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Tony's Top 5
Most hopeless franchises in baseball
Houston Astros. Since losing the 2005 World Series to the White Sox, they were 266-274 through June 7. The embodiment of mediocrity.
Colorado Rockies. In retrospect, that `07 Series run was an enormous fluke. With all due respect, how has Dan O'Dowd survived?
San Diego Padres. You know it's bad when a team is 26-30 after 56 games and everyone thinks, "Hey, that's not bad."
Pittsburgh Pirates. GM Neal Huntington had to rationalize the Nate McLouth deal in an e-mail to season-ticket holders and got ripped by Adam LaRoche. Yikes.
Washington Nationals. After the draft is completed, feel free to swap the Nationals with the Pirates if you are so inclined. Stephen Strasburg could be that good.
Tony's Top 5
Best offseason moves in recent Red Sox history
Signing Johnny Damon From 2002-05, Damon averaged 149 games, 16 home runs, 115 runs and 25 steals. His OPS was .803. Rock solid.
Trading for Curt Schilling The piece that put the Red Sox over the top in 2004. Most guys go to New York to win titles. Schilling came here.
Signing David Ortiz In 10 years, he's hit more homers than anybody but Albert Pujols, Adam Dunn or Alex Rodriguez. Jackpot.
Signing Manny Ramirez Find another $100 million free agent contract that lived up to this one. Anywhere. He was worth it.
Trading for Pedro Martinez Since he came in November 1997, only the Braves and Yankees have won more games.
Tony Massarotti is a Globe sportswriter and has been writing about sports in Boston for the last 19 years. A lifelong Bostonian, Massarotti graduated from Waltham High School and Tufts University. He was voted the Massachusetts Sportswriter of the Year by his peers in 2000 and 2008 and has been a finalist for the award on several other occasions. This blog won a 2008 EPpy award for "Best Sports Blog".
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