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  • Posted 04/29/2013 11:09:22 EDT

    That's a reasonable "glass half empty" view.  The glass half full account suggests that even with several key players underperforming or hurt, this team has managed a great April and did exactly what more »

  • Forum Post: Mariano Rivera

    Posted 04/12/2013 07:14:11 EDT

    Mo will be first ballot for sure but you know there are voters that have the opinion that closer is the most over-rated position in baseball history, so they will not vote for him.  The first guy I th more »

  • Posted 04/05/2013 01:36:07 EDT

    Bridge year

    X year rebuilding plan


    trading deadline

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  • Forum Post: Send JBJ Down

    Posted 03/28/2013 03:45:35 EDT

    I wonder what the kid's mental makeup is.  If they send him down will he see it as a kick in the pants?  Or will he truly accept that its just part of the business.  That may be a big part of the deci more »

  • Posted 03/23/2013 10:33:09 EDT

    What i've seen so far from Hanrahan at least suggests his slip from 2011 to 2012 was no fluke.  WHIP is over 2.  Yes its only 6 innings but I would hold off on any Bailey move until we see JH pitch ef more »

  • Posted 03/15/2013 11:18:18 EDT

    A very similar case to that for John Smoltz, who I believe will get in, and a much better case than Schilling, who is on the fence.  Yes, Doc should be elected but may have to wait until his second ye more »

  • Posted 03/11/2013 12:21:49 EDT

    Problem is you need to drop someone from 40 man roster for a rental of Thome.  Once Ortiz can play there's no way both can be on the team.  Unless they see a long term DL trip for Papi, better to go w more »

  • Posted 03/01/2013 03:50:13 EST

    Lester 12-9, 4.23, 174 IP (28 starts) Buch 15-7, 3.74, 186 IP (29 starts) Dempster 14-12, 4.87, 193 IP (29 starts) Doubs  6-3, 3.55, 73 IP (13 starts) Lackey 5-9, 5.87, 115 IP (20 starts) Morales 7-4, more »

  • Posted 02/22/2013 09:10:11 EST

    In response to SinceYaz's comment: A question - teams have had pitchers in for some time now - is a late signing for Lohse a bad thing for expecting good returns on his season? This is one Boras clien more »

  • Posted 02/20/2013 09:13:48 EST

    Not optimistic that KG, PP and JT's legs will hold up over the long season.  I think 39-43 which sneaks them into the post season, but pairs them with Miami.  Looks like Pierce is already showing fati more »

  • Posted 02/16/2013 11:18:14 EST

    Thanks to all for sharing your great memories.  Fenway has always been a special place; best place to experience baseball.

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  • Posted 02/15/2013 03:47:18 EST

    There have been many over the years but tops is sitting on the Monster last July for Sox-NYY game, having a chance to meet Jim Lonborg, Jim Rice and Dewey Evans, seeing the 2004 and 2007 trophies, and more »

  • Posted 02/12/2013 03:51:21 EST

    You have to think having catching skills and experience may translate well to first base, when it comes to catching or blocking bad throws.  His range will very likely be suspect, but with Pedey on th more »

  • Posted 02/12/2013 08:48:49 EST

    Don't see any way we start the season with 3 lefties out of the pen, unless Morales assumes the inning eater role that Aceves had a couple years ago, and Aceves is moved or released.  Breslow may be o more »

  • Posted 02/11/2013 03:21:56 EST

    Hopefully he was joking about beaning WMB.

    BTW, he looks like Doc Halladay's father in the picture on the Red Sox page today.  I guess pitching for the Cubbies ages a person.

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  • Posted 02/04/2013 08:05:30 EST

    Definitely agree with parhunter, as the calendar turned to Feb my anticipation for the season has risen.  In some ways I like that the expectations are lower than for the last few years.  With all the more »

  • Posted 02/02/2013 05:48:33 EST

    Even though the pen should be a strength... Still too many uncertainties to give away Bailey, unless its part of a bigger deal to improve the rotation or outfield.  Koji's age (recall how quick Oki lo more »

  • Posted 01/26/2013 02:46:26 EST

    Great post. Being a stats nut I love both the old and new numbers, but honestly there is now and has always been only one stat that matters - WINS.  All old and new stats are essentially independent o more »

  • Posted 01/25/2013 08:58:28 EST

    In response to mef429's comment: In response to hill55's comment:   I'm not sure if it's related, but Ryan Sweeney returns to the Red Sox fold under a minor league contract, according to WEEI's Rob Br more »

  • Posted 01/20/2013 02:22:57 EST

    Returning to baseball: 1.  At least 8 members of the Sox opening day 25 man roster are not in the 25 on Aug 31.  At least 4 are not even still with the team. 2.  Sox will have a top 3 finisher in the more »

  • Posted 01/18/2013 11:13:01 EST

    In response to southpaw777's comment: In response to phxvlsoxfan's comment:   Best case scenario - Iggy is motivated by the Drew signing, gets his act in gear and is starting SS for the Sox by June (h more »

  • Posted 01/18/2013 09:34:57 EST

    Best case scenario - Iggy is motivated by the Drew signing, gets his act in gear and is starting SS for the Sox by June (hitting .240+).  X gets to AAA and continues to stripe the ball, gets a Sept tr more »

  • Posted 01/17/2013 05:00:57 EST

    This contract seems very reasonable which also makes Salty an attractive trade candidate, especially given the weakness of the position in MLB right now.  With Napoli in the fold, I can't see them kee more »

  • Posted 01/10/2013 02:14:26 EST

    Hard to predict anything around HOF voting in this tainted era, but I think we will have a better idea next year on how Tom Glavine is treated.  I hope Glavine is differentiated from the suspected ste more »

  • Posted 01/08/2013 10:20:55 EST

    There's a big difference between good health and perfect health.  I would think good health would equate to an average of about 27 starts each for the top 5 (135 total) leaving 27 starts for others (M more »