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Breaking Down Xander Bogaerts’ New Swing

With the benefit of hindsight, past doubts regarding Xander Bogaerts seem hard to believe, but the youngster entered the season as one of the Red Sox’s biggest question marks. After a surprisingly woeful rookie campaign, many wondered whether Bogaerts could stick at shortstop in Boston. His fielding prowess had long come under scrutiny, and the club’s decision to shift him...
Via BP Boston
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Batted-Ball Velocity, Adrian Beltre, and Xander Bogaerts

In batted-ball velocity numbers, we’ve got a new toy. It’s hard to know exactly how to use it, as it goes with many new statistical toys. Without even a full year of sample size, we have no idea how accurate the data coming in is, how sticky batted-ball velocity is year to year, or how much of a skill it is. Even worse, the data is incomplete — velocity without angle is somewhat...
Via Fangraphs
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Xander, the Dugout Cop, and the Oddest Moment of Last Night’s Red Sox Game

So what is Xander Bogaerts running from in this clip? A bug? A bat? Or did the police office sitting behind him have something to do with it? I’m open to any interpretation you might have. This is the most popular theory: YO, DID THAT COP JUST FART? — Red (@SurvivingGrady) August 18, 2015 Folks, I’ve been blogging for 12 years and tweeting since...
Via Surviving Grady
16 days ago  |  Discuss

DraftKings: Xander Bogaerts Highlights Tom Caron’s Value Selections

We’re midway through the work week, so why not celebrate Hump Day with some fantasy baseball?, the official fantasy partner of the Boston Red Sox, has paid out over $30 million to Boston residents since the site launched. Now the website is teaming up with NESN to offer fans an opportunity to challenge Red Sox host Tom Caron in the sport that he knows best. Plus...
July 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Xander Bogaerts: the Saving Grace of the 2015 Red Sox Season

I realize that with this post, has officially mentioned Xander Bogaerts more than his mom’s Facebook page. But let’s be honest: the kid has become the sole reason to keep tuning in to these games (or, as I like to call them, “medical emergencies requiring alcohol.”) While the Red Sox flail away as a team, plating approximately zero runs over their last...
Via Surviving Grady
July 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Xander Bogaerts’ Quantum Leap On Defense A Big Development For Red Sox

Silver and gold could be in Xander Bogaerts’ future. Bogaerts, known for his bat while coming up through the Boston Red Sox system, always had the look of someone who might earn a few Silver Slugger awards before his career is over. Now, because of some major improvements over the last few months, the 22-year-old shortstop also looks like someone capable of reeling in a Gold Glove...
July 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Xander Bogaerts is the Starting Shortstop of the All Star Game Taking Place in My Mind

I’m six beers deep in a dodgy bar in New Jersey. I’m sliding dangerously close to “things I can’t explain in an expense account” territory. I have little to no idea how I’m getting back to my hotel… or exactly where that hotel is. Oh, and the All Star Game starts in just a few hours. And I couldn’t care less. Look, I don’t want to sound bitter. The Red Sox are...
Via Surviving Grady
July 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Xander Bogaerts Appreciative Of Red Sox Fans’ Support In MLB Final Vote

This embed is invalid" /> BOSTON — Xander Bogaerts felt the love. While the campaign to send Bogaerts to the 2015 Major League Baseball All-Star Game via the league’s annual Final Vote proved unsuccessful, the Boston Red Sox shortstop knows it wasn’t for lack of trying. “I know how much the fans tried, the Red Sox organization, they tried really hard...
July 11, 2015  |  Discuss

The Walking Undead Red Sox, Starring Xander Bogaerts

Is this real life? Are the same Red Sox who were pretty much throwing in the towel in June suddenly the hottest team in baseball? Sure as hell looks like it, with 4 wins in their last five games and a jump from nine to five games out in the AL East. Is this how it’s gonna be, Red Sox? Am I gonna have to wrap my head around the idea of whether Porcello or Masterson starts game...
Via Surviving Grady
July 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Xander Bogaerts Deflects All-Star Talk, But Admits Nod ‘Would Be Big’

This embed is invalid" /> BOSTON — Sure, Xander Bogaerts wants to be an All-Star. Who doesn’t? But with the Red Sox sitting in last place in the American League East with seven games remaining in the first half, the 22-year-old shortstop is focused more on entering the break on a high note than on whether he’ll punch his ticket to the Midsummer...
July 04, 2015  |  Discuss

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