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Saturday, December 01, 2018

Red Sox approaching organizational crossroads post-World Series championship

BOSTON — Months before he and the rest of Red Sox ownership celebrated on the field at Dodger Stadium, team CEO Sam Kennedy acknowledged some of the uncertainty clouding the future.

Now that the Sox have won under president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski, any drop-off in the coming years will be hard to criticize. The Sox moved all in, so to speak, and it paid off. Risky as it may have been to focus so heavily on the major league roster in the present — rather than focus on both the present and sustainability for years to come — the ultimate goal was achieved.

“We are all in to try and win a championship this year, there’s no denying that,” Kennedy said at the All-Star Break in Washington D.C. “I think anytime you make a decision for the short term, there has to be a long term impact. The question is, how much did you sacrifice or give up for the long term? And in baseball, you don’t know the outcome. You really — you can’t appreciate decisions that were made sometimes for four or five or six, seven years down the line.

Mind you, phrased this way, every team is at the crossroads at the end of every season.

QLE Posted: December 01, 2018 at 07:14 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, the crossroads, what to do next

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Tickets for Yanks-Red Sox in London in June cost $38-$493

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball is charging princely prices for its first games in Britain.

Premium seats at London’s Olympic Stadium will cost 385 pounds ($493) for the games between the New York Yankees and World Series champion Boston Red Sox on June 29 and 30. The top non-premium seats near the infield cost 320 pounds ($410).

Seats in the outfield corners go for 270 ($346) and 220 pounds ($282), according to a chart on Ticketmaster’s website. The ones behind the outfield fences go for 120 pounds ($154).

Ever get a feeling that MLB would mug us on the street if they thought we had a few bucks in our wallets?

QLE Posted: November 29, 2018 at 07:45 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: dollah dollah bills, y'all, greed, london, neutral site games, red sox, yankees tickets

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Heyman’s Latest: Mets, Machado, Red Sox, Dodgers, Marlins

Jon Heyman of Fancred hears that the Mets have decided they’d rather spread their money around to various areas than splurge on Machado.

Oh good, more mid-tier free agents.  THAT IS WHAT THEY ALWAYS DO AND FAIL.  A 3 WAR player isn’t an “impact bat.”  It’s a supporting cast member.

Adam Starblind Posted: November 18, 2018 at 06:41 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, dodgers, mets, red sox

Saturday, November 17, 2018

The View is Always Better When You’re the Lead Dog

Mike Trout, the best player in baseball, was not named American League MVP yesterday.

He does, however, join a pretty exclusive club.

gehrig97 Posted: November 17, 2018 at 08:26 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: albert pujols, mike trout, mookie betts, mvp, red sox, stan musial, ted williams

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Yelich, Betts Win MVPs

Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts was named the 2018 American League Most Valuable Player on Thursday, adding an appropriate finishing touch to a magical year for a team that won a franchise-record 108 regular-season games and its fourth World Series in 15 seasons, and Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich earned the NL MVP honors after leading Milwaukee to an NL-best 96 wins and a return to the playoffs for the first time in 2011.

Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: November 15, 2018 at 06:54 PM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, brewers, red sox

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Red Sox’ Dave Dombrowski basks in culmination of hard work | Boston Herald

“It’s hard to win,” Dombrowski said. “I think we were talking about it, seven out of the last eight years, been in the postseason and won divisions, and never got the world championship. It just shows you how hard it is. A lot of good players, a lot of great players, and it’s just something special when it winds up happening. It’s hard to put into words. People spend so many hours working, and you fall short a lot of times, and sometimes all of a sudden it comes together for you and you’ve just got to be thankful.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 30, 2018 at 02:18 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dave dombrowski, red sox

Monday, October 29, 2018

Red Sox homer their way past Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers for World Series title – Orange County Register

Just listened to Bill Plunkett on with the Mad Dog. Dodgers fans are lucky neither of these two guys are running the Dodgers.

My favorite part of the interview was Russo asking, “Will the Dodgers, upstairs in their front office, will they recalculate a little bit, realizing that this interchangeable two-team match-up approach may not necessarily be the best way to go if you want to win the whole thing? Will this loss make them look at that?”

Plunkett replied, “I doubt it. I’ll put this gently. There is a certain arrogance about that front office. They do believe that they have, that they know more than anyone else, just by a hair. They don’t lord it over them or anything, but they think they have figured out the right way to go about this, and I don’t think they are going to deviate from it. I honestly don’t. I think they’ll look at this year and they will say, ‘Ya, know, we almost did it again, even though we lost our best player, one of our two best players, Cory Seager for the year in May. Even though we started the season without Justin Turner, our other best player, for the first forty games. Overcame injuries that had the entire starting rotation on the DL at one point. Ah, ya know, put things together and overcome other stuff along the way.’ I think they will look at it that way and say the plan is not the problem. That it just didn’t work out this year for those other reasons.”

“Yeah, that’s a stupid approach,” was just the beginning of Russo’s response where he also suggested a 22-YO front-office employee, who rides his bicycle to the park without socks, was responsible for Kiki batting third, which was another of the Mad Dog bones that he couldn’t let go.

Honestly, the conversation made my head hurt.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 29, 2018 at 01:45 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, red sox, world series

Why Steve Pearce’s heroics meant something more to his Boston sports-loving family | WEEI

Considering how the Red Sox had been infused in the Pearce family for more than 50 years, witnessing Pearce serve as the offensive hero for the newly-crowned World Series champs was the kind of punctuation few could have ever imagined. And the disbelief didn’t end with the family’s patriarch.

In among the Pearce family’s on-field celebration was Steve Jr.‘s younger brother, Chad. One look at his wallet allowed for a glimpse into the family’s passion for Boston sports, with “Patriots” imprinted into the leather. Oh, and then there was his young son, who he named “Brady” but called “Tommy.” You can probably guess why.

The Boston sports fanaticism had clearly been passed down.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 29, 2018 at 11:28 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, steve pearce

Price silences October critics while Kershaw gives more fuel to his

No two pitchers of this generation have carried more of a burden from their postseason travails than Kershaw and Price. The dissection of their performances and the myths that have risen from such autopsies have never been fair. There have been disappointments, to be sure. There also have been enough successes to suggest that either star lefty has some innate flaw that prevents them from succeeding in October is madness.

Nevertheless, the baggage that accumulates from such tales piles up over the years. It’s heavy. It’s cumbersome. The questions never cease, the curious inquiries looking for an explanation that mostly doesn’t exist. The only one that makes any sense is that all along, it’s only been baseball and the guys on the other side are pretty good too.


Cora-nation! Rookie manager leads Red Sox to championship

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hard to believe now, all these wins later, but the Alex Cora Era in Boston began with a loss. A brutal one, in fact.

Opening day at Tropicana Field in late March, none of his late moves worked out as the bullpen blew a big lead in a 6-4 setback.

No fan in New England would admit it now — still, chances are some had already started to wonder whether he was the right guy for the Red Sox.

The full article lists all the first-time managers to win the World Series- without looking, can you name them all?

QLE Posted: October 29, 2018 at 01:46 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: alex cora, red sox, world series

Sunday, October 28, 2018



Saturday, October 27, 2018

Dodgers walk off in World Series Game 3 | MLB.com

My rally nap did not work. Woke up for two more hours of baseball. Eovaldi was awesome. Muncy’s Cinderella story gets pushed way past midnight.

Now, today, looks like a bullpen game with Rodriguez. Red Sox must regret putting Pomeranz on the roster.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 27, 2018 at 08:21 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Friday, October 26, 2018

The story behind Mookie Betts’ late-night food delivery to Boston’s homeless

Mike Winter, a VIP host for area clubs, was just coming out of “Storyville” at about 1:45 a.m.—a few hours after the Red Sox’ locked up Game 2 of the World Series—when he saw two men in hoodies executing a unique show of good faith. The pair had about 10 trays of food in a shopping cart which they were distributing to the line of homeless folks who were lined up along Boston Public Library.

As Winter got closer he recognized one of the men: Betts.

“I didn’t know who they were at first. They had hoodies on,” said Winter, who later came to understand the other man was Betts’ cousin. “Next thing I know they are laying out trays of food. Then they’re walking around all of Boston library where there are tons of homeless and telling people there is food around the corner. I walked up and I said, ‘Hello,’ because we have a mutual friend and then all the people from the club came out and he just walked away. No pictures. No nothing. None of the homeless even knew who he was but they were just grateful for what he was doing.”

This is just a really nice gesture.

Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: October 26, 2018 at 08:59 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: good people, red sox

Thursday, October 25, 2018

The rising Boston Red Sox star whom New York Yankees youngsters should mirror

This has more to do with the limitations of defensive metrics than Benintendi.

The 24-year-old’s defensive metrics in left field have been terrible, in fact, although if you saw him make a diving catch of Alex Bregman’s line drive last week to end (and possibly save) AL Championship Series Game 4, you won’t condemn him too much. On offense, however, he owns an awfully good .282/.359/.447 slash line in 333 major-league games.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 25, 2018 at 09:16 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew benintendi, red sox

Seeing Red Sox on cusp of World Series title stings for Tigers faithful

Some comments on that inevitable aspect of the sport.

If the Boston Red Sox win the World Series, how bad/mad should Detroit Tigers fans feel?

Sports regret is a nasty thing. It sticks with you forever. Your team can win and win and win, and you will still lament the one that got away. We recently interviewed former Detroit Red Wings goalie Chris Osgood on the radio show, and the conversation drifted to Game 7 of the 2009 Stanley Cup Finals against the Penguins, not the three other rings he won or his stellar performance in the 2008 Finals.

I can safely say Tigers fans will never get over the era that has now passed. And nothing that happens between the L.A. Dodgers and Red Sox will do anything to change it.

QLE Posted: October 25, 2018 at 08:19 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, the agony of defeat, tigers

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

World Series 2018: How the Red Sox got back to being likeable

Marc Tomkin likes them, he really likes them.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 24, 2018 at 11:37 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Alex Cora, the manager who can seemingly do no wrong – The Athletic

His players’ performances are making Alex Cora look like a genius.

“I know every time he puts me in the game, it’s because he trusts me, you know?” Rodriguez said. “No matter what the situation is, he trusts you’re going to go out there and get people out. So, that was my goal today. Go out there and get that guy out, and I know he trusts me because he put me in the game, in that big situation.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 24, 2018 at 07:52 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: alex cora, pay site, red sox, world series

Red Sox victory in Game 1 of World Series is a long strategic nightmare for the Dodgers

Tom Boswell used to be one of my favorites.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 24, 2018 at 06:48 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, red sox, world series

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

World Series preview: Dodgers vs. Red Sox is more than 100 years in the making

Two of Major League Baseball’s most famous franchises meet in a World Series that we haven’t seen in the last 100 years — the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Boston Red Sox.

It’s Clayton Kershaw vs. Chris Sale, Yasiel Puig vs. Mookie Betts, Cody Bellinger vs. J.D. Martinez, Justin Turner’s beard vs. Craig Kimbrel’s beard and Manny Machado vs. all of Boston if he keeps his villain act up.

It’s a team looking to win its first World Series in exactly 30 years vs. a team trying to win its fourth in 15 years. It’s baseball’s third-highest payroll this season vs. its highest payroll — that’s $228 million for the Red Sox, according to Spotrac, and $199 million for the Dodgers.

For those of us who have thoughts concerning the World Series that do not seem appropriate for the Omnichatter, here’s as good a threat as any to have a discussion.

QLE Posted: October 23, 2018 at 07:06 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, preview, red sox, world series

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Mookie Betts to second base? Alex Cora isn’t ruling it out | Boston.com

What have reporters done? Overreacted, of course.

“You’re going to see Mookie taking ground balls at second,” Cora said. “But he’s doing that the whole season, so do not overreact. That’s part of his preparation.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 21, 2018 at 07:58 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, red sox, world series

Dodgers advance to World Series with 5-1 victory over Brewers in Game 7 of NLCS - Los Angeles Times

“We haven’t had ‘easy’ in the playbook all year,” said Andrew Friedman, president of baseball operations. “So for it to come down this way shouldn’t be surprising. Ultimately, at the end of the day, the talent in this room won out.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 21, 2018 at 07:50 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, red sox, world series

LA wins NL, setting up titanic WS with Red Sox | MLB.com

It will be TITANIC!!

Jim Furtado Posted: October 21, 2018 at 07:47 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, red sox, world series

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Speier:How the Red Sox beat baseball’s best pitching staff

Boston Globe articles appear to be behind a paywall, but the site allows a few free articles. This is a pretty interesting look at what Boston’s scouting turned up, with help from ex-Astros (Cora and bullpen coach Craig Bjornson:

The Red Sox had a feel for how the Astros would attack – helped not just by ample video and heatmap data but also by input from Cora (last year’s Astros bench coach) and bullpen coach Craig Bjornson, who had worked in the same role with Houston in 2017 and thus had a feel for what Houston’s pitchers would try to do in their own advance planning.

...Rafael Devers sat against Justin Verlander in Game 1 (“It’s funny, because I thought it was going to be a bad matchup,” Cora could laugh after Game 5), but given a chance on Thursday, he remained mindful of the report on Verlander: He won’t shy from his fastball in key moments, typically at the top of the zone, where his high spin rate creates ridiculous ride on the pitch that often takes it over bats for either a pop-up or swing-and-miss.

Devers got a first-pitch, 98-m.p.h. fastball at the top of the strike zone and ambushed it. He set his sight at the top of the ball and, rather than trying to pull it, drove it out to the opposite field for the decisive three-run homer in Game 5.

puck Posted: October 20, 2018 at 04:15 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alcs, houston astros, red sox, scouting


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