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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Struggles show David Price still isn’t ready for Boston Red Sox return - Boston Red Sox Blog- ESPN

Maybe signing 30+ starting pitchers to big free agent contracts really isn’t a good idea.

Price, meanwhile, made what was supposed to be his final Triple-A rehab start in his return from a spring training elbow scare. He was in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, one hour from Fenway, but after giving up six runs (three earned) on seven hits and expending 89 pitches to get through only 3⅔ innings, he must have felt light years away.

Of course, nobody knows for sure how Price felt, physically or otherwise, because he didn’t stick around to speak to reporters. And Farrell deferred when he was asked if Price would be ready to start for the Red Sox next week, as had been the hope.

“We’ll sit and talk with him [Thursday],” Farrell said. “We’ll check with him in the morning, make sure there’s no physical ailments—which we don’t expect any—and we’ll sit with him and map out the next step.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 25, 2017 at 07:01 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: david price, red sox

Wednesday, May 24, 2017


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Trying times for John Farrell as Boston Red Sox manager | FOX Sports

The goal for any organization should be to employ one of the best managers. Finding a great manager, of course, is easier said than done. To get to a great manager you don’t want to be firing a manager every year or so; you want some stability. At this point, though, Farrell is clearly not a great manager. He’s had sufficient time to show that he isn’t. The million dollar question, who could you replace him with?

The excuses for the Sox, though, go only so far — all teams deal with injuries, and not all of them boast $200 million payrolls. Other issues also have emerged under Farrell — issues about the way he connects with players — and to some degree they are not new.

Farrell, even when he won the 2013 World Series as a rookie manager, was not popular in all corners of the clubhouse. Some players, but not all, believe that he does not stand up for them strongly enough to the media when the team is struggling, sources say. Some also question Farrell’s game management, talk that exists in virtually every clubhouse, but some more than others.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 23, 2017 at 09:11 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: john farrell, red sox

Monday, May 22, 2017

Is John Farrell Officially On Hot Seat As Red Sox Manager? « CBS Boston

I’d expect them to get a more emotional manager to replace him. Farrell isn’t a bad manager; of course, he’s not a good one either.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 22, 2017 at 02:26 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: john farrell, red sox

Focus on Jeter should inspire memories of Garciaparra’s peak

“it’s as if Jeter stands alone as the shortstop talent for a generation.

It’s too bad, considering that Garciaparra was every bit the player Jeter was. And in his prime, he was better.

There’s no question that Jeter brings the superior career to a debate between the two. Injuries derailed what Garciaparra could become from a legacy standpoint, and cost him the Hall of Fame”

Shortstops with most seasons of 6+ WAR, debuting 1969+:

Name            Yrs From   To   Age
Cal Ripken        6 1983 1991 22
-30
Alan Trammell     6 1983 1990 25
-32
Alex Rodriguez    6 1996 2003 20
-27
Nomar Garciaparra 6 1997 2003 23
-29
Ozzie Smith       4 1985 1989 30
-34
Troy Tulowitzki   4 2007 2011 22
-26
Robin Yount       3 1980 1983 24
-27
Barry Larkin      3 1988 1996 24
-32
Derek Jeter       3 1998 2009 24
-35 

 

DanG Posted: May 22, 2017 at 12:50 PM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: derek jeter, hall of fame, nomar garciaparra, red sox, yankees

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Red Sox are too good to be this average

The Red Sox need a trade, a benching, a tipping over of the food table moment, a stern meeting. They need to be shaken up.

They are 21-21 after a terrible 8-3 beating Saturday at the hands of the Oakland A’s, a last-place team the Red Sox have helped revive.

The Red Sox should be way better than this. It was an awful day. They fell to .500 for the first time since they were 5-5 to begin the season.

“Yeah it’s disappointing. We’re not a .500 team,” insisted Chris Young. “At the same time we just have to keep things into perspective. We’re a better team than we’re showing. It’s still May and if we’re as good as we think we are, we’ll be there.
“If we were losing by mental mistakes or not playing hard I’d be saying something different. I honestly don’t feel that’s what’s happening right now.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 21, 2017 at 11:41 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: nick cafardo, red sox

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Price Makes Rehab Start in Pawtucket Loss | MiLB.com

A Price sighting.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 20, 2017 at 11:22 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: david price, red sox

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Manfred Eyes 2019 For Regular-Season Games In Europe

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred remains hopeful the sport can play regular-season games in Europe for the first time in 2019.

Major League Baseball had hoped to have European games in 2018, possibly between the Yankees and Red Sox at London’s Olympic Stadium, but decided there was not enough time to get plans in place.

“It’s something we’d really like to do in 2019,” Manfred said Thursday following a quarterly owners’ meeting. “I can’t tell you we are going to do it. I can’t give you a percentage, but we do think it’s time, whether it’s 2019 or shortly thereafter, that we play in Europe.”

In December, Yankees president Randy Levine confirmed to the Boston Herald the franchise is interested in playing the Red Sox in London.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 18, 2017 at 04:58 PM | 76 comment(s)
  Beats: europe, international, red sox, rob manfred, yankees

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The Red Sox have a third base problem - Beyond the Box Score

The Red Sox aren’t trading Devers as long as they consider him viable at 3B.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 16, 2017 at 10:31 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Mazz: Dombrowski Thin On Options To Fix Red Sox « CBS Boston

Tony Mazz is a horrible analyst.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 16, 2017 at 08:43 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Bobby Valentine Gives Perfectly Bobby V Response To David Ortiz « CBS Boston

Managers are now childcare workers.

“After doing it about the third time, I asked [Aviles] what his problem was, was it hearing or learning?” joked Valentine. “And afterwards it was like this major – and I said it with a loud voice, I might have even used an expletive or two to get my point across – but afterwards, three or four of the guys came in and said how Mike was in his locker and his head was down and he felt so bad and I had to apologize because I hurt his feelings and embarrassed him. I thought that was rather interesting. … I absolutely apologized, but I didn’t totally get it.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 14, 2017 at 07:31 PM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: david ortiz, red sox

Thursday, May 11, 2017

David Ortiz Calls Out Bobby Valentine In New Book: “Aggravating As Hell, Arrogant And Disrespectful

As excerpted by Sports Illustrated this week, Ortiz’s book describes Valentine as unreasonable and impossible to communicate with:

The drama began almost immediately in spring training. I remember fighting the thought, very early, We’re going to have an absolutely terrible year.

It was all about him in the spring. It was as if he wanted to prove how smart he was by running us through all these drills he’d used while managing in Japan, drills we had never done before. Bobby was in his own bubble, and I just wanted to get him out of it and tell him, “Fuck you.”

[...]

One day we were doing his drills and the #### hit the fan. We were hitting pop-ups, and Bobby had said that he didn’t want infielders to say, “I’ve got it, I’ve got it. . . .” He thought that was an unreliable way of calling off a teammate because, in a noisy stadium, the player who’s being called off might not hear his teammate taking control. Well, all players have habits. And in American baseball, most infielders taking the play say, “I got it.”


So when our shortstop, Mike Aviles, got under a ball, he instinctively said, “I got it.” Bobby snapped. It was unlike anything I had ever seen in the majors. He went off on Aviles, cussing and verbally tearing him down in front of everyone. If it had been me, I would have gone up to him, right in front of the fans and dropped a punch
.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 11, 2017 at 10:12 PM | 65 comment(s)
  Beats: bobby valentine, books, david ortiz, red sox

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Curt Schilling calls Fenway racism story ‘bulls—t,’ says Adam Jones is ‘the boy who cried wolf’

On Wednesday night, two days after Orioles outfielder Adam Jones told reporters that Red Sox fans at Fenway had hurled racial slurs (and a bag of peanuts) at him, the former Phillies pitcher tweeted a link to a story from the country’s preeminent sports outlet, turtleboysports.com, titled “Fenway Bleachers Vendor: I Was There And No One Yelled Any Racial Slurs At Adam Jones.”...

On Thursday, the pitcher-turned-conservative-pundit went all-in with his comments prior to his show on the Brietbart Radio Network.


“I don’t believe the story, given the world we live in,” Schilling said on his webcast. “I don’t believe it, for this reason: Everybody is starving and hungry to sit in front of a camera and talk and be social justice warriors. And if a fan yelled loud enough in center field for Adam Jones to hear the N-word, I guarantee you we would’ve heard and seen fans around on CNN on MSNBC, they would’ve found multiple fans to talk about what a racist piece of junk Boston is.

“Since Tuesday night, we’ve had one person come forward who we found out was lying about the fact that they were in the area and heard it, and other than that we’ve had nobody.”  [nydailynews.com]

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 04, 2017 at 06:27 PM | 225 comment(s)
  Beats: adam jones, curt schilling, orioles, racism, red sox

Steven Wright to have knee surgery, miss rest of the season

The Red Sox announced today that Steven Wright will miss the rest of the season due to knee surgery, providing another hit to their starting pitching depth.

Wright will undergo a cartilage restoration procedure in his left knee on Monday. The procedure will be performed by Dr. Riley Williams III at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.

The team said that Wright is anticipated to be ready for the 2018 season.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 04, 2017 at 06:25 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, steven wright

Red Sox officially ban fan caught using racial slur at Fenway Park

I applaud the step. How will the Red Sox enforce the ban, though? Casinos use facial recognition software to enforce bans. That doesn’t seem like a practical solution for baseball stadiums.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 04, 2017 at 08:21 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Bogaerts HBP, Gausman ejected | MLB.com

Sam Holbrook was horrible behind the plate last night. This call was the worst example. A pitcher doesn’t try to hit a batter with a 77 MPH slider.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 04, 2017 at 06:48 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: ejection, orioles, red sox

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

What Happened to Adam Jones Isn’t Just a Boston Problem

I’ve lived in sheltered Northeastern suburbs, big cities in the South, and the hippie utopia of Madison, Wisconsin, where white liberals with Birkenstocks and a four-beer buzz can roam free in a place that is quietly and comprehensively segregated by race and class. From housing discrimination to racial slurs to carefully calculated dog whistles to NIMBYism to broken windows policing, racism is in the foundation of bourgeois white America from sea to shining sea. Pointing at, laughing at, and othering sports-radio callers as shitkickers and bigots — whether they’re dialing WEEI or Paul Finebaum — doesn’t accomplish anything. It only lets us think of racism as someone else’s problem.

Even a cursory knowledge of American history, culture, and economics shows that racism touches every American in some fashion. You’d have to be willfully ignorant or self-deluded to believe otherwise, and given the enormity of the crimes from which white Americans have at least tangentially benefited, if not committed indirectly, it’s easy to understand why willful ignorance and self-delusion are so attractive. The alternative is an honest reckoning with history that invites uncomfortable questions about how we talk, how we vote and why, and who gets to live and work where. How should one react at the realization that, hardscrabble and unpleasant as your life is now, it’s only even that good because of the suffering of people you’ve never met?

Instead, calling out Boston allows us to fool ourselves into thinking that the disease can be quarantined when it’s already metastasized.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 03, 2017 at 01:26 PM | 104 comment(s)
  Beats: adam jones, racism, red sox

Orioles turn bizarre triple play on Red Sox | MLB.com

This is a weird one.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 03, 2017 at 06:51 AM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, red sox, triple play

Manny Machado Had Strong Words For the Red Sox | FanGraphs Baseball

There is a difference between throwing behind the guys head and throwing behind his legs. Sale threw behind his legs. Still, I’m a little surprised this is lingering.

Here is snapshot of what an angry Machado had to say following the game:

“If you want to (bleep) hit me, hit me. Go ahead. (Bleep) hit me. Don’t let this (bleep) keep lingering (bleep) around, and keep trying to (bleep) hit people. It’s (bleep) bullshit. It’s (bleep) bullshit. MLB should do something about it. (Bleep) pitchers out there with (bleep) balls in their hand, throwing 100 MPH, trying to hit people. I have a (bleep) bat, too. I could go out there and crush somebody if I wanted to. But do you know what? I’ll get suspended for the year, and the pitcher will only get suspended for two games. That’s not cool.”

Machado is right. Throwing behind a hitter isn’t cool. Yes, the bad blood began when his late, hard slide injured Dustin Pedroia, but it appeared as the episode was behind both teams, and that cooler heads would prevail. Chris Sale thought otherwise, and Machado didn’t like that too much.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 03, 2017 at 06:32 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, manny machaco, orioles, red sox

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Former Red Sox player, scout Sam Mele dies at 95

Former Red Sox player and longtime instructor and scout Sam Mele died last night at his home in Quincy. He was 95.

Born Sabath Anthony Mele, he signed as an amateur free agent with the Red Sox prior to the 1946 season. He went on to play 1,046 games over 10 seasons, including parts of five with the Sox (1947-49, 1954-55). He hit .278 for Boston over that span, including .302 as a rookie in 1947.

Mele went into coaching after his playing career and managed the Minnesota Twins for parts of seven seasons (1961-67). He was named the Sporting News’ Manager of the Year in 1965 after leading Minnesota to an AL pennant-winning record of 102-60.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 02, 2017 at 10:29 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: obituaries, red sox, sam mele, twins

Chris Sale throws behind Manny Machado in latest edition of Red Sox feud with Orioles

It did not end there, however, as Dylan Bundy drilled Mookie Betts in the hip Monday in the first game of a four-game series at Fenway Park. So naturally, with Chris Sale on the mound Tuesday, this pitch happened in the first inning.

The benches were warned after Sale’s inside pitch to Machado, though Machado and Orioles manager Buck Schowalter appeared to have some choice words for the umpires and the Red Sox dugout after the incident.

The inside pitch did not set Sale back at all, however. Four pitches later, Sale struck Machado out on a 98 mph fastball to strike out the side. He went on to strike out the first five Orioles batters of the game before Jonathan Schoop flied out to center field.


Monday, May 01, 2017

Orioles’ Adam Jones berated by racist taunts at Fenway Park

Baltimore Orioles All-Star center fielder Adam Jones was berated by racist taunts at Fenway Park while a bag of peanuts was thrown at him Monday night, calling it one of the worst cases of fan abuse he has heard in his career.

“A disrespectful fan threw a bag of peanuts at me,’’ Jones said, “I was called the N-word a handful of times tonight. Thanks. Pretty awesome.’’

Jones, one of just 62 African-Americans on opening-day rosters this year, said he has been subjected to racist hecklings in the past at Fenway Park, but said this was one of the worst experiences of his 12-year career.

“It’s different,’’ he said. “Very unfortunate. I heard there was 59 or 60 ejections tonight in the ballpark. It is what it is, right. I just go out and play baseball. It’s unfortunate that people need to report to those type of epithets to degrade another human being. I’m trying to make a living for myself and for my family.

“It’s unfortunate. The best thing about myself is that I continue to move on, and still play the game hard. Let people be who they are. Let them show their true colors.’’

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 01, 2017 at 11:33 PM | 134 comment(s)
  Beats: adam jones, orioles, racism, red sox

Fenway Park rejection shows why scoreboard proposals are a terrible idea | MLB | Sporting News

There was some serious drama going on in Fenway Park, and we’re not talking about the Cubs-Red Sox matchup.

Fans in attendance at Sunday night’s game were forced to witness the spectacle of what appeared to be a failed scoreboard proposal.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 01, 2017 at 11:17 AM | 175 comment(s)
  Beats: love lost, red sox

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Red Sox sorely miss David Ortiz’s bat, presence

The position and spot in the Red Sox batting order are filled, but not by anyone wearing his uniform.

The clubhouse is filled with veterans who have leadership skills, but none remotely resembling that huge presence and voice.

David Ortiz, the heart, soul and spine of the Red Sox franchise for the last 14 years, is gone.

And he is not coming back.

“This wasn’t just a bat leaving,’’ former Boston Red Sox ace Curt Schilling told USA TODAY Sports, “this was a lineup changer that left. David Ortiz was the kind of hitter that forced pitchers to pitch to the hitters ahead of him. You’re talking about a different animal.

“I still think they’re incredibly talented offensively, but there’s no doubt they’re missing David Ortiz.’’

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 30, 2017 at 05:56 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: david ortiz, red sox

Friday, April 28, 2017

Fred Lynn might’ve been a Hall of Famer if he’d stayed healthy — or in Boston

Lynn’s sabermetric numbers — 50 WAR, 44.1 JAWS and 94 Hall Rating — all paint him as a very good, though not great player who fell just short of Cooperstown.

But if he’d played a full career in Boston, Lynn might have long since been in the Hall of Fame. To some extent, his career is one of the great what-ifs in baseball history.

.....

Asked whether he considered himself a Hall of Famer, Lynn said “Talent-wise, yes. Numbers-wise, no.”

He noted, “If you want to make the Hall, you’ve got to play games and get numbers,” Lynn said.


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