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Saturday, June 09, 2018

Joe Kelly Has the Best Draft Day Story Ever

“I turned 21 the day of the Draft. So double-whammy,” the Red Sox reliever said. “I knew I was getting drafted, obviously, and I turned 21 that day. So obviously that doesn’t mix too well. Let’s just say I was really, really, really belligerently drunk before the draft even started.”

 

Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: June 09, 2018 at 12:14 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, cardinals, draft, red sox

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

How Dwight Evans Overcame a Mid-Career Crisis to Evolve into a Hall of Fame-Caliber Player

In early July 1980, Dwight Evans’ career stood at a crossroads.  For the past seven and a half seasons, Evans had played right field for the Boston Red Sox.  Evans possessed one of the most feared throwing arms in the game and was recognized for his defensive skills which had won him three Gold Glove Awards.  Evans was a decent hitter but had yet to have a breakout campaign at the plate.  After struggling mightily in the batter’s box during the first few months of the 1980 season, Evans found himself platooned with outfielder Jim Dwyer.  Determined to remain Boston’s starting right fielder, Evans sought the advice of Red Sox coach Walt Hriniak.  Evans and Hriniak worked together on the beleaguered hitter’s swing and not only pulled the veteran out of his slump but also helped him evolve into one of the era’s most dominant sluggers and put together a Hall of Fame-caliber career.


Friday, May 25, 2018

Red Sox to part ways with Hanley Ramirez

According to a major league source, the Red Sox informed Ramirez Friday morning that they will designate him for assignment in order to open a spot on the major league roster for Dustin Pedroia, who is returning from the disabled list after his rehab from offseason knee surgery.

The Red Sox are responsible for more than $15 million remaining on Ramirez’s salary through the duration of this season. They will have seven days to trade or release him.

The decision to part ways with the 34-year-old Ramirez may avoid a potentially awkward situation related to his $22 million vesting option for 2019. With a total of 497 plate appearances this year, Ramirez would have been guaranteed another $22 million next season. He’d already accumulated 195, putting him on pace to blow past the required number to secure his salary for next season.

Seems like his recent slump is an excuse to get out of the contract.

Greg Pope Posted: May 25, 2018 at 12:08 PM | 72 comment(s)
  Beats: hanley ramirez, red sox

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Yanks, Red Sox will take rivalry to London in ‘19

NEW YORK—The most historic rivalry in baseball will break new ground in June 2019, with the Red Sox and Yankees scheduled to meet in London for the first Major League games played in Europe.

The MLB London Series will be played June 29-30, 2019, at London Stadium, site of the 2012 Olympic Games, which will take on a baseball configuration for the event. The estimated capacity of London Stadium for the series will be 55,000. The Red Sox will be the home team for both games, marking the first time that the clubs have met in a city that was not Boston or New York.

I’ll almost certainly go, because hey! MLB in my home city. But Yankees v Red Sox? Bleah.

manchestermets Posted: May 08, 2018 at 10:36 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: london, overseas series, red sox, yankees

Thursday, May 03, 2018

This wasn’t a catcher’s balk in Royals’ game, but it was a rarity in baseball history

The play didn’t have an impact on the outcome of the Royals’ wild 7-6 win at Boston on Tuesday, but this was one of the rarest plays you’ll see in a game.

The Royals had runners on first and second with two outs and Lucas Duda at the plate. Boston catcher Christian Vazquez blocked a pitch from Carson Smith, and the ball was on the ground next to him. Vazquez used his catcher’s mask to secure the ball, and that’s not allowed.

Zach Posted: May 03, 2018 at 11:58 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: catchers, rare plays, red sox, royals

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Joe Kelly Roams Stands During Game

Friday night, the second game of his suspsension, the pitcher had tickets for Green Monster seats but couldn’t sit still, venturing to three different spots in Fenway Park, including the bleachers. Sunday he took it to another level.

“I was in the suite and we weren’t getting any runs and we were losing so I moved and went out to the bleachers. We got a couple of runs,” Kelly said. “I moved to another location and that didn’t work, so I moved to the Sam Adams Party Deck and we ended up getting the runs. Then I watched the rest, when Craig [Kimbrel> came in, from the State Street Pavilion. I had to change locations. I was getting superstitious.”

This is pretty cool.  Kelly the pitcher frustrates me but he has always struck me as a good guy. This is pretty cool.

 

Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: April 29, 2018 at 07:09 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: fans, red sox

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Forget that one call; Sean Manaea deserves our full attention

Rule 5.09(b)(1): Any runner is out when he runs more than three feet away from his base path to avoid being tagged unless his action is to avoid interference with a fielder fielding a batted ball. A runner’s base path is established when the tag attempt occurs and is a straight line from the runner to the base he is attempting to reach safely.

The play: In the top of the sixth, Benintendi hit a slow chopper up the line that was fielded by Oakland first baseman Matt Olson coming in on the ball. Olson picked up the grounder and dove to tag Benintendi, who veered right—with both feet clearly outside the outer edge of the running lane—and then dove back into the first-base bag. Olson never tagged him. At first, Benintendi was called safe before the play was overturned.

Bored Posted: April 22, 2018 at 02:21 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, no hitter, red sox, rules of the game, sean manaea

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

About the only problem the Red Sox have is what to do with Blake Swihart

Having talent is not a problem. Because of his injuries Swihart’s stock is down. The Red Sox need to get him into the mix behind the plate to either showcase him for deals or to turn him into a partner for Vazquez. They can keep Sandy Leon around if they want him for insurance to remain as a future backup to Vazquez. He should not be an impediment.

Rick Porcello has now settled in nicely with Leon catching him. Pitchers love Leon behind the plate. Any notion of trying to deal Leon to make room for Swihart is likely not realistic. Nor is the possibility of trading Swihart. The last thing Dave Dombrowski wants is to deal Swihart, have a catcher go down here, and then watch Swihart turn into a star someplace else.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 17, 2018 at 08:53 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: blake swihart, red sox

Friday, April 13, 2018

Jared Banner and the making of a front-office prospect

Here’s something you don’t see every day, an in-depth look at a mid-level baseball exec.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 13, 2018 at 06:43 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Thursday, April 12, 2018

A Brawl Erupts, and the Red Sox-Yankees Rivalry Catches Fire

BOSTON — If there was any doubt that the saltiness had returned to the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry, it evaporated late Wednesday night when a 97-miles-per-hour fastball from Boston reliever Joe Kelly found its intended target: Tyler Austin’s ribs.

Austin slammed his bat down, fired his helmet to the ground and charged after Kelly, and soon both benches and bullpens were empty.


Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Bradford: Are players buying what baseball is selling when it comes to analytics? It’s a work in progress | WEEI

It seems to be working.

The Red Sox plan this season was to load up their coaches with a whole new level of analytics, filtering a new level of information to the players. It’s a whole new thing. And it’s one which, judging by an 8-1 start and the lowest batting average on balls in play in years, certainly seems to have some merit.

But, make no mistake about it, the selling of this new way of doing things is, and will be, a work in progress. The information gatherers know it. The coaches know it. And the players, they sure know it.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 10, 2018 at 09:08 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, shifts

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Alex Cora Has Had an Eye Opening Few Days

“It was good, man,” Cora said. “That experience last year, I needed that. For however prepared I was without coaching a full season in the big leagues, in that position, those conversations were going to be awkward. It was natural. I don’t know if you guys notice, we have a couch there now in the office to make it more casual. It was a good conversation. He was honest. I was honest. And we move on. And he’s in a good place.”

Short but somewhat interesting story about Alex Cora dealing with some of the personal interactions as a first time manager.

Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: March 25, 2018 at 12:20 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: managers, red sox

Thursday, March 01, 2018

Alex Cora to lean on veterans for Red Sox rules, possibly tighter dress code

Are sports coats really needed?

“I think you give them the space,” Cora said in a sit-down with NBC Sports Boston. “Obviously, we’re going to have some rules. Dress codes, and who can be in the clubhouse, all that stuff. … I will get the veterans or the core of the team in my office. Tell ‘em what I want from them, and then they meet and they’ll come back with a set of rules that they feel it’s appropriate for the team, and then we’ll discuss and we go.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 01, 2018 at 08:44 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: alex cora, red sox

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

What you need to know about the injury that delayed J.D. Martinez’s Red Sox contract

Some details about the new clause in his contract.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 28, 2018 at 07:09 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: j.d. martinez, red sox

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Red Sox fans have David Price, vilified in Boston, to thank for J.D. Martinez

If David Price pitches well, he’ll feel the love.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 20, 2018 at 01:24 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: david price, red sox

Monday, February 19, 2018

J.D. Martinez reportedly has deal with Red Sox

Reportedly front-loaded at $25 million each of the first two years. The free agent market was held up for this?

The prolonged courtship of slugger J.D. Martinez has paid off for the Red Sox, as MLB.com’s Jon Paul Morosi reported via sources that the sides have reached agreement on a five-year, $110 million contract that includes opt-outs after the second and third years of the deal.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 19, 2018 at 07:42 PM | 97 comment(s)
  Beats: j.d. martinez, red sox

Friday, February 16, 2018

Red Sox Speak Out Against WEEI

After saying that some of the station’s opinions were “offensive and out of line” last year (a statement that received criticism from WEEI hosts), the Boston Red Sox are once again expressing their displeasure with their flagship radio broadcaster. President and CEO Sam Kennedy said the team had a “growing level of concern” with WEEI, and also claimed the seemingly neverending parade of incidents that get people riled up was “exhausting,” per the Boston Herald.

WEEI has been doing this stuff for 20 years.  The Sox can talk all they want but they’ve renewed their deals with ‘EEI in the wake of past incidents and they’re locked in until 2023 so this is just talk.

Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: February 16, 2018 at 09:38 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: radio, red sox

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Source: Red Sox, Eduardo Nunez agree to deal

The Red Sox have agreed to a deal with super-utility man Eduardo Nunez, pending a physical, a source told MLB.com on Thursday.

The Red Sox, sticking with team policy for uncompleted free-agent negotiations, have not confirmed the deal. The length of the contract is unknown.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 15, 2018 at 08:15 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: eduardo nuñez, red sox

Dave Dombrowski: ‘Names of prominence’ may become available by trade

“I go out every morning, I have a cup of coffee, I sit at a Dunkin Donuts and I bet you I have about 10 people a day that talk to me,” Dombrowski said. “It’s really split. So your pulse, you must hear that and probably that’s a louder voice but people are very supportive: don’t do anything if you think it’s unwise.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 15, 2018 at 10:14 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Friday, January 19, 2018

Why is J.D. Martinez’s big bat still available

Why should the Red Sox bid against themselves? If there was another team out there willing to bid higher, he would have signed already. Certainly a higher bid could eventually materialize but until that actually happens…

“If you’re Boras, J.D. and the Red Sox, there has to be some creativity involved to get a deal done,” the industry source said. “They’re a perfect match. They’re really the only match.”

Jim Furtado Posted: January 19, 2018 at 09:11 AM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, j.d. martinez, red sox

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Dave Dombrowski’s reputation, autonomy and the pursuit of JD Martinez

What’s your team’s goal? Do you want short bursts of success or do you want sustained success? Do you want to be the Braves of the 90s or Royals of the recent past?

Small markets may be forced to think of smaller windows of opportunity. Big markets can plan for sustained success. I’d rather have the Red Sox working similarly to the current Dodgers than Ilitch’s Tigers. I like J.D. Martinez. I don’t like him enough to see the Sox go beyond five years. (I’d prefer four with a higher AAV actually.)

Jim Furtado Posted: January 09, 2018 at 06:49 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, red sox

Monday, January 08, 2018

SBNation : After 5-year odyssey, Daniel Bard calls it a career.

Instead, Bard’s tenure with the Red Sox ended two months before the team would win a World Series in 2013, beginning a four-year journey set mostly on the back fields of extended spring training. After being initially claimed by the Cubs in 2013, Bard would be released and signed by a new club on five different occasions, spending time with the Rangers, Cubs (again), Pirates, and Cardinals before landing with the Mets.

Bard would appear in just 13 innings over that four-year span, allowing 35 earned runs while walking 46 and hitting 16 batters. Yet he continued to motor on, trying anything and everything to get back to the big leagues.

Random Transaction Generator Posted: January 08, 2018 at 08:47 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: daniel bard, red sox, retirement

Saturday, January 06, 2018

The case for going beyond 5 years for J.D. Martinez | WEEI

No. No. No.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 06, 2018 at 10:25 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: j.d. martinez, red sox

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

MLB Buzz: Trade talk, deals and rumors

Is this Boras just priming the pump?

J.D. Martinez, regarded as the best hitter available on the free-agent market, has a five-year offer on the table from the Red Sox, according to USA TODAY Sports.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 02, 2018 at 04:58 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, j.d. martinez, red sox

Monday, November 24, 2014

red sox - Trying to make sense of Red Sox reunion with Hanley Ramirez - WEEI | Rob Bradford

Another take on the Ramirez signing.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 24, 2014 at 06:45 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: hanley ramirez, red sox

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