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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Alex Cora: ‘Vibe is different’ with Boston Red Sox. ‘You come to the ballpark every day now and it feels like last year’ - masslive.com

“The vibe is different,” Cora said at Target Field before the Red Sox-Twins game Tuesday. “I can tell you that right now. There’s not much searching. And you feel it. You come to the ballpark every day now and it feels like last year. We’re finding ways to beat teams.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 18, 2019 at 08:13 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: alex cora, red sox

Friday, June 14, 2019

Boston Red Sox’s Dave Dombrowski assesses team’s mediocre start: ‘I don’t think any of us are happy with where we are’ - masslive.com

The team can still salvage the season.

“I know people have a tendency to point out this or that saying, ‘This is the problem’ or ‘That’s the problem,’” he said. “And really the issue is, there are some players having some very fine seasons, but there are other guys not doing as well. The reality is, as a collective group, we’re not having as good of a year as we’d like.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 14, 2019 at 08:23 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Navy draft pick embraces double challenge—Duty first, Red Sox soon

By the time junior year arrived, as more scouts trickled into the stands for games, Navy’s coaching staff and Song’s family began realizing he had a chance to also play baseball professionally. The velocity had steadily increased over the previous two seasons to 95 and 96 mph, while he added in a slider, which would be a major strikeout pitch during his senior season. Song entered the draft after his junior season, but he told teams he would not sign unless he received a seven-figure signing bonus, which he would need to help repay the government for his collegiate education. Signing after his junior year would also require him to forgo his service—the reason he had come to the Naval Academy in the first place.

“I told him that if he got seven figures, I’d put him in the Uber taxi myself to get him to go,” Kostacopoulos said. “But it was never more than that, joking about it.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 12, 2019 at 09:30 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: noah song, red sox

Alex Cora, Andrew Benintendi ejected: ‘I’ve got to go out and defend my player,’ Cora says - masslive.com

Of course, Benintendi isn’t wrong.

Andrew Benintendi’s simple message for home-plate umpire Angel Hernandez led to Benintendi getting ejected for the first time in his career.

“I grounded out and was frustrated and all I said was, ‘You suck,’” Benintendi said.

Benintendi, who disagreed with a called strike earlier in his fifth-inning at-bat against Rangers starter Ariel Jurado, yelled as he walked toward the dugout. First-base umpire Vic Carapazza immediately threw him out.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 12, 2019 at 06:15 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: alex cora, andrew benintendi, angel hernandez sucks, red sox

Sunday, June 09, 2019

David Ortiz Wounded in Shooting

Ortiz, 44, was “shot in the back at an incident that took place at Dial Discotheque in Santo Domingo,” Felix Durán Mejia, spokesperson for the Dominican National Police, told CNN Espanol.

Latest I’ve seen is the Chief of Police has reported he is in surgery but in stable condition.

Jose is Absurdly Unemployed Posted: June 09, 2019 at 11:34 PM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: david ortiz, dominican republic, red sox, shooting

Tuesday, June 04, 2019

Pitchers onto Michael Chavis after his whiff of success - The Boston Globe

What’s it say in the “ability to adjust” section on his scouting report?

“It’s a mental grind for him at this point,” Red Sox hitting coach Tim Hyers said. “He’s swinging at pitches he can’t get to, getting in bad counts and that opens it up for the pitchers. It’s like a sore that spreads and gets infected.”

It used to take several weeks, if not a month, for pitchers to adjust to rookie hitters. Teams relied on reports filed by their scouts and feedback from their minor league coaches to attack hitters.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 04, 2019 at 10:16 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: michael chavis, red sox, scouting

Monday, May 27, 2019

Former Red Sox, Cubs Great All-Star Bill Buckner Dies at 69

Buckner, who played first base and outfield, played 22 seasons in the major leagues. He appeared with the Dodgers, Cubs, Red Sox, Angels and Royals.

In 1980, Buckner won the NL batting title, and in 1981, he earned his lone All-Star appearance while a member of the Cubs.

I didn’t realize he’d been in such ill health. RIP Billy Buck.

SoSH U at work Posted: May 27, 2019 at 02:56 PM | 88 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, cubs, dodgers, red sox, royals

Why Alex Cora believes Rafael Devers can be among the elite - The Boston Globe

Read the article to read Cora’s comments.

Devers was 2 for 4 and finished the road trip 13 for 27 with four home runs, eight RBIs, and eight runs in six games. He has hit .377 with a 1.055 OPS over the last month to raise his slash line to .330/.393/.508 for the season.

That puts him firmly in the same company as Bregman and Oakland star Matt Chapman.

“No chance,” said Devers, who answered the question with a mix of Spanish and what is rapidly improving English. “I have more work to do.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 27, 2019 at 07:16 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: rafael devers, red sox

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

APNewsBreak: Yanks, Red Sox play on artificial turf London

The traditional rivalry between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox will take a radical twist when they meet in London next month: They will play on artificial turf for the first time in more than 2,200 games over a century.

Major League Baseball has access to Olympic Stadium for 21 days before the games on June 29 and 30, the sport’s first regular-season contests in Europe, and just five days after to clear out. The league concluded there was not enough time to install real grass.

Starting June 6, gravel will be placed over the covering protecting West Ham’s grass soccer pitch and the running track that is a legacy from the 2012 Olympics . The artificial turf baseball field, similar to modern surfaces used by a few big league clubs, will be installed atop that.

“It’s the first Yankees-Red Sox game out of the country, so why not a lot of firsts?” New York pitcher CC Sabathia said. “I think it will be fine.”

Wonder what Tug McGraw would have thought of this….

QLE Posted: May 21, 2019 at 04:28 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: artificial turf, london, neutral site games, red sox, yankees

Monday, May 20, 2019


Monday, May 13, 2019

MLB rumors: Red Sox hoping for All-Star Game return to Fenway Park in this year

The 1999 MLB All-Star Game at Fenway Park was an iconic event.

Not only did Boston Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez dazzle fans with an MVP performance, Major League Baseball honored its All-Century Team before the game, including a special moment featuring Boston legend Ted Williams.

Red Sox fans have been wanting another All-Star Game at Fenway Park for some time, and according to The Boston Globe’s Peter Abraham, the club is hoping to get one by the end of the next decade.

“The Sox are hoping to host the game in 2029 to mark the 30th anniversary of the last time,” Abraham writes. “But they’re flexible on the year.”

It’s rare that an article this short can hit on seemingly every reason why the sports fans of a certain city are so heavily disliked, but this one manages to do so- without intending to….

 

QLE Posted: May 13, 2019 at 04:22 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: all star game, fenway park, red sox

Thursday, May 09, 2019

Deadspin: Jackie Bradley Jr.‘s latest insane feat is robbing a walk-off dong.

By that point the damage was done, and the Orioles had tied the Red Sox at a run apiece. That score held up through nine innings, and into extra innings. Five-plus innings of no-hit pitching plus an immaculate inning is a lot to cast away in a loss to the ####### Orioles, but that’s what the Red Sox were staring down in the bottom of the 11th inning, when Baltimore’s Trey Mancini lifted a Ryan Brasier 0–2 fastball deep to left center—a walk-off loss to the worst team in the American League.

But balls hit to center against the Red Sox have to make it past Jackie Bradley Jr., and that is a lot to ask of any inanimate object. Get a load of this ridiculous play


The racial divide in the Red Sox’ visit to Trump’s White House is impossible to ignore

Those opting out of the trip are all people of color, while those planning to attend (with the exception of designated hitter J.D. Martinez, who is of Cuban descent) are white. This dichotomy was highlighted by a tweet from longtime Boston sports columnist Steve Buckley, who noted, “Basically, it’s the white Sox who’ll be going.”

Edit: Thread closed to comments. It was not my intention to bring the OTP threads back. Jim.

ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: May 09, 2019 at 05:37 AM | 209 comment(s)
  Beats: general, red sox

Friday, May 03, 2019

David Price has become Boston Red Sox’s most outspoken man, doesn’t care if he’s criticized for it; ‘I don’t give a (expletive)’

BOSTON — David Price has been the Boston Red Sox’s best starting pitcher so far in 2019 with a 3.60 ERA, 3.19 FIP and 11.1 strikeouts per nine innings in his five starts. He has also been Boston’s most outspoken player.

On a Red Sox team where many players are guarded around the media, Price, who will start for the Red Sox on Thursday in Chicago vs. the White Sox, is speaking his mind. He’s not holding back. He’s unaware of how his opinions have been received by the Boston media, and he’s not concerned about it, he said.

“I don’t know. One, I don’t care. Two, I don’t look for it. Three, I don’t give a (expletive). Period. Period,” Price said at Fenway Park earlier this week.

Price first spoke out about how Major League Baseball “needs to step up” with marketing its superstars, including African-American players.

Disappointingly, it seems that, for all his outspokenness, he had nothing to say on the record about Chris Sale.

 

QLE Posted: May 03, 2019 at 03:51 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: david price, red sox

Thursday, May 02, 2019

Red Sox reportedly banned Fortnite from clubhouse

Fortnite is among the most popular video games now. As of this writing, over 148,000 people are watching people play the game on Twitch.tv, a popular streaming website. That ranks third behind Grand Theft Auto V and League of Legends. Fortnite is popular among people in general, but also among Major League Baseball players. Trevor May, for example, pitches for the Twins, but when he’s not doing that, he streams as part of the esports team Luminosity Gaming. The Phillies had a clubhouse issue last season as players were reportedly playing Fortnite in the clubhouse during games, which resulted in Carlos Santana smashing a TV with a bat.

Some members of the Red Sox are big fans of Fortnite, including David Price, Chris Sale, J.D. Martinez, and Xander Bogaerts, among others. They were so into it that some players had video gaming monitors installed in their lockers in the Red Sox clubhouse last year. That is no longer the case, WEEI’s Rob Bradford reports. There is no more Fortnite in the Red Sox clubhouse.

Pitcher Nathan Eovaldi said, “I haven’t seen it this year. Usually everybody had it set up in their lockers. But I haven’t seen it.”

Is there still plenty of chicken and beer at hand?

 

QLE Posted: May 02, 2019 at 06:07 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: banned in boston, red sox, video games

Rich Hill: “I Want To Talk About My Son Brooks” (Player’s Tribune)

Don’t read this piece anywhere where you’re unwilling to be seen crying. It’s absolutely devastating. But you must read it.

In the final moments with our son, we sang our little guy a song that’s near and dear to our hearts. It was quiet. Almost like a whisper. But I’m positive that he heard us as we sung.

Take me out to the ball game

Take me out with the crowd

Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack

I don’t care if I never get back…

And when I held him in my arms and sang that song to him, I truly believe that Baby Brooks felt the boundless, never-ending love I have for him in my heart.

Esoteric Posted: May 02, 2019 at 06:07 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, red sox

Alex Cora explains why teams don’t treat rookies like crap anymore

Prior to the Red Sox’ game against the A’s the Red Sox manager reflected on just how differently first-year players are treated from when Cora broke into the big leagues 21 years ago.

“You have to include them,” the manager said. “They’re a part of it, and you’ve got to teach him the right way. I was taught a different way. You look back and sometimes it wasn’t fun. You’re part of the team. You come here to contribute and they treat you this way? I think they’re in a better place right now.

Jose is Absurdly Unemployed Posted: May 02, 2019 at 06:07 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: hazing, red sox, rookies

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

It turns out Sandy Leon wasn’t the savior after all, which reminds us of Doug Mirabelli

Theo Epstein doesn’t regret much about his tenure as Red Sox general manager, but bringing back Doug Mirabelli is an exception.

In 2006, Mirabelli famously received a police escort to Fenway Park after being reacquired from the Padres to once again serve as Tim Wakefield’s personal catcher. The Red Sox had shipped Mirabelli west that winter for second baseman Mark Loretta and acquired Josh Bard from Cleveland to handle Wakefield’s knuckler.

It was a disaster. Bard allowed 10 passed balls in five starts, and Epstein panicked. He brought Mirabelli back on May 1 in exchange for Bard and promising reliever Cla Meredith.

Wondering what this line of thought suggests about the theology of Red Sox fans….

 

QLE Posted: April 30, 2019 at 04:42 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: doug mirabelli, red sox, sandy leon

Monday, April 29, 2019

Instead of waiting for the real Chris Sale, maybe we should redefine what that means

We’ve recycled the phrase since his first start, but it has grown as stale as his fastball. Perhaps it’s time to stop waiting for “the real Chris Sale.”

Maybe we’re looking at him.

On Sunday, Sale delivered another flawed outing in a 5-2 loss to the Rays that dropped the Red Sox to 11-17 and Sale to 0-5. He probably deserved slightly better—he limited Tampa to four hits and two earned runs while striking out eight over seven innings—but let’s not get carried away. He pitched well enough to take a no-decision instead of another L.

As far as avant-garde plays about current members of the Red Sox go, Waiting For The Real Chris Sale doesn’t hold a candle to either Six Players In Search Of The Injury List or The Hirsute Closer.

 

QLE Posted: April 29, 2019 at 04:42 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, red sox

Saturday, April 27, 2019

How big contract has impacted Xander Bogaerts

“It might be a peace of mind,” he said. “One thing I’ve noticed is that it hasn’t changed the competitiveness. Sometimes you get all that money and you might think you can play relaxed. I think it has actually more like making sure you want to do things to help your team. You feel a bigger responsibility but in a good way. Not adding pressure. But I haven’t had the feeling that I’m good, I’m set….

After just a few days of uneasiness at the end of spring training due to contract negotiations—(“It was little bit nerve-wracking at the end when it was crunch-time,” he said)—Bogaerts has simply seemed like a player who is evolving in the manner befitting one of the club’s pieces of its foundation. For that, he feels his newfound certainty should get at least some of the credit.

 

Jose is Absurdly Unemployed Posted: April 27, 2019 at 09:31 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: contracts, red sox

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Red Sox notes: Nathan Eovaldi considering surgery to treat loose body in elbow

It started as an unsettling off day Thursday, when Eovaldi suddenly realized he couldn’t straighten his arm. An MRI revealed loose bodies in his elbow, an issue he also had in March 2018, when he needed arthroscopic surgery to remove them and missed two months while still with the Tampa Bay Rays.

This time, though, he could return even quicker since he’s not simultaneously recovering from Tommy John surgery, which he felt like prolonged his recovery and encouraged the Rays to be more cautious with him.

“It’s very similar to what I had last year,” he said. “I finished my outing in New York (Wednesday), felt great, never had any symptoms. And then it was my off day, later that night, I tried to straighten my arm and couldn’t get it straight. It was sore in there. Told the trainers on Friday and everything, ligament-wise, UCL-wise, it’s all fine. I just have two loose bodies in there.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 21, 2019 at 09:39 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: nathan eovaldi, red sox

Friday, April 19, 2019

Pedroia gets good news on latest knee injury

Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia said he received good news about the irritation in his left knee that led to his return to the 10-day injured list.

The 35-year-old was activated April 9 after starting the season on the injured list with inflammation in the knee but left Wednesday night’s game against the New York Yankees in the second inning. He was examined Thursday, when Boston put him back on the IL.

“More kind of scared me than anything,” Pedroia said before Friday’s game at Tampa Bay. “I was nervous, obviously, to feel that. We’re just going to let it calm down for a few days and then it should be all right. I hadn’t had any issues up until this point.”

Mind you, if the story goes as it has so far, that means he’ll be playing on a peg leg sometime in 2020….

 

QLE Posted: April 19, 2019 at 09:52 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: dustin pedroia, knee, red sox

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Red Sox injury: Where things stand with Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia’s knee | WEEI

If the Red Sox really want to get Chavis acclimated at 2B maybe they should play him there more than half the time.

The likely short-term solution is Tzu-Wei Lin, who impressed in spring training and has gotten off to a solid start with Triple-A Pawtucket, going 5-for-9 in his last two games. Top prospect Michael Chavis has shown good power (4 homers .250 batting average, .954 OPS), but is still acclimating himself to playing the second base position.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 18, 2019 at 08:03 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dustin pedroia, red sox

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Sale: ‘This is flat-out embarrassing’

Leon didn’t bring his magic pitch calling to the game yesterday.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 17, 2019 at 08:16 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, red sox

Sox recall Leon from Triple-A; Swihart DFA’d

This was a surprise and smells of desperation.

“By no means [am I] saying that we’re putting this on Blake,” said Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski. “It’s just, our guys haven’t pitched very well. There’s a combination of factors. But we just felt at this time it was better to bring up more of a veteran-type catcher to handle a veteran starting pitching staff, so that’s what we decided to do.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 17, 2019 at 08:15 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: blake swihart, red sox, sandy leon

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