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Saturday, July 02, 2022

Rosenthal: Fernando Tatis Jr. open to position change? Plus MLB trade notes - The Athletic $

What position, if any, will help keep him on the field?

“The plan so far is shortstop,” he said.

Could he play other positions?

Tatis laughed.

“Yeah, I could,” he said.

I then laid out why I was asking. Center field for the Padres hasn’t been great offensively. Ha-Seong Kim has excelled at shortstop defensively. Tatis could play center …

He laughed again.

“I like winning ballgames,” Tatis said. “If it means we’re going to win more ballgames like that, I’ll do it that way.”

Are you taking balls out there?

“I’ve been shagging, yeah.”

Some good comments about handling the metrics. A snippet here.

Turner said the idea of adjusting his game to improve his metrics is “kind of stupid,” while noting, correctly, that “Outs Above Average hates me.” But the Dodgers people say his defense in the last six weeks is noticeably improved, so clearly the change in positioning helped him.

He is a free agent at the end of the season. Teams will judge him according to his metrics. He was wise to make the change.

The Red Sox need to keep Bogaerts. They can’t let every homegrown star leave. When Mayers is ready, Xander can shift over to 3B. If Devers is still around, he can go to 1B.

Story, 29, missed time with elbow trouble in Sept. 2020, and was on the injured list from May 29 to June 10 last season with an elbow problem he said was a flexor strain. He might have fallen into some bad habits. He might still be regaining arm strength.

But here’s the question: If Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts opts out of his contract and departs as a free agent, would the team be comfortable with Story at shortstop, a position that requires a bigger arm than second?

jimfurtado Posted: July 02, 2022 at 09:57 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, fernando tatis jr., padres, red sox, trea turner, trevor story

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Boston media explodes after Red Sox blow it without unvaccinated closer Houck

Because Boston Red Sox closer Tanner Houck is unvaccinated, he had to be placed on the restricted list prior to this week’s series in Toronto against the Blue Jays.

And wouldn’t you know it, his absence loomed large on Tuesday when the Blue Jays scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth for a 6-5 win over the Red Sox.

Longtime Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy and other members of the Boston media were quick to post their feelings on Twitter.

Without Houck, the Red Sox asked Tyler Danish, who pitched the eighth, to go back out for the ninth.

But Danish, who has zero career saves, let the first two runners on. That prompted Red Sox manager Alex Cora to replace him with Hansel Robles.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 29, 2022 at 09:44 AM | 91 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, tanner houck, vaccinations

Monday, June 27, 2022

Manny, Pedro and Papi’s kids are on the same team?! Meet ‘The Sons’ of the Brockton Rox

BROCKTON, Mass.—As outfielder Pedro Martinez Jr., first baseman Manny Ramirez Jr., third baseman D’Angelo Ortiz, outfielder Jaden Sheffield and pitcher Kade Foulke chat in the batting cages, general manager Tom Tracey shoos away fans loitering outside Campanelli Stadium, hoping to get a glimpse of the players known collectively as “The Sons.”

“Brockton High School is next door,” Tracey says. “There are always people hanging around trying to see what’s happening here.”

Indeed, word has been spreading around New England. About an hour drive from Fenway Park, baseball fans can watch the sons of MLB royalty play—on the Brockton Rox of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League. Once there, they might see Hall of Famer David Ortiz helping players fine-tune their swings, Manny Ramirez demonstrating how to lay off the curveball, Keith Foulke—the former Red Sox closer who threw the last pitch of the 2004 World Series—raking the infield dirt, or Pedro Martinez and Gary Sheffield watching from one of the suite boxes.

“I really didn’t understand how big [my father] was until he got into the Hall of Fame. ... Like, that’s Mookie Betts talking to him like he’s someone cool, treating him like he’s royalty. Why is this guy talking to my weird, dork dad? He spends his time at home taking care of his flowers.” Pedro Martinez Jr.

Wednesday, June 01, 2022

Red Sox broadcaster becomes first regional sports network to offer standalone streaming service for games

The local cable network that airs Boston’s Major League Baseball and National Hockey League games is launching a standalone streaming subscription, marking a first for regional sports networks.

The option from NESN will be available starting Wednesday and lets people sign up to watch live games without paying for a cable subscription. It comes as millions of Americans are canceling traditional pay TV subscriptions each year as streaming services such as Netflix, Disney+ and HBO Max become more popular.

Starting Wednesday, NESN will charge $29.99 a month for streaming access to its network’s programming, which includes live Red Sox and Boston Bruins games. The first month will cost $1 as a promotional price. An annual subscription costs $329.99 and comes with eight tickets to any Red Sox game in 2022.

The service, NESN 360, will only be available to people in the New England area. MLB owns out-of-market streaming rights for its MLB TV, a streaming service that’s available nationally.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 01, 2022 at 11:52 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, streaming

Friday, May 27, 2022

It’s getting difficult to envision the Red Sox without J.D. Martinez

So, why aren’t we knocking down Chaim Bloom’s door when it comes to keeping Martinez around past 2022?

Perhaps it’s because there was an assumption in some corners when Martinez signed his deal that either he wouldn’t see the end of his five-year, $110 million, surely taking one of the three opt-outs. Or if he was around, at the age of almost-34 years old the DH would be limping to the finish line.

Well, here he is. Arguably better than ever, and, arguably, more important than ever.

“I’ve always felt like I was different,” Martinez said. “I’ve always felt … I have an unorthodox way of doing things in the sense of nobody ever recorded BP swings. No one ever brought toy bags to the cage. I was one of the first people to do that. I used to get destroyed in Detroit by all the veterans. They used to make fun of me about it all the time. But I just knew I had a recipe that was going to bring success. That’s one thing I follow all the time. Just follow my routine. I’m a more process-oriented player than most people are, so I just focus on that.

“I just think the industry doesn’t know how to value the designated hitter rule. They don’t know how to judge it. They don’t know how to read it. … I mean, David Ortiz had one of the best years of his career at 40. So I think the industry needs to re-evaluate. There is more and more evidence coming out that it is different for those (older players).”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 27, 2022 at 09:54 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: j.d. martinez, red sox

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

What’s wrong with the Red Sox? Three reasons for Boston’s dreadful start to the 2022 season

All you need to know about the state of the Red Sox bullpen is that Robles re-signed with the club on March 18, reported to camp on March 31 (he was delayed by a visa issue), made his Grapefruit League debut on April 5, and then was pitching the ninth inning of a tie game on Opening Day on April 8. Robles was their best high-leverage option despite the lack of a proper build up. Yikes.

Here are some win probability numbers on Boston’s bullpen:

Win probability added: -1.10 (28th in MLB)
Shutdowns: 28 (13th most in MLB)
Meltdowns: 30 (most in MLB)

Shutdowns are relief appearances that increase the team’s win probability at least six percent. Meltdowns are the opposite. They are relief appearances that decrease the team’s win probability at least six percent. The Red Sox are the only team in baseball with more meltdowns that shutdowns. Not even the terrible Reds have managed that.

The bullpen woes have been exacerbated by Garrett Whitlock’s move into the rotation. Whitlock was the Red Sox’s best reliever last season and he started this year in the bullpen, but Boston is transitioning him into a starting role because they believe he has top-of-the-rotation upside. If the Red Sox believe that, they owe it to themselves to find out.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 10, 2022 at 10:25 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Ex-Red Sox announcer Don Orsillo says he was uninvited from Jerry Remy tribute

The Boston Red Sox paid tribute Wednesday to their former color commentator, Jerry Remy, but his longtime partner, Don Orsillo, said he was uninvited from the festivities.

“I was offered the opportunity to do a video message for my friend and former partner Jerry Remy for tonight’s ceremony at Fenway Park,” Orsillo tweeted Wednesday evening.

“Sadly, I was notified by Red Sox/NESN that my video would no longer be needed for tonight’s ceremony.

Remy, who also played in MLB for 10 years, died last October at the age of 68 after a lengthy battle with lung cancer.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 21, 2022 at 02:54 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: don orsillo, jerry remy, red sox

Monday, April 18, 2022

The Legend of the Fenway Pizza Thrower

AS DREW’S FOUL BALL headed toward his section, Kelly had just finished one slice and was reaching into the box for another. He watched as Sole and his friends all turned their attention toward trying to catch the foul ball in front of Anderson, and Kelly heard that voice in his head—the one that forges Irish social club rejection letters—say very clearly, “You wanted a slice of pizza? Well, here ya go!”

As required by Boston law, Madore hunched over to protect the beers, and Kelly covered him in case the ball landed near them. But he quickly realized the ball was hurtling just beyond them, directly into their rivals’ section. Kelly leaned down toward Madore’s ear and whispered, “Watch this.”

With the fresh slice in his hand, he uncorked a fastball toward his nemesis. It’s an incredible throw, better than anything Beckett unleashed that day. Kelly zipped it, more shot put style than a regular overhand throw, and the slice hurtled directly at Sole as he tried to catch the foul ball and beer splattered everywhere.

Sunday, April 17, 2022

Alex Cora, Boston Red Sox set to ‘plan accordingly’ without multiple unvaccinated players in Toronto

Manager Alex Cora said the Boston Red Sox expect to be without multiple unvaccinated players for an upcoming series against the Toronto Blue Jays in Canada.

Starting pitcher Tanner Houck told the Boston Globe on Sunday that he is not vaccinated against COVID-19 and won’t pitch during the four-game series beginning Monday, April 25. He would have been in line to start the second game.

To enter Canada, the Canadian government requires a person must have received a second COVID-19 vaccine dose—or one dose of Johnson & Johnson—at least 14 days prior to entry.

“I’m bummed that I won’t be able to make that start,” said Houck (1-0), who has been sharp in two starts this season, including a win over the Minnesota Twins on Saturday at Fenway Park.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 17, 2022 at 09:49 PM | 55 comment(s)
  Beats: covid-19, red sox, vaccine

Sunday, April 10, 2022

Boston Red Sox sign Garrett Whitlock to four-year extension; source says reliever guaranteed nearly $19M

The Boston Red Sox have signed right-handed reliever Garrett Whitlock to a four-year contract extension, the team announced Sunday.

Whitlock is guaranteed a total of $18.75 million from 2023 to 2026, a source told ESPN. The deal also includes club options for the 2027 and 2028 seasons, with the source saying Whitlock would make $8.25 million in 2027 and $10.5 million in 2028 if the options are picked up. The Red Sox could pay a $1 million buyout before 2027 or a $500,000 buyout before 2028, the source said.

After breaking into the majors with the Red Sox last season, Whitlock will remain eligible for Major League Baseball’s new $50 million bonus pool for pre-arbitration-eligible players. He could earn bonuses based on innings pitched, awards and whether he serves as a starting pitcher or a reliever, making as much as $44.5 million over the life of the contract, the source said.

The 25-year-old had agreed last month to a one-year contract paying $720,000 while in the major leagues and $285,250 while in the minors.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 10, 2022 at 09:56 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: garrett whitlock, red sox

Wednesday, April 06, 2022

Boston Red Sox made Rafael Devers extension offer but deal unlikely before Opening Day as sides remain ‘very far off’

The Red Sox recently made an extension offer to star third baseman Rafael Devers but a deal is unlikely to come together before Opening Day, a baseball source said Wednesday afternoon. The sides were described as being “very far off” in negotiations.

Héctor Gómez of Z Deportes first reported the offer, noting that Devers rejected because “it was lower than he is willing to consider.” Devers has said he doesn’t want to talk about a long-term deal once the regular season begins; a source said it’s doubtful that further talks occur before Opening Day (Friday).

The latest developments jibe with Devers’ comments to The Boston Globe’s Alex Speier earlier this week.

“We had a conversation with the team,” Devers told Speier (through translator Carlos Villoria-Benítez). “We didn’t get to anything. But I still have one more year. I have this one and the next year. And I’m ready to play with Boston, with the Red Sox. We’re not going to talk about it [more] this spring. Let’s see how this season goes.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 06, 2022 at 06:16 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: rafael devers, red sox

Sunday, March 20, 2022

Boston Red Sox, Trevor Story agree to six-year, $140M contract, sources confirm

Trevor Story and the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a six-year, $140 million contract, sources confirmed to ESPN.

The deal includes an opt-out after the fourth season, sources said.

Story hit a crowded free-agent field—alongside fellow shortstops Carlos Correa, Marcus Semien, Javier Baez and Corey Seager—with a résumé featuring two All-Star Games, two Silver Slugger awards and MVP votes during the 2018, 2019 and 2020 seasons.

The concern with any player who built his career with the Colorado Rockies is that career numbers are skewed by playing half his games at Coors Field, with Story’s batting average and on-base percentage 60 points lower on the road, his slugging percentage 160 points lower, and his wRC+ 27 points lower. In recent history, Nolan Arenado, DJ LeMahieu and Troy Tulowitzki all became markedly better road hitters with worse home splits after leaving Colorado, though three players is hardly a definitive sample size.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 20, 2022 at 10:51 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, trevor story

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Chris Sale to miss start of Boston Red Sox season because of stress fracture in rib cage

Boston Red Sox ace left-hander Chris Sale has a stress fracture in his rib cage and will miss the start of the regular season.

Red Sox general manager Chaim Bloom announced the injury Wednesday, saying it will be “weeks, not days” before Sale can resume throwing.

Sale, who turns 33 on March 30, made nine starts last season, going 5-1 with a 3.16 ERA and 52 strikeouts in 42⅔ innings. The seven-time All-Star missed nearly two years due to an elbow injury that eventually required Tommy John surgery.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 16, 2022 at 10:40 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, red sox

Saturday, February 26, 2022

Red Sox reportedly release prospect Brett Netzer after series of racist, homophobic, and anti-Semitic tweets

The Red Sox released prospect Brett Netzer on Saturday after he sent several racist, homophobic, and anti-Semitic tweets, The Athletic’s Chad Jennings reported and The Boston Globe‘s Alex Speier later confirmed.

Netzer’s tweets attacked Black Americans, transgender people, and Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom.

“chaim bloom is a bad actor,” Netzer wrote in his first of several tweets attacking Bloom. “dude went to hebrew school and studied the torah growing up but sold his soul to the sodom and race groups. good thing he is good at whatever he does in baseball.”

“is chaim bloom even jewish?? highly doubtful,” Netzer wrote in another tweet.

Bloom is Jewish and keeps kosher. During his days as a Rays executive, he lived close to Tropicana Field in order to make Shabbat with his family on Friday nights. He also skipped the playoff-clinching game for the Rays in 2011 for Rosh Hashanah.

In his tweet attacking transgender people, Netzer wrote “any person who is secretly transgender, and their partner does not know, and sexual actions have taken place, is a rapist and a sexual molester. may God be the judge.”

In the following tweet, he attacked Black people.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 26, 2022 at 11:24 PM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Boston Red Sox NESN broadcast booth: Will Middlebrooks in talks to join as color analyst; Kevin Youkilis discussions still ‘ongoing’

Kevin Youkilis isn’t the only former Red Sox third baseman who might be joining the NESN broadcast booth in 2022.

NESN is also in talks with Will Middlebrooks about coming aboard as a color analyst, according to Sean McAdam of the Boston Sports Journal. McAdam writes that the network has not finalized deals with Middlebrooks or Youkilis quite yet; a source confirmed talks with Youkilis are “ongoing.” There are other former players believed to be in the mix, according to an industry source.

The NESN booth will look different than it has in decades after longtime color analyst Jerry Remy died in October. Dave O’Brien will return for his seventh year as the play-by-play man and Dennis Eckersley will also be back, though McAdam reports that Eckersley is only expected to work about half of the 162-game season.

It’s unclear if NESN will once again utilize a three-man booth like they have in past years or plan to pair O’Brien with a singular color analyst on a nightly basis. Youkilis, according to The Boston Globe’s Chad Finn, would work “in the range of” 50 games if hired. Middlebrooks’ potential workload is unknown.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 15, 2022 at 06:44 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

David Ortiz Lone Inductee Into Hall of Fame

ig Papi” was the only player to clear the 75 percent threshold for induction, according to results of this year’s voting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Ortiz was named on 307 ballots (77.9 percent) in his first year of eligibility.

“I am truly honored and blessed by my selection to the Hall of Fame—the highest honor that any baseball player can reach in their lifetime,” Ortiz said in a statement released by the Boston Red Sox. “I am grateful to the baseball writers who considered my career in its totality, not just on the statistics.”

Jose is Absurdly Correct but not Helpful Posted: January 25, 2022 at 06:56 PM | 120 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, red sox

Monday, May 22, 2017

Focus on Jeter should inspire memories of Garciaparra’s peak

“it’s as if Jeter stands alone as the shortstop talent for a generation.

It’s too bad, considering that Garciaparra was every bit the player Jeter was. And in his prime, he was better.

There’s no question that Jeter brings the superior career to a debate between the two. Injuries derailed what Garciaparra could become from a legacy standpoint, and cost him the Hall of Fame”

Shortstops with most seasons of 6+ WAR, debuting 1969+:

Name            Yrs From   To   Age
Cal Ripken        6 1983 1991 22
Alan Trammell     6 1983 1990 25
Alex Rodriguez    6 1996 2003 20
Nomar Garciaparra 6 1997 2003 23
Ozzie Smith       4 1985 1989 30
Troy Tulowitzki   4 2007 2011 22
Robin Yount       3 1980 1983 24
Barry Larkin      3 1988 1996 24
Derek Jeter       3 1998 2009 24


DanG Posted: May 22, 2017 at 12:50 PM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: derek jeter, hall of fame, nomar garciaparra, red sox, yankees

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Deal revived, Rockies acquire 2B Marco Scutaro from Red Sox

Il Milione Man March heads west…

The Rockies have agreed in principle on a deal to acquire Boston infielder Marco Scutaro for pitcher Clayton Mortensen, according to a source with direct knowledge of the talks.

The Rockies’ earmarked Scutaro as a target when the offseason began, seeing him as a starting second baseman and potential No. 2 hitter in the lineup. The deal went on life support Friday, but was revived today when the Rockies were able to work through some financial issues to take on Scutaro’s $6 million contract.

It will become official shortly as the players involved are notified.

...Mortensen is an extreme groundball pitcher, relying heavily on a sinker. He went 2-4 with a 3.86 ERA, splitting between between the bullpen and rotation.

With Scutaro in the fold, the Rockies will enter spring training with one of their deepest lineups in franchise history. He will join outfielder Michael Cuddyer and catcher Ramon Hernandez as key acquisitions, completely reshaping the lineup around Carlos Gonzalez and all-star cleanup hitter Troy Tulowitzki.

Repoz Posted: January 21, 2012 at 06:33 PM | 75 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, rockies

Friday, January 20, 2012

Shaughnessy’s Faux Rage: I’m Not Buying It

Firebrand Joe Morgan-like.

If you heard a loud thumping noise a few minutes ago, that wasn’t your imagination.  It was me bashing my head against the desk as I was reading Dan Shaughnessy’s latest opus.  Like all Shaughnessy articles, he channels his most emotional nerves to convince us that the Red Sox ownership (or whomever his target du jour might be) is wronging us. That their “cheap” ways are depriving us of a championship that we’re entitled to experiencing.  Clearly, he does it for attention and notoriety, and perhaps we should all be immune to his shtick by now.  For some reason, I can’t let go.

...Terry Francona, Theo Epstein, Jonathan Papelbon, and Heidi Watney are all gone, and we just learned that Carl Crawford had surgery on his wrist, which isn’t going to make things easier for his big bounce-back season.

I can live with all of the above – even if we won’t have J.D. Drew to kick around anymore – but I can’t stand talk about payroll limits and luxury tax obligations.

While Heidi Watney’s presence will be missed, I’m not sure how this will impact the team’s on field performance.  If anything, I think the horny old baseball writers, like Shaughnessy, will be the ones missing her most of all.

Crawford’s wrist injury probably won’t make his bounce back season any easier, but that doesn’t mean he won’t be successful.  The good news is that only the cartilege was torn in the wrist.  Had he broken a bone, the outlook on his season would’ve been much less rosy.  Recovery from such a procedure typically lasts 6-8 weeks, which would put him about 2-4 weeks behind in terms of Spring Training readiness.  He seems to be a pretty quick healer, so he could be back even sooner.  I don’t see any reason to panic until we’re given an actually reason to do so.

Repoz Posted: January 20, 2012 at 04:01 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: business, media, red sox

Boston Globe: Abraham: Red Sox reorganize medical department for 2012

Thus narrowly avoiding the scheduled sessions in the Tub O’ Leeches for players wishing to treat an inflamed saltalamacchia by purging of harmful humors…

“There were areas of our players’ physical maintenance and care that we thought could improve from 2011,’’ general manager Ben Cherington said yesterday.

Some of the changes were made quickly, including the removal of Dr. Thomas Gill as medical director. Cherington also looked deeper in an effort to create what he termed “the best possible environment’’ for players.

The Red Sox created two new positions, hiring Mike Boyle as their strength and conditioning consultant and Dan Dyrek as a clinical consultant.


[Boyle] will be with the team at spring training and at home games while providing “mentorship’’ to new strength coach Pat Sandora and members of the minor league conditioning staff.

Rick Jameyson, who was with the Indians for 20 seasons, was hired as the head athletic trainer. Brad Pearson was promoted from the minor league staff to be his assistant.

Mattbert Posted: January 20, 2012 at 01:44 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Orlando Cabrera To Retire From Baseball


Last season, Orlando Cabrera batted .238 with the Indians and Giants, posting a 61 OPS+. The season before that, he posted a 76 OPS+. The season before that, he posted an 85 OPS+. Orlando Cabrera has been declining, and just turned 37 years old. As a free agent, Cabrera didn’t drum up much interest, which I’m guessing is why he’s intending to hang ‘em up. Enrique Rojas:

  “Orlando Cabrera to retire from baseball, he said in Colombia radio station. Thanks for memories!”

Cabrera had a long career that’ll be difficult to forget. He debuted with the Expos in 1997, and remained there until the giant Nomar Garciaparra three-way trade in 2004. That year, with the Red Sox, Cabrera won a World Series. He wound up with the Angels, earning the unfortunate nickname “The Wizard of O.C.”, and then he wound up with the White Sox, and the A’s, and the Twins, and the Reds, and the Indians, and the Giants ... He remained a shortstop to the end, and collected 2,055 hits. He will always be remembered as a pest. An absolute pest.

Repoz Posted: January 18, 2012 at 09:06 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, athletics, expos, giants, indians, red sox, reds, twins, white sox

Red Sox Legend Jim Rice in New Best Buy Commercial to Promote “At Fenway”

Brian Evans should have made the Basketball Hall of Fame before Jim Rice made the…huh? wha??

Boston Red Sox legend Jim Rice, a member of The Baseball Hall of Fame, has just completed a new TV commercial which will promote the new single “At Fenway,” now on sale at Best Buy and

The song, written and recorded by crooner Brian Evans, was produced by multiple Grammy Award winning producer Narada Michael Walden…

After debuting at #3 on, astonishing given the single was released in November, during football season, the commercial was filmed last Monday at The Groveland Diner in Groveland, Massachusetts.

...“Red Sox Nation is everywhere. This has truly been a D2F (Direct to Fan) campaign at this point, and we’re blown away at the response to the song,” says Evans.

Repoz Posted: January 18, 2012 at 04:35 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: media, music, red sox

Geek Out!: Curt Schilling the dragon-slayer

“This is not a vanity project” The Chakram Bullshiit Launcher is fully loaded, sir!

Schilling is, and has been for the past 31 years, a gamer. He honed his controller skills on an Intellivision video game system. His first favorite game was - surprise - “Major League Baseball.”

“I was at the right age for consoles, when ‘Pong’ was the ‘Need For Speed’ of the day,” Schilling said. “(‘Major League Baseball’) was like the greatest baseball game ever. If you had a consistent playing partner like they do in ‘Starcraft’ now, every game was 1-0, and you had to hit a home run down the left field line.”

...Schilling is now the chairman and founder of 38 Studios, a video game company that is getting set to release its first title, “Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning,” on February 7.

“Gaming, outside of the Lord, baseball and my family, was always my thing,” he said. “I took this very much as I did my baseball career. I scouted the industry for about five or six years, and I took notes and I went to a lot of lunches and a lot of meetings with people that were in the industry and just get a feel for what I was up against.”

...“I’m a very routine-oriented guy. Deep down inside the game dev process, there is that routine, but the wins and losses are much farther between. And they are different. When you win a game against the Yankees on Monday and it’s on ESPN and all over in the newspapers, there is immediate instant feedback. This is very different. You have to find wins and losses in different ways.”

“I don’t miss anything I did for a living. I was born to do it for a long, long time. The things I got to see and be a part of, I’ll be forever grateful, but I’m looking for the new schedule, the new playing field, the new World Series. That’s been the challenge is to find where and when and how those things happen here.”

Repoz Posted: January 18, 2012 at 09:20 AM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: business, fantasy baseball, media, red sox

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Wrist Surgery For Carl Crawford

Red Sox left fielder Carl Crawford had surgery on his left wrist in Arizona today. GM Ben Cherington said Crawford should be recovered to play “the bulk” of the season…Crawford felt soreness when he started his offseason hitting workouts around Jan. 1. He had an MRI that showed cartilage damage and arthroscopic surgery was recommended.

...Cherington did not rule Crawford being eligible for Opening Day. But it sounds like he could miss the early part of the season…we’re optimistic Carl will be progressing in baseball activities as we get into spring training and be in a position to be active and our left fielder in our lineup for the bulk of the regular season.

Jose is Absurdly Correct but not Helpful Posted: January 17, 2012 at 04:13 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Monday, January 16, 2012

Red Sox Sign Franklin Morales to 1-Year, $850K Deal

The Boston Red Sox have signed left handed pitcher Franklin Morales to a 1-year, $850 thousand deal according to Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe. The deal allows both sides to avoid arbitration.

Morales, a 25 year old Venezuelan reliever, has a career ERA of 4.61 but was able to post a 3.69 ERA throughout 2011, part of which was spent with the Colorado Rockies. He spent four seasons with the Rockies but was traded to the Red Sox in May of 2011.

Thanks to Flora Gibbs

Repoz Posted: January 16, 2012 at 10:57 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: business, red sox

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