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Thursday, August 01, 2019

Three winners and three losers from the trade deadline

The 2019 trade deadline has passed. Unlike in past years, there is no non-waiver trade deadline, so this was it for major trades for teams wanting to recoup value on soon-to-depart players and for teams looking to make upgrades for the stretch run. With that in mind, here are three winners and three losers from the trade deadline.

As far as can be told, none of them are rolling down a mountainside.

 

QLE Posted: August 01, 2019 at 03:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, braves, dodgers, indians, red sox, yankees

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Cashman: Yankees engaged in trade talks with every team ‘except the Boston Red Sox’

The Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees have long been rivals. And it appears that rivalry is still as strong as it is off the field as it is on the field.

Ahead of the second game of the teams’ four-game series at Fenway Park, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman confirmed that the Yankees, one of the league’s top contenders, would be working hard to find upgrades for their team ahead of the trade deadline.

However, per Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, there is a stipulation to their activity that involves the Red Sox.

“The Philadelphia Flyers, the Sacramento Kings, Manchester City, the All-Blacks, the Dallas Aces, the Ottawa Redblacks- we’ve been in productive negotiations with all of them, but the Red Sox….”

 

QLE Posted: July 27, 2019 at 11:06 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, trade rumors, yankees

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Boston Red Sox protest loss to Tampa Bay Rays due to lineup card questions

One of those rare instances when a pitcher is forced to enter an American League team’s batting order led to on-field confusion, a 20-minute delay and, ultimately, the Boston Red Sox playing Wednesday game under protest.

The issue centered on the Tampa Bay Rays’ substitutions, starting in the seventh inning when Ji-Man Choi pinch-hit for catcher Mike Zunino. Everything was fine as Choi remained in the game to play first base and Travis d’Arnaud moved from first to catcher.

But when Rays manager Kevin Cash shifted pitcher Adam Kolarek to first base after he retired the first batter in the top of the eighth and brought in reliever Chaz Roe, he didn’t specify which pitcher would replace designated hitter Austin Meadows in the batting order.

That brought bewildered Red Sox manager Alex Cora out of the dugout to argue with home plate umpire Angel Hernandez—with two separate discussions delaying the game by at least 20 minutes.

For those of you keeping score at home, there have been two successful protests since the Pine Tar Game, both relating to rain delays.

QLE Posted: July 25, 2019 at 04:23 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: lineups, protests, rays, red sox

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Price responds as Eckersley dispute resurfaces

Two years ago, Red Sox lefty David Price set up a meeting to apologize to Dennis Eckersley for yelling at the Hall of Famer in front of his teammates on a team flight from Boston to Toronto.

When Eckersley chose not to show up for the meeting, he said he just wanted to “move on.”

And that’s why Price was angered on Wednesday by a profile on Eckersley in The Boston Globe in which the NESN analyst and former closer discussed the incident.

“I didn’t know how to deal with that,” Eckersley said of the incident. “I don’t plan on saying a word to him, I don’t plan on seeing him, never. I don’t really give a [expletive] one way or another. I don’t think he really cares one way or the other.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 18, 2019 at 12:28 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: david price, dennis eckersley, red sox

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

“I Got Lucky Man” Dennis Eckersley on Surviving His Tough Times

Then on March 30, 1978, near the end of spring training, Eckersley was traded to the Red Sox along with catcher Fred Kendall for an assortment of four players, none of whom wound up altering the Indians’ fortunes.

The same day, his wife Denise, whom he’d married when they were both 18 and with whom he had an infant daughter, Mandee, told him she wanted a divorce. A few months later she told him she wanted to marry his best friend, Indians center fielder Rick Manning….

During a Red Sox-Indians game earlier this season, I saw Eckersley behind the Fenway Park press box gathering intelligence on the Indians from one of the team’s broadcasters. The other guy looked familiar, an ex-ballplayer for sure, a face from a baseball card long since lost. I turned the corner to leave the press box, and then it hit me who it was: Rick Manning.

I mentioned it to Eckersley a few weeks later, after he had brought up the affair between his first wife and his best friend, and the heartbreak and sadness that led to him being traded to the Red Sox. “He’s the father to my daughter,” says Eckersley. “I mean, it’s been 40 years. It’s not about forgiveness. It’s about moving on with your life and living it. We were all young. I was on the road half the time, and I was hardly innocent myself, and suddenly you come home and you’re not that attractive anymore. It was an ugly way to have it happen. It was painful as hell.” He pauses, then says, “[We have] a daughter together. I’ve got to be nice.”

Jose is Absurdly Unemployed Posted: July 16, 2019 at 10:08 PM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, broadcasters, cubs, hall of fame, red sox

Monday, July 01, 2019

Red Sox’ Alex Cora in awe of Yankees’ Carlos Beltran

“I was joking with somebody that their biggest free-agent acquisition is [special adviser] Carlos Beltran. I know how he works. He’s helped them a lot. They’re very into details, and we have to clean our details. It was eye-opening, the last two days, from top to bottom.

“I’m not saying devices, all that stuff. It’s just stuff that the game will dictate. And we’ll scream at people, and it’s right there. Throughout the evening, I was looking, and I saw it. And right now they’re doing a lot better than us. So we need to get better.”

Asked specifically whether his pitchers, who got battered for 29 runs and 32 hits over these two games, were tipping what was coming, Cora said, “This weekend, we did everything. We tipped pitches. Sequence, everything. That’s why I’m saying. I know Carlos. … That was a great addition to their staff over there.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 01, 2019 at 06:47 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, yankees

Red Sox owner John Henry gives idea of Red Sox’ approach at Major League Baseball trade deadline | WEEI

And as frustrating as the two games against the Yankees might have been Saturday and Sunday, in which the Red Sox were outscored 29-21 in two losses, it is Henry’s team’s overall lot in life that offers the true frustration. That much was clear when the Sox’ owner spoke with WEEI.com on the London Stadium field just prior to the series opener.

“I don’t feel good about the way we’ve played thus far,” said Henry prior to seeing his team fall 11 games in back of the first-place Yankees.

Then when asked if the approach heading into July has to still be to wait and see what transpires over the next few weeks, he was quick with his response, “We’ve been waiting and seeing. It’s not wait and see. It’s ‘you expect to pick it up’ in the second half.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 01, 2019 at 06:44 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Thursday, June 27, 2019

385 Feet To Center? It’s Going to be a Blast

Have you ever been to London? What are you most looking forward to there?

Marcus Walden, Red Sox relief pitcher: No. The biggest thing that I would never really do, but I’m going to do, is The Eye, the big ol’ carousel thing. That’s something I rarely do. I don’t like heights. I don’t like doing it, but my wife said I have to go. That’s the one thing I would never do but I’m gonna do. I don’t know a whole lot about London. Walking around is going to be cool. My cousin is married to a professor at Oxford. She gave me a list of things that I need to go see. It’ll be cool to have her come into the game and have them show us around.

Just some conversations ahead of the London Series with players on both teams.  Some fun bits of humanity in here.

Jose is Absurdly Unemployed Posted: June 27, 2019 at 09:24 AM | 69 comment(s)
  Beats: london, red sox, world champions, yankees

Monday, June 24, 2019

Buy or sell? This might be time for makeover of underperforming Red Sox - The Boston Globe

Maybe they are playing with the same flair and sense of purpose but just aren’t playing as well.

Their bullpen is not deep enough and several important players — Mookie Betts and J.D Martinez in particular — are not playing with the same flair and sense of purpose they showed a year ago. Even fiery Chris Sale has been meandering along.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 24, 2019 at 09:47 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

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

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