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Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Opening Day Memories

On Thursday the Red Sox should have been beginning the home portion of their schedule.  Alas circumstances mean that the crack of the bat, the roar of the crowd and the smell of the sausages will not be assaulting our senses.  But it is worth taking a moment to think back to Opening Days past.  I’m sure we all have our own memories, I’ve had the good fortune to attend virtually every home opener since about 1980 and here are a few of my memories;

1981(ish) - It was COLD in our seats in the ...

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Jose Is Absurdly Chatty Posted: April 01, 2020 at 05:58 PM | 2 comment(s)
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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

The Perfect Schedule - Games 1-10

Opening Day is in theory Thursday but of course that has been postponed and it is highly unlikely that we will see anything close to a full season of Major League Baseball this year.  I thought I would fill the gap of game reports by highlighting some games for us to look back at over the last 40 years.  Today I start with the first 10 games of the season.

Game 1 - 1995 - Twins 0 at Sox 9 - A season much like 2020 with a delayed an uncertain start (for VERY different reasons), a wunderkind GM ...

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Jose Is Absurdly Chatty Posted: March 24, 2020 at 03:20 PM | 22 comment(s)
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Sunday, March 15, 2020

Be Well

Whatever your take on current affairs I think it is fair to say this is an uncertain and nervous time for all of us. Even in the wake of 9/11, horrible tragedy that it was, within a week things were relatively normal. This situation is clearly more uncertain, honestly in mh nearly half century I don’t remember this kind of uncertainty.

For now I just want to tell everyone here, even the Yankee fans, to please be well and take care of each other. I’ll leave this as an open thread and if ...

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Jose Is Absurdly Chatty Posted: March 15, 2020 at 09:17 PM | 6 comment(s)
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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Report From the Fort

Photos from the first two games I attended

With the season just two weeks and change away your man Jose has been on the scene for a vibrant and electrifying bit of spring training baseball.  OK, the baseball season is closing in and Jose has been on the scene but I wouldn’t describe it as a vibrant and electrifying time.  I suspect I’m not the only Red Sox fan feeling a bit of malaise with the season about to start and the club having a lot of questions looming over not just this season but ...

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Jose Is Absurdly Chatty Posted: March 11, 2020 at 10:58 AM | 12 comment(s)
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Sunday, March 01, 2020

2020 Vision - Coming Into Focus

With the Sox finally playing baseball games and actual news coming from Fort Myers we are getting a bit more knowledge about who will make up the Sox Opening Day roster.  There are still plenty of decisions to be made and the uncertainty of the sign stealing investigation still looming.  Anyway, while we wait for more news let’s consider where we stand;

Infield
Rostered: Mitch Moreland, Michael Chavis, Xander Bogaerts, Rafael Devers, Jose Peraza, Tzu-Wei Lin

Disabled List: Dustin Pedroia ...

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Jose Is Absurdly Chatty Posted: March 01, 2020 at 09:16 AM | 11 comment(s)
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Saturday, February 22, 2020

Real Pretend Baseball!!!!

After a quiet and uneventful off-season….no wait, after a complete shitshow of an off-season the Boston Red Sox will officially begin their slate of spring training games on Saturday afternoon after the unofficial opener against Northeastern on Friday.  I think it suffices to say that most Sox fans are less than pleased with the off-season on any number of levels.  Having said that, the Sox should still be a good team though candidly I fear a 2012 style disaster but that’s emotion not logic ...

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Jose Is Absurdly Chatty Posted: February 22, 2020 at 10:27 AM | 13 comment(s)
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Wednesday, February 05, 2020

2020 Vision - Version 2.0

Well, now that the Sox have made their big move it’s worth taking a look at what the 2020 Boston Red Sox now look like with some notes about the changes from version 1 (https://www.baseballthinkfactory.org/sox_therapy/discussion/2020_vision)

Infield: Mitch Moreland, Michael Chavis, Xander Bogaerts, Rafael Devers, Jose Peraza, Tzu-Wei Lin

Changes from Version 1:
Drop Sam Travis, Marco Hernandez
Add Moreland, Peraza,

Adding Moreland is a nice little move that I think fits well.  He’s ...

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Jose Is Absurdly Chatty Posted: February 05, 2020 at 10:52 AM | 33 comment(s)
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Counterpoint: Also Not OK

Jose already covered the main topic well. I just want to step back and reconsider the following statement:

It’s not official but There is no baseball case for moving Mookie.  If the Sox wanted to cut payroll they should never have offered a contract to Jackie Bradley and traded JD Martinez.  Or they could have traded David Price with quite literally no return and gotten contract relief that way.

I believe there is a solid baseball case for making this trade. That doesn’t make it OK. ...Read More...

villageidiom Posted: February 05, 2020 at 08:15 AM | 117 comment(s)
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Tuesday, February 04, 2020

Not OK

Un-bleeping-acceptable.

It’s that simple.  The Boston Red Sox have traded a player who should be spending his whole career in Boston as a true homegrown superstar for a few baubles in hopes of competing in 2024 or something.

Oh who are we kidding?  They made this trade so John Henry could get himself a new ivory back scratcher.  This is not freakin’ OK and to pretend that it is is nonsense.  I have been a diehard Red Sox fan my whole life.  My favorite players have included Fred Lynn, ...

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Jose Is Absurdly Chatty Posted: February 04, 2020 at 09:27 PM | 164 comment(s)
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Sunday, February 02, 2020

Truck Day Is Upon Us

It’s TRUC…oh who cares?

Sorry, I want to be excited but I can’t be.  With the potential/likely trade of Mookie Betts looming like Damocles’ sword it is difficult to really get excited here.  The truck leaves Monday at noon but, well hell it’s possible I’ll have to put up another post talking about the biggest trade the Sox have made in eight years and arguably longer than that Monday morning.

But for now, let’s try to be optimistic.  Whether or not Mookie is on the roster the Sox ...

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Jose Is Absurdly Chatty Posted: February 02, 2020 at 10:42 PM | 6 comment(s)
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Monday, January 13, 2020

Who’s In Charge?

I’m putting the cart before the horse a bit here but based on the suspensions and subsequent firings of Jonathan Lunhow and AJ Hinch in Houston it is looking likely that the Boston Red Sox are going to need someone to manage the team for a large chunk of 2020 and potentially beyond.  I’m just going to throw out a few points and I figure this is as good a place to speculate while we wait for the inevitable hammer to fall on Cora (as it should based on available evidence);

- I think firing ...

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Jose Is Absurdly Chatty Posted: January 13, 2020 at 03:58 PM | 138 comment(s)
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Saturday, January 04, 2020

How Serious Are They?

‘John Henry said that in 2020, the Red Sox “need to be under the [luxury-tax threshold of $208 million] and that was something we’ve known for more than a year now.” Werner later clarified that it was a strong preference rather than an absolute.” (Boston Globe - Alex Speier)

Some follow up headlines;

Sox Ownership says payroll slashing is coming (NBC Sports)
Red Sox want to start cutting payroll (Yahoo)
Red Sox will cut payroll (NY Post)
Red Sox want to slash payroll for 2020 season ...

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Jose Is Absurdly Chatty Posted: January 04, 2020 at 07:09 PM | 49 comment(s)
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Sunday, December 08, 2019

2020 Vision

With the Bruins loss on Saturday night the Sox are no longer the last Boston team to lose a home game in regulation. With that shame no longer attached and the Winter Meetings underway it is time to look ahead to 2020 with a first look at the Opening Day roster as it currently exists;

1B - Michael Chavis
2B - Marco Hernandez
3B - Rafael Devers
SS - Xander Bogaerts
LF - Andrew Benintendi
CF - Jackie Bradley Jr.
RF - Mookie Betts
C - Christian Vazquez
DH - JD Martinez
IF - Tzu-Wei Lin
IF - Sam ...

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Jose Is Absurdly Chatty Posted: December 08, 2019 at 05:20 PM | 71 comment(s)
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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Thankful for an Amazing Decade

It seems to be a thing to pick an All-Decade team these days and with Thanksgiving, my favorite holiday, upon us it’s a good way to express our thanks for this amazing decade where the Boston Red Sox won as many World Series titles as the rest of the American League combined.

So, just a bit of fun for your reading pleasure or to be ignored.  No refunds will be issued.

1B - Mike Napoli
Other Nominees: Mitch Moreland, Adrian Gonzalez, Kevin Youkilis

First base has been a bit of a rotating ...

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Jose Is Absurdly Chatty Posted: November 27, 2019 at 08:52 PM | 16 comment(s)
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Saturday, November 16, 2019

Gumbo Limbo, Mookie Betts and “Not My Money”

Let’s get the part where you all hate me out of the way.  While the Boston area freezes its collective caboose off I’m down in Naples, FL sitting on the lanai with a cigar, a Guinness and some nachos looking at nearly clear blue skies.  I tell you this not to make you feel jealous (well, not “only” that) but for reasons I hope to make apparent.

Of course this is the Off-Season of Mookie and everything has to do with Mookie.  As a practical matter the Sox can do three things this ...

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Jose Is Absurdly Chatty Posted: November 16, 2019 at 03:37 PM | 100 comment(s)
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Monday, November 04, 2019

Musings on Rule Changes and Bullpen Construction

Starting next season there are two new rules that affect most of the season:

1. Active roster size expands from 25 to 26.

2. Any pitcher who enters the game cannot be removed until the first of these three events:
- injury
- end of the half-inning (or game)
- they have faced at least 3 batters.

As the offseason begins, what do the new rules - the second one, specifically - mean for the Red Sox bullpen?

villageidiom Posted: November 04, 2019 at 07:00 AM | 1 comment(s)
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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

J.D. Martinez’s Qualified Decision

We’re about a week away from JDM’s big decision. Big decisions aren’t easy.

villageidiom Posted: October 29, 2019 at 11:44 AM | 61 comment(s)
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Saturday, October 26, 2019

2020 is in Bloom

While anything official will wait for the end of the World Series multiple reports (Joel Sherman, Rob Bradford among others) are reporting that the Red Sox are hiring Chaim Bloom* as their next General Manager**.

* see what I did with the title?
** I don’t care about titles, he’s doing the job traditionally associated with GM so that’s what I’m calling him

On all of these hires we really know so very little about the people involved that it is hard to make any particularly substantive ...

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Jose Is Absurdly Chatty Posted: October 26, 2019 at 03:20 PM | 11 comment(s)
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Saturday, September 28, 2019

Let’s Get On With It

In 147 days the 2020 Boston Red Sox will open their spring slate against long time rivals Northeastern University.  By the time that happens it is likely that much will be changed from the 2019 Red Sox.  I don’t think I am being an unreasonable homer when I say I feel optimistic about the team.  Yes some things are in flux but there is a remarkable amount of talent on hand and I expect the Sox to be around the midpoint of last year’s 108 wins and this years 83/84/85 (depending on today and ...

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Jose Is Absurdly Chatty Posted: September 28, 2019 at 10:13 AM | 14 comment(s)
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Saturday, September 14, 2019

Lining up the Minors - End of Season Edition

With the minor league season over and the Sox having punted GM Dave Dombrowski to the curb (I wonder if GMs do that awkward thing where they get together over lunch to get some of their things they left at the owners house like exes).  Anyway, that wasn’t a complete sentence where was I?

Oh yeah, minor league season over, Dombrowski unemployed…and a lot of focus on the future of the Sox.  Some of that future is going to be driven by folks in the minor leagues.  The title of the post has a ...

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Jose Is Absurdly Chatty Posted: September 14, 2019 at 10:27 AM | 1 comment(s)
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Monday, September 09, 2019

Dave Dombrowski Fired

I don’t have a lot to say on this at the late hour but the title kind of covers it and it deserves a thread. After four plus seasons, three division titles and 108 win season capped with a World Series title the Sox have let GM (I don’t care what his title was, that’s what he was) go. Eddie Romero (not that one) will take over for now.

What the next step will be is obviously the big question. The first job of the next person will be to make Mookie Betts unspeakably rich. Beyond that the ...

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Jose Is Absurdly Chatty Posted: September 09, 2019 at 12:16 AM | 27 comment(s)
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Friday, August 30, 2019

One Month to the Playoffs

Why yes, with 28 games to go the defending World Series Champion Boston Red Sox are still playing baseball games and in fact they are playing baseball games that matter!  The magic number to win a fourth consecutive AL East title is just 43!

OK OK, I’m willing to concede that their division chances have probably dipped a shade below 50% (though a sweep against the Yankees next weekend and just make up another 11 1/2 games…) but the Wild Card is still doable.  The 5 1/2 game deficit, while ...

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Jose Is Absurdly Chatty Posted: August 30, 2019 at 03:36 PM | 15 comment(s)
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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

A Little More Acceptable

Let’s start with the obvious, the Boston Red Sox are almost certainly not making not making the playoffs in 2019.  The hole is too deep and despite playing well since getting squashed in the Bronx they’ve gone 8-4 (with a suspended game looming) including a nice series win in Cleveland.  With that said a team that looked in disarray two weeks ago suddenly is at least providing some encouragement.

Chad Finn of the Boston Globe dropped a comparison to 2002 earlier this week.  That is the ...

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Jose Is Absurdly Chatty Posted: August 20, 2019 at 01:49 PM | 13 comment(s)
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Sunday, August 04, 2019

Unacceptable

Well the good news is they aren’t dead yet but at this point pretending the 2019 Boston Red Sox are going to mount any kind of defense of their 2018 World Series title is a fool’s errand to say the least.  The simple reality is the pitching has been a complete disaster and frankly it’s a bit of a shocker.  From top to bottom they have underperformed and I can’t help but feel like this falls heavily on the shoulders of Alex Cora and management in general (both above and below him) for ...

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Jose Is Absurdly Chatty Posted: August 04, 2019 at 09:41 PM | 52 comment(s)
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Monday, July 29, 2019

That’s What We Have Been Waiting For

It took nearly two thirds of the season but the defending World Champions finally showed up and played the way we have been expecting since day one.  Faced with a rich challenge against Tampa Bay and then New York the Sox took care of business about as well as could have been hoped going 5-2 and showing their talent in a way they have not for most of the season.  Despite the good performance some concerns still exist that cannot be dismissed out of hand.  To wit;

Monday - 2IP, 4 runs
Tuesday - ...

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Jose Is Absurdly Chatty Posted: July 29, 2019 at 10:15 AM | 11 comment(s)
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Thursday, July 11, 2019

A Disappointing First Half

With the Sox at the unofficial halfway point of the 2019 championship season I think it is safe to say they have not defended their World Series title particularly well so far.  In fairness some of that is down to the amazing first half the Miami Marlins…oh wait, New York Yankees have had (I get those teams with only one World Series title this century confused).  They have been remarkable and opened up a nine game lead on our heroes in the division.  Past defenses of World Series titles have ...

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Jose Is Absurdly Chatty Posted: July 11, 2019 at 11:28 AM | 28 comment(s)
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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Has A Corner Been Turned?

Is it finally happening for the 2019 Red Sox? Are they finally starting to pull it together and be the team they should be?  For the third time this season they have won a series against a club over .500 taking two out of three from the best in the AL Twins (and wow is that odd to read).  This coming on the heels of five straight against Texas and Baltimore (the latter of which is very nearly as good as a Major League team) and the Sox are a season best six games over .500.

We have seen this ...

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Jose Is Absurdly Chatty Posted: June 20, 2019 at 07:29 PM | 21 comment(s)
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Monday, May 27, 2019

The First Third

The Sox reached the one third point of the 2019 season with a comfortable victory over the Indians to bring their record to 29-25. It’s not the 37-17 of a year ago but it’s a perfectly reasonable place to be considering the 2-8 start. If they simply maintain the pace they have played at since that bad start they would finish at 95 wins.

This is why I’m not a big scoreboard watcher until August. I’m pretty comfortable thinking it will take 95-100 wins to take the division crown.  The ...

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Jose Is Absurdly Chatty Posted: May 27, 2019 at 08:25 PM | 10 comment(s)
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Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Mediocrity Achieved!

So 36 games after their last dance with the magic .500 mark the defending World Series Champion Boston Red Sox are there again after a win over the Baltimore Orioles who are according to league rules a Major League Baseball team.

Snark aside the Sox are resembling the team they were twelve months ago.  Think I’m crazy?  Try this on for size;

2018: games 11 to 38: 17 wins, 11 losses
2019: games 11 to 38: 17 wins, 11 losses

We can play games with numbers all we want and those first ten games ...

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Jose Is Absurdly Chatty Posted: May 08, 2019 at 11:11 PM | 44 comment(s)
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Monday, April 22, 2019

A Weekend of Necessity

After kind of seeing their world turned upside down for a few weeks the Red Sox pretty much ticked all the boxes this weekend and more importantly picked up three much needed wins.  It is only April etc…but the reality is that 8 1/2 back at the start of the weekend meant being swept would have put them 11 1/2 out and even simply losing 2 out of 3 would have had them 9 1/2 out.  It is early enough that those are deficits that can be overcome but that would have been a heck of a hole to climb out ...

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Jose Is Absurdly Chatty Posted: April 22, 2019 at 08:56 AM | 58 comment(s)
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