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Monday, December 06, 2021

Red Sox, Astros Interested In Trevor Story

The Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros have expressed interest in free agent shortstop Trevor Story, reports MLB Network’s Jon Heyman in his latest insider piece for Audacy’s “Big Time Baseball” podcast. Heyman reiterates that he’s also heard Seattle convey interest in the shortstop, as MLBTR covered prior to the lockout last week. As is the case with all player-team connections made in the lockout age, no talks can take place between either party until the lockout is lifted.

Interestingly, Boston was recently cited as a team who reached out to free agent shortstop Carlos Correa’s camp. The path to that connection being anything more than due diligence lies in moving All-Star Xander Bogaerts off the position, an option neither the player nor Boston front office have indicated is on the table. The takeaway from a potential Correa pursuit is in many ways identical to a hypothetical Story one— sign an All-Star shortstop to guard against a Bogaerts departure, improving infield defense in the interim.

Just like Boagaerts, Story has yet to give a firm indication that he’ll be anything but a shortstop heading into the 2022 season.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 06, 2021 at 07:49 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, red sox, trevor story

Wednesday, December 01, 2021

Jackie Bradley, Jr. back to Boston in deal with Crew

In a somewhat stunning development, the Red Sox are getting their outfield wizard back.

Late Wednesday night, the Sox and Brewers agreed on a trade that brings Jackie Bradley Jr. back to Boston in exchange for power-hitting outfielder Hunter Renfroe.

In the deal, the Red Sox are also getting two Minor League infielders in David Hamilton and Alex Binelas, who were ranked 16th and 17th respectively among Brewers prospects by MLB Pipeline. Hamilton is a middle infielder while Binelas plays the corners.

Bradley is due $9.5 million in 2022 and has a $12 million mutual option for ’23 with an $8 million buyout.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 01, 2021 at 11:40 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, hunter renfroe, jackie bradley, jr., red sox

Sources: Boston Red Sox in agreement with Rich Hill

Entering the offseason, the Red Sox sought to replenish their pitching depth. They lost left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez, who signed a five-year, $77.5 million deal with the Detroit Tigers. But they signed right-hander Michael Wacha to a one-year, $7 million deal and left-hander James Paxton to a one-year, $10 million deal with a two-year club option. Now, they add Hill, who is entering his 18th season in baseball, and has made it clear that he wanted to return to Boston.

Hill, a Canton native, recently suggested to Alex Speier of the Boston Globe that he has been in touch with the Red Sox, adding: “There is an interest, without a doubt. There’s a need on the other end. [But] the need for starting pitching is very apparent throughout the league – not just in Boston. It’s also many other clubs that need it.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 01, 2021 at 08:23 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, rich hill

James Paxton, Boston Red Sox agree to 1-year, $10 million deal, sources say

Left-hander James Paxton and the Boston Red Sox are in agreement on a one-year, $10 million contract with a two-year club option, sources familiar with the deal told ESPN’s Jeff Passan on Tuesday.

Paxton, 33, is recovering from Tommy John surgery and should be back pitching in 2022.

Paxton’s 2021 season with the Seattle Mariners came to an abrupt end in April due to the surgery. He left his first start of the season in the second inning after 24 pitches.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 01, 2021 at 09:57 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: james paxton, red sox

Friday, November 26, 2021

Red Sox and right-hander Michael Wacha are reportedly finalizing a one-year deal

The Red Sox and right-handed pitcher Michael Wacha are reportedly finalizing a one-year deal, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

Wacha, 30, has a 63-48 record and 4.14 ERA throughout his nine-year Major League career with the St. Louis Cardinals, New York Mets, and Tampa Bay Rays. He finished this past season 3-5 with a 5.05 ERA with the Rays and allowed four earned runs in 4 1/3 innings pitched against the Red Sox this past postseason.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 26, 2021 at 07:08 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: michael wacha, red sox

Monday, November 01, 2021

Tim Hyers leaving Red Sox: Boston hitting coach declines opportunity to return

Red Sox hitting coach Tim Hyers won’t be returning to Alex Cora’s coaching staff for the 2022 season.

According to Alex Speier of the Boston Globe, Hyers declined the team’s offer to return and will seek out other opportunities. The team now has two big league spots to fill as the Red Sox chose not to retain first base coach Tom Goodwin.

For the past four seasons, the Red Sox offense thrived under Hyers leading the majors in runs per game (5.31), batting average (.266) and OPS (.790). He was largely considered the team’s launch angle expert, teaching the players how to better adjust their hitting stroke based on the opposing pitcher to have more success, especially with power numbers.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 01, 2021 at 11:27 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, tim hyers

Sunday, October 31, 2021

Jerry Remy, Red Sox Legend, Dead At 68 After Battle With Cancer

Boston Red Sox legend and fan favorite broadcaster Jerry Remy died Saturday following a lengthy battle with cancer.

Remy, a former second baseman who had called Red Sox games on NESN for decades, was 68 years old.

A Red Sox Hall of Famer, Remy started his career with three seasons on the California Angels. He then went on to play seven seasons in Boston.

Remy is a four-time cancer survivor and, in the past, has been very public about his health and his battles with depression. Doctors have attributed most of his health issues to smoking cigarettes, and Remy used his platform to urge people to stop smoking.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 31, 2021 at 11:04 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: jerry remy, red sox

Monday, October 25, 2021

Boston Red Sox fire first base coach Tom Goodwin, say it’s unrelated to vaccination status: ‘It was a baseball decision’

Red Sox first base coach Tom Goodwin won’t return to the organization in 2022, chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom announced Monday.

Goodwin, who played for six teams in parts of 14 major-league seasons as an outfielder, had been a member of Boston’s staff since Nov. 2017. Most recently, he was not allowed to be with the Red Sox for the postseason because unvaccinated individuals were not allowed to access the playing field. Quality control coach Ramon Vazquez coached first base in Goodwin’s place for the final week of the regular season and playoffs.

Bloom said the decision to fire Goodwin was strictly based on performance—and not his decision to remain unvaccinated against COVID-19.

“His vaccination status had nothing to do with this decision,” Bloom said. “It was a baseball decision.”

In addition to coaching first base, Goodwin also coached outfield defense and baserunning for the Red Sox. Both of those areas struggled at times in 2021.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 25, 2021 at 02:43 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Sunday, October 24, 2021

Was This Red Sox Season a Sign of Things to Come, or Just a Surprising One-off?

The question is whether the current standard of play is sustainable. Do the Red Sox feel like a good bet to make the playoffs in a division that the Rays have won two years running, with the Yankees on equal footing and the Blue Jays improving at a frightening rate? Between salary commitments, projected arbitration awards, the dead salary on Price’s deal, and other odds and ends, Boston could end up with a payroll near $190 million without even dipping into free agency; will they keep free-agent-to-be Eduardo Rodriguez? If not, how will they replace him? And where else can they upgrade without running a Dombrowskovian payroll, if that’s still off the table?

Look at this offseason, and look back at the winter of 2018. Do the Red Sox feel more sustainable or competitive now than they did then? Or are they merely 15 percent cheaper and 15 percent worse?

Whether this season brings joy or ambivalence depends entirely on the standards the Red Sox are judged by, and those they impose upon themselves. If Hernández’s home run rampage and the laundry cart are enough, this is a win. And if that’s the case, that’s fine—only one team per year gets to cuddle the big hunk of metal, after all. But given where this team was four years ago, one could be forgiven for expecting more.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 24, 2021 at 07:05 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox

Friday, October 22, 2021

Red Sox’s explanation for center field light during Astros’ Game 5 win

Game 5 of the Astros-Red Sox American League Championship Series had a slight delay Wednesday when umpires noticed a light against the outfield wall with the Astros leading big in the sixth inning.

Because the Red Sox have been busted illegally stealing signs before and Red Sox manager Alex Cora was part of the 2017 Astros’ sign-stealing scheme, people immediately jumped to conclusions that something nefarious was going on.

Although FS1 cameras showed what appeared to be a flashlight moving around behind the outfield wall, that’s not what the umpires and managers were talking about at all. Astros manager Dusty Baker said it actually was a piece of reflective tape on the outfield wall and Cora is the one who pointed it out to him.

“I know that Alex Cora had said something about the light out in center, and then he came over to me and said it really wasn’t a light,” Baker said after the Astros’ 9-1 win. “It wasn’t in anybody’s eyes or point of vision or distraction. It was some reflective tape that somebody had put out there. It looked like a light shining off the lights, but I didn’t really see it. I didn’t have the angle to see it.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 22, 2021 at 03:05 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, red sox, sign-stealing

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Nathan Eovaldi, Boston Red Sox take issue with pivotal ball-strike call in loss to Houston Astros

Red Sox pitcher Nathan Eovaldi took two steps toward the dugout when his 1-2 curveball against Houston Astros catcher Jason Castro landed in the glove of catcher Christian Vazquez close to the top-right corner of the strike zone. With two outs already in the ninth inning, Eovaldi momentarily believed he had stranded Astros shortstop Carlos Correa on second base and first baseman Yuli Gurriel on first, but plate umpire Laz Diaz never signaled the punchout that would have left the score tied at 2 heading into the home half of the inning.

Instead, the at-bat continued, with Castro eventually singling to center field, scoring Correa to give Houston a 3-2 lead in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series. Soon, the wheels fell off for Boston, which gave up seven runs in Tuesday’s final frame as the Astros won 9-2 to tie the series at two wins apiece and push it to at least a Game 6, which will be back in Houston.

“I thought it was a strike, but again, I’m in the moment. I’m trying to make my pitches,” Eovaldi said after the game. “I’m attacking the zone.”

While Boston took issue with the call, the chance of Eovaldi’s curveball being called a strike was 23%, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 20, 2021 at 10:21 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, umpires

Monday, October 18, 2021

The fans’ way at Fenway: loud, louder, loudest

“When everybody’s yelling, it feels like they have a microphone and they’re . . . right in your ears - it’s electrifying,” Red Sox outfielder Alex Verdugo said. “And for the opposing team, you’ve got to find a way to get that momentum to come back, and be loud and take the energy out of the stands. Here, it seems like it lasts all nine innings.”

Verdugo’s a novice at Fenway. The only comparable noise he’s heard in a ballpark is at Dodger Stadium, which holds nearly 20,000 more fans than Fenway.

If it takes 56,000 LA fans to match the volume of 37,000 Boston fans, that sounds about right. It also sounds like Fenway is out-shouting the Red Sox’ 2018 title drive, a campaign that felt almost preordained given the team’s 108 regular-season wins….

When it comes to fan behavior in this ALCS, it’s worth pointing to the differences in fan experience between Houston’s Minute Maid Park and Fenway.

The Astros fans did respond quite loudly, especially in their Game 1 victory, and there were some unchoreographed chants, but on the whole, Minute Maid relies on the cue-card approach to whipping up the fans. Whether it’s cheerleaders skipping back and forth atop each dugout holding “Get Loud” placards, or Astros mascot Orbit twerking and beseeching fans to “Yell” and “Make Some Noise” from “Loud” to “Louder” to “Loudest,” the coaxing never ends. That’s just not how it’s done at Fenway Park.

“None of it is prompting, not traditional ‘Everybody clap your hands’ that some ballparks have, it’s not the ‘Charge,’ there’s nothing visual on our boards that say ‘Make noise’ or ‘Get up now,’ we don’t do any of that,” Carter said. “We’re Fenway Park - our fans are smarter than that, they don’t need to be told when to cheer, they don’t need to be told when to stand, they don’t need to be told what the situation is, they see it unfolding.”

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 18, 2021 at 10:56 AM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: fenway park, red sox

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Rays’ ground-rule double in 13th causes confusion

Kevin Kiermaier rounded third base, was informed of what had happened out near the right-field bullpens, and threw his hands into the air. So had the umpires, signaling a ground-rule double—one of the most bizarre seen yet at Fenway Park, a century-old venue where odd bounces seem to be a nightly occurrence.

Kiermaier’s drive in the top of the 13th inning would have sent home Yandy Díaz with a go-ahead run, but a fluky bounce—the ball hit the wall, then struck Red Sox outfielder Hunter Renfroe before hopping into the Boston bullpen—turned out to be a crucial moment in Game 3 of the American League Division Series, which was ultimately won by the Red Sox, 6-4, in 13.

With an on-field ruling of ground-rule double upheld following a Tampa Bay challenge, Kiermaier was sent back to second base, and more crucially, Díaz had to return to third base—where he was stranded, with Nick Pivetta striking out Mike Zunino to end the inning.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 10, 2021 at 11:29 PM | 91 comment(s)
  Beats: ground rule double, rays, red sox

Sunday, October 03, 2021

Boston Red Sox to host New York Yankees in AL wild-card game

The Boston Red Sox will host the New York Yankees in the American League wild-card game Tuesday night after clutch hits by their biggest stars helped to avoid several Game 163 scenarios.

Aaron Judge drove home the winning run with a one-out single in the ninth inning of the Yankees’ 1-0 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday while Red Sox slugger Rafael Devers’ 2-run homer in the ninth inning broke a 5-5 tie with the Washington Nationals.

Yankees shortstop Gio Urshela made a Jeter-esque catch, charging recklessly into the visiting dugout, and New York finished the year 92-70, punching a fifth consecutive postseason ticket after nearly falling into a labyrinth of tiebreaker scenarios.


Rougned Odor led off the ninth with a single against Josh Fleming (10-8), just New York’s second hit. Pinch-runner Tyler Wade advanced to second on Gleyber Torres’ flyout to the warning track in center, and Anthony Rizzo moved Wade to third with a one-out single.

Andrew Kittredge came on to face Judge, who ripped a 104.4 mph line drive off the right-hander’s glove. The ball skipped toward drawn-in second baseman Brandon Lowe, whose off-balance throw home wasn’t nearly in time to catch a sliding Wade.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 03, 2021 at 07:10 PM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, yankees

Friday, October 01, 2021

Fit to be tied? AL Wild Card chaos abounds

Example: Yankees go 0-3; Red Sox go 2-1, Mariners go 2-1, Blue Jays go 3-0

What happens next: The above scenario is the only possible four-way tie, and it means all four teams finish with 91 wins (which is Toronto’s win ceiling). Each team would choose or receive an A, B, C or D designation. The club with the highest winning percentage in games among the tied clubs chooses first, second-highest chooses second, etc. In this scenario, the Red Sox (24-21 against the others) get first choice, the Blue Jays (22-22) choose second, the Yankees (22-23) choose third and the Mariners (15-17) get the leftover spot.

On Monday, Club A (likely the Red Sox) would host Club B, and Club C (likely the Blue Jays) would host Club D. So for the Yankees, it would come down to a choice of traveling to either Boston or Toronto.

The winners of those two games on Monday would face each other Tuesday in the AL Wild Card Game.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 01, 2021 at 10:13 AM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, mariners, red sox, yankees

Friday, September 10, 2021

MLB denies telling Red Sox to stop COVID testing following Hunter Renfroe’s comments

As the Red Sox tried desperately to keep a COVID-19 outbreak contained as best they could over the last few weeks, the MLB handed down a mystifying recommendation, according to outfielder Hunter Renfroe.

Renfroe, who appeared on WEEI’s Merloni and Fauria show Thursday following his heroic performance in Wednesday’s win over the Rays, said the league told the Red Sox to stop testing in the middle of their outbreak.

“The MLB basically told us to stop testing and just treat the symptoms,” Renfroe said. “And we’re like, ‘No, we’re going to figure out what’s going on and try to keep this thing under control.’”

The hosts called Renfroe’s attention back to his comments to confirm, which he did twice.

The MLB quickly denied Renfroe’s claims, telling The Boston Globe‘s Julian McWilliams on Thursday afternoon that the Red Sox outfielder “is completely wrong and inaccurate.”

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 10, 2021 at 11:05 PM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: coronavirus, hunter renfroe, red sox

Thursday, September 09, 2021

Red Sox OF Hunter Renfroe delivers throw of the year to beat his old team

Hunter Renfroe was already having a career year. He added a career night on Wednesday.

The Boston Red Sox outfielder delivered the throw of the year — and possibly the decade — to seal a 2-1 win against his old team, the Tampa Bay Rays. There’s really nothing else to add until you see the throw.


From a step in front of the warning track in center all the way to third base in one hop. Poor Rays infielder Joey Wendle couldn’t have possible expected that to come after his fly ball got past center fielder Danny Santana.

That was not the extent of Renfroe’s contributions, as he was also the reason the Red Sox were ahead after crushing a two-run homer in the eighth inning.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 09, 2021 at 10:47 AM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: hunter renfroe, red sox

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Tomase: Barnes wilting from recent overuse and Sox know it

As bad as the Red Sox have been during this 2-10 stretch that has them teetering on the edge of the wild card race, take away three bad outings from their best pitcher, and maybe they’re don’t find themselves in such dire straits.

Of course, they can’t do that, and the three losses in Matt Barnes’ last four outings all count. But as we evaluate the impact of attrition on a bullpen that’s been asked to shoulder a heavy workload, Barnes stands front and center as a big arm that’s wilting from overuse.

Manager Alex Cora admitted as much after the right-hander’s latest implosion, a four-run ninth that was the difference in an 8-4 loss to the Rays on Tuesday. It came on the heels of a decisive three-run homer to former college teammate George Springer in a 9-8 loss to the Blue Jays, which came one day after serving up a walkoff shot to Toronto’s Marcus Semien.

Tomase: Red Sox rapidly approaching point of no return
Two of those games were tied, so there’s no guarantee the Red Sox would’ve won even if Barnes had gone 1-2-3, but there’s little doubt that his regression has helped put the team in the position of trying to prove its first half wasn’t a fluke as it fights for its playoff life.

“Barnesy right now, he’s doing his best,” Cora said. “I should probably take care of him in a sense. It’s not fair, obviously. He wants to do it, he’s willing to do it. But it’s been a grind for him lately.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 11, 2021 at 01:53 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: matt barnes, red sox

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Boston Red Sox acquiring outfielder Kyle Schwarber from Washington Nationals, source says

The Boston Red Sox are acquiring outfielder Kyle Schwarber from the Washington Nationals, a source told ESPN’s Jesse Rogers on Thursday.

Schwarber is batting .253 with 25 home runs and 53 RBIs. He’s currently on the 10-day injured list because of a right hamstring strain.

In June, Schwarber was among the hottest hitters in the majors. He bashed 16 home runs that month, seven of them leading off games. All were critical for the Nationals, who went 19-9 in the month to turn their season around.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 29, 2021 at 11:22 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: kyle schwarber, red sox

Sunday, July 25, 2021

Boston Red Sox end Domingo German’s no-hit bid in 8th inning, storm back to beat New York Yankees

Domingo German was simply dominating the Boston Red Sox. Never more so than in the seventh inning, when the New York Yankees right-hander struck out stars J.D. Martinez, Rafael Devers, Xander Bogaerts and rookie Jarren Duran.

As German walked off the mound then with a no-hitter intact and a solid lead, there was no way to envision what was on deck.

Held hitless into the eighth by German and looking feeble, Alex Verdugo and the Red Sox suddenly erupted for five runs to shake Fenway Park and storm past New York 5-4 on Sunday.

The old ballpark was almost silent all afternoon, until Verdugo opened the eighth with a long double for Boston’s first hit, and he raised his arms in celebration at second base.

By the time Kike Hernandez slid home headfirst on Xander Bogaerts’ sacrifice fly with the go-ahead run to cap the rally, fans were fired up.

“I felt like just getting that hit out of the way had everybody just take that big deep breath, didn’t have to worry about getting no-hit anymore,’’ Verdugo said. “That inning was crazy. From going no-hit to seven innings to putting five up in the eighth, that’s one of the craziest comebacks I’ve ever been a part of.’‘

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 25, 2021 at 10:55 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: 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

OH NO, EXPO!

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 Amazon.com.

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 Amazon.com, 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

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