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Making the Case for Travis Shaw Over Hanley Ramirez at First Base

You could count the things that went right for the Boston Red Sox on one hand last season, and Travis Shaw was one of them. The 25-year-old Shaw got the call in May and was gradually phased into the Red Sox lineup, filling in at several positions. A series of injuries landed Shaw with full-time duties at first base, and he was far from a disappointment. Shaw clobbered seven home...
Via Baseball Essential
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

Clay Buchholz’s New Plan to Stay on the Mound

In all my years watching baseball, I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a more enigmatic and polarizing pitcher than Clay Buchholz. Prior to every season, people try to say they know what kind of production can be expected from the right-hander that year, and every year we know they’re lying through their teeth. In reality, every time you’re confident he’s on track, he has a terrible...
Via BP Boston
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Happy Truck Day, Red Sox Nation!

Jim MonaghanContributing WriterPhoto courtesy of the Boston Red SoxYes, it's silly.Yes, it's more than just a bit contrived. Heck, the team has even gotten Jet Blue to sponsor the whole thing.And yes, I get that a lot of people think it's just another excuse to sell tickets by a team that has now finished last three of the last four years.Photo courtesy of the Boston Red SoxBut...
Via RedSoxLife
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Fenway Park bringing ski-jumping from mountains to downtown Boston

Fenway Park has been the home of the Boston Red Sox since 1912. While baseball is the main focus of the stadium, it has hosted other events such as concerts, football, soccer, and even hockey. Now the 104-year-old stadium can add another check to its resume -- ski jumping.Standing high above the Green Monster, a 140-foot ski jump has been constructed in centerfield, sloping down...
Via Fox Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Oscillation, thy name is Pablo Sandoval

If I didn’t know any better, I’d say the current Red Sox third baseman is a phoenix in human form. Before 2015, Pablo Sandoval had twice pulled off major rebounds from poor showings the season before. Both times, he improved tremendously on what he had done the year before. That’s good, right? He knew how and why he played badly and made it better the subsequent season...
Via BP Boston
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Read Sox: Extensions for Betts and Bogaerts, Farrell’s Future and the Best Shape of Buchholz’s Life

Welcome back to Read Sox. This week we consider early extensions for Mookie Betts and Xander Bogaerts, reflect on the job John Farrell has done, look at the work the non-David Price starters are putting in to be ready for the season, hope for Rusney Castillo’s development at the plate and get an update on the safety upgrade that is being installed at Fenway. Going Deep A story...
Via BP Boston
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Red Sox Success Hinges on Performance of Ramirez and Sandoval

Rewind to a year ago. Red Sox fans were cautiously optimistic on how their two big free agent signings would perform in Boston. Hanley Ramirez had tacked on so much bulk mass that he was starting to look like Mac in season 7 of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, hoping for some added power to bring to Fenway Park. Pablo Sandoval‘s body was always the main concern of his naysayers...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Look who has reported early to Red Sox Spring Training

(STAN GROSSFELD/GLOBE STAFF)Eric D. Schabell Contributing Writer Pitchers and catchers don't report for weeks yet, but maybe the acquisition of David Price has put a sense of urgency into the Red Sox pitching staff.Last week Rob Bradfo posted a small article with video of the following already in Fort Myers, weeks ahead of the February 18 reporting date for pitchers and catchers...
Via RedSoxLife
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Boston Red Sox: is David Ortiz Hall of Fame worthy?

I have watched David Ortiz emerge as a dominant hitter for the Boston Red Sox from his first season with the team in 2003. He was an average designated hitter / infrequent first basemen for the Minnesota Twins, topping 20 home runs in a season just once before heading to Beantown. I will never forget October 17th, 2004, a tired-eyed nine-year-old fan watching the lefty brute launch...
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox Prospect Drops $45k to Customize Car

I don’t normally get excited about the cars athletes drive, but when they go out of their way to make their ride something Bruce Wayne would enjoy…color me intrigued. Boston Red Sox prospect Yoan Moncada just dropped $45,000 (of his $31 million deal!) to customize his Avorza BMW i8 to resemble something that would be seen cruising the streets of Gotham City. Something tells me...
Via Hall of Very Good
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Three Players Who MUST Succeed for the Boston Red Sox to Win the 2016 World Series

In 2015, the Boston Red Sox finished fifth in the Eastern Division for the second consecutive year. After winning the World Series in 2013, Boston have struggled to live up to the hype and have slipped out of playoff contention in recent times. However, there are plenty of reasons to be optimistic ahead of the upcoming campaign and it’s only a matter of time before the Red Sox...
Via Surviving Grady
5 days ago  |  Discuss

David Price donates $300K to build field for special needs kids

David Taylor Price who was born and raised in Murfreesboro, Tenn., and attended Vanderbilt University, has donated $300,000 to build a baseball field for special needs children in his hometown state. Named Miracle Field, the new ballpark is located in Nashville’s McKnight Park, where the new Boston Red Sox pitcher played baseball as a youngster as well. A groundbreaking ceremony...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Making a Player Out of Rusney Castillo

Late in the 2014 season, the Red Sox signed a check worth $72.5 million and handed it to a stranger. The organization had barely missed out on prized Cuban first baseman Jose Abreu less than a year earlier, and they ensured they wouldn’t be topped in the international market again by giving Rusney Castillo the largest-ever deal to a Cuban defector. Castillo wasn’t a complete...
Via Fangraphs
7 days ago  |  Discuss

The Wainwrightization of Rick Porcello

I don’t know if you paid much attention to Rick Porcello last year, but I bet you have made a bad pancake. You know, one of those pancakes when you wait too long before you flip it. Or maybe you tried to make a pancake without preheating the cooking surface. The parallels work as well as any parallels do — you mess things up from the start, despite the best of intentions, but...
Via Fangraphs
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox’s Yoan Moncada Has New Car That’s Absolutely Sick (Videos)

Yoan Moncada’s wheels on the diamond are surpassed only by his wheels on the road. Moncada, who stole 49 bases at Single-A Greenville in 2015, recently tapped into the $31.5 million signing bonus the Boston Red Sox gave him last spring to buy an awesome new car. Alex Vega, owner and operator of The Auto Firm near Miami, has done work for many Red Sox players, including Pablo Sandoval...
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Can the Boston Red Sox get Craig Kimbrel the baseball?

Phil: Do you ever have déjà vu, Mrs. Lancaster? Mrs. Lancaster: I don’t think so, but I could check with the kitchen. –Groundhog Day The Boston Red Sox pitchers and catchers will be reporting to Fort Myers, FL to begin Spring Training on Feb. 18. There are some new faces, most notably David Price and Craig Kimbrel, but there is a worrisome feeling in New England that this year...
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Dustin Pedroia Vital To Red Sox Success

Now that the calendar has officially turned to February, it’s time to start thinking about America’s Pastime. We’re just over two weeks out from pitchers and catchers reporting to Florida or Arizona to join their respective clubs, and with it comes the exhilaration of a new season. That is much of the same for the oft-hyped Boston Red Sox as they report to Fort Myers, Florida...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Boston Red Sox: Players 25 and Under to Watch For This Season

The Boston Red Sox had a dismal 2015 season, but there is a huge amount of optimism for the 2016 season. Much of that optimism has to do with the signings of David Price, Craig Kimbrel, and Chris Young. However, that is not the only reason things are looking up—the Red Sox have a plethora of young talent looking to burst onto the MLB scene in a big way in 2016. Let’s take a look...
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Allen Craig Missing the Red Sox Players’ Salute to Don Orsillo was Very Allen Craig-ish

Look, you never want to kick a guy when he’s down. And Allen Craig probably has enough bitter memories of his days since being sent to Boston to last a lifetime. But witnessing his half-assed attempt to participate in the Red Sox players’ salute to Don Orsillo after the last game of the 2015 season is a thing of beauty. Never mind the fact that the players probably conveniently...
Via Surviving Grady
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox players, coaches engage in lip sync battle

Who’s a better lip sync artist: Boston Red Sox first baseman Hanley Ramirez or pitching coach Carl Willis? Luckily, the club gave us a chance to find out. During the Red Sox Winter Weekend at Foxwoods, the coaches and players got in a lip sync battle for the ages. The performances featured Willis leading the coaches in a rousing rendition of Billy Joel’s “Uptown Girl,...
15 days ago  |  Discuss

John Farrell: Pablo Sandoval is ‘better player’ on ‘lighter end’

It become increasingly clear as the 2015 season wore on. Pablo Sandoval’s weight was an issue. Sandoval’s weight was a huge topic of discussion when the Boston Red Sox signed the third baseman to a five-year contract worth a reported $95 million. Discussions about Sandoval’s weight only intensified after his first season in Boston, arguably the worst of his career. Sandoval...
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Pablo Sandoval has lost more than 20 pounds?

    Pablo Sandoval is reportedly working hard this offseason to show up to spring training looking much slimmer than he has in years past. On Thursday, Red Sox manager John Farrell told reporters that Sandoval has lost more than 20 pounds since the end of the 2015 season. Farrell: Sandoval is down 20-22 lbs. since end of season. #RedSox — Scott Lauber (@ScottLauber)...
Via Larry Brown Sports
21 days ago  |  Discuss

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