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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Red Sox coaches still don’t want hitters thinking about hitting for power - providencejournal.com

Just 208 homers?

Led by Davis, who went deep 47 times, Baltimore hit more than 250 home runs last season, far and away the best in the American League. The Orioles still scored fewer than 750 runs, however. Conversely, the Red Sox hit just 208 home runs but scored nearly 900 runs.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 22, 2017 at 08:53 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Friday, April 21, 2017

Brock Holt goes to the disabled list with vertigo

The Red Sox activated Jackie Bradley Jr. from the DL today. The corresponding move: putting utilityman Brock Holt on the disabled list. But it’s not due to a hamstring or anything like that. It’s due to vertigo.

Vertigo is a medical condition where a person feels as if they or the objects around them are moving when they’re not. A spinning, swaying or dizziness. It can be caused by an infection, a concussion or any number of other things and the severity can vary as well.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 21, 2017 at 04:35 PM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: brock holt, red sox, vertigo

Thursday, April 20, 2017


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

In His 50th Year with the A’s, Steve Vucinish has a lifetime of tales

“Player requests — or, in some cases, demands — are the bane of any clubhouse manager’s existence. Most are accommodated, including the time Red Sox star Clemens asked for a birthday cake for his wife “in the fifth inning!” Vucinich said. When Carl Yastrzemski and Dwight “Dewey” Evans were with Boston, Coors was unavailable east of the Rockies, so they’d have Vucinich pack the luggage truck full of cases.

“One time a couple of equipment guys in Boston drank half of it when they were unloading it; Yaz and Dewey were so mad,” Vucinich said.

Last year, an A’s player asked Vucinich to send some clubhouse workers to a restaurant in San Francisco to pick up dinner for the player and bring it to the team’s plane when it landed in Oakland. He said a firm no to that one.

Vucinich never minded answering the phone for former A’s All-Star Jose Canseco, though, especially when Canseco was dating pop star Madonna.

“Madonna used to call in to get ahold of me and her code name was Melissa,” Canseco said. “Vuc would have to come tell me, ‘Hey, Jose, you’ve got a phone call from Melissa,’ and we’d all laugh because we knew it was Madonna. He’s probably the greatest clubhouse guy ever.”


Friday, April 14, 2017

JOHN FARRELL: HANLEY RAMIREZ NOT ‘BOYCOTTING’ FIRST BASE, BUT PREFERENCE CLEAR

Hanley Ramirez is not boycotting first base, Red Sox manager John Farrell said Friday, while acknowledging Ramirez’s preference for being the designated hitter.

Farrell said he thinks Ramirez nonetheless wants to play first base at some point.

“I know for a fact he thrives on the DH spot, that’s probably his preference overall,” Farrell said. “But in conversations throughout the winter, once we acquired Mitch (Moreland), the conversations throughout spring training — he understands how our roster is built.

“He’s not boycotting it, but I know where his preference lies. What’s best for our team, too, has for him going to first base on occasion.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 14, 2017 at 06:02 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: hanley ramirez, red sox

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Knee sprain sends Jackie Bradley, Jr. to disabled list

The Red Sox placed Jackie Bradley Jr. on the 10-day disabled list prior to Tuesday night’s game against the Orioles, but at this point, the belief is that the center fielder’s right knee sprain will be a short-term ailment.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 11, 2017 at 03:02 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: jbj, red sox

Monday, April 10, 2017

Red Sox bet Andrew Benintendi can join Mount Rushmore of left fielders

First there was Mookie, now Andrew Benintendi is here. Two of the most naturally gifted hitters I’ve watched at Fenway.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 10, 2017 at 08:28 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew benintendi, red sox

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Who held Craig Kimbrel out Friday: John Farrell or Kimbrel?

Kimbrel should have finished the 8th. The excuses are lame.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 08, 2017 at 11:30 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: craig kimbrel, red sox

Thursday, April 06, 2017

PawSox planning ‘100 percent replica’ of Fenway, including Green Monster

I’m really not sure how I feel about this…

Pros: farmhands get used to Fenway quirks, easier for team to forecast “how they’ll hit in Fenway”

Cons: seems like it would inevitably cost more, does it make “real” Fenway seem less special?

Benji Gil Gamesh VII - The Opt-Out Awakens Posted: April 06, 2017 at 08:45 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: fenway park, red sox, stadiums

Monday, April 03, 2017

Robert Megerdichian Is The Baseball Glove Whisperer [Boston Globe]

CAMBRIDGE — Robert Megerdichian’s idea of bliss is sitting in his kitchen listening to Boston Red Sox games on the radio as he refurbishes baseball gloves….

“Why would someone buy a new glove when they could just fix the old one,” Megerdichian asked Saturday as he stood in the kitchen that doubles as his glove repair workshop. “I’m old fashioned. Old-fashioned people fix things.”

Bote Man Posted: April 03, 2017 at 02:22 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: get off my lawn, gloves, old school, red sox

On Opening Day, Rick Porcello aims to put playoff stinker behind him | Boston Herald

It’s Red Sox Opening Day! I always take the day off as a religious holiday. So, may a Red Sox win be with you.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 03, 2017 at 08:53 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: opening day, red sox

Saturday, April 01, 2017


Chicago Cubs favored to repeat in 2017, Las Vegas oddsmakers say

Back in March 2013 I went to Las Vegas for my first and only trip to that fair city. I’m not much of a gambler so when my wife suggested that I make a $100 bet with 30/1 odds for the Red Sox I laughed. To this day she reminds me of my lack of foresight.

Anyway, about a third of my sim league live outside Massachusetts. Most of the remote owners fly in for the weekend draft in January. Last year a few of the remote owners wondered why they were traveling to Boston in January when we all could visit the two owners in Vegas for auction day. I couldn’t refute that logic and scheduled this year’s draft for Vegas. With that in mind I decided to look for the best longshot to place a $100 wager. After looking over the odds I decided on the D’Backs. Although I didn’t end up making the trip myself, I had one of my friends place the 100/1 bet for me.

Why am I telling you? Well, if you think I’m focusing on Arizona a little more than usual and feel that I seem to be rooting for them this year, it’s not your imagination.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 01, 2017 at 07:40 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, odds, red sox

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The Baseball-Bowling Connection!

Peas and carrots. Burt and Ernie. Beer and sportswriters. Baseball and bowling.

Baseball and bowling? Baseball and bowling!

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[Mookie] Betts has competed in PBA-sanctioned bowling tournaments, making him the only two-sport star currently active on a major league roster. It might not be Bo Jackson tearing out of the backfield, but it’s not nothin’

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When the Baseball Hall of Fame phoned Boudreau to tell him he’d been elected, his wife had to take the call—Lou was out bowling.

———

gehrig97 Posted: March 29, 2017 at 10:12 AM | 63 comment(s)
  Beats: bowling, everett scott, general, history, hodges, mookie betts, red sox

Monday, March 27, 2017

Red Sox spring training: Blake Swihart leads group sent to minor-league camp - Over the Monster

He’ll be back when Sandy Leon proves he’s a pumpkin.

The highlight here is that Blake Swihart has been optioned to Triple-A. While this was always seen as inevitable, it is still something of a disappointment to some. There is an argument to be made that he is the most talented catcher in the organization, but since he was the only backstop with minor-league options he’ll have to wait to prove it. He had a hell of a spring, though, and it won’t be too long before he gets that chance.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 27, 2017 at 09:08 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: blake swihart, red sox

Silverman: Christian Vazquez deserves starting catcher job | Boston Herald

He can catch but can he hit?

Jim Furtado Posted: March 27, 2017 at 07:08 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Gammons: Daniel Bard Is Willing To Endure The Frustration

The Cardinals last spring signed Bard to a two year deal which his agent Mike Milchin thought would give the organization time to see if they could ground him. His initial numbers with Palm Beach in the Florida State League (3 3 8 9 13 1) were not successful, but Director of Player Development Gary LaRocque and his minor league pitching staff decided to have him try a lower arm slot.

“In some ways, it’s a lot like what Andrew did—simply everything,” says Bard. In 2012, when struggling with his delivery, Miller, with the help of pitching coach Bob McClure, tried a delivery that was part slidestep, part of fire-the-ball-at-the-backyard wall step and fire.” Which, as we saw in October, helped him develop into one of the best relievers in the game.

Bard now just loads and fires from his low ¾ slot. On this video, shot by Woodard, one can see him registering 96 on the radar gun.

I’d love to see him return to his top form. Maybe not with the Cardinals…

villageidiom Posted: March 26, 2017 at 05:01 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, comebacks, control issues, cubs, daniel bard, pirates, rangers, red sox

Monday, March 20, 2017

Drew Pomeranz suffers another injury | Boston Herald

“The first inning, my triceps got a little tight toward the end,” he said. “I told the trainers in between that inning, went back out and it stayed tight the whole time. Nothing crazy. Just a little triceps tightness. I think my workloads have been a little higher this week. Who knows. I threw that second inning and it didn’t really loosen up. We just decided to call it quits. I could’ve thrown one more but it’s still the second start and we’ll give it a little rest.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 20, 2017 at 06:25 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: drew pomeranz, injuries, red sox

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Silverman: Tyler Thornburg endures rough adjustment to Sox’ shoulder program | Boston Herald

Thornburg said that after the December trade, he was sent a list of exercises from the training staff. The message he did not receive was that all of the exercises were to be performed daily.

“I kind of figured that this is a list of the exercises they incorporated, I didn’t think this is what they do all in one day,” said Thornburg. “I thought, ‘here’s a list of exercises, learn them, pick five or six of them,’ because that was pretty much what we did in Milwaukee.”

No wonder, then, Thornburg’s body began to bark.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 12, 2017 at 09:53 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, tyler thornburg

Friday, March 10, 2017

Mookie Betts Cleanup - Unorthodox But Don’t Freak Out

So, John Farrell is tinkering with the idea that Andrew Benintendi might hit third, sliding Mookie betts down to the cleanup spot…

Some of the initial reaction when Ken Rosenthal first surfaced this notion late Wednesday focused on the concern over Betts, the American League MVP runner-up, potentially not getting to the plate in the first inning.

Fair.

But understand that cleanup hitters more times than not actually do hit in the first, which means they are coming to the plate with runners on base. Nelson Cruz, who hit fourth more than any other batter in 2016 (155 times), hit in the first inning 98 times. And Mike Napoli, who was second with 140 appearances at cleanup, hit in the first on 97 occasions.

Jose is El Absurd Pollo Posted: March 10, 2017 at 09:26 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: lineups, red sox

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Giving big dollars to older pitchers doesn’t make sense - Buster Olney - ESPN (INSIDER $)

Remember when the Red Sox said they wouldn’t sign any more older, expensive free agent starters?

The Boston Red Sox gave Price the most money ever for a pitcher, $217 million over seven years, when he was 30 years old. He had a good but not great first year in 2016, leading the American League in innings. But now with the uncertainty over Price’s elbow, the Red Sox don’t know what they’ll get out of him in Years 2 and 3, when he would have theoretically been at his best for Boston, before the inevitable decline would be expected to begin. Price’s situation serves as a fresh affirmation of the general belief in the risk-averse analytics community that the outsized deals for older free agent pitchers are mostly disasters.

Think about the huge contracts doled out to pitchers over the winter of 2015-16, plus Stephen Strasburg. If you applied truth serum to the owners and front offices involved, you might tap into some deep wells of regret.

If the Red Sox had the opportunity today, would they love to get out of their deal with Price? Sure.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 09, 2017 at 09:35 AM | 54 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Not all spring training numbers are meaningless

Was this article meant to convince us about something?

Jim Furtado Posted: March 09, 2017 at 07:11 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, spring training

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Red Sox fiercely debate who owns best hair in the clubhouse - providencejournal.com

The Brockstar clearly has the best hair.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 08, 2017 at 08:29 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Monday, March 06, 2017

Red Sox backing off Tyler Thornburg for the time being

Fernando Abad traveled to Sarasota on Sunday to join Team Dominican Republic for the World Baseball Classic. Abad’s departure from Red Sox camp comes at a time when he’s battling for a roster spot.

“You love the fact that his country looks upon him as a guy to contribute for the WBC,” Farrell said. “But in those positions of competing for a spot, you’d like to think that a guy’s going to be here to make that mark here. He’s aware of his status on the roster competing for a spot. When he returns, it’s constant evaluating that’s going on.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 06, 2017 at 06:33 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Friday, March 03, 2017

Boston Red Sox pitcher David Price won’t need surgery on arm

David Price doesn’t need surgery.

That was the verdict Friday after the Boston Red Sox ace had his sore left elbow examined by prominent orthopedic surgeons Dr. James Andrews and Dr. Neal ElAttrache. Price is expected to rejoin the Red Sox at their spring training camp Saturday in Fort Myers, Florida.

Boston manager John Farrell told reporters that the findings of Andrews and ElAttrache represented the best-case scenario for Price, who will rest and receive treatment for the next seven to 10 days.

“A very positive exam, given the concern a couple days ago,” Farrell told reporters after the Red Sox’s 9-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 03, 2017 at 08:09 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: david price, red sox

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