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Saltalamacchia is a great clubhouse guy but just doesn’t seem to be a great organizational fit
I’ve been watching the Red Sox struggle through the 2012 season and i can’t help but wonder what happened to the “Red Sox Baseball” that GM Theo Esptein implemented in the early part of the last decade that helped the Red Sox win two World Championships. No, I’m not talking about that silly cosmetic stuff that anonymous sources report about what’s going on off the field. I’m talking about what they do on the field, more specifically at the plate. The Red Sox don’t take pitches anymore. They don’t talk walks anymore. They don’t make pitchers work hard anymore. They often have poor at-bats, mostly from the bottom of the order. Why did the Red Sox stop bringing in players with high OBP rates?
John Henry bought the Red Sox with an obsession with Oakland GM Billy Beane’s “moneyball” philosophy. When he couldn’t secure Beane’s services he turned to another young moneyball di
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It has been known for some time that Carl Crawford needs Tommy John surgery, but we haven't known if it would be definite. Now we know Carl is going to follow doctor's orders and has opted for the surgery.
“Carl intends to follow the course recommended by the medical professionals who have been treating him, in whom he has full confidence,” agent Brian Peters wrote...
Adrian Gonzalez denied the information in a Yahoo! Sports report that said he and other prominent Red Sox players blasted manager Bobby Valentine to the owners, and it looks like he was partially truthful.
Yahoo!’s Jeff Passan reported that some Red Sox players met with the owners on July 26 to complain about Bobby Valentine after Adrian Gonzalez sent a text message on behalf...
As expected, the Red Sox have placed Felix Doubront on the disabled list, retroactively. The Red Sox will likely activate the lefty next weekend. On Friday, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine indicated that Doubront was dealing with a slight knee situation and wanted to take precautions. The overriding factor, however, is the team's desire to give Doubront a breather after he'...
The Boston Red Sox released right-hander Mark Prior, who is attempting a comeback to the major leagues, ESPN Boston reported Friday. Prior was pitching for the Red Sox's Class AAA affiliate in Pawtucket. Prior, 31, appeared in 19 games for Pawtucket. He went 1-0 with a 3.96 ERA but he walked 23 batters in 25 innings with 38 strikeouts. Prior was headed toward a great career...
Jon Lester took the mound and continued his climb back to dominance with another nice performance. Lester was also helped out by some nice performances from Nick Punto and Pedro Ciriaco. That is probably not how you would have written in up in April, but then again...is anything this year?
Jon Lester took the mound against the Yankees looking for his 2nd win in a row. Thankfully...
Editor's note: The temperature gauge is a Bill James-created statistic that measures how hot or cold hitters are. We will spotlight Red Sox and opposing team temperatures on game days. Pedro Ciriaco has absolutely obliterated the Yankees this season, and the Red Sox would prefer if he builds on that success against Hiroki Kuroda and Co. on Sunday. Ciriaco is now 15-for-29 against...
Bobby Valentine arrived in Boston as a rather polarizing managerial choice. Nearly eight months later, he's still somewhat of a polarizing skipper. Most of the varying views stem from the Red Sox' struggles as a team and reports detailing clubhouse issues. The Sox enter Sunday's game against the Yankees at 59-62 -- clearly a mark Boston fans didn't envision before...
According to reports, former Boston Red Sox catcher Kelly Shoppach sent the now-infamous texts to team ownership complaining about manager Bobby Valentine. The texts were sent in late July and were previously attributed to first baseman Adrian Gonzalez.
The New York Daily News cites several sources that claim Shoppach was “deeply involved” with writing the message, which was...
Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine says he wasn't serious when he threatened to ''punch'' a radio talk-show host in the mouth.
Valentine says he made it clear he was kidding when he made the comment Wednesday during an interview on Boston station WEEI with hosts Glenn Ordway and Michael Holley. Ordway, citing a newspaper report that Valentine arrived later than...
Bobby Valentine has a sandpaper-like personality that doesn't work very well in today's MLB.I don’t want to sound like a braggadocios *******, (I guess it just comes naturally) but I told MLB baseball fans - and Boston Red Sox management – that they really dropped the ball in a big way by hiring hard-nosed (unlikable) manager Bobby Valentine to replace beloved skipper...
NEW YORK -- Boston Red Sox left fielder Carl Crawford's season might soon be over, and his team might not be far behind. But the rival New York Yankees seem to be just getting started after an impressive week, capped by a 4-1 win over the Sox on Sunday night that featured three hits, two home runs and one curtain call by Ichiro Suzuki. The Yankees also got another gem from...
It was exactly 45 years ago today that Boston Red Sox star RF Tony Conigliaro was struck in the face by a pitch thrown by Jack Hamilton. Forty-five years equals the length of Conigliaro’s life, who died an early death in 1990. It is very possible that the eye injury Tony C suffered led to not only his shortened baseball career, but his short life...
How often do you go to a wedding in Charlotte, NC and there has to be a television so that people are able the Boston Red Sox take on the New York Yankees? Well it happens when one half of the family involved in the wedding are Red Sox fans.
Unlike Friday night when everyone was coming to me for updates, it worked out on Saturday watching the game as Jon Lester continued his...
8 a.m.: The Red Sox fell victim to the long ball on Friday night, dropping a game to the Yankees following five solo home runs off the bats of the Bronx Bombers. Franklin Morales was victimized by the New York bats en route to a 6-4 loss. But on Saturday Jon Lester will be on the mound, looking to continue with the solid form he showed when striking out 12 earlier in the week. The...