 picks (No. 7) in this year’s draft.

“It’s an opportunity that, more than anything, you hope you don’t have too often or ever again as far as picking near the top of the draft,” said Rikard. “But it is an exciting opportunity, and this looks like it will be a pretty good group of players. It should be fun.”

There is weight in that responsibility, a sense that a franchise-changing selection could offer a silver lining to a brutal 2014 season if the Sox find the next Frank Thomas, Clayton Kershaw, or Troy Tulowitzki — a few of the stars who have been taken at No. 7.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 13, 2015 at 03:10 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, red sox

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