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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Red Sox outlast Orioles in 11 innings, 10-8

I stood up late to watch this one. Good win!

Jim Furtado Posted: September 19, 2017 at 07:09 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Sunday, September 17, 2017


Saturday, September 16, 2017

Silverman: Red Sox get off easy but face scrutiny for stealing signs | Boston Herald

How much was the fine?

Jim Furtado Posted: September 16, 2017 at 11:32 AM | 84 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Monday, September 11, 2017

Taking Back the Ballparks - Red Sox Unconstitutional Executive Order Thread

This was not an easy call. While there was some support for conducting a vote, even if it was a mere formality, there was even more backing for simply calling Fenway the winner. Moreover, there was a substantial undercurrent of thought that even having a vote threatened the project itself. It’s not an opinion I share, but given I’m relying on the support of Primates to keep thing going, it’s one I have to take seriously. Thus, I hereby proclaim that Fenway Park is the name of choice for the ballpark played by the Olde Towne Team.

The next team will be announced soon.

 

SoSH U at work Posted: September 11, 2017 at 10:04 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, red sox douche, stadium names

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Bryce Brentz hung in there and the Red Sox hung in there with him — until they didn’t

I’ve seen enough of Bryce Brentz to believe he can be a serviceable major leaguer in the Jonny Gomes mode. I’m sure he’ll be able to catch on with another team. 

Among other things in the piece, the Commissioner speaks:

Q. Are the rumors about the new Marlins ownership slashing payroll by 50 percent true, and are you concerned by that?

A. “I talked to [new Marlins owner] Bruce Sherman this morning. I think that the Marlins, the new ownership, once they are approved, are intent on putting a competitive product on the field and improving the financial performance of that club in the market. I don’t think there has been any predetermination that they are going to X, Y, or Z payroll level. And in fact, Mr. Sherman told me he had no idea where those press reports were emanating from, and that it was not reflective of any discussion that he had internally with his group.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 10, 2017 at 08:27 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce brentz, notes, red sox

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Silverman: Doug Fister looks like an ace | Boston Herald

Let’s not get carried away.

The difference between Doug Fister and Sale is the former doesn’t need any qualifiers. Fister is the real thing, people, and last night’s gem — his fourth consecutive start of seven-plus innings allowing two or fewer runs — should be enough to cement his status as the closest thing to a sure thing the Red Sox can put on the mound at this point in the season.

If you’ve been waiting for his pixie dust to wear off, you can hit pause because 33-year-old veterans with Fister’s resume are not flukes when they go on runs like this one.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 07, 2017 at 07:13 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: doug fister, red sox

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

The shocking history of sign stealing in baseball

As Mike Lowell joked on MLB Network, this is partly a pace of play issue. How much time were these pitchers taking between pitches?

Boston’s greatest crime was the obviousness with which it employed the scheme. Generally speaking, according to sources, if someone on a team’s video staff cracks an opponent’s signals, they are run from the video room to an intermediary in the dugout and forwarded to players on the field. The Red Sox’s crime, according to sources, was sending the decoded material via Wi-Fi rather than vocal cords.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 06, 2017 at 01:14 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, stealing signs, yankees

Red Sox score marathon walk-off win in 19 innings

Once the adrenaline rush from putting together a ninth-inning rally to force extra innings eventually wore off, and the ninth inning turned into the 11th, then the 13th, then the 15th, then the 17th, and all the zeroes on the scoreboard started to blend together, the Sox’s stalemate with the Blue Jays became its own surreal mental and physical challenge.

Physically, there wasn’t a body on the field that wasn’t feeling the drain of a game that stretched long past midnight.
...
But in order to outlast the Blue Jays stare down that ultimately lasted 19 innings (the second longest game in the history of Fenway Park) and six hours (the longest game in the majors this season) and come away with a 3-2 victory, the Sox had to stay dialed in at each moment, because each one was critical.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: September 06, 2017 at 10:42 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: 19 innings, blue jays, red sox

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

NYT: Boston Red Sox Used Electronic Devices to Steal Signs Against Yankees

Investigators for Major League Baseball have determined that the Boston Red Sox, who are in first place in the American League East and likely headed to the playoffs, executed a scheme to illicitly steal hand signals from opponents’ catchers in games against the second-place Yankees and other teams, according to several people briefed on the matter.

The baseball inquiry began about two weeks ago, after the Yankees’ general manager, Brian Cashman, filed a detailed complaint with the commissioner’s office that included video the Yankees shot of the Red Sox dugout during a three-game series in Boston last month.

The Yankees, who had long been suspicious of the Red Sox stealing catchers’ signs in Fenway Park, contended the video showed a member of the Red Sox training staff looking at his Apple Watch in the dugout and then relaying a message to players, who may have then been able to use the information to know the type of pitch that was going to be thrown when they were hitting, according to the people familiar with the case.


Baseball investigators corroborated the Yankees’ claims based on video the commissioner’s office uses for instant replay and broadcasts, the people said. The commissioner’s office then confronted the Red Sox, who admitted that their trainers had received signals from video replay personnel and then relayed that information to some players — an operation that had been in place for at least several weeks.

Swedish Chef Posted: September 05, 2017 at 04:29 PM | 237 comment(s)
  Beats: mlb_discipline, red sox, yankees

Monday, September 04, 2017

Red Sox’ Blake Swihart looking for a reboot

I wouldn’t write Swihart off yet. Hopefully, he’ll be able to get his ankle strong enough for the season grind.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 04, 2017 at 08:07 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: blake swihart, red sox

Friday, September 01, 2017

C.C. Sabathia Rants Over Red Sox’ Nunez Bunting On Him « CBS Boston

So, how many more bunts will he have to deal with in the future?

“It’s kind of weak to me,” Sabathia told reporters after the game. “It shows what they’ve got over there. … I’m an old man. They should go out there and try to kick my butt.

“I just feel like they tried to take the weak road.”

Asked if he felt the Red Sox disrespected him, Sabathia responded: “[They gave me] too much respect. … Let’s go. Let’s play. Swing the bat.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 01, 2017 at 10:40 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: c.c. sabathia, eduardo nuñez, red sox, yankees

Sunday, August 27, 2017

As the Red Sox have surged, ratings have bounced back

Just in time to listen to the horrible Jerry Remy fill-ins and the snooze inducing Dave O’Brien.

And more caterwauling about the Houston decision to not retain some scouts.

That may be the case, but the reality is scouting as a way of evaluating players is dying. So many great baseball people who have devoted their lives to discovering talent no longer work in the game. This is very disturbing to Dave Dombrowski, who says, “You’ve got to have both.”

The roll call in Houston includes Paul Gale, Tim Moore, Tucker Blair, and Mike Wickham (who is the husband of MLB Network’s Heidi Watney). The list on the amateur side includes Zach Clark, John Martin, Nick Venuto, and Mark Ross, all longtime respected evaluators. The Twins let go the estimable Wayne Krivsky and his 40 years of experience. Also gone are veteran evaluators Marty Esposito, Alan Sandberg, Ted Williams, and Mark Wilson, who produced Joe Mauer and Glen Perkins for the Twins.

I don’t know the exact reason these scouts were let go, and neither do the complainers. I suggest, however, a team’s *employees* must fit within an organization’s culture and team-building philosophy. If these scouts don’t, and what they bring to the table is actually of value, letting them go will eventually be beneficial to the fired scouts as their opinions will be better appreciated by teams which share the scouts sensibilities. At the same time, the Astros will end up hiring people who better fit their objectives.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 27, 2017 at 09:48 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: notes, red sox

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Red Sox Acquire Rajai Davis From Athletics | BaseballAmerica.com

Jackie Bradley Jr.’s injury to his left hand spurred the Red Sox into action Wednesday as they acquired speedy veteran outfielder Rajai Davis from Oakland for 18-year-old outfielder Rafael Rincones. Boston will be Davis’ seventh professional organization, including two stints in Oakland.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 24, 2017 at 06:41 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: rajai davis, red sox, trade

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The totality of Rafael Devers, who is eclipsing everything thought possible

Devers won’t be able to sustain his current play forever. (His .377 BAbip would rank him 3rd all time.) Nevertheless, he looks like a great young player who has great bat-to-ball skills and an ability to make adjustments. I am looking forward to watching his career.

For reference, he’s the top 30 in BAbip (minimum 1000 PA):

Jim Furtado Posted: August 22, 2017 at 07:26 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: notes, rafael devers, red sox

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Red Sox want to do away with ‘racist’ legacy of famed Yawkey Way

Henry said he would like to see it changed to David Ortiz Way or Big Papi Way, in honour of the Dominican Republic-born Red Sox great who retired following last season. A portion of the street was named David Ortiz Drive in his honour this past June.

winnipegwhip Posted: August 17, 2017 at 08:24 PM | 112 comment(s)
  Beats: limousine liberalism, phony outrage, red sox, steroid heroes

First pitch astray at Fenway | Red Sox

This first pitch is a bit nutty. Sorry, it had to be said.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 17, 2017 at 07:52 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Monday, August 14, 2017

MLBN: High Heat on Yanks-Red Sox

Brian Kenny fills in for Mad Thug Dog Russo:

Brian Kenny brushes back on High Heat with some questions about the bullpen usage for the Red Sox and Yankees over this past weekend.

Renegade (((JE))) Posted: August 14, 2017 at 08:12 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: brian kenny, mlb_network, red sox, yankees

Sullivan: Let’s Watch Rafael Devers Take Aroldis Chapman Deep

Kung Fu Who?

Even before Sunday, Devers was doing pretty well. He’d advanced through Portland, he’d advanced through Pawtucket, and he’d run a .939 OPS over some dozens of chances in the major leagues. Devers, as a rookie, has taken a firm hold on the Red Sox’s third-base position, which earlier had proven a crippling weakness. Now, though, Devers truly has his breakthrough moment. See, he batted against Chapman in the ninth inning of a one-run game, and he tied it up. He tied it up with a home run back up the middle, and he tied it up with a home run against a pitch measured at 102.8.

Pitchers have been throwing pitches for more than a hundred years. Batters have been swinging at them for same. And yet, for more than a century, we lacked all the data. We have pitch velocities tracked only back to 2008. So be it. We’re given a limited window, but still a meaningful one. For shorthand, you could say we have a decade of information. Over that decade, no one has gone yard against a faster fastball. Faster pitches have been thrown, but none of them have gone for four bases. Devers is still looking ahead to his 21st birthday, but already he’s done one of the most incredible things he’ll probably ever do.

The pitch was faster than the pitch thrown to Davis, by almost six ticks. And, unlike Davis, Devers went up batting left-handed. Chapman, historically, has been good against everyone, but he’s been the best pitcher against lefties on record. Using the Baseball Reference Play Index, I searched historical splits for pitchers who’ve thrown at least 100 innings against left-handed hitters. Chapman ranks first in slugging percentage against, at .174. The guy in second place is all the way up at .238. Then you’ve got a guy at .240. Chapman has faced 422 career lefties. Devers just doubled the home-run total.

Read the whole thing.

Renegade (((JE))) Posted: August 14, 2017 at 03:24 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: aroldis chapman, awesome sauce, home run, rafael devers, red sox, yankees

Red Sox 3, Yankees 2: Rafael Devers saves the day in the ninth

In a freshly tied game in the ninth, Reed issued his own leadoff walk. He recovered, though, even after his manager attempted to pull him in the middle of an at-bat. Farrell came out of the dugout to insert Craig Kimbrel once Reed fell behind Jacoby Ellsbury, but he was prohibited from doing so because the team had already made a mound visit during the at-bat.

“I messed up. I know the rule,” Farrell said. “I messed up trying to get Kimbrel in the game.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 14, 2017 at 08:30 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, yankees

Must C: Red Sox stun Yankees | MLB.com (video)

OK, this is impressive.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 14, 2017 at 06:42 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, yankees

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Fenway Organist Grateful for Gig

As Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda began to walk off the field on April 23, 2014, after being ejected when pine tar was found on his neck, a song played by Red Sox organist Josh Kantor reverberated throughout Fenway Park.

Trying to find the perfect song for the moment, Kantor began to play “Suspicious Minds” by Elvis Presley.

Kantor’s quick thinking and ability to play songs from multiple eras and genres has made him a fan favorite since becoming the organist in 2003. He’s yet to miss a home game, playing a total of 1,226 straight games.

Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: August 10, 2017 at 02:57 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: music, red sox

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Hitters have adjusted to Rick Porcello - Over the Monster

I wouldn’t classify a loss of command as something that needs an adjustment in approach. It’s a problem in execution, an entirely different thing.

In the end, this is really a combination between his lack of command and batters being more aggressive. If he were consistently working the edges of the zone, he’d have much better luck even if batters were swinging more often. That being said, it’s time for a counter-adjustment. There’s easily a chance this could backfire, but it could be time for Porcello to sacrifice some walks in hopes it leads to a little more weak contact. Assuming batters are going up to the plate expecting to swing the bat — and the data suggests that’s what’s happening — he needs to use that against him. There’s surely no guarantee this will work, but if Porcello is going to be the guy to step up behind Sale and Pomeranz, something needs to change.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 08, 2017 at 10:44 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, rick porcello

Don Baylor - Toughest and Gentlest of Giants

He was celebrated for once throwing a temper tantrum and tipping over the food table with the postgame spread. Why? A young Angels rookie had a bad game in the field, in a bad loss, and was surrounded by the media. Don wanted, needed to pull the media to him. He told me that’s what veterans, team leaders do. So he stagecrafted his way into an impromptu state-of-the-team scrum with reporters, pulling attention away from the kid.

Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: August 08, 2017 at 08:54 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, cubs, don baylor, orioles, red sox, rockies, twins

Monday, August 07, 2017

Boston Red Sox director of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski always works to stay on the same page as ownership

Nice interview with Dave Dombrowski.

“I think I’ve probably have had as autonomous a career you can have as a general manager, president of baseball operations, whatever your title may be,” Dombrowski said. “But I think you’re always on the same page with your ownership. You need to be . . . If we were making an option of a player [to send him to the minors], I would not call [ownership] and consult with them, that’s a day-to-day operation. But if you are making a big acquisition for your club or even from philosophical perspective, what you’re going to try to attempt, you always try to keep them in the loop. They own the team. They’re interested. They entrust you to do your job, but you do keep them informed of what’s taking place. I would never make a big move, and never [have] through out my career [without keeping ownership informed]—and I’d say probably I don’t think there’s a general manager in the game that would make a big move that would be in a position where your ownership wouldn’t be aware it was taking place.”

Dombrowski said he always sits down with ownership heading into the trade deadline to say how he sees the club improving.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 07, 2017 at 12:09 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: dave dombrowski, general managers, red sox

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Steve Lyons’s absence from NESN is due to domestic battery charge

Former Red Sox utilityman and current NESN analyst Steve Lyons has been missing from Red Sox telecasts in recent weeks because he’s dealing with a domestic battery charge after an incident at his Hermosa Beach, Calif., home in January.

Lyons was arrested and charged with domestic battery assault and would likely go to trial in September if attempts to have the charges dismissed are not successful.

A redacted police report provided by the Hermosa Beach police does not include the name of Lyons’s girlfriend or the particulars of the assault. The arresting officer wrote in the report that the girlfriend suffered injuries to her face.

Lyons’s attorney, Richard A. Hutton of Los Angeles, said he expects Lyons “to be completely 100 percent vindicated” of the charges.

“His girlfriend, Stacey, told authorities within 36 hours of the incident that he had never struck her or touched her in an offensive way. And we expect him to be vindicated either prior to trial or if it goes to a jury trial,” Hutton said.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 06, 2017 at 01:36 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: domestic abuse, nesn, red sox, steve lyons

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