Found November 19, 2011 on Fenway West:
Jonathan Papelbon is gone to the Phillies. I have mixed feelings. About.comBaseball listed Pap as number 1 on its site of free agent relievers, and with good reason. Despite his bad ending in 2011, he had 30-plus saves for the sixth consecutive year. The only Sox reliever that he really can be compared to is Dick Radatz in the long forgotten days of the early 60's. When the Monster, as he was called, would come into a game, he had an incredible look of confidence. If it weren't for Radatz, some of those Sox teams would have had trouble winning 60 games. In the 1963 All-Star game, for example, he fanned Willie Mays, Dick Groat, Duke Snider, Willie McCovey, and Julian Javier.When his fastball went south, so did he, but Dick, who died in 2005, will not soon be forgotten. Pap was a bit different. His look was one of defiance. He seemed to be daring the batter to get a hit off him. He was saying, in effect : "Don't even think about hitting me, you s.o.b. I'm going to...

Jonathan Papelbon Is 'Papelgone' As Former Red Sox Closer Leaves Boston for Greener Pastures

After a record-breaking career in Boston, former closer Jonathan Papelbon is now a member of the Philadelphia Phillies. The hurler is now the proud owner of a four-year, $50 million contract, leaving the Sox and their fans wondering who the next closer in Boston will be. Will O'Toole gives the pitcher a new nickname in the cartoon above. Since graduating from Seton Hall University...

Baseball Look-A-Like: Jonathan Papelbon was in Saving Private Ryan

Jonathan Papelbon, the Closer... ...was the Medic in "Saving Private Ryan"                        Follow Connie Mack on Facebook Listen to Connie Mack on the "My Two Cents Show" on <a href="" target="_blank" title="Listen to Connie Mack on the "My Two Cents Show"...

New CBA Penalizes Phillies for Signing Papelbon

(PHOTO: the new terms of MLB’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, teams that make future moves for Type-A free agent relief pitchers will not be forced to part with a first-round pick in the draft, according to Ken Rosenthal of means teams can sign Ryan Madson, Francisco Rodriguez, Heath Bell, and other top relievers this offseason without penalty...

Philadelphia Phillies Storyline: What To Expect Next From Amaro, Conclusion

Jonathan Papelbon’s terms with the Philadelphia Phillies for 2012 are lower than his 2011 dollars in Boston. How many other aspects are affecting the ‘12 budget for Rube Amaro? The money is there for both Jimmy Rollins and Michael Cuddyer. Tal's Handy Caps: I am doing a monthly Baseball-Fix Monday for November (2 parts) and–at least–one in December. I will add more Monday...

Updated Phillies Payroll Analysis and Org. Depth Chart

With player movement in full swing, I’ll try to get this updated (it’s always available on the right side-bar) as often as I can. First, let’s take a look at our payroll situation post-Papelbon. The players are in order of team control (oh, hey Ryan Howard), and in secondary order by salary amount. And it goes out as far as we have salary obligations. Some comments: Hmm...

Red Sox Mailbag: Retaining Tim Wakefield Makes Sense, While Team Should Follow Dustin Pedroia's Lead

The purge continues. Each week, more remnants of the 2011 Red Sox fall to the wayside. Since the last mailbag, Jonathan Papelbon quickly snatched up a four-year deal with the Phillies, and the Red Sox announced sweeping changes to its medical staff. It is clear that change is the operative word for the coming season. The question is, how far will those changes go? Papelbon is gone...

Wave Goodbye To Heidi Watney’s Car As It Disappears Over The Horizon

If you’re a Boston Red Sox fan still shaken by the 2011 collapse and the loss of Terry Francona and Jonathan Papelbon, you should probably sit down, because it’s about to get a lot worse. By way of Sean McAdam at Red Sox Talk: Play-by-play announcer Don Orsillo has signed a contract extension to remain with NESN, but the network’s Red Sox telecasts will be without in-game...

Top 5 Fantasy Players Facing Free Agency in 2012

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post submitted by Jeff Herbst. Jeff has had a passion for sports ever since he could first walk. He works with Phoenix Bats, a company that creates wood bats such as their world-class maple baseball bats for amateur and professional ball players around the world. Each year in fantasy baseball, there are certain players who can literally be counted...
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