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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Tomase: Steroids kept Red Sox great Dwight Evans out of Hall of Fame—advanced stats could’ve put him in

Evans is a prime example of a player whose career would be viewed very differently if he played today. He led the league in on base percentage once, OPS twice, and walks three times. As one of the game’s more unconventional leadoff hitters in 1985—he never stole more than eight bases in a season—he walked 114 times and scored 110 runs. Drop him to fifth or sixth, as the Red Sox did during the rabbit-ball year of 1987, and he responded with the best power numbers of his career, hitting .305 with 34 homers and 123 RBIs and finishing fourth in the MVP voting.
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“When I first appeared on the ballot, sure, I was curious,” he said. “I was disappointed [to fall off the ballot] because the first part of my career wasn’t . . . the second part was better. I didn’t know this until I got to Baltimore, but they said, ‘Did you know you led the American League in home runs in the ‘80s?’ I honestly didn’t. They said, ‘Did you know you led all of baseball in extra base hits?’ I didn’t. I wasn’t about that. I didn’t need stroking or whatever.

“In those years, you had [Mike] Schmidt. You had Brett. You had Winfield. You had Jim Rice. Those were all great players that are in the Hall of Fame.”


Monday, July 17, 2017

Are Red Sox bidding against themselves for Todd Frazier? | WEEI

I don’t see the Red Sox giving up a really good prospect for him. Their prospect depth isn’t fantastic right now.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 17, 2017 at 12:12 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, todd frazier, white sox

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Todd Frazier a good trade fit for Red Sox | MLB.com

What would he cost? That’s the question.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 16, 2017 at 08:25 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, todd frazier, white sox

Saturday, July 15, 2017


Friday, July 14, 2017

Red Sox Designate Pablo Sandoval For Assignment

The Red Sox announced that they have activated struggling third baseman Pablo Sandoval from the disabled list and designated him for assignment. Sandoval is midway through the third season of a five-year, $95MM contract.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 14, 2017 at 10:33 AM | 110 comment(s)
  Beats: pablo sandoval, red sox

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Red Sox third base prospect Rafael Devers on a fast track to the majors

That might be a bit of an exaggeration in discussing a 20-year-old, but there are markers of change. Devers’s beaming smile no longer glistens with a mouth full of braces as it did in his prior Futures Game. He features a wisp of a mustache — the source of jibes among his Double A Portland teammates — but an impossibility for him as a teenager two years earlier. And the tattoo on his arm of his daughter Rachel’s name attests to a fundamental life change.

“Two years ago, I was playing basically for me,” Devers reflected through a translator. “My life has changed.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 13, 2017 at 10:39 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, rafael devers, red sox

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Red Sox Draft History 2017 | SoxProspects.com

Great job, as always, by SoxProspects.com. Everything you want to know about Sox draft bonuses.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 12, 2017 at 08:35 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, prospects, red sox

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Gene Conley, Dual-Sport Threat With World Series and N.B.A. Titles, Dies at 86

Conley ... pitched for the World Series champion Milwaukee Braves in 1957. At 6 feet 8 inches — he was the tallest pitcher in the major leagues at the time — he also carved out a parallel career in professional basketball, playing during baseball’s off-season and winning three N.B.A. titles with the Boston Celtics

DanG Posted: July 05, 2017 at 10:22 PM | 76 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, gene conley, obituaries, red sox, tall players

Benintendi hits two homers as Red Sox sparkle in Texas

Price, it has since been learned, sharply criticized Eckersley for an on-air comment about Eduardo Rodriguez pitching poorly in a minor-league injury rehabilitation game that day.

“Standing up for my teammates,” Price said. “Whatever crap I catch for that, I’m fine with it.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 05, 2017 at 07:53 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew benintendi, david price, red sox

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Remarkable defensive play highlights Dustin Pedroia’s career game

In Pedroia We Trust.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 04, 2017 at 09:39 AM | 101 comment(s)
  Beats: dustin pedroia, red sox

Saturday, July 01, 2017

Red Sox LHP David Price And Dennis Eckersley Have Confrontation

I hope Price pitches well enough to opt out of his contract. I already dread the last few years. His temperament will only make his end that much worse.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 01, 2017 at 08:51 AM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: david price, red sox

Friday, June 30, 2017

Boston Red Sox release Allen Craig

The Red Sox announced on Friday that they have released first baseman Allen Craig.

The 32-year-old Craig never panned out in Boston after a July 2015 trade to the club from St. Louis along with Joe Kelly in exchange for John Lackey and minor league pitcher Corey Littrell.

Craig appeared in just 65 games for the Red Sox hitting .152 with one double and one homer.

He spent the entirety of 2016 and 2017 in Triple-A Pawtucket. He hit .253 with a .668 OPS in 47 games with the PawSox this season.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 30, 2017 at 05:59 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: allen craig, red sox

Friday, June 23, 2017

Red Sox Sign Jhonny Peralta

The Red Sox have agreed to a minors deal with veteran infielder Jhonny Peralta, Alex Speier of the Boston Globe was among those to tweet. He’ll report to Triple-A for the time being, where he’ll line up at third base and attempt to give the organization another option at that area of need.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 23, 2017 at 04:23 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: jhonny peralta, red sox

For My Compadre, Big Papi

Where we come from, we had to hustle just for the 50 pesos it cost to take the bus to the Olympic stadium to play baseball. It was 25 pesos each way. If you happened to lose 25 pesos at the ballpark, you were walking back home.

No waters. No Gatorade. No food. Nothing. If you were lucky, somebody would find a hose. That’s how we made it. We are raised by our families to be survivors.

From the time you are a baby, you learn to eat whatever is on the table. You don’t get to pick. You bless those meals and eat them no matter how bad they look. That’s what allows you to go from the Dominican to Wisconsin to Minnesota to Boston and adapt to whatever is in front of you.

The door was closing on David and his family, and he had the power, the will, the soul, to stick his foot in that doorway and say, “Hell no. I’m kicking open this door. I’m going to be great.”


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Pablo Sandoval placed on the disabled list with an inner ear infection

I don’t know if the Pablo Sandoval era is ending in Boston, but if it is, it’s ending with a whimper. The whimper: the Sox just placed him on the disabled list . . . with an inner ear infection.

Look, an inner ear infection is no joke. My son actually has one right now! I had to go put ciprofloxacin drops in his ear just before stating this post. I tend to think, however, that this is not the sort of thing for which a useful ballplayer in his team’s good graces would be put on the DL. It’s further underscored by the surprised and somewhat mocking tone with which the news was broken on Twitter by the Sox beat writers. It just smells kinda funny.

What also smells is Sandoval’s performance. He’s batting just .212/.269/.354 this season. Over three seasons he’s played only 161 games and is hitting a paltry .237/.286/.360.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 20, 2017 at 03:56 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: pablo sandoval, red sox

Monday, June 19, 2017

Peter Gammons: Agents, scouts, prospects, changing trends, and the MLB Draft - GammonsDaily.com

Gammons on changes to the draft and the Red Sox approach to pitching prospects.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 19, 2017 at 11:18 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, red sox

Sunday, June 18, 2017

From Cy to sigh in blink of an eye for Boston Red Sox’s Rick Porcello - Boston Red Sox Blog- ESPN

Farrell considered Porcello’s struggles in 2015 and concluded he “can’t say it’s dissimilar” to his problems now. But Porcello, perhaps in the aftermath of his latest dud or possibly out of stubbornness, insisted he won’t look back in order to move forward.

“It’s a different year,” he said. “I’m not going to go back and look at all that sort of stuff. It’s a matter of executing pitches. That’s what got me out of the s—- I was in in 2015, and that’s what’s going to get me out of it now: executing pitches.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 18, 2017 at 08:41 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, rick porcello

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Pablo Sandoval’s Boston Red Sox future lies in Dave Dombrowski’s hands

It’s difficult to justify putting him in the lineup. Sunk costs needs to be embraced.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 14, 2017 at 06:36 AM | 65 comment(s)
  Beats: pablo sandoval, red sox

Monday, June 12, 2017

Remy Diagnosed With Cancer

In a sobering reveal on Monday, Red Sox TV color analyst Jerry Remy announced he has been diagnosed with lung cancer for the fourth time. He begins treatment in two weeks.

“Still strong,” Remy wrote on Twitter. “Please see your doctor.”

He will work the upcoming road trip then go for treatment.

Jose is El Absurd Bronson Y Pollo Posted: June 12, 2017 at 05:19 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, cancer sucks, red sox

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Rafael Devers’ bat is ready for the big leagues, but his development at third base will determine when he’s ready to make the jump - 2080 Baseball

This in an in-depth scouting report.

Defense may be the sole remaining reason that Devers is still sitting at the Double-A level. He just isn’t quite ready to be an everyday defender in the big leagues. The hope is that with more time under Febles’ tutelage, that will change.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 10, 2017 at 03:54 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: prospect reports, prospects, red sox

Friday, June 09, 2017

Hurley: David Price Making Case Against Himself As Fit For Boston « CBS Boston

This type of reaction doesn’t bode well for David Price’s future in Boston.

As reported by Steve Buckley of the Boston Herald, Price pulled Drellich aside after the Red Sox’ loss to the Yankees and berated him loudly enough for reporters on the other side of a closed door to hear. Price later continued his confrontation with Drellich, and also snapped at Buckley (who had been told by the Red Sox media relations director to stick around to talk to Price).

The interactions with Price ended when he shouted, “[Expletive] them! [Expletive] them all. All of them.”

As one might imagine, such a meltdown drew attention, and it will assuredly be discussed in the days and weeks to come.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 09, 2017 at 06:32 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: david price, red sox

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Jennings: Increase in home runs would be big asset for Red Sox | Boston Herald

Yes, more home runs are good for your offense.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 07, 2017 at 10:22 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, yankees

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Rick Porcello is far from his Cy Young form - Beyond the Box Score

Not coming back seems a little extreme.

I believe that Porcello’s 2016 is not coming back, but I also believe that Porcello is better than his current 5.21 RA9 might indicate given some of the bad luck he has had. ZiPS projects a 4.03 RA9 and Steamer projects a 4.30 RA9 for the rest of the season. That seems like a pretty reasonable range to me, and it would be worth 2-3 WAR the rest of the way. If David Price pitches like vintage Price and Chris Sale keeps pitching the way he has been, I would definitely take that if I were a Red Sox fan.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 06, 2017 at 11:43 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, rick porcello

Pedro Martinez thinks David Ortiz is ready for a comeback and knows a team that could use him | MLB.com

On MLB Tonight, Pedro also said Ortiz asked him, “Are you going to get me new legs?”

Ortiz isn’t coming back.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 06, 2017 at 06:55 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: david ortiz, red sox

Monday, June 05, 2017

Full Count » The Tyler Thornburg trade just got more expensive for Red Sox

The Red Sox announced that they were sending 18 year old middle infielder Yeison Coca to the Brewers as the player to be named later in the deal that already sent Travis Shaw, Mauricio Dubon and Josh Pennington to Milwaukee.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 05, 2017 at 12:04 PM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, red sox, trades, tyler thornburg

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