Found March 01, 2012 on Baseball Professor:
Jacoby Ellsbury won’t hit 32 homers again, but that doesn’t mean the power surge was a fluke. For years scouts have been waiting for Ellsbury to reveal the power that laid dormant in his bat, and last season he was able to make the necessary adjustments to become one of the most balanced — and fearsome — offensive threats in baseball. Personally, I’d be moderately shocked if Ellsbury doesn’t hit at least 18 homers, and something in the 20-24 range is a pretty good bet. Toss in his elite run and stolen base totals, and you have a recipe for a first-round caliber fantasy talent. After all, Ellsbury has ranked in the top five in two of the last three seasons. Best case scenario: Last season with a couple fewer HR and RBI Similar players: Carlos Gonzalez (COL), Ryan Braun (MIL), Ian Kinsler (TEX) Worst case scenario: Dustin Pedroia (BOS) Strengths Complete balance, lineup, vs. LHP. Ellsbury topped 70 home runs and stolen bases last season. Only Matt Kemp had more. He bats leadoff for...

Jason Varitek Proud of Career With Red Sox, Says His Goal Was to Always Be Good Teammate (Video)

Jason Varitek closed out his career with the Boston Red Sox in the same fashion that he exuded throughout his 15 years in Boston, with class. Varitek stood at the podium and expressed his heartfelt gratitude and appreciation for everything and everyone throughout his 15 seasons in the big leagues. But more than anything he expressed his great sense of pride and joy with all he and...

Jason Varitek's Friends, Teammates, Rivals Have Nothing But Praise for Catcher's Storied Career

When longtime Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek announced his retirement Thursday, a flurry of his former teammates, managers and opponents chimed on the end to his storied career with statements. Here are some below: Tim Wakefield: "Tek epitomizes what a true professional should be. He's been a great teammate, but more importantly he's been a better friend. The way he prepared...

David Ortiz, Kevin Youkilis Keep Things Light As They Pepper Green Monster at JetBlue Park (Video)

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Red Sox Lineup vs BC 3/3/12

Mike Aviles, SSChe-Hsuan Lin, CFKevin Youkilis, 3BDavid Ortiz, 1BNick Punto, 2BRyan Lavarnway, CJosh Kroeger, RFAlex Hassan, DHJason Repko, LF Felix Doubront, SP

Watch Jason Varitek's Retirement News Conference Live (Video)

Red Sox Nation gets ready to say good-bye to a legend on Thursday when longtime catcher Jason Varitek will officially announce his retirement. Watch the captain's news conference live on NESN at 5:30 p.m. or on a live stream here at Click here to see some of Jason Varitek's greatest moments >> Click here for reaction from Varitek's teammates on what it...

Video Ryan Sweeney Takes Over Lead In Jordan's Shootout

After talking with Tom Caron on the NESN Live set at Fenway South, Boston Red Sox OF Ryan Sweeney took his shots in the Jordan's Shootout. {mp4remote}{/mp4remote} Previous contestants: Jarrod Saltalamacchia Jordan's Shootout Daniel Bard Jordan's Shootout Clay Buchholz Jordan's Shootout...

Andrew Bailey Fought Back from Tommy John Surgery to Become All-Star, Tries to Emulate Curt Schilling on Mound (Video)

Jonathan Papelbon had been the face of the Red Sox bullpen for what was getting close to a decade. But this offseason, as Papelbon took off for greener pastures in Philadelphia, a new face emerged as Boston's late-inning savior. Andrew Bailey came over in a deal from the Oakland Athletics on Dec. 29 and the Sox new closer never looked back. Bailey is upbeat about his first season...

Cook's story is stirring

He is a past winner of the Tony Conigliaro Award for overcoming adversity. So that right there tells you Aaron Cook is a fighter.

Shoulder better, Kalish starts throwing program

Throwing a baseball used to just be part of life for Red Sox outfielder Ryan Kalish. But after a 2011 filled with health woes -- some of which trickled into the offseason -- it was exciting for Kalish to be able to throw on Wednesday.

Former relievers see action in Sox 'B' game

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