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Saturday, May 28, 2005

Red Sox - Recalled Shoppach, Olerud

Boston Red Sox - Designated DH Shawn Wooten for assignment; optioned P Jeremi Gonzalez; recalled C Kelly Shoppach; purchased 1B John Olerud.

It was surprising to not see Shoppach up when Mirabelli went down - actually considering Shawn Wooten a catcher struck me as phenomenally odd.  Shoppach’s been hitting the ball with authori-tah , better than he ever has in the minors, and certainly deserves the shot.

John Olerud?  Roberto Petagine has been a better player than Olerud for 2 or 3 years and remains one in 2005.

Dan Szymborski Posted: May 28, 2005 at 03:27 AM | 16 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Darren Posted: May 28, 2005 at 03:37 AM (#1367623)
Shopp had a leg injury at the time Mirabelli went on the DL, from what I've heard.

As for Petagine vs. Olerud, doesn't this further bolster your theory that Lucchinno will never allow Roberto to join the Sox?
   2. Cowboy Popup Posted: May 28, 2005 at 03:40 AM (#1367628)
I'm kinda bummed. After hearing about this Petagine for a while, I had hoped to see him.
   3. Darren Posted: May 28, 2005 at 03:53 AM (#1367658)
Blame Dan. He's the one who has forbidden Petagine from playing in the majors.
   4. AJMcCringleberry Posted: May 28, 2005 at 03:56 AM (#1367662)
Who's going to catch Wakefield?
   5. Mikαεl Posted: May 28, 2005 at 04:00 AM (#1367668)
Varitek did tonight.
   6. Cowboy Popup Posted: May 28, 2005 at 04:01 AM (#1367670)
"He's the one who has forbidden Petagine from playing in the majors."

I didn't know he had that kind of pull. What's it gonna take for him to ban Rey Sanchez?
   7. rLr Is King Of The Romans And Above Grammar Posted: May 28, 2005 at 04:56 AM (#1367712)
Sanchez? Aim higher. Womack.
   8. Paul S Posted: May 28, 2005 at 09:32 AM (#1367873)
I thought the Prtagine/Lucchino thing was a hilarious joke perpetrated by someone on this site. Y'know, the milk thing. It still makes me laugh.
   9. Dan Szymborski Posted: May 28, 2005 at 12:45 PM (#1367882)
All I said was that I had very good non-Voros reasons to believe that a good portion of the Red Sox did not like Petagine as a player, which I still stand by. What's so off-the-wall about that?
   10. Darren Posted: May 28, 2005 at 01:17 PM (#1367888)

I remember it as seeming like a non-baseball reason and seeming quite mysterious. It wasn't just "I don't think Petagine will make it," it was "I don't think Petagine will ever be allowed to play in the major leagues... mwhahahahahaha."

Okay, I added that last bit.
   11. Mikαεl Posted: May 28, 2005 at 01:24 PM (#1367892)
Well, here's what Dan really said:

Petagine will not get a big role on the Red Sox and I doubt that Epstein will fight the Lucchino faction of the front office if Petagine starts the season 0-for-4 or something. My money says Roberto is unfortunately going to be back in Japan by April Fools' Day.

We have passed the April Fools' Day cutoff. But Petagine also has been passed over for a likely lesser but more "proven" talent, so Dan's got that going for him.

I'm still unconvinced of severe factionalism in the front office. The Boston media just frickin' adores stuff like that, and it's hard for me to think that Dan would know about it and they wouldn't.

But I can't really much until Petagine is truly freed.
   12. Mikαεl Posted: May 28, 2005 at 01:26 PM (#1367895)
Petagine was 2-3 with 3 walks last night, bumping his line up to 270/400/635.
   13. Mikαεl Posted: May 28, 2005 at 01:28 PM (#1367896)
(And I realize that looks like the line of a high-K AAA slugger who might struggle to translate his performance the bigs, but Petagine actually has just 9 Ks to his 11 BB in 63 PA, so his real problem is just a - probably fluky - lack of singles.)
   14. A different Terry Posted: May 28, 2005 at 03:46 PM (#1367983)
considering Shawn Wooten in a ML uniform is odd. Good Lord, the Phillies, who gave Doug Glanville 162 ABs last year, couldn't find space for him.

I'd lost track of him completely and am absolutely stunned to see he wound up anywhere near the Red Sox. -2 pts. for Theo.
   15. Balerion Posted: May 29, 2005 at 12:43 AM (#1368837)
What, does Lucchino not like Petagine's wife? ;)

AdT, Shawn Wooten isn't exactly a prime organizational asset, but with Varitek and Mirabelli on multi-year deals and Shoppach in AAA, the best mlFA catchers were probably avoiding Pawtucket like the plague. I say -1 for Theo!
   16. Darren Posted: May 29, 2005 at 02:05 AM (#1368953)
Wooten's a lousy player but he's really nothing more than filler. No minus anything for anyone, says the fanboy.

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