Random thoughts as the Red Sox settle into spring training … Kudos to the Red Sox for not bidding against themselves to sign J.D. Martinez. With the Red Sox being the only viable bidder, Martinez seems to need the Red Sox more than the Red Sox need Martinez, whose opposite-field swing may not play well … Continue reading Red Sox Playing Smart with JD Martinez; Yanks Team To Beat, but Sox Will Contend
Happy Birthday to baseball legend and American icon Babe Ruth, born on February 6, 1895. The discussion of two-way baseball players starts and ends with Babe Ruth. In the years before the infamous sale that sent Ruth from Boston to New York, the man known as the “Sultan of Swat” was baseball’s premier left-handed pitcher. … Continue reading Happy Birthday Babe Ruth
Always a good sign when your newly-acquired, yet-to-reach-his-prime, 27-year-old-pitcher (Chris Sale) has a more accomplished career than his two Cy Young Award winning teammates (Rick Porcello and David Price).
Any comparisons to Babe Ruth are subject to hyperbole, but the recent exploits of 22-year-old Shohei Otani give us reason to believe the Japanese star could be the Major League's next great two-way ball player. The recently-named Most Valuable Player of the Pacific League of Nippon Professional Baseball became the first professional league Japanese player … Continue reading Japan’s Shohei Otani, The Next Babe Ruth?
There’s a reason why the Red Sox -- fresh off their third World Series Championship in 10 years -- allowed Jacoby Ellsbury to flee to New York following the the 2013 season with little resistance. The reason was Jackie Bradley Jr. The same reason why Cuban import Rusney Castillo, who signed a $72.5 million contract in … Continue reading Jackie Bradley Jr. Bursts Onto The Scene
Around the horn with the Red Sox lineup … DAVID ORTIZ Ortiz is the only major leaguer to slug 30 homers and 100 RBI in each of the last three seasons. The Red Sox need the same production from their 40-year-old DH during the Big Papi Farewell Tour. The spotlight usually brings the best out of … Continue reading What To Expect From The Red Sox Lineup in 2016
The second part of a semi-regular series on “Baseball’s Most Unbreakable Records”. Sometimes baseball’s most unbreakable records need to be framed in the proper context. Sometimes luck or fate has more affect on the baseball record book than we realize. Tris Speaker never actually came close to Joe DiMaggio’s “unbreakable” 56-game hitting streak established decades after … Continue reading The Great Tris Speaker: Baseball’s Unbreakable Records (Almost)
John Henry’s declaration that the Red Sox have relied too much on analytics in recent years has made for interesting sports radio fodder, but does the Red Sox owner really mean what he says? After all, his team employs Bill James, the father of sabermetrics, and spends more money on statistical analysis than most major … Continue reading Red Sox Leaning Away From Analytics, Emphasizing Scouting?
New Red Sox president/GM/baseball czar Dave Dombrowski is bold, decisive, and clearly the man running the show. By signing left-handed ace David Price to a seven-year, $217 million contract, Dombrowski was able to persuade owner John Henry to make a complete philosophical change in how to build a baseball team while laying the groundwork for … Continue reading The (David) Price Is Right