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Grady Sizemore Update

On February 7, 2014, I quoted from Nick Cafardo’s Sunday Baseball page: “Red Sox loved Sizemore’s speed and explosion during workouts.” Later I wrote about his injury problems since 2009. Too many times his comebacks have been false starts. When the 2014 season began, the 33-year-old Seattle native had a slash of .216/.289/.324 in 52 contests. He had an opening day homer...
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March 19, 2016  |  Discuss

Hideo Nomo- Good But Not Great Part 2

Nomo returned to the Dodgers in 2002, and had two of the best seasons of his career, with a 32-18 mark, a 3.20 ERA, and WHIPs averaging 1.283. But after undergoing shoulder surgery in October 2003, his slash plummeted to 4-11/8.25/1.750. For the next few years, he bounced through several more organizations, including Tampa Bay, the Yankees, the White Sox and the Venezuelan winter...
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March 03, 2016  |  Discuss

Hideo Nomo- Good But Not Great (Part 1)

Recent item- The San Diego Padres have hired Hideo Nomo as advisor to help expand their presence in the Pacific Rim Hideo Nomo, the first Japanese star on the Red Sox, was always on the verge of stardom. Nomo first played in the majors in 1995, leading the league in strikeouts, was second in the NL with a 2.54 ERA. He started the all-star game and struck out 3 of the 6 batters he...
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February 26, 2016  |  Discuss

Red Sox – The Middle is Strong

Dustin Pedroia, whose resume has an MVP, Rookie of the Year, 4 all-star selections, a silver slugger and 3 gold gloves improved from his disappointing 2014 performance for a .291/.356/.441 slash with 12 homers and 42 rbi’s despite a hamstring injury. Xander Bogearts went from being a questionable prospect in 2014 to explode to .320/.355/.421 with a .716 OPS. He had 81 rbi’s and...
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February 24, 2016  |  Discuss

Red Sox – Stronger Up The Middle

Dustin Pedroia, whose resume has an MVP, Rookie of the Year, 4 all-star selections, a silver slugger and 3 gold gloves improved from his disappointing 2014 performance for a .291/.356/.441 slash with 12 homers and 42 rbi’s despite a hamstring injury. Xander Bogearts went from being a questionable prospect in 2014 to explode to .320/.355/.421 with a .716 OPS. He had 81 rbi’s and...
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February 12, 2016  |  Discuss

The Red Sox were not wrong about Marc Melancon

In Nick Cafardo’s Sunday Baseball column last month, he wrote “As time passes, it seems more and more likely that (Marc) Melancon, who led the league with 51 saves last season….stands to make a salary in arbitration likely north of 10 million” It was not the man we saw in Boston. Melancon pitched for the Yankees and Astros in 2009 and 10 as a mopup reliever with rather average...
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January 29, 2016  |  Discuss

Marc Melancon – Sox Were Not Wrong

In Nick Cafardo’s Sunday Baseball column last month, he wrote “As time passes, it seems more and more likely that (Marc) Melancon, who led the league with 51 saves last season….stands to make a salary in arbitration likely north of 10 million” It was not the man we saw in Boston. Melancon pitched for the Yankees and Astros in 2009 and 10 as a mopup reliever with rather average...
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January 15, 2016  |  Discuss

Felix Doubront- Another Disappointing Starter

The Red Sox have not had a starting pitcher from their organization succeed in the majors since Clay Buchholz in 2008. Some examples of failures are Justin Masterson (twice), David Pauley, and Felix Doubront. Doubront, who came up to the Sox in 2010, had slightly better than average stats in 2012 and 2013, even picking up a victory in the 2013 World Series. His problems began in...
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January 06, 2016  |  Discuss

Update on Will Middlebrooks

The last time we saw former Red Sox player Will Middlebrooks, he struggled through a 2014 season with a number of injuries, rehabbing in the minors. and having a slash of .191/.256/.265. On December 19, 2014, Middlebrooks was traded to San Diego for Ryan Hanigan. There he played third base and some shortstop.He went back to the minors on July 22 and on  December 2 became...
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December 22, 2015  |  Discuss

John Farrell – Job in Jeopardy

The Red Sox are in a difficult situation with John Farrell. After apparently recovering from cancer treatment, he is back managing the team. The Sox seem to have improved dramatically under President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski. They have acquired David Price, Craig Kimbrel, Carson Smith and Chris Young. Price has had success everywhere he has pitched-leading the...
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December 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Ben Cherington- I’m Afraid He Had Me Fooled

I wrote three blogs on former Red Sox GM Ben Cherington-October 12, 2012, September 13, 2013, and August 1, 2015. The first one used phrases like “Ben Cherington does not impress me”. “he seems to lack an identity”, “out of the loop”. and “overwhelmed by the team’s many problems” A year later, as the Sox approached a division title and eventually a World Series...
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December 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Josh Beckett-Final Three Years

Between 2001 and 2011, former Red Sox hurler Josh Beckett was one of the AL’s star hurlers. Between the Marlins and the Sox, he compiled a record of 130 wins and 86 defeats with a fine ERA of 3.93. Only in 2010 did a lower back sprain limit his effectiveness. He was a three-time All-Star and led the league with 20 victories in 2007. My blog, written on July 8, 2012, mentions...
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December 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Daisuke Matszuzaka- Things Were No Better in Japan

In a blog in September 2012, I wrote a piece on former Red Sox hurler Daisuke Matsuzaka. It contained the history of his career including his high school years in Japan (a national championship) and his time with the Seibu Lions- rookie of the year, leader in strikeouts. I also mentioned his signing with the Red Sox in 2006 and his up-and-down career with the team. His time with...
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November 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Say Goodbye to Bucky- Am I Glad I Was Wrong?

In my July 29, 2014 blog “Say Goodbye To Bucky” (Red Sox hurler Clay Buchholz), I wrote about his many accomplishments- a no-hitter in his second major league start, his 63-39 overall record with a 3.81 ERA. His most successful season was in 2010- a slash of 17-7/2.33/1.203. That year also brought an all-star selection and Cy Young consideration. At the time, I called his ...
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November 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Bard Experiment- It Did Not Work

On a blog I wrote back in February 2012, I mentioned a Nick Cafardo column. It talks about the conversion of Red Sox hurler Daniel Bard from setup man to closer. I later wrote that the experiment may not work. It did not. Bard, a Texas native, was first notice at the University of North Carolina, where he led his team to the College World Series in 2006 In June 06 he was selected...
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November 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Ryan Kalish- Why Is He Forgotten?

In a blog last fall, I called former Red Sox outfielder Ryan Kalish a “forgotten prospect” Why is he forgotten? The last time we saw Kalish, he agreed to a minor league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays that included an invitation to spring training. The deal was not completed. He had a generally strong minor league career from rookie leagues to Triple A, showing speed...
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November 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Jose Iglesias- He Did Deserve An Opportunity

In a blog in March 2013, I wrote about former Red Sox shortstop Jose Iglesias: ” He is already a star in the field…He is trying to become a better hitter, working last winter with Dustin Pedroia…The man is obviously working to improve. He deserves at least an opportunity.” A Cuban defector, Iglesias was signed by the Sox in 2009 as an international free agent. In 2011...
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November 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Justin Masterson -A Mistake

I wrote in a blog last December that Justin Masterson, signed recently to a one-year contract by the Red Sox, was projected to be a third or fourth starter with the Sox. It did not happen Pitching as both a starter and reliever, he had a poor slash of 4-2/5.61/1.601. His WHIP was the second highest of his career. He was designated for assignment on August 10 and released on...
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November 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Jackie Bradley-Dueling Opinions

Drew Peabody of Bosox Injection writes about Jackie Bradley Jr- his time at Pawtucket (several times up and down in 2015), his Sox slash on August 7 (.118/.254/.176), his month-long explosion.(.422/.469/.889), and his late tailspin. He also mentions moving Bradley around the outfield in a “BBC combination” of Bradley, Mookie Betts, and Rusney Castillo. Peabody feels the Red Sox...
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November 02, 2015  |  Discuss

4 of 33,754 Chili Davis-Offense Showing Improvement

In a blog last October , I wrote that the 2014 Red Sox offensive stats were not good-634 runs (11th in the AL), 123 homers (12th), .316 OBP (8th), .369 slugging percentage (14th), and a league-leading 1337 strikeouts, a club record. I also wrote that confidence seemed way down for players like Jackie Bradley Jr and Xander Bogearts.  At the end of the season, hitting coach Greg Colbrunn...
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November 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Allen Webster – Trade Did Not Help

In a blog I submitted last December, I wrote that everyone who saw Red Sox righthander Allen Webster pitch was impressed by his stuff.  In 8 seasons in the minors, he had a slash of 50-39/3.86/1.357 Webster was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks in late 2014 along with Rubby De La Rosa and a minor league prospect. I wrote that it remained to be seen whether Webster would...
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October 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Blake Swihart- Vast Potential Inbox x

On May 9 of this year, I wrote a piece entitled “Blake Swihart- Another New Face” I wrote about his minor league stats, the Red Sox unstable catching situation, and is first major league win behind the plate In this piece, I will confine myself to his performance this season. The new face now has vast potential. Since his callup in early May, he had a better-than average slash...
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October 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Gold Bust Twins- Let’s Keep Sandoval

In Tuesday’s Herald, Scott Lauber called Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval the “Gold Bust Twins” He wrote that Sandoval “is the safer bet to bounce back” I tend to agree. In comparing the two, Lauber mentions their OPS, homers, rbi’s, average, UZR’s, WAR’s, etc. All it adds up to is that both had terrible years in 2015. There is talk that one or both should not return...
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October 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Rick Porcello- Too Many Good Pitches

There have been a number of possible reasons for Red Sox hurler Rick Porcello’s subpar season. Too much was expected of him by Boston fans, given his salary. He was put in the position of being the “de-facto” ace (as I wrote in my April blog). He does not throw hard enough, despite his 6’5″ 200-pound frame. It goes on and on. But his worst problem could be that he is throwing...
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October 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Sox Announce Farrell Will Be Back; Lovullo Will Remain As Bench Coach

John Farrell hasn’t been with the team as the Manager for most of the 2nd half of the season as he has been recovering from Stage 1 Lymphoma.  Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo has been with the team an Interim Manager during this time.  There has been a lot of speculation as the season is coming to a close as to what will happen with both gentlemen in reference to their roles in...
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October 05, 2015  |  Discuss
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